…Somewhere in the deeply remote past it seriously traumatized a small random group of atoms drifting through the empty sterility of space and made them cling together in the most extraordinarily unlikely patterns. These patterns quickly learnt to copy themselws (this was part of what was so extraordinary about the patterns) and went on to cause massiw trouble on every planet they drifed on to. That was how Ice began in the Universe …

Douglas A d a m , The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [POSA1]