Day 24: Five phrases that make you laugh


I have taken all of mine from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. This is one my favourite books of all time because the off-the-wall humour is right up my street. It is without a doubt on my list of Desert Island Books. Just looking at the cover immediately cheers me up.

It has been a struggle to limit this to just five. And to keep them reasonably short. But I’ve done it, if you ignore the fact that there are six on the list. But this is an homage to Douglas Adams, who wrote a trilogy in five parts.

  1. He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naïve incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
  2. In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and has widely been regarded as a bad move.
  3. It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
  4. The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a think that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
  5. There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
  6. Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. You may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.

Day 24 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.


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