Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Easter Egg - Phone Numbers

There is a phone number that pops up in the first book. This was the phone number of Douglas Adams when he wrote it. Please don't call this number, since it now belongs to someone else.

The robot also was a real person, someone the author knew. This guy would outright insult people just like the robot would.

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Contributed By: Z Dimension on 11-10-1999
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lenny522 writes:
The phone number didn't belong to Douglas Adams, but a friend of his who didn't mind recieving phone calls. Before he moved, the person would gladly take a few minutes to talk to people who called the number just for fun. Now, someone who Adams doesn't know owns the number.
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pepperpot writes:
The phone numbers in the section "How to Leave the Planet" are in fact valid, and are not likely to be changed anytime soon (because many VIPs need to call them on a regular basis). I would strongly advise NOT calling any of the numbers unless you have something constructive to say, as none of the listed organizations are noted for their senses of humor.
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sesame85 writes:
I've got to try those numbers! And as an FYI, Marvin was a depressed robot. He didn't intend to insult people and be rude. It was just the way he was built. 100% depressed. (Not to mention very oppositional!)
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jbuck writes:
Just so you know, last I tryed the NASA number dosen't work.
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mrs_madden writes:
I read this book in junior high, and called the White House with the number printed in the book! LMAO They answered and I immediately hung up and then ran and jumped into my bed, afraid that the secret police would be showing up at my door any moment! hehe ; )
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John Walker writes:
A friend of mine pretended to be Chelsea Clinton (when they were in power), and the operator was actually confused... "Errr... Chelsea doesn't speak like that". If someone could pull off a decent imperosonation, would they have gotten through? Alternative comedian Victor Lewis Smith proved this indeed to be true: Getting hold of a simple voice program he pretended to be Prof. Stephen Hawking -- and actually got straight through!!! You can buy the tape of it through his website.
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etherface writes:
When I first read the book, a friend and I called the numbers given in the front, convinced that they were fake or changed years ago. To our surprise, they were all still good. The operator at the White House actually answered: "White House, how can I direct your call?"
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Liam Proven writes:
The phone number /was/ once Adam's flat. Marvin is based on the radio and TV scriptwriter Andrew Marshall, who along with David Renwick wrote /Whoops! Apocalypse/ amongst many other things. MARshall -> MARvin, gedditt? -- Liam P.
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artakserkso writes:
Are those phone numbers from "Don't panic" for the Pope, the White House etc...real? Or in any way could they be eggs?
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Jonathan Tu writes:
Naw, seems kinda oblique.
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