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[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 > phone > > 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? ;)
> > <quote> > 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
> 13."
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. > </quote>
Of course, Adams was also a perpetual joker. Take everything he says with a grain of salt, that sort of thing.