The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis


What’s goin on mah well read ballas? This
week sh*t gettin’ absurdly cray with Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Don’t
panic, tho. Normal British dude Arthur Dent got turnt
waaaayy up last night, and it’a all cuz deez government haters bout bust up his crib to
make way fo’ some lame-ass road. Pssh. Just when Arthur gettin’ all in this dude’s grill,
his boy Ford Prefect roll by and be like “‘Ey don’t sweat it, bruh. Da world bout to end.”
“Wait…WHAT?” “Yeah man, some Vogons bout to blow this whole joint down to make some
kinda space road. Oh, yeah, and I’m an alien. S’all good.” Jus’ like he say- da Vogons
show up and BOOM. But Ford ain’t trippin, cuz he jus’ hitched him and Arthur a ride
on the Vogon spaceship. Arthur, tho- that boy buggin! To calm his ass
down, Ford like “fool shut up and read dis sh*t: The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
It’ll teach you bout everything… no, fo’ real- everything.” Arthur crack open what’s
basically Wikipedia for da whole universe and start readin’ bout Vogons. Arthur sees
da worst thing dat can happen when you rollin with Vogons is if they try to spit some of
their poetry yo’ way. Apparently their flow is so lame, it can kill you! Plus they’re
real assholes. So when the top dawg Volgon Jeltz found out
dat Arthur and Ford are bummin’ a ride on his space hooptie, he lays down some ill rhymes
and gives em the boot. Lucky fo’ them, Ford’s cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox
and his crew Trillian and Marvin just boosted a serious G-wagon called “The Heart of Gold.”
And since they passin’ by, da ship scoops em up befo’ they suffocate and freeze they
asses off. Turns out Zaphod is the president of the Galaxy
who actually partied with Arthur one time back on Earth. Small universe. Eventually they land on the planet Magrathea,
which used to be a swag spot fo’ rich people back in the day. After some whacked-out stuff
go down with a giant whale, they meet up with an old geezer named Slartibartfast. This dude
take em down to the core of da planet where they learn a buncha crazy-ass history. Apparently, some swole ass super computer
named DEEP THOUGHT pumped out da answer to life, da universe, everything millions of years
ago- and it’s da number 42. No’ fo’ real- that’s the answer to life. 42! Prollem is- the computer didn’t know what
da hell da question was. So to figger that out, the freakin MICE dat built it needed
a bigger, badder one: and that’s where the Earth comes in. It was a 10 million year old
organic computer calculating dat very question, and got blown to shit minutes before it was
bout to get da job done. Nice. Oh, and one more thing- these same mice used to be Trillian’s
pets from Earth. Anyway, the mice runnin the show peep game
at Arthur the Earthman and start wonderin’ if everything really lost: I mean if this dude’s
brain came from Earth maybe da Ultimate Question is up in his dome!” Arthur like ” Oh Hell
no. Y’all ain’t even THINKIN bout touchin dis brain.” Dem mice don’t play though, and
right as his mind bout to get fucked, Arthur and his homies bust ass outta there. With the po-po still tailin Zaphod fo’ boostin
dat clean-ass ride, they all decide- “man fuck it. Let’s get some grub, yo” and high-tail
it to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Man readin’ this book is like watchin absurdist
stand up comedy, cuz that boy Douglas Addams got MAD jokes. Just about erry single one
of em pointin’ to da idea that ERRYTHING- da world, da solar system, da universe, ALL
OF IT- is completely RIDONKULOUS. Da stuff we think is big and meaningful ain’t really
shit. “Far out in the uncharted backwaters lies
a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this is an utterly insignificant little blue-green
planet”, whose life forms are “amazingly primitive” It ain’t just da universe dat’s whack- da
things livin’ inside are pretty cray cray too. I mean errybody’s got their priorities way
outta line. Like when da brains behind da Heart of Gold whip bout to meet Big Prez Beeblebrox
“There was a mood of immense excitement thrilling through all of them. Together and between
them they had gone to and beyond the furthest limits of physical laws, restructured the
fundamental fabric of matter, strained, twisted and broken the laws of possibility and impossibility,
but still the greatest excitement of all seemed to be to meet a man with an orange sash around
his neck. (39-40) Da Universe bein all random and goofy is actually
one part of a bigger theme of da book: thangs ain’t always what they seem. Jus’ when you
think you know what’s comin’, Adams messes with yo head and and make it totally different
from what you was expectin’. You know how errybody always sayin the world is so jacked
up cuz peeps don’t know how to communicate with each other? Adams flips that shit right
on its head with da Babel fish. By stickin this nasty thang in yo ear, you can understand
every language in the universe. So if everybody can conversate with each other, errything’s
all good, right? Wrong! “Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively
removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more
and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.” (60) Yeah- da universe is a crazy ass place where
coincidence, divine intervention, and science all look mo’ alike then you might think. But
if you gonna take one thing away from this book it’s this:
JUST CHILL. At da end of the day, it ain’t worth tryna figger out all da who’s and why’s and how’s.
Just look at how this conversation with Arthur and Salrtibartfast go: Arthur: “‘All through my life I’ve had this
strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in this world, something big,
even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was.’ ‘No,’ said Slartibartfast, ‘that’s
just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that.’ ‘Everyone?’ said Arthur.
‘Well, if everyone has that perhaps it means something! Perhaps somewhere outside the Universe
we know’ ‘Maybe. Who cares?’ said Slartibartfast before Arthur got too excited. ‘Perhaps I’m
old and tired,’ he continued, ‘but I always think that the chances of finding out what
really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the
sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.” Best thing you can do is just sit back and
let crazy do what crazy gonna do.

