Why 42 ?

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Mark J Cherkas

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Nov 1, 1993, 7:50:35 PM11/1/93
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I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
Why is the answer 42 ?
Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?


Kampen van F

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Nov 2, 1993, 6:50:41 AM11/2/93
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NO, HELP, NOT AGAIN THIS NEVER ENDING DISCUSSION!!!
PLEASE NO! (Spare you precious bandwith...)

In binary it appears to be 101010 (VERY CONSPICUOUS)
Als there is some fooling arount with 2b OR (NOT 2b) (possibly with
some additional parantheses, I did not bother to check this).
(To be or not to be),
Sigh, it's very very very complicated.
YOU DON"T want to KNOW

Greetings


Florentijn van Kampen


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Robert Svebeck

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Nov 2, 1993, 3:52:26 AM11/2/93
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This is one-of-the-many explenations:

Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
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7 +5 +3 +11 +5 +2 +3 +6 = 42 !

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Douglas Adams

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Nov 3, 1993, 2:51:46 AM11/3/93
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In Article <2b4asr$b...@syzygy.socs.uts.edu.au>, mjch...@socs.uts.EDU.AU

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

Best,

Douglas Adams
London, UK | d...@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant)
Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada...@nic.cerf.net (current)

Jack Death

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Nov 2, 1993, 11:53:42 AM11/2/93
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In article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net>

ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
>
>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>
>Best,
>
>Douglas Adams
>London, UK | d...@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant)
>Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada...@nic.cerf.net (current)


Hmmmm... I kinda figured it was something like that, but then
again if the REAL answer to life the universe and everything WERE
42, it would be a common number to _guess_ or _Pick_, wouldn't it?
I think that whether you, Mr. Adams, picked it intentionaly or not,
you hit the right answer anyways. (Besides isn't it Fun to see just
how many poeple are looking for this number to show up everywhere
they go? :) )


C U LAZER,

Jeffrey D. Shaffer

Mike Vermillion

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Nov 2, 1993, 1:01:11 PM11/2/93
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In article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net> ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:

Thank you very, very, very much Mr. Adams. I find it hard to
believe that this answer wasn't obvious to everyone from the start.

Will the rest of you please stop now?

Mike

John E. Veness

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Nov 2, 1993, 3:20:29 PM11/2/93
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Douglas Adams (ada...@nic.cerf.net) wrote:
: In Article <2b4asr$b...@syzygy.socs.uts.edu.au>, mjch...@socs.uts.EDU.AU

: Best,

Awww, all the myths come crashing down, one-by-one..

Pel

Sodhed

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Nov 2, 1993, 11:43:14 PM11/2/93
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In article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net>
ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:

>In Article <2b4asr$b...@syzygy.socs.uts.edu.au>, mjch...@socs.uts.EDU.AU
>(Mark J Cherkas) wrote:
>>
>>I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
>>Why is the answer 42 ?
>>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?
>
>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>
>Best,
>Douglas Adams

*laugh* What a guy... thus ending a possible flame-war. If only the 'fan'
newsgroups ALL had the real source of the entertainment posting to them, there
would be few flame-wars arguing about stuff we don't even know. The main
reason, by the way, that I read this newsgroup is because a friend of mine is
a fanatic, and has told me much of Mr. Adams' work, and also the fact that the
MAN HIMSELF posts here. Almost makes me want to start reading something more
than textbooks again. Time to finish my physics homework....

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Eschel A. Hamel

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Nov 3, 1993, 3:54:35 AM11/3/93
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In article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net>, ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
>In Article <2b4asr$b...@syzygy.socs.uts.edu.au>, mjch...@socs.uts.EDU.AU
>(Mark J Cherkas) wrote:
>>
>>I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
>>Why is the answer 42 ?
>>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?


<Mr. Adams' explanation deleted.>

I still don't get this. People are always trying to look into that one. When
I read the series, I saw it as a joke, plain and simple. It's simple (but
highly effective) irony, period. I've seen and heard him answer this question
way too many times. Let it rest folks. Remember, every moment he has to spend
explaining things, is one he isn't writing. I'd much rather see the script
completed, or perhaps a new novel.

