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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a pretty long mouthful of a name. Imagine having to say all that every time you wanted to talk to fellow fans about the franchise. The most obvious way to shorten it is to use initials (as is done e.g. with LotR for The Lord of the Rings and many other things), but in this case even HHGttG is a bit of a mouthful. ...


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It was the title given to the "Earth Edition" on the web: H2G2.com This was founded - and named - in 1999 by Douglas Adams himself. Clearly taken from The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This website was an early attempt at crowdsourced knowledge. Somewhat overshadowed by the later Wikipaedia. A description of the history of H2G2.com is given on that ...


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It seems likely that Adams was just taking an opportunity to get one more adolescent dig in at an old friend and rival, who thus got to be immortalized as the "worst poet in the universe." Sources claim that Adams was a regular contributor to Johnstone's high school English zine, and that the two of them jointly received a prize in English while attending ...


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You already know what H2G2 stands for, and that it is a type of acronym to avoid having to write or say the whole name. I think you are asking why the acronym is H2G2 instead of HHGG, which is the same length so there is no additional economy being made here. The numbers 2 indicate repetition. The practice probably comes either from mathematics (algebra), ...


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It seems a bit unclear. In the author's own words: Ahem. All I can say is that it was as clear as day to me when I wrote it and now I can't figure it out myself. Sorry about that. Later on that discussion thread someone quotes from an FAQ written on an alt.fan site: In the book, Kubla Khan has a second part. The book is not actually set in our ...


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Judging from what I have read of Douglas Adams, this is most likely just for comedic effect. Usually when something absurd yet meaningful happens in most of his works it has some contribution to the plot or characters (e.g., the refrigerator eventually becomes a god of guilt). Other than instances like that, Adams's books are full of funny but mostly random ...


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Thanks for your good ideas. I have another one, spontaneously adding some of your hints: I imagined that the ghost was still inside of Coleridge while Gently came by. During his stay in Coleridge's house he hypnotised the ghost. The ghost didn't know Gently yet, so he would not get suspicious. He gave him some confusing thing or corrupting action to think ...


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