Kata Lyst Stella V. @marvelwonderkat is the winner of the Adventures of Starman comic full package.
Including a signed photo of Starman in front of SpaceX
Then try to find as many references to The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, Tesla, Elon Musk, SpaceX and general knowledge of the Tesla community.Here is her submission:
(items in bold and italicized were added for clarification)
Hidden Hitchhikers Guide references in the Model 3 Easter Egg video on the Tesla Social YouTube Site
1. Ford Prefect is the person you called. Ford Prefect is obviously the name of one of the main characters of the book. He’s not human. He’s from Betelguese Five and his name is not really Ford Prefect; he had chosen the name thinking (mistakenly) that it was “nicely inconspicuous.” His nickname is “Ik.” He got accidentally stuck on Earth for 15 years. He was working on updating the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and he updated the entry for “Earth” from “Harmless” to “Mostly Harmless.” He saves his earthman friend, Arthur Dent, by taking him to a pub, making him drink 3 pints (as beer apparently helps with relaxation and cushions the effects of going through a matter transference beam).
2. Ford ’s at a pub during your phone call with him. In the book, Ford takes Arthur to a pub before Earth is destroyed to drink the 3 pints mentioned above. As a side note, in the Galaxy, “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster” is a well-known drink. “Blaster” is the name of the game Elon created and sold as a young teen.
3. Ford mentioned gin and lemon in his conversation with you. Jynnan tonnyx is mentioned in Hitchhikers Guide. Not only is it “a curious fact, and one to which no one knows quite how much importance to attach, that something like 85 percent of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx…or any one of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme,” but Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent, when being interrogated, are offered jynnnan tonnyx…with Lemon.
The line is paraphrased from the book. “…..I wouldn’t be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.”
4. The Tesla Deep Thought dude that appeared on your screen was Green. Words flared in Green when typing on the screen of the Heart of Gold. The color Green comes up quite a lot, actually, in Hitchhikers Guide. The Matrix also uses green, and Yoda is also green.
The movie version Deep Thought was a golden color, this green version was directly from the TV series.
5.“Deep Thought” is “the second greatest computer in the Universe of Time and Space” in Hitchhikers Guide.
“Tesla Deep Thought” is the direct reference to “Deep Thought” from the book
6. Deep Thought speaks in a voice, rich, resonant and deep. (LOL, Deep Thought speaks in a deep voice. Hahahaha!). Tesla Deep Thought also speaks in a deep voice.
7. There is a reference to the matrix in Hitchhikers Guide (so double meaning between the reference in the book and the movie The Matrix). The reference is to the first greatest computer of all time, that is designed by Deep Thought, who describes it as follows: “A computer that can calculate the Question to the Ultimate Answer, a computer of such infinite and subtle complexity that organic life itself shall form part of its operational matrix. And you yourselves shall take on new forms and go down into the computer to navigate its ten-million-year program! Yes! I shall design this computer for you. And I shall name it also unto you. And it shall be called…the Earth.” Phouchg gaped at Deep Thought. “What a dull name,” he said….) Also, Earth was destroyed 5 minutes before the greatest computer ever built – Earth – came up with the Ultimate Question.
8. Speaking of which, you asked a bunch of questions (some suffered the same problems that are discussed in Hitchhikers Guide). After revealing the Answer is forty-two in front of many people, there was a long silence. There were two guys talking to Deep Thought.
One said: “We’re going to get lynched, aren’t we?” he whispered.
“It was a tough assignment,” said Deep Thought mildly.
“Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is this all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”
“I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”
“But it was the Great Question! The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything,” howled Loonquawl.
“Yes,” said Deep Thought with the air of one who suffers fools gladly, “but what actually IS it?”
A slow stupefied silence crept over the men as they stared at the computer and then at each other.
“Well, you know, it’s just Everything…everything…” offered Phouchg weakly.
“Exactly!” said Deep Thought. “So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.”
Btw, the mice ultimately decide to make-up the Ultimate Question, deciding that “How many roads must a man walk down” should suffice to keep everyone confused saying that it “[s]ounds very significant without actually tying you down to meaning anything at all.” LOL. The Mice also tried “What’s yellow and dangerous?” but decided it didn’t fit the Answer. They also tried “What do you get if you multiply six by seven?” but it was considered too literal and factual and wouldn’t sustain interest.
9. In your car, Tesla Deep thought says “Good Afternoon.” In the book, Deep Thought says “Good Morning” on the day it reveals the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. (the text was altered from morning to afternoon because it was 4:20 in the afternoon.)
NOTE: 42 appears quite a lot in the video. I don’t know if these count as different references, but I’ll list them, just in case.
10. Forty-two or 42 is the Answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. It only took 7 ½ million years for the computer Deep Thought to come up with the Ultimate Answer.