S.Casey

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Nov 3, 1993, 6:22:36 AM11/3/93
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>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

YOU`VE RUINED IT NOW!!!!
Hmm.....
I was watching my copy of HHGTTG last night (after a discussion over all the differences between all the different versions) And I suddenly noticed a certain 'Green' theme to the entire book. Naughty naughty - you were writing this before it was trendy to be green.. - This just won't do... Your only hope is that it was unintentional...

PS. I have only been skiming this group and was wondering if anyone actually got round to compiling that list of questions? - if so mail me or something - I might like to add to it.....

Thanks,
Steve

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MISS RA CLARKE

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Nov 3, 1993, 7:56:43 AM11/3/93
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>>I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
>>Why is the answer 42 ?
>>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?
>
>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>
>Best,
>
>Douglas Adams
>London, UK | d...@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant)
>Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada...@nic.cerf.net (current)

Awwww, why spoil their fun? - they were happy with their binaries and base
13s...

Beccy
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Ken

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Nov 3, 1993, 12:08:36 PM11/3/93
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>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

>Best,

>Douglas Adams

But, perhaps your subconscious mind was giving you (and then all of
us) some wild insight to just what life is really all about ???

Ken. (Not wanting to see a funny thread die and lose all those wierd
possible explanations !).


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Dale Schouten

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Nov 3, 1993, 12:19:52 PM11/3/93
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In article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net> ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
>
>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

Right, think you know something about it, eh?
Surely you're denying your subconscious interconnectedness with
tibetan monks possessed of 13 fingers!?

Or isn't it true that you originally wrote HHGG in a previous
life in 1924?

You can't fool us with simple facts!

Dale Schouten
scho...@uiuc.edu

Matthias Urlichs

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Nov 3, 1993, 9:06:24 AM11/3/93
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In alt.fan.douglas-adams, article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net>,

ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
>
> The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
> ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
> base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
> stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>
Bull. Or, to quote what a German philosopher once said to Isaac Asimov (it's
in his autobiography somewhere), "Just because you wrote it doesn't mean that
you know anything at all about it."

:-)

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un Coeur en Hiver

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Nov 4, 1993, 1:16:12 PM11/4/93
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jdsh...@silver.ucs.indiana.edu (Jack Death) wrote:
>
> In article <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net>
> ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
> >
> >The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
> >ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
> >base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
> >stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
> >
>
> Hmmmm... I kinda figured it was something like that, but then
> again if the REAL answer to life the universe and everything WERE
> 42, it would be a common number to _guess_ or _Pick_, wouldn't it?
> I think that whether you, Mr. Adams, picked it intentionaly or not,
> you hit the right answer anyways.

> (Besides isn't it Fun to see just
> how many poeple are looking for this number to show up everywhere
> they go? :) )


I don't look for the number, it just keeps popping up all the time.


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Schumacher Gordon C

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cm5...@scitsc.wlv.ac.uk (S.Casey) writes:

>I was watching my copy of HHGTTG last night (after a discussion over all the differences between all the different versions) And I suddenly noticed a certain 'Green' theme to the entire book. Naughty naughty - you were writing this before it was trendy to be green.. - This just won't do... Your only hope is that it was unintentional...

No, he seems to like yellow much more. Yellow tongues (at the VERY
beginning), yellow bulldozers, yellow Vogon ships, Suffusions of Yellow,
and others (tho' I don't remember offhand)

BTW, it's considered polite to break your lines at about 75 chars. It
makes it much easier to read ;)
<NOT a flame, just advice>

Gordon Schumacher

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Kurt Brinschwitz

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Nov 5, 1993, 1:50:03 AM11/5/93
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In article <jmarston....@unix2.tcd.ie> jmar...@unix2.tcd.ie (Ken) writes:
>
>>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>
>>Best,
>
>>Douglas Adams
>
> But, perhaps your subconscious mind was giving you (and then all of
>us) some wild insight to just what life is really all about ???
>
>Ken. (Not wanting to see a funny thread die and lose all those wierd
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ?????????

>possible explanations !).
>
>
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Good God, man ! get a life!

