Google celebrates Douglas Adams, author of the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," with a reference-packed doodle.
Monday's interactive Google doodle dives deep into Adams lore. The cup of tea calls back Adams's series of Dirk Gently detective novels. Opening the door on the left reveals Marvin, the paranoid android from the Hitchhiker's series. And the digital pad plays short animations that crack wise about everything from the fictitious "babel fish" to the classic Adams quote, "The knack [to flying] lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
This month marks another important Adams milestone. Last Friday was the 35th anniversary of his radio drama "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Few remember that the BBC radio show predates the books and TV show. Of course, it's easy to forget, given that the first episode aired in the rather lonesome 10:30 p.m. time slot. The primary actors – Mark Wing-Davey, Peter Jones, and Simon Jones – would go on to portray the same characters in the BBC TV show that followed a few years later.