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Date Posted: 08:11
Author: ketch - 18 May 2002
Subject: Why aliens speak to Norman Paulsen
In reply to: Dwayanu - 17 May 2002 's message, "UFOs" on 08:09

From "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.

Ford Prefect, a reporter from a small planet in the vicinty of Betelgeuse is explaining to his Earthman friend Arthur Dent how he came to spend so long on planet Earth.



"Unfortunately I got stuck on the Earth for rather longer than I
intended," said Ford. "I came for a week and got stuck for
fifteen years."

"But how did you get there in the first place then?"

"Easy, I got a lift with a teaser."

"A teaser?"

"Yeah."

"Er, what is ..."

"A teaser? Teasers are usually rich kids with nothing to do. They
cruise around looking for planets which haven't made interstellar
contact yet and buzz them."

"Buzz them?" Arthur began to feel that Ford was enjoying making
life difficult for him.

"Yeah", said Ford, "they buzz them. They find some isolated spot
with very few people around, then land right by some poor soul
whom no one's ever going to believe and then strut up and down in
front of him wearing silly antennae on their heads and making
beep beep noises. Rather childish really." Ford leant back on the
mattress with his hands behind his head and looked infuriatingly
pleased with himself.



Copyright Douglas Adams.

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