Ken

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Nov 5, 1993, 5:13:43 AM11/5/93
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>>Ken. (Not wanting to see a funny thread die and lose all those wierd
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ?????????

>>possible explanations !).
>>


>Good God, man ! get a life!


I would, but they are more trouble than their worth.

Ken.

S.Casey

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Nov 5, 1993, 8:13:08 AM11/5/93
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>BTW, it's considered polite to break your lines at about 75 chars. It
>makes it much easier to read ;)

Erm yea... - I'll count them! hmm...

The point was green as in eco friendly....
and besides all the graphics were in green!!

the thing was about the burning of the trees on ancient earth etc.....

Steve


Evan Douglas Macbeth

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Nov 4, 1993, 5:22:22 PM11/4/93
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Yesness, I seem to see it around much also...
I think it is an unwritten law of the Whole Sort of General
Mish Mash, "And 42 shall be the number of the counting..."

Paradox !-)
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Alan Stokes

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Nov 5, 1993, 8:16:37 AM11/5/93
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>Best,

What's the point of us sitting down and wondering whether there may, or may not, be
a reason for the answer 42 if some bloody author comes along and tells us he just made
it up?

:-)

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James Messer

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Nov 5, 1993, 1:24:20 PM11/5/93
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Hi, I aseemeed to have nmissed the article on the hotel soap. Could
someone e-mail it too me? I am at jme...@morgan.ucs.mun.ca or at
mrm%statistics%dfo...@dfonfl01.nwafc.nf.ca
Thanks in advance.
BTW Hello Mr. Adams, I was wondering if you had anyparticular piece of
Bach's music in mind when you wrote about him in the Dirk Gently book?
And what about the Mozart bit with the annoying note?
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Mike Unlimited

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Nov 6, 1993, 3:04:30 AM11/6/93
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In article <1Il2sAk...@rcp.co.uk> al...@rcp.co.uk (Alan Stokes) writes:
>In <adamsd.11...@news.cerf.net> ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
>>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>What's the point of us sitting down and wondering whether there may, or may
>not, be a reason for the answer 42 if some bloody author comes along and tells
us he just made it up?
>:-)

Why, the entertainment value, of course. }->

--Mike

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Douglas Adams

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Nov 8, 1993, 7:42:19 AM11/8/93
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BTW Hello Mr. Adams, I was wondering if you had anyparticular piece of
>Bach's music in mind when you wrote about him in the Dirk Gently book?

Yes. Schubler Prelude Number six. Also appears as a viola obligato (*not*
cello, stupid mistake I made) in one of the Cantatas. Probably number 6.

Ulrich Schreglmann

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Nov 8, 1993, 4:28:53 AM11/8/93
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ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:

>>Why is the answer 42 ?
>>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

Not for me, it isn't! :-) What sort of desk was it you sat on? What
kind of things surrounded you? What did the garden look like? I'm
pretty sure the real meaning of it all is hidden somewhere in your sub-
conscious.

(Don't look at me like that! I won't give up a decade-long quest for a
meaning just because the author tells me there is none! Haven't you e-
er heard psychiatrists? "Everything has meaning, and the more the p-
tient denies it the more it's true. And the dirtier and more sexual it
is." So what's going on there in your filthy brain?! :-) :-) :-) :-) )


May the Cool Be with You!

(C)OOL mcmxciii

Richard S. Sevrinsky

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Nov 5, 1993, 11:54:35 AM11/5/93
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--- A brief quote, if I might, from JohnvRe: Why 42 ?un.rhbnc.ac.uk:

Jo> : The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a
Jo> number, an : ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary
Jo> representations, : base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete
Jo> nonsense. I sat at my desk, : stared into the garden and thought '42
Jo> will do' I typed it out. End of story.
Jo> : Best,

Jo> : Douglas Adams
Jo> : London, UK | d...@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant)
Jo> : Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada...@nic.cerf.net (current)

Jo> Awww, all the myths come crashing down, one-by-one..

