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I postulated a "black hole drive" consisting of two microscopic, confined black holes which were manipulated in such a way as to cause gravitrons to radiate in one direction and anti-gravitrons in the other, thus producing acceleration.

No! No! No! That cannot work in the real world! This is folly!

It is well known that there is only one truly safe way to go around the universe : the Bistromathic Drive, a greatly improved version of its predecessor, the Infinite Improbability Drive, with much fewer occurrences of fruitcakes and sperm whales.

by Francois in Paris on Fri May 30th, 2008 at 12:56:45 AM EST
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I do love Adams. And Vonnegut. The wife has found the concept of the Ganfaloon useful in explaining her metaphysics.  My biggest concern about the black hole drive was explaining why they didn't merge and pull the whole space ship in also on a singularly bad day.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 30th, 2008 at 01:04:07 AM EST
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My biggest fear in posting this is not that it is wrong, but that it might be right, and the MIBs will come for me ---to give me my icepick lobotomy. :-)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 30th, 2008 at 01:07:27 AM EST
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