[[Image:wreckage.jpg| 400px| thumb| left| part of the improbability drive]]
Type of Artifact: Bold Artifact
the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | The Infinite Improbability Drive is a wonderful new method of crossing vast intersteller distances in a mere nothingth of a second without all that tedious mucking about in hyperspace.
It was discovered by a lucky chance, and then developed into a governable form of propulsion by the Galactic Government's research team on Damogran.
This, briefly, is the story of its discovery:
Then, one day, a student who had been left to sweep up the lab after a particularly unsuccessful party found himself reasoning this way:
If, he thought to himself, such a machine is a virtual impossibility, then it must logically be a finite improbability. So all I have to do in order to make one, is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed that figure into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea ... and turn it on!
He did this, and was rather startled to discover that he had managed to create the long sought after golden Infinite Improbability generator out of thin air.
It startled him even more when, just after he was awarded the Galactic Institute's Prize for Extreme Cleverness, he got lynched by a rampaging mob of respectable physicists who had finally realized that the one thing they really couldn't stand was a smartass.}}
The infinite improbability drive allows you to be at every conceivable point in the universe you simply enter the coordinates of your destination and appear at your destination. The side effects of doing this are that highly improbable events occur such as (usually) temporary changes to the environment and the calling into being of large marine mammals or vibrantly coloured root vegetables. Wreckage from the Starship Titanic, a spaceship which crashed in sector ZZ9 plural Z Alpha, sometimes rains down to Earth, including pieces of the improbability drive. The cruise ship Starship Titanic was the first to be fitted with the improbability drive. It was incredibly well built and the travel brochure claimed that it was virtually impossible to crash. Unfortunately they failed to realise that anything that was virtually impossible must be finitely improbable and therefore very likely to happen almost immediately. There is no technology in Godville capable of fixing the pieces together. It is very improbable that the infinite improbability drive will ever be reconstructed in Godville... [[Category:Artifacts]] [[Category:Bold Artifacts]]