Not really. Now all we have to do is wonder exactly why the
number 42 was "suggested" in Mr. Adams' mind. My guess is it was
the mice. Any other ideas?
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Evan Douglas Macbeth

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Nov 10, 1993, 10:58:11 AM11/10/93
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serious or sarcastic, this response was just plain funny. :)

Paradox !-) the Madhouse
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Ari P K Korhonen

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Nov 12, 1993, 5:56:38 PM11/12/93
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Ulrich Schreglmann (uhsc...@faui06n.informatik.uni-erlangen.de) wrote:
: ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:

: >>Why is the answer 42 ?
: >>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

: >The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
: >ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
: >base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
: >stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

: Not for me, it isn't! :-) What sort of desk was it you sat on? What
: kind of things surrounded you? What did the garden look like? I'm
: pretty sure the real meaning of it all is hidden somewhere in your sub-
: conscious.

: (Don't look at me like that!......[rest edited by A PK K]

And hey hey, did Mr. Adams have a Ballantine's Whiskey around or
something, I have an old Ballantine's add which says that it is
blended using 42 single whiskeys to create the true smooth
Ballantine...

Ari PK Korhonen (apkk...@cc.helsinki.fi and Zark Off!!


Stefan Linnemann

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Nov 13, 1993, 4:58:46 PM11/13/93
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Ari P K Korhonen <apkk...@kruuna.Helsinki.FI> wrote:
>And hey hey, did Mr. Adams have a Ballantine's Whiskey around or
>something, I have an old Ballantine's add which says that it is
>blended using 42 single whiskeys to create the true smooth
>Ballantine...

Ah, that _does_ explain why there's something fundamentally wrong with
the stuff.

Stefan.
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The Doctor

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Nov 16, 1993, 8:25:15 AM11/16/93
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> ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:
>
>
>>The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
>>ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
>>base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
>>stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story
> .

Are you the real BBC writer? If so, how come this US address?

>
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Nov 17, 1993, 12:58:39 PM11/17/93
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In <931116.062515.6...@galcon.ersys.edmonton.ab.ca> sys...@galcon.ersys.edmonton.ab.ca (The Doctor) writes:

>> ada...@nic.cerf.net (Douglas Adams) writes:

[deleted]

>Are you the real BBC writer? If so, how come this US address?

Yes, it is the real Douglas Adams. Regular readers of the group will
know that he's on a booksigning tour of the US at the moment, hence the
address.

Daniel.
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Simon Slavin

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Nov 19, 1993, 8:24:43 AM11/19/93
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In article <931116.062515.6...@galcon.ersys.edmonton.ab.ca> sys...@galcon.ersys.edmonton.ab.ca (The Doctor) writes:
>
>Are you the real BBC writer? If so, how come this US address?

Yes, he is the real writer (from comments made at readings/signings
which indicate that he reads this newsgroup). The reason he's
posting from the USA is that he's currently touring there and
doing readings and such stuff. I don't think he actually needs a
US account, there must be thousands of students only too willing
to let him use theirs !

And sorry if this sounds holier-than-thou, but please don't
pester him on the net because the more time he spends posting,
the less time he spends writing books and the movie script,
and listening to the excellent music which appears to inspire it all.

Unless, of course, Mr. Adams, you *prefer* spending time on the
net, in which case please tell us. :-) :-)

Simon.
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rbak...@gmail.com

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I loved this book a lot!!! It is an interesting coincidence that in Kabbalistic tradition that God created the universe with the number 42....

Stevie fae Cardross

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Mar 24, 2014, 6:37:02 AM3/24/14
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Dear rbak...

You've just revived a thread from 1993 and by accident led a lot of us to re-read posts from DNA himself, bless you...

Stephen Allcroft
Cardross
Scotland

Nemo Thorx

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Mar 24, 2014, 6:57:04 AM3/24/14
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On 24 Mar (a Monday in 2014) around 0337 hours, Stevie fae Cardross did utter:
>
> Dear rbak...
>
> You've just revived a thread from 1993 and by accident led a lot of us to re-read posts from DNA himself, bless you...

