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42 facts about Douglas Adams (+video)

Google's doodle celebrates 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' author Douglas Adams. Here are 42 facts about the humorist, environmentalist, technophile, and all-around hoopy frood who would have turned 61 on Monday.

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On Monday, Google celebrates the author Douglas Adams with a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"-themed doodle that displays a spaceship computer console; an Electronic Thumb; a Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic; a cup filled with a liquid that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea; a largish bath towel; Ford Prefect's leather satchel; an automatic door with a cheerful and sunny disposition that opens to reveal a robot with anything but; and, of course, the Guide itself.

In honor of his fans' favorite number, here are 42 facts about the great sci-fi satirist, technophile, conservationist, and all-around hoopy frood.

1. In 1974, Mr. Adams made his first of two appearances in "Monty Python's Flying Circus," playing a surgeon in Episode 42.

2. On May 9, 2001, two days before Adams died, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 18610 "Arthurdent," after the protagonist of the "Hitchhiker's" trilogy.

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