[REBOL] Re: 42 (Was Rebol Unity ??)
From: chalz:earthlink at: 25-Mar-2002 0:34
> > BTW, what is this "42 indicator" all about? I'm aware of 42 being the
> > answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, but... (funny note: my cell
> > number happens to be 4284. Totally randomly assigned.)
> Its a Douglas Adams joke.. somehow I never got into his work, so I've been
> wondering also for the past couple of days. Anyway I just did a check via
> and found this:
Heh. Yeah, I know. Hence my "answer to Life, the Universe and Everything".
The problem is: What's the question? ;)
> What do you get if you multiply six by nine? (and other notes on 42)
Zootie? Hey, B5 fans out there? "Zootie! Zoot zoot!"
> It's an extremely tired discussion, though. The joke, when Douglas wrote it,
> simply that it was the wrong question for the answer (or the wrong answer for
> the question, if you prefer.) He has said himself "Nobody writes jokes in
Well, as the ultimate computer in the universe figured out, 42 is the answer
to Life, the Universe and Everything. The people who created the ultimate
computer (okay, okay, the /mice/ who commissioned it...) were baffled, and were
told something like, "Maybe you should figure out what the question is, first."
> 42 is just a number. It has no significance in relation to any other previous
> uses of the number 42, as least as far as DNA always insisted.
Of course, Adams was also a perpetual joker. Take everything he says with a
grain of salt, that sort of thing.