Sunday, 1 August 2010

The Ruler of the Universe and his pencil.

Photo by NASA

The ruler of the universe
picked up from the table a piece of paper and a stub of a pencil. He held one in one hand and the other in the other, and experimented with the different ways of bringing them together. He tried holding the pencil under the paper, then over the paper, then next to the paper. He tried wrapping the paper round the pencil, he tried rubbing the stubby end of the pencil against the paper. It made a mark and he was delighted with the discovery, as he was every day.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Pan Books 1980.