Published: november 12, 2012
Edited: may 13, 2019

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Golgafrinchania - more appropriate name for the European Union

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the most totally remarkable book in the whole of the known Universe (said the large pink-winged insect, not me) can tell you everything you need to know about anything. But to find the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth, as told by Prak, you have to read between the lines.

An excerpt from Life, the Universe and Everything (chapter 4) by Douglas Adams:

"This isn't my towel," said Arthur, who was rummaging in his rabbit-skin bag.
"Shhh," said Ford. He screwed his eyes up in concentration.
"I had a Golgafrinchan jogging towel," continued Arthur, "it was blue with yellow stars on it. This isn't it."
"Shhh," said Ford again. He covered one eye and looked with the other.
"This one's pink," said Arthur, "it isn't yours is it?"
"I would like you to shut up about your towel," said Ford.
"It isn't my towel," insisted Arthur, "that is the point I am trying to..."
"And the time at which I would like you to shut up about it," continued Ford in a low growl, "is now."
"All right," said Arthur, starting to stuff it back into the primitively stitched rabbit-skin bag. "I realize that it is probably not important in the cosmic scale of things, it's just odd, that's all. A pink towel suddenly, instead of a blue one with yellow stars."

You don't know who the Golgafrinchans are? Well, in short, they are your ancestors. And that is not something to be proud of. One useless third of their population crash landed on this planet, and the rest is history. Read all about it in the book.
Resourceful as they were, they adopted the leaf (yes, from trees) as legal tender (money does grow on trees!). No wonder they choose towel as a flag for their latest organisation.

Curious coincidence? Impossible? Think of so called straight banana legislation. Doesn't it look suspiciously like Golgafrinchan reasoning? And it is just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately.
Welcome home Golgafrinchans!


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