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The Towel of Babel by DarthFar The Towel of Babel by DarthFar
The ultimate answer to the great question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is: FORTY TWO.

The great question of Life, the Universe and Everything is, "What do you get when you multiply six by nine?"

Nothing wrong with that - in base 13 arithmetic... ;)

Douglas Adams, you are missed.


A portrait of the late, great Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 - 11 May 2001), creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and possibly the first man to dream up the Internet!), and one of the finest wordsmiths of our age.

Originally, the Babelfish was just swimming straight into Adams' ear. :iconlattebleu: suggested making it wiggly. The effect was that it dialled up the "ick factor" of the picture considerably (as LB so eloquently put it), which I found hilarious. :giggle: Personally, I consider a Babelfish in the ear about as pleasant as sticking a leech up the nostril...

Oh, and it is :icondobbyknits:'s opinion that wiggly Babelfish look "broken", and this particular one probably only translates everything to Swahili. :rofl:
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orangelion90 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
That's beautiful...
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you. :)
sisisiu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Amazing work!

Yes, he is missed, and he always will be.
mrTwisby Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I find this almost unbearbly fantastic. Well done! :+fav:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
CoomicbookGirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely outstanding! Brilliant! Simply 42 :D
Just-Raowolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Douglas Adams is dead!? I didn't know! :dead: Well, this is a wonderful picture, and I absolutely love this author and all of his creations; great pic, love the Babelfish, and a beautiful Tribute to one of the greatest Authors of all time :heart:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
It'll be ten years this year...

Thank you very much. :) He had a razor-sharp wit, and an awesome sense of humour.
PAUK182 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Love the picture. Douglas is one of my favourite writers of all time... his writing was always funny and sincere, which comes across on every page of his books. Your picture is an extremely good likeness with the added quirk of the Babel fish giving it an added hint of his humour.
(I've recently been re-running through his 'last chance to see' audio, which i'd recommend if you haven't been aquainted with it already).
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Thanks very much!

And yes, Douglas had a fantastic wit that flows as smoothly as Wodehouse's. (The majority of humourous fiction today sounds forced). There's so much of the HHG series that is awesome, but he had me from page one, paragraph one. :nod:

I have his Last Chance to See, but only in book form. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll see if I can find the recording.
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