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The Hitchhiker'sGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker Hostel LbNA #44822 (ARCHIVED)

Owner:Kelsung Contact
Plant date:Dec 5, 2008
Location: Ford Park
Found by: I dig toasters
Last found:Apr 8, 2011
Last edited:Dec 5, 2008
Retired as of 6/20/11. It had a good run, but I see no need to replace it.

In the late 1970s, Douglas Adams wrote a radio series satirizing science-fiction for the BBC. Each of the twelve half-hour episodes had to always end with a cliff-hanger, but Adams disliked this in stories, because you could always guess how the hero would escape. In trying to create impossible-to-escape situations, he always had to create even more preposterous solutions. This led to aliens who wrote poetry so bad it was fatal, and a spaceship that arrived at it's destination by first calculating how improbable it would be for it to get there.

We also learned that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is, in fact, 42.

Throughout it's long and popular history, the story was added to, subtracted from, and greatly rearranged in different incarnations as a television mini-series, record albums, PC game, books (a trilogy with five volumes) and finally a feature length film in 2005. In fact, it was a Google search for information on this film (using terms like "hitchhiker" and "England") that made me stumble upon this strange hobby called letterboxing in the first place.

Up until now I've planted 41 letterboxes and hitchhikers, so it seemed fitting that my P 42 be in honor of these stories. If you're unfamiliar with a Hitchhiker Hostel, the idea is that it will always contain at least one hitchhiker. You may stamp these into your logbook, but only stamp into their logbooks if you are removing them from the hostel. However, you can only remove one if you leave another hitchhiker in place for each you take.

The story begins when ordinary Earthman Arthur Dent is surprised one Thursday morning to learn that his friend Ford Prefect is an alien doing research for a book called "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" and not an out-of-work actor as he'd previously believed. He's even more surprised when Ford rescues him from certain death as the Vogons demolish the Earth to make way for a hyper-space bypass. He wanders the galaxy with Ford, with nothing but a bathrobe, a towel and no tea.

I've removed the clue and retired the box. After two-and-a-half years hiding in a hedge, I checked up on it and it was missing. I looked around for a while to see if it was put back in the wrong spot, but found no sign of it. If you feel intrepid you could still go look, but I hold out little hope.

Now that you've finished, put on your Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses, crank up some Disaster Area on the stereo, lie back on a living mattress named Zem from Squornshellous Zeta, wash down some Perfectly Normal Beast with a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, and wave goodbye to the dolphins as you await The Coming Of The Great White Handkerchief.