Are there any newsservers that have those posts from 1993 that are not
google? (I love that google has those posts. I hate that it has them
only via the ajaxy webUI, and not nntp)

.../Nemo

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Nemo Thorx <afda.RE...@NOPYTHONSKETCHES.nemo.house.cx.COM> wrote:
> On 24 Mar (a Monday in 2014) around 0337 hours, Stevie fae Cardross did utter:
>>
>> Dear rbak...
>>
>> You've just revived a thread from 1993 and by accident led a lot of us
>> to re-read posts from DNA himself, bless you...
>
> Are there any newsservers that have those posts from 1993 that are not
> google? (I love that google has those posts. I hate that it has them
> only via the ajaxy webUI, and not nntp)
>
> .../Nemo


So if I go to Google Groups and search, I don't find the connection.
Anybody got a discussion or message ID Pointer to DNA post(s) from '93?

Oh never mind. As I wrote that I decided to Google it and found a thread
at http://bit.ly/OPHclU

Nemo Thorx

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On 25 Mar (a Tuesday in 2014) around 0323 hours, Professor Urban Chronotis did utter:
>
> So if I go to Google Groups and search, I don't find the connection.

I didn't search... just went to the google groups afda front index:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/alt.fan.douglas-adams

...this thread is one of the top (36 posts according to Google, this one
I'm typing now should make it 37), click into thread and scroll up.
Douglas' is about the fourth post in. (and ninth)

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.fan.douglas-adams/595nPukE-Jo


It's worth noting too at this juncture, that according to froup history,
Douglas stopped participating due to being harassed by folks
disbelieving that he was really "The" Douglas Adams. This thread has the
only example of that that I've been able to unearth - by a fellow by the
handle of 'The Doctor' on the 17th November 1993. It's worth further
noting that this same guy is still a usenet regular, especially on
rec.arts.drwho, where he's half uber-fan, and half-troll.

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.fan.douglas-adams/595nPukE-Jo/MoTjxC715osJ


> Anybody got a discussion or message ID Pointer to DNA post(s) from '93?
>
> Oh never mind. As I wrote that I decided to Google it and found a thread
> at http://bit.ly/OPHclU

That's even older and Rick Hewett there alludes to the disbelief
question too (though not necessarily in a manner to indicate that it was
an %afda trope)

Professor Urban Chronotis

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Mar 25, 2014, 10:35:59 PM3/25/14
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See folks, that right up there ^, that is how Usenet can be both fun AND
educational.

chasi...@gmail.com

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And then came the Eternal September, and all hope was abandoned. Loved finding this little gem from 1993 though.

franc...@hotmail.com

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Jul 11, 2014, 9:14:46 AM7/11/14
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This thread is older than myself.

Nemo Thorx

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On 11 Jul (a Friday in 2014) around 0614 hours, franc...@hotmail.com did utter:
> This thread is older than myself.

No conversation truly dies on usenet[13]. They're just restin'


.../Nemo

[13] Except the ones that do... :)

Mike Jarvis

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I may date myself on this one...but who else played the old dice game in college (all games in college involved beer, of course) where rolling a 42 was called a "Ronnie Lot" and everyone had to drink? The meaning of life was built in...

Nemo Thorx

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Aug 5, 2014, 1:23:02 AM8/5/14
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I think I heard of this only recently, but a quick google reveals that
it appears to be a US Football reference - Ronnie Lott being
a footballer who wore the #42 jersey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Lott

Reference on it in the drinking game :)

http://www.sofakingdrunk.com/2007/07/19/three-man-drinking-game-3-man-drinking-game/


.../Nemo



On 30 Jul (a Wednesday in 2014) around 0724 hours, Mike Jarvis did utter:
> I may date myself on this one...but who else played the old dice game in college (all games in college involved beer, of course) where rolling a 42 was called a "Ronnie Lot" and everyone had to drink? The meaning of life was built in...

pier...@tiscali.it

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Nov 27, 2014, 11:37:43 AM11/27/14
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Il giorno martedì 2 novembre 1993 03:45:56 UTC+1, Mark J Cherkas ha scritto:
> I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
> Why is the answer 42 ?
> Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

hello, I apologize for my bad english
I lived the same mental experience of Douglas, and reached the same logical scheme
42 is simply a joke
the true answer is 0/1 -the binary system
bye
pier