11. 420 is the time (420 is essentially 42) on your Model 3 console (throughout the video).
Referencing the “funding secured tweet”, and if Elon Musk did use 420 intentionally in that tweet, it could be assumed it is due to the number 42, not 420 of the marijuana culture. He has admitted he doesn’t do that (except once on Joe Rogan podcast), and he is indeed fascinated with “The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy”, so correct in saying “420 is essentially 42”
12. 420 is the time on the Elon Musk text regarding bitcoin.
ongoing joke about the bitcoin spammers in Elon Musks tweets. That is a screenshot of an actual tweet by Elon Musk.
13. The Tesla Ring has an arrow pointing to the number 42.
14. The graphic of the Model 3 looks like the sleek white running shoe shape of the Heart of Gold ship.
Interesting to see that, not an intended reference but makes sense 🙂
15. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is mentioned.
at the end of the video “Let’s navigate to the restaurant at the end of the univers-ity campus”
16. There’s “a robot camera that hovers above” in Hitchhikers Guide. Kinda like the Yoda drone. (This is a stretch, I admit).
Another unintended reference but that totally makes sense
17. Regarding the ring/key with the “arrow” pointing to 42, there is an “arrow” drawn on a note pinned to a part of the sparse instrumentation in the aircar that had belonged to Startibartfast. The arrow pointed at one of the controls, and the writing next to the arrow said: “This is probably the best button to press.” (This is also a stretch, but what have I got to lose?)
18. I don’t know what the 10 button pushing means, but there is a lot of improbability, coincidence, ironic and random occurrences that all have actual effects throughout the book. To the extent improbability plays a role, I list it here. I mean, the whole video and step-by-step process was both brilliant and ridiculous (particularly as about half of it merely shows something that’s written in the Model 3 Manual).
By pushing the button 10 times, the light at the charge port starts to flash in rainbow colors. It is another easter egg in Teslas, a way to show that off in the video and use that to connect to Tesla Deep Thought
Also SpaceX drone ship references. The drone ship names are “Of Course I Still Love You”, and “Just Read The Instructions”. In the video it is said to Eve the car: “O come on Eve, don’t you still love me, just help me figure this crazy riddle out”. Eve responds “Of course I still love you, just read the Instructions”
My list of 17 things put in intentionally:
- don’t panic sticker on dash – first reference to the book “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy”. That was on the cover of a book that the main character used while traveling through the galaxy. It is also right above the glove compartment, Elon Musk put a copy of the book in the glove compartment of the roadster in space
- Time on the monitor is always 4:20 – Elon Musk made a tweet that got him into trouble about going private and buying out the stock at 420 a share. It is assumed he was referencing the number 42
- My “friend”, Ford Prefect, is character in Hitchhikers guide book
- The real answer is at 4:20 in the video – “he said something about all the answers are found within”. This is my version of the answer because the wisdom of the ages have always the answers are found within you.
- Line about a lemon looking for gin is a paraphrased quote from the book.
- Address seen on the monitor screen of “155 County Lane, Cottington” is Arthur Dents address from the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, not the book but in the video game. In the book it was “…..West Country farmland”
- I used twitter to communicate once because it is Elon Musk’s favorite way of communicating.
- Elon liking tweets or retweeting is known to have many of the users get excited, take screenshots and share their joy on twitter, so that is why Ford was excited about being “liked” on twitter by Elon
- Elon’s twitter posts typically have spam messages selling bitcoin and they are spammers pretending to be him and it isn’t. There is a screenshot of a tweet by Elon Musk who is making a joke about those same spammers.
- Tesla Deep Thought is referencing the “Deep Thought” computer from the hitchhikers guide book.
- 42 is referencing the hitchhikers guide, it was the answer given by Deep Thought as the answer to the question about Life the Universe and Everything.
- SpaceX has 2 drone ships: Of Course I still Love You, and Just Read the Instructions ( I added those 2 lines spoken by Eve, the name of my car)
- Mark Spiegel is a short seller, he is the paper cutout image used in the car. He is betting on Tesla going bankrupt and makes his opinions well-known on Twitter.
- The car on the wrong side – means wrong side of TSLA stock, Spiegel short sells the stock and hopes for bankruptcy of the company. Also driving an old noisy gas car because the assumption would be he lost his money from trying to short sell TSLA and had to sell his Porsche.
- The TSLAQ license plate on the car is actually his real license plate, Q after a stock symbol means the company is in bankruptcy. He is hoping that to be true
- When I say “Lets navigate to the restaurant at the end of the univers-ity campus”, I was making a reference to the second book after the hitchhikers guide called: “The restaurant at the end of the universe”
- Eve asked “Shall we take the shortcut”, I said “I don’t like shorts”, meaning I don’t like short sellers. “Lets take the long way” because I am long on TSLA