Jill (wanderingrogue) wrote,

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Geek Day

Today is a big deal for the geeks.

First of all, it's Towel Day. Did you sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? There was a frood who really knew where his towel was. Don't forget to drink a jynnantonix or a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (if you feel like having your brain smashed out by a lemon wrapped around a large gold brick) in his memory. And if you feel like sniffling back tears a bit, go and read this heartfelt lament about the loss of Douglas Adams by his good friend, the scientist Richard Dawkins.

Second, today is the anniversary of the Glorious 25th of May, the event around which all things happened in Terry Pratchett's book Night Watch. It's the first of Pratchett's books to make me cry. Seeing as how his books are hilarious, that's no small feat. In honor of the Glorious 25th of May, please join me in singing the Ankh-Morpork National Anthem:

When dragons belch and hippos flee
My thoughts, Ankh-Morpork, are of thee
Let others boast of martial dash
For we have boldly fought with cash
We own all your helmets, we own all your shoes
We own all your generals - touch us and you'll lose.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Morporkia owns the day!
We can rule you wholesale
Touch us and you'll pay.

We bankrupt all invaders, we sell them souvenirs
We ner ner ner ner ner, hner ner hner by the ears
Er hner we ner ner ner ner ner
Ner ner her ner ner ner hner the ner
Er ner ner hner ner, nher hner ner ner (etc.)
Ner hner ner, your gleaming swords
We mortgaged to the hilt
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Hner ner ner ner ner ner
We can rule you wholesale
Credit where it's due.

Really, though, this is a day for the geeks. And there's a good chance that if you're a fan of Adams, you're a fan of Pratchett. (And if you are an Adams fan who has never read Pratchett, I guarantee you would love him.)
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