How to Leave the Planet

1. Phone NASA. Their phone number is (713) 483-3111. Explain that it’s very important that you get away as soon as possible.

2. If they do not cooperate, phone any friend you may have in the White House–(202) 456-1414–to have a word on your behalf with the guys at NASA.

3. If you don’t have any friends in the White House, phone the Kremlin (ask the overseas operator for 0107-095-295-9051). They don’t have any friends there either (at least, none to speak of), but they do seem to have a little influence, so you may as well try.

4. If that also fails, phone the Pope for guidance. His telephone number is 011-39-6-6982, and I gather his switchboard is infallible.

5. If all these attempts fail, flag down a passing flying saucer and explain that it’s vitally important you get away before your phone bill arrives.

(Taken from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)

Cover image taken from Goodreads

36 Replies to “How to Leave the Planet”

      1. Good point (enters hypothetical internal struggle between paying a large sum to Elon Musk and being able to step off the planet a while)… If I could go with Ford Prefect, I’d do it.

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    1. Ha, I suppose their uselessness was pointed out on the last option.
      That aside, I thought the excerpt made perfect sense with the global crisis. Haven’t you ever read the book? It’s more silly than not, but it put a smile on my face, so it was totally worth it for me.

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