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THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY 1978 Literature
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  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: The Babel Fish is small, yellow and leechlike, and probably the oldest thing in the universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from it's own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious though frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centers of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel Fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel Fish.
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