100 Replies to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

  1. Disappointed that you didn't mention that the Heart of Gold wan't just a regular spacecraft, that it used the Infinite Improbability Drive

  2. Arthur is simply the “every man” character caught in a situation beyond his control. He surely doesn’t want all this terrible stuff to occur but there is nothing he can do.

    At one point Ford tells him, “Don’t panic!”

    and Arthur responds,

    “Who said anything about panicking? This is just culture-shock. I woke up this morning and thought I’d have a nice relaxed day, do a bit of reading, brush the dog… It’s now just after four in the afternoon and I’m already being thrown out of an alien spaceship six light-years from the smoking remains of the Earth! You wait until I’ve settled down into the situation and found my bearings. Then I’ll start panicking!”

    Gosh… I can sure empathize more with Arthur considering I’ve felt rather the same way with the social media. The Earth is not destroyed but the people’s minds aren’t too sparkling. I was certainly panicking. XD

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  3. It may have already been mentioned here, but I didn't read all the comments. So this might be a déja-vue. Douglas Adams was quite the nerd and the answer 42 is not so cryptic after all. The number 42 in the ASCII table is the Asterisk. And the Asterisk is often used as a placeholder for anything you want it to be. Just put in what you like or is plain possible. And that's quite an awesome answer for the question about what the meaning of life, the universe and everthing is: Whatever's possible and you want it to be.

  4. Douglas Adams was actually telling what he thought was the answer to life. the number 42 in computer code is an astric or whatever you want it to be

  5. Where is the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (bbc series and film) ???? (and i know the thug note book analysis exists, but I want a "The Philosophy of…"

  6. Who ever wrote this should be fired because you skipped a lot. Did you the "thug guy" ever read the book, watch the 1980's series or listen to the broadcast?

  7. You got some of the pronunciations way off. Vogon is Vo-Gone The planet is said Mag-Ra-Thee-A, and Zaphod is Zay-Fod I'll let you off Slartibart-far-st as that's just the american way of saying fast, although it doesn't sound right lol.

  8. I don't see why everyone was so upset. The announcement about Earth's demolition had been posted long in advance in a neighboring star system.

  9. Fun fact! Before Wikipedia, there was a fan-run Hitchhikers Guide to Earth website that basically did the same thing, just with more humour.

