… get himself a life, … that would at least keep the element of surprise on his side

In the novel Mostly Harmless” (included in the Ultimate hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy) by Douglas Adams Ford Prefect robbed the chief editor of what is basically his ID to end all IDs, and for the second time broke into his office to return it after using it to hack the accounting computer. Instead of there being a couch where he expected it to be, there was a man with a rocket launcher, who missed his first shot and blew up the window behind Ford after he took the chief editor hostage.

“He was surrounded.
The big guy with the rocket launcher was moving it up into position for another shot.
Ford was completely at a loss for what to do next.
‘Look, he said in a stern voice. But he wasn’t certain how far saying things like ‘Look’ in a stern voice was necessarily going to get him, and time was not on his side. What the hell, he thought, you’re only young once, and threw himself out of the window. That would at least keep the element of surprise on his side

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The first thing Arthur Dent had to do, he realized resignedly, was to get himself a life. (p. 637)”

I found this sequence of events to be rather absurd, yet funny at that; it was made only better by the start of the next chapter. “The first thing Arthur Dent had to do, he realized resignedly, was to get himself a life.” this I found hilarious and rather relatable at that.

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