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The peanut or groundnut is a species in the legume or "bean" family. Ford Prefect buys four packets of peanuts from the Horse and Groom, because of the high salt and protein content, before using the Electronic Thumb to hitch a ride from the Vogons.


  • At the time the original "Hitchhiker's" was conceived, British pubs traditionally sold packets of peanuts from cardboard displays which, as the products were removed, revealed an image of a topless girl, in the manner of the Page 3 pictures in newspapers of the era.


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