42.The Ultimate Answer To Life, The Universe and everything…

Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy.

I can watch this movie 100 times,
and read the book 100 more.

The idea that Earth is a super computer that was built to calculate the meaning of life the universe and everything after “deep thought” could not over 7.5 million years and that mice are the hyper intelligent beings that designed it.  Amazes me.  Beautiful, simple, hilarious and quite poetic. 

There have been many theories from fans and science buffs as to what the meaning of 42 could have been.  Why Douglas Adams chose 42.

Theories range from 42 degrees being the angle that light needs to refract off of water to create a rainbow to 42 being 101010 in binary all the way to six times nine being 42 On the 13th plane.

“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  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.”

Douglas Adams
Author of the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy


What I find the most interesting about the number 42 is something I found on wiki..

In 1966, mathematician Paul Cooper theorized that the fastest,
most efficient way to travel across continents would be to bore
a straight hollow tube directly through the Earth,
connecting a set of antipodes, remove the air from the tube and
fall through.

(remind you of Alice yet.?)


The first half of the journey consists of free-fall acceleration, while the second half consists of an exactly equal deceleration.

The time for such a journey works out to be 42 minutes.

Even if the tube does not pass through the exact center of the Earth, the time for a journey powered entirely by gravity (known as a gravity train) always works out to be 42 minutes,

so long as the tube remains friction-free, as while the force of gravity would be lessened