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It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, it's Ballycumber!

April 19, 2005
Our Running Book has a name! Ballycumber C. Bookcrossing! Taken from the term coined by Douglas Adams, a truly remarkable author of many books, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, ballycumber (n) refers to "one of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed." Douglas Adams died in May 2001, only a few weeks after we launched the BookCrossing site, so we feel this a fitting tribute to this very famous author. And best of all? Ballycumber shortens to B.C., the nickname many of us have already attached to the little yellow guy.

Ballycumber is headed for some remarkable adventures in the future. We'll keep you posted as the plans become definite.

Many thanks to all who submitted suggestions for names. Each one was well thought out, and we had a hard time saying no to many. The Douglas Adams fan who submitted the name wishes to remain anonymous, and has donated the prize of wings for a year to another BookCrosser. So...if you find yourself suddenly flying, who knows? It could be a gift from Ballycumber!

Definition is from The Meaning of Liff, by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd

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