은해수를여행하는히치하이커를위한안내서 에 나오는 물고기. 이걸 사람귀에 집어넣으면..모든 나라말을 들을 수 있다. 상대방에게도 이걸 넣으면 다른 언어를 사용하는 사람이라도 대화가 가능해진다.
The babelfish is small, yellow, leechlike, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brainwave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centers of the brain. The practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech you hear decodes the brainwave matrix. Now, it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could evolve merely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final clinching proof on the nonexistence of God. The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith and without faith I am nothing." "But," says man, "the babelfish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It proves you exist, and so therefore you don't, q.e.d." "Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic. "Oh, that was easy," says man, and for an encore he proves that black is white, and gets killed in the next zebra crossing. Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
아마 위 은해수를여행하는히치하이커를위한안내서에서 따온 이름인듯한 알타비스타의 웹번역프로그램이다. 종종 재밌는 결과가 나온다.
웃기는 번역결과를 찾는 놀이, 한->영->한->영 식으로 점점 확대되는것일 수록 좋다.