A ship from Douglas Adams The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. The B Ark is technically named "Golgafrincham
Ark Fleet, Ship B". The Golgafrincham civilization hatched a plan to eliminate its society of its most useless workers, namely its service sector
and its paper shuffler
s. The Golgafrinchans
created a legend that their world was about to be destroyed and they needed to build three arks. In Ark A they would put all the high achiever
s, the scientists, thinkers, artists, and important leaders. In Ark C they would put all the blue-collar worker
s, the people that build and make things. In Ark B they would put everyone else: hairdresser
s, TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officer
s, security guard
s, public relations
executives, and management consultants.
The B Ark was constructed, loaded up, and launched first. However, it was automatically set for a collision course with Earth's sun, to finally rid Golgafrincham of these twit
s. And naturally, no A or C ark was ever made.
B Ark is also used as metaphor
to indicate the uselessness of one's job:
"Ever since I took this management job, I haven't written a line of code
. I answer emails. I attend meetings. My job is strictly B Ark stuff."
"He contributes even less to society
than I do! He'd certainly be ahead of me in line for the B Ark."