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[REBOL] Re: 42 (Was Rebol Unity ??)

From: jason:cunliffe:verizon at: 22-Mar-2002 1:04

> 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 google and found this: <quote> What do you get if you multiply six by nine? (and other notes on 42) Well, 54, of course. It can be argued that in base 13 you get 42. Those of us who have followed this group for some time have seen the revelations of those who have newly discovered this. (Some of us have even been there ourselves.) It's an extremely tired discussion, though. The joke, when Douglas wrote it, was 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 base 13." 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> Perhaps Hitchhiker rebolutionaries can enlighten us further.. thanks ./Jason