This is the Babel fish from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, which burrows into your ear and consumes sound waves in languages you can’t comprehend and conveniently craps them out all over your brain in patterns you can comprehend, making the lives of intergalactic gigolos, and presumably people who are not intergalactic gigolos, much easier. This is the second illustration by John Martz in an ongoing series for Picture Book Report:
Ford, with a lightning movement, clapped his hand to Arthur?s ear, and he had the sudden sickening sensation of the fish slithering deep into his aural tract. Gasping with horror he scrabbled at his ear for a second or so, but then slowly turned goggle-eyed with wonder. He was experiencing the aural equivalent of looking at a picture of two black silhouetted faces and suddenly seeing it as a picture of a white candlestick. Or of looking at a lot of coloured dots on a piece of paper which suddenly resolve themselves into the figure six and mean that your optician is going to charge you a lot of money for a new pair of glasses
I really hope he ventures over to the movie version and illustrates the Point Of View Gun which makes the person who is shot see things and situations from the perspective of the person shooting the gun, leaving them entirely uninjured, physically at least, otherwise. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been unable to explain a complex concept or opinion I have and I just end up blurting out “I wish I could just shoot you with this weird gun and you would see things from my point of view!” They typically get wide eyed and back out of the room shortly afterward making the whole level of misunderstanding much, much worse.
First illustration in the series (Arthur Dent’s house + Vogon ship) after the jump: