“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand  about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the  very very obvious, as in It’s a nice day, or You’re very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange  behaviour. If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought,  their mouths probably seize up. After a few months’ consideration and  observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start  working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being  obstructively cynical.”


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