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Why 42 ?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/11

Basically: just because.

[Archive.isWhy 42 ? – Google Groups where Douglas Adams gave the answer himself:

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

The full thread is a nice read (:

Via many sources, including [WayBack] Why 42? Reported wrong, again and again, but … The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number,… – Jürgen Christoffel – Google+ which has a comment pointing to the below brilliant video.

–jeroen

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