  10. I didnt read book i saw the movie and the movie never said that earth was an experiment that was kinda something important to leave out of story.

  11. Having grown up watching the BBC series, the thugs pronunciation of many of the names sounded really weird to me. Except for slartibartfast, there's no room for interpretation on that name.

  12. NOOOOOOO! YOU DON'T JUST SIT THERE AND DO NOTHING WHY'LL YOU KNOW THAT THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, YOU FIND IT!👻💀👽😇👹👼👳💥💫🌟✨🙇👑☀👾⛪🏰🏯🗻😲😱😵😏🔮🐲

  13. Any plans to do the other 4 books in the trilogy?

    (Yes, a 5 book trilogy. Cuz that's how DA used to roll lol)

  14. you guys used floating citation wrong, you also need the first and last name before the page number 😛

  15. Quite a bit of things on the guide actually makes no sense not because its confusing but because it is not how things work and not scientifically sound

  16. You just gotta love Western White Liberal Hypocrisy when some black guy cultural appropriates something of theirs and gets it all wrong with the pronunciations(as happens quite frequently with these otherwise quite entertaining Thug Notes) knowing he and his probable White Producers are not actual fans of the source material(This did start out as a BBC Audio series after all and have a made for tv as well as a hollywood movie that fans would have gravitated towards along with the correct pronunciation(um I don't think this is a word) words)

    But then again why waste my time with this anyway, Let the little shitters whine about you being racist just because you corrected them on something, I mean they apparently judge their whole lives by pretending you are a nazi and they are the liberators of the "I"m better than you, Much Better" Party.

  17. That was one of the most interesting and entertaining books that I have ever read but when I hear you try to tell the story, nothing of the book comes through. You even pronounce the words wrong.

  18. youtube really needs a 3rd option to thumbs up and thumbs down. Option 3 would be Fucking loved it! and automatically subscribes you to the channel. BTW, Fucking loved this and I subscribed immediately!

  19. The reason I am not going to gripe about the pronunciation of Vogons is that with poetry like theirs, they don't deserve it.

  20. This book has been sitting in my aunt shelf for about maybe 10 years as far as i remember, im still in elementary school and did'nt understand english back then, so i didnt pay it no mind though the name douglass adam seems familiar even back then

    And last month i finally decided to check it out, and man i regret i did'nt read it sooner

  21. Thug notes for the other 4 books? I mean I'd love to see it go further to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

    Then 'Life, The Universe, And Everything'
    AND THEN 'So Long And Thanks For All The Fish'
    And concluding on 'Mostly Harmless'

    I NEED THE FULL SET

  22. 42 is the ASCII code for *, which is used as a wildcard symbol in computer programming, so life is basically whatever you want it to be.

  23. Please do a summary & analysis on the Neverending Story. BTW your vids are amazing keep it up dude. 😉😋😎🤗

  24. SEX AND HUMOR DON'T WORK

    Sex and humor are pathetic devices of deception used by panic-stricken Nazis PF and NL etc. but SADLY sex and humour as top distracting Nazi devices of deception JUST DON'T WORK WITH God. (Terribly sorry. Can't help. God cannot EVER be fooled by ANYBODY.) – G

    Cf. Douglas Adams: "THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY" etc. etc. ad nauseam.

    Kishalay Sinha [G]

  25. 127/5000

    El primero en la clásica comedia de ciencia ficción 'trilogía de los cinco', que nos introduce en el universo único de Arthur Dent y Adams. No pánico

  26. dat cray cray scroll make you feel "i think therefore i am " confused and got a bitchin headache , and be way too long . i watch dis chit , gonna ace dat test come the morrow . peace !

  27. At first I was going to make fun of his pronunciation of the characters names, but then I realized those were much better ways to say their names so I’m going to adopt them

  28. The story so far:
    In the beginning the Universe was created.
    This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

  29. Funny how Hitch hiker fans are all so pretentious as to be worried to their cores about how somebody ELSE pronounces something…. a CHARACTER, at that…. Douglas Adams would have hated you all

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