Douglas Adams' Birthday Inspires Google Doodle

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Today’s Google’s doodle is a tribute to author Douglas Adams (1952-2001), the late author of the acclaimed novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Adams would have been 61 today.

Adams b-day pic

Hitchhiker’s Guide was originally a radio comedy, broadcast on the BBC’s Radio 4 in 1978, before Adams published it in novel form one year later.

The doodle includes many references to his work, such as a towel (essential item for space travel), a cup of tea, and beloved "paranoid android" Marvin.

Clicking on the tablet-like gadget on the spacecraft dash, which reads "Don't Panic" - the oft-repeated Hitchhiker’s Guide mantra - reveals more Easter eggs.

For instance, a drawing of earth and a message reading “mostly harmless” - the title of the fifth installment in Adams’ “five-part trilogy" - appear with clicks.

As for the doodle itself? Not Google's best work. Honestly we can barely make out the word. But you gotta respect the search giant's taste in books.

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Douglas is terribly missed. His brand of humour was unique. But it does live on in others like Neil Gaiman, and in comic novels like THE MYOSHI EFFECT. Happy Bday DNA.