"I took up being cruel to animals,'' he said airily. " But only,'' he added, "as a hobby.''
" Oh yes,'' said Arthur, warily.
"Yes,'' Ford assured him. "I won't disturb you with the details because they would -''
"Disturb you. But you may be interested to know that I am singlehandedly responsible for the evolved shape of the animal you came to know in later centuries as a giraffe. And I tried to learn to fly. Do you believe me?''
Goes both ways I guess