ID #14756

Name: Katie
Age: 18
Country: USA

Hi! I’ve always wanted a pen pal, and I’m looking for one as I begin college– I’d just like to learn about someone else and share thoughts and ideas. I love talking about history, international relations, theatre, tv shows (GoT, Parks and Rec), books (Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, George R.R. Martin, and Shakespeare are names on some of my most dog-eared copies), and everyday stuff. I work in technical theatre, I collect rocks and comic strips, I debate in Model United Nations, and I love learning about anything from quarks to microbacteria. I hope to pursue pre-med, so it would be great to meet and talk to someone who likes to hear and discuss cool science and anatomy facts. I mess around with cosplay, watercolors, embroidery, and astrophysics in my free time. I’m hoping to learn new things, hear new ideas, and make a friend!

Preferences: I would like to hear from someone around my own age, so 17-21 would be best. Otherwise, if you have access to the postal service I can’t wait to get in touch!

  • JK Rowling: Suddenly, light started shining through the window!
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The window, which hanged on the wall, softly letting its curtains dance around the room, suddenly brought a bright light into the house.
  • Douglass Adams: Quite unexpectedly, light shined through the window in the room, which was less surprising when you think about the fact that's what windows are for.
  • Lemony Snicket: Light shined through the window abruptly.
  • abruptly, usually means unexpected, or sudden. For instance, if your mother picked you up from school after telling you twice about doing that, it would not be abruptly. However, if someone were to tell you your house burned down and your parents were dead without telling you to sit down first, it would very much be called, abruptly.

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

—  Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
This actually did happen to a real person, and the real person was me. I had gone to catch a train. This was April 1976, in Cambridge, U.K. I was a bit early for the train. I’d gotten the time of the train wrong. I went to get myself a newspaper to do the crossword, and a cup of coffee and a packet of cookies. I went and sat at a table.
I want you to picture the scene. It’s very important that you get this very clear in your mind. Here’s the table, newspaper, cup of coffee, packet of cookies. There’s a guy sitting opposite me, perfectly ordinary-looking guy wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase. It didn’t look like he was going to do anything weird. What he did was this: he suddenly leaned across, picked up the packet of cookies, tore it open, took one out, and ate it.
Now this, I have to say, is the sort of thing the British are very bad at dealing with. There’s nothing in our background, upbringing, or education that teaches you how to deal with someone who in broad daylight has just stolen your cookies.
You know what would happen if this had been South Central Los Angeles. There would have very quickly been gunfire, helicopters coming in, CNN, you know… But in the end, I did what any red-blooded Englishman would do: I ignored it. And I stared at the newspaper, took a sip of coffee, tried to do a clue in the newspaper, couldn’t do anything, and thought, what am I going to do?
In the end I thought, Nothing for it, I’ll just have to go for it, and I tried very hard not to notice the fact that the packet was already mysteriously opened. I took out a cookie for myself. I thought, That settled him. But it hadn’t because a moment or two later he did it again. He took another cookie. Having not mentioned it the first time, it was somehow even harder to raise the subject the second time around. “Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice …” I mean, it doesn’t really work.
We went through the whole packet like this. When I say the whole packet, I mean there were only about eight cookies, but it felt like a lifetime. He took one, I took one, he took one, I took one. Finally, when we got to the end, he stood up and walked away. Well, we exchanged meaningful looks, then he walked away, and I breathed a sigh of relief and sat back.
A moment or two later the train was coming in, so I tossed back the rest of my coffee, stood up, picked up the newspaper, and underneath the newspaper were my cookies.
The thing I like particularly about this story is the sensation that somewhere in England there has been wandering around for the last quarter-century a perfectly ordinary guy who’s had the same exact story, only he doesn’t have the punch line.
—  Douglas Adams, well known for writing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy shares a very British story
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.
—  Douglas Adams, in his Introduction (A Guide to The Guide) to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Quotes for the signs said by artists with the same zodiac sign

Aries:  “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost)

Taurus:  “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
(Allen Saunders)

Gemini:  “Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.” (Rick Riordan)

Cancer:  “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” (Robert A. Heinlein)

Leo:  “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” (Mae West)

Virgo:  “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (John Green

Libra:  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

Scorpio:  “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” (Neil Gaiman)

Sagittarius:  “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” (Mark Twain)

Capricorn:  “We read to know we’re not alone.” (William Nicholson)

Aquarius:  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”(Thomas A. Edison)

Pisces:  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” (Douglas Adams)

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