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On Monday, November 1, 1993 10:45:56 PM UTC-4, Mark J Cherkas wrote:
> I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
> Why is the answer 42 ?
> Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

Your such a bad liar

The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 42

Forty-two is a number with a direct connection to the coming Antichrist. His evil efforts will last 42 months in the end time, and thus forty-two is firmly associated with him (Revelation 11:1 - 2).

painles...@yahoo.com

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On Monday, November 1, 1993 10:45:56 PM UTC-4, Mark J Cherkas wrote:
> I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
> Why is the answer 42 ?
> Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

Google is clearly a Corporation of the Antichrist.
END SUBJECT.

painles...@yahoo.com

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Dec 16, 2014, 12:12:02 PM12/16/14
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On Monday, November 1, 1993 10:45:56 PM UTC-4, Mark J Cherkas wrote:
> I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
> Why is the answer 42 ?
> Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

Google uses Luciferian occult Symbolism in their logo clearly showing 666 spun around 3 times in chrome. The Colors representive of the Illuminati. "Illumination"

Nemo Thorx

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On 16 Dec (a Tuesday in 2014) around 0912 hours, painles...@yahoo.com did utter:
>
> Google uses Luciferian occult Symbolism in their logo clearly showing 666 spun around 3 times in chrome. The Colors representive of the Illuminati. "Illumination"

And here I was thinking it was quite a boring logo till now. That's
definitely improved it!

.../Nemo

Jan van den Broek

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:08:23 -0800 (PST)
painles...@yahoo.com schrieb:
>On Monday, November 1, 1993 10:45:56 PM UTC-4, Mark J Cherkas wrote:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Here we see the power of usenet, always an immediate answer to your
question.

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On Monday, November 1, 1993 at 10:45:56 PM UTC-4, Mark J Cherkas wrote:
> I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
> Why is the answer 42 ?
> Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

42. That is a movie and the meaning of life

aranto...@gmail.com

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On Tuesday, November 2, 1993 at 10:01:37 PM UTC+8, Douglas Adams wrote:
> In Article <2b4asr$b...@syzygy.socs.uts.edu.au>, mjch...@socs.uts.EDU.AU
> (Mark J Cherkas) wrote:
> >
> >I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
> >Why is the answer 42 ?
> >Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?
> >
> >
>
> The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
> ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
> base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
> stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.
>
> Best,
>
> Douglas Adams
> London, UK | d...@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant)
> Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada...@nic.cerf.net (current)

well you have created a massive question to us, sir. 42 has a lot of meanings. You have scarred it on our hearts.

vinylin...@gmail.com

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May 4, 2015, 1:11:31 PM5/4/15
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The correct answer is three.

Raymond Daley

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<vinylin...@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:308ad9fd-8349-41a3...@googlegroups.com...
> The correct answer is three.

In my fanfic, I tried to address this.

I came up with the following:-

The question is different for everyone, and subjective to them. For
Fenchurch it was the number of shrinks she'd seen. For Arthur it was the
number of different kinds of soup his local supermarket sold. Pretty sure
Ford's was something about women punching him in the right upper arm.
Trillians was about the number of pairs of yellow high heeled shoes she
owned.

Everyone had a different question but everyone had the exact same answer,
and it made sense. 42.


tian

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May 11, 2015, 6:21:23 PM5/11/15
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I like that. For me it was that Washington is the 42nd State in the USA.
This is made sweeter by the fact that Washington is unique among our
states, being the only one (as of last time I checked) represented by a
circle in the District of Columbia.

--
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Latest change: Added pictures from San Jose Bike Party's Bunny Ride.
There's a GPCA leafy G pin on a Wisconsin quarter in my home.

Nemo Thorx

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On 11 May (a Monday in 2015) around 1532 hours, tian did utter:
>
> >
> >Everyone had a different question but everyone had the exact same answer,
> >and it made sense. 42.
> >
> >
> I like that. For me it was that Washington is the 42nd State in the USA.
> This is made sweeter by the fact that Washington is unique among our
> states, being the only one (as of last time I checked) represented
> by a circle in the District of Columbia.

I had to do some research to find out what you meant by circle in this
context. A road! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Circle


Pedantically[15][16] though, looks like Washington Circle is commemorating the man, rather than the state, but I've only got wikipedia to go by :)


[15] http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/pedants.html
[16] I'm going to get lynched, aren't I?

tian

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May 12, 2015, 8:52:12 PM5/12/15
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On 05/11/2015 06:02 PM, Nemo Thorx wrote:
> On 11 May (a Monday in 2015) around 1532 hours, tian did utter:
>>
>>>
>>> Everyone had a different question but everyone had the exact same answer,
>>> and it made sense. 42.
>>>
>>>
>> I like that. For me it was that Washington is the 42nd State in the USA.
>> This is made sweeter by the fact that Washington is unique among our
>> states, being the only one (as of last time I checked) represented
>> by a circle in the District of Columbia.
>
> I had to do some research to find out what you meant by circle in this
> context. A road! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Circle
>
>
> Pedantically[15][16] though, looks like Washington Circle is commemorating the man, rather than the state, but I've only got wikipedia to go by :)
>
>
> [15] http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/pedants.html
> [16] I'm going to get lynched, aren't I?
>
Ummm... The state is also commemorating the man. There are lots of
Washingtons in the USA. More than Lincolns? I don't know, but streets,
cities, and counties named Washington are plentiful here. It's a rare
American thats never seen at least one of them.

BTW: Back in my misspent youth I lived a couple of blocks from that
circle for a while. More recently I took thermodynamics at George
Washington University, which is not far from there on the other side.

Professor Urban Chronotis

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tian <tnha...@aceweb.com.nospam> wrote:
> On 05/11/2015 06:02 PM, Nemo Thorx wrote:
>> On 11 May (a Monday in 2015) around 1532 hours, tian did utter:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Everyone had a different question but everyone had the exact same answer,
>>>> and it made sense. 42.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> I like that. For me it was that Washington is the 42nd State in the USA.
>>> This is made sweeter by the fact that Washington is unique among our
>>> states, being the only one (as of last time I checked) represented
>>> by a circle in the District of Columbia.
>>
>> I had to do some research to find out what you meant by circle in this
>> context. A road! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Circle
>>
>>
>> Pedantically[15][16] though, looks like Washington Circle is
>> commemorating the man, rather than the state, but I've only got wikipedia to go by :)
>>
>>
>> [15] http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/pedants.html
>> [16] I'm going to get lynched, aren't I?
>>
> Ummm... The state is also commemorating the man. There are lots of
> Washingtons in the USA. More than Lincolns? I don't know, but streets,
> cities, and counties named Washington are plentiful here. It's a rare
> American thats never seen at least one of them.
>
> BTW: Back in my misspent youth I lived a couple of blocks from that
> circle for a while. More recently I took thermodynamics at George
> Washington University, which is not far from there on the other side.

Trivia in 42 words:
Every state has a street in DC. As far as circles go (ha!) I'm fond of
Dupont Circle. It takes the (bold?) stance of being named after someone
but without following the correct spelling of that person's name, Sam
Francis Du Pont.

Nemo Thorx

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On 12 May (a Tuesday in 2015) around 1803 hours, tian did utter:
>
> >Pedantically[15][16] though, looks like Washington Circle is commemorating the man, rather than the state, but I've only got wikipedia to go by :)
> >
> >
> Ummm... The state is also commemorating the man. There are lots of
> Washingtons in the USA. More than Lincolns? I don't know, but
> streets,
> cities, and counties named Washington are plentiful here. It's a rare
> American thats never seen at least one of them.

yes, I'm well aware that the state is also commemorating the man. That's
rather my point. The circle isn't commemorating the state (and thus
commemorating-once-removed the man), it's commemorating him directly,
but it's commemoration is otherwise unrelated to the state.
(In fact I think pre-dates the state, but I didn't dig deep enough
to be sure)

Looks like there is a (surprisingly short) Washington Avenue Southwest, which
is explitely named after the state though

> BTW: Back in my misspent youth I lived a couple of blocks from that
> circle for a while. More recently I took thermodynamics at George
> Washington University, which is not far from there on the other side.

neat :)

kerm...@gmail.com

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May 14, 2015, 10:55:03 AM5/14/15
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Type "dadams" on this page and see what you get. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not...

It assumes a=1, b=2, ... Z=26

http://www.geocachingtoolbox.com/index.php?page=wordValue

kerm...@gmail.com

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Also the phone number (2079460347) added together for the appartment where Arthur Dent went to a fancy dress party, and met a very nice young woman whom he totally blew it with.

Stevie fae Cardross

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On Thursday, 14 May 2015 16:04:19 UTC+1, kerm...@gmail.com wrote:
> Also the phone number (2079460347) added together for the appartment where Arthur Dent went to a fancy dress party, and met a very nice young woman whom he totally blew it with.

-But you have to admit that Zaphod _was_ from outer space.

Raymond Daley

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For anyone who wishes to read the bits of fanfic I'd finished, it's freely
available to read here, on my old blog:-


tian

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May 18, 2015, 3:58:47 AM5/18/15
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On 05/13/2015 06:25 AM, Nemo Thorx wrote:
> On 12 May (a Tuesday in 2015) around 1803 hours, tian did utter:
>>
>>> Pedantically[15][16] though, looks like Washington Circle is commemorating the man, rather than the state, but I've only got wikipedia to go by :)
>>>
>>>
>> Ummm... The state is also commemorating the man. There are lots of
>> Washingtons in the USA. More than Lincolns? I don't know, but
>> streets,
>> cities, and counties named Washington are plentiful here. It's a rare
>> American thats never seen at least one of them.
>
> yes, I'm well aware that the state is also commemorating the man. That's
> rather my point. The circle isn't commemorating the state (and thus
> commemorating-once-removed the man), it's commemorating him directly,
> but it's commemoration is otherwise unrelated to the state.
> (In fact I think pre-dates the state, but I didn't dig deep enough
> to be sure)

Yeah, I knew about it predating the State.
>
> Looks like there is a (surprisingly short) Washington Avenue Southwest, which
> is explitely named after the state though

The Washington Avenue you're talking about isn't on my map from the '90s
>
(snip)
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May 29, 2015, 3:35:36 AM5/29/15
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P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney

Stevie fae Cardross

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On Friday, 29 May 2015 08:35:36 UTC+1, yusuf...@gmail.com wrote:
> P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney

Wallace, 32 West Wallaby St Preston <Asks: Are we playing funny address Mornington Crescent?>

smok...@verizon.net

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Sep 4, 2015, 6:45:42 AM9/4/15
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I read somewhere, that in Japanese, 4 is pronounced shi and 2 is pronounced ni. The word shini in Japanese means death. So the answer to life, the universe and everything is death.

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Oct 26, 2015, 5:52:52 PM10/26/15
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wat.

ag...@sainthilaryschool.org

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Dec 8, 2015, 9:39:04 PM12/8/15
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The number 42 is completely random, but the thing is, the whole thing is a interesting subject, because of the fact that they never knew what the question was. If you analyze it further, you will find, that it is complete nonsense. There is no question, really. I mean no offense to anyone, but if you ask why, then I ask you this... Why not. What prevents us from finding the answer to say "Why does the universe exist" is that this could not be real. For all we know, there could not be anything at all. We could all just be a figment of our imagination. There may be no God, or if there is, he/she/it could be just a book full of stories. Personally, I am not religious, but I do believe in the possibility of a God existing. The thing is, there are so many questions (And answers) that if we learned them all at the same time, our brains would probably fry out, from the overload of knowledge. Also, if we as a race found the answer to life, the universe, and everything, what would we do with ourselves. There would be no more mysteries, no questions to answer, just nothing. It would ruin us. We would have no pleasure, no fun, because there would be no questions. It would be devastating to us. Think about it, us knowing everything. I heard someone say, "Ignorance is Bliss." This is so true, because it is our ignorance at everything around us, that keeps us guessing. It puts the wow, the froodieness in life (Lol) and it is just as good as the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, or The Dragon Slammer. I'm sorry for writing a million words, but this is a cause you SHOULD NEVER PERSUE. Your going to ruin everyone's lives.

ag...@sainthilaryschool.org

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