Don’t panic, and always carry a towel. Pretty good advice (especially if you work in an elementary school). This is what I learned from reading Douglas Adams’ masterpiece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I also learned the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everthing. (You’ll have to read the book to find the answer…or you can Google it.)
Honestly, I am ashamed that I waited so long to read this book. It is a staple of nerd culture, and I’m just now getting to it? Well, yeah. But I did finally read it, and I’m now convinced it’s one of the best books ever. (I put the rest of the series on my Christmas wish list about a minute ago.) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is both ridiculously sublime and sublimely ridiculous. Awesome.
I don’t want to tell you too much about this book, but I will let you in on a few things. Earth goes kaput, a guy named Arthur hitches across the galaxy with an alien named Ford Prefect. They run into a guy named Zaphod Beeblebrox. This dude has two heads, is the President of the Galaxy, and he just stole a spaceship. There’s also a depressed robot, super-intelligent mice, and lots of hilarity. Read this book. Now.
I will admit that I scratched my head while I was reading this book (but that may be due to dry scalp). I was confused some of the time, but that is a common side effect when reading this book. It’s worth it. If you’re a fan of the ridiculous (or a complete lunatic), you might want to check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As Zaphod Beeblebrox would say, “Wow.”