Not if you read the British trade paper back. If you did, Arthur Dent was
a jerk and a complete asshole instead of a "knee-biter". I can't remember the
guy's name though.
"If you can imagine it, it exists somewhere"
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This depends on which version you read. The British version of Life,
The Universe, and Everything says "fuck", and the American version
Does anyone know the reason for this discrepency? I find Belgium
much more creative, and the word "fuck" is mundanely unoriginal.
Timothy R. Flanagan
Gillian: "You're from outer space!"
Kirk: "No, I'm from Iowa -- I only work in outer space." --STIV:TVH
With this in mind, I remember hearing a radio series (part of)
about 2 yr ago of HHGG which has not appeared in any of the 4
The particular episode to which I am referring consists of
this bird-inhabited planet on the surface of which is a 13-mile
high statue of Arthur Dent throwing a teacup at the Nutrimatics
The teacup is suspended 'by art' ~13 miles off the ground.
As far as I remember, for some reason Zaphod is about to fall
off the statue and says 'Belgium man, Belgium."
The narrator explained that Belgium was the worst obscenity
known to civilisation and is only used by loose:tongued people
(It was also used on a small land-mass on Earth where the
inhabitabnts didn't know what it meant.)
In the version of LTUAE what I read, the guy at the flying
party won the award for the most gratuitous use of the word
The word belgium does not appear at all in any of the 4 books.
The main point to remember is that the books and radio series
are not consistent to the point of consistency.