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why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 41

tnargs

Does it matter? Does anything? I know it's a bit Marvin, but 42 sounds good and if nothing else gives people something to think about when they have nothing else to do.


why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 42

generaleddins

My guess is because L. Frank Baum already used Oz.smiley - magic


why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 43

AnarchistDuck

i think to ask this question is to miss the whole point.


why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 44

visualprincess_mel

The number 42 had no other significance in Douglas's life other than that it was his age when his daughter Polly was born.

Ref: Douglas Adams biography page on this site. smiley - ok


why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 45

DavidFerry

Easy:
HE WAS DRUNK
It is a random number he chose while drunk.

Nothing to do with multiplying or anything like that.

However, scientists do beleive now that Adams might have been right!


why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 46

AntonZdz

Perhaps he liked the numbers 7 and 6?smiley - biggrin


why adams chose 42 as answer to the question of life, universe and eveything?

Post 47

Bohemond

The book answers it doesnt i? The earth is built as an attempt to ask the right question. 42 is meaningless so you can always find clever reasons for it, which are equally meaningless, oh, and lets face it, it is a bloody good joke, when the book came out, everybody was saying 42 in answer to absolutely everything. This is why Douglas Adams was so brilliant and clever and funny. We are descended from the B ark.


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