At the time of his death, Douglas Adams was excited about a project that he put together with the BBC had put together. With the advent of the internet, it struck him that the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy could actually be implemented. I don't think it ever got off the ground though. Too bad, I thought, it was such a great idea.
Quoth Douglas Adams:
In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitch Hiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopædia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.
First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on the cover.
Wikipedia is quite a bit cheaper (free) than the Encyclopædia Britannica (not free). One out of two ain't bad.
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