Tea is an infusion of dried leaves in boiled water. Ape descendants such as Arthur Dent enjoyed this beverage. However, computers such as the drinks machine aboard the Heart of Gold did not know why Arthur Dent wanted (or enjoyed) a cup of tea. The reason Arthur Dent gave for liking tea was "it makes me happy".

It took some time for Arthur Dent to be able to enjoy a cup of tea; following the destruction of the Earth, it a very long time 'till he could have a genuine cup of tea. It was only due to the plural zone status of the Earth that he was able to enjoy a real cup of tea in his house.

When the Vogon Construction Fleet was advancing towards Earth, someone from Jodrell Bank decided it would be a nice time for a cup of tea.[1]

After hitchhiking onto a Vogon ship, Arthur says he feels sick and needs a cup of tea.[2]

Arthur asks the onboard computer drink-machine to make tea but it creates a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. From chapter 3 of the Douglas Adams book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  2. From the movie.

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