Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Easter Egg - Worst Poetry in the Universe

In chapter 7 Adams mentions the worst poetry in the Universe to be created by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings. In the original radio series it referred to Paul Neil Milne Johnstone, but Adams was forced to retract the name for later recordings and for the book.

Johnstone is a real person, a sample of his poetry can be found at http://www.pictographics.com/poetry.html

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The person in the picture of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings is in fact Douglas Adams himself. He also appears as one of the Marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics corporation, and is in person as the man who walks naked into the sea.
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zoso dude writes:
MY GOD, IT'S AWFUL. TAKE IT AWAY, TAKE IT AWAY, TAKE IT AWAY. AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
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boygenius writes:
You can read some of McGonagall's poems at http://www.dundee22.freeserve.co.uk. And, yes, it is very, horribly, laughably bad!
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Devomatic writes:
http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/poem1367.html Now this is truly bad poetry. I was introduced to this work when David Hyde Pierce read it at the Montreal International Comedy Festival.
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Bob Schroeck writes:
Hmm. That explains why my vinyl recording of the the show has an electronic garble instead of the name. In the TV series of HHTTG, the Guide briefly shows a line drawing of "Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings" -- anyone know if it's a doctored pic of the real guy or not?
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Frosty555 writes:
I dunno, I still think "Ode to a small green lump of putty I found in my armpit one midsummers morning" is the worse then any of the others, contrary to the book. ;)
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@ssKicker writes:
You're wrong- the worst "poet" EVER has to have been William McGonagall. He lived in Dundee and wrote poems like "The Tay Bridge Disaster". If you've never heard of him, you should read his "poetry". Seriously, it's REALLY funny! On that last Sabbath day in 1889, Which will be remembered for a very long time...
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