The trouble with most forms of transport, he thought, is basically that not
one of them is worth all the bother. On Earth - when there had been an earth,
before it was demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass - the problem
had been with cars. The disadvantages involved in pulling lots of black
sticky slime from out of the ground where it had been safely hidden out of
harm's way., turning it into tar to cover the land with, smoke to fill the air
with and pouring the rest into the sea, all seemed to outweigh the advantages
of being able to get more quickly from one place to another -
particularly,when the place you arrived at had probably become, as a result of
this, very similar to the place you had left, i.e., covered with tar, full of
smoke and short of fish.
- Douglas Adams [Restaurant at the end of the Universe]
"For every pleasure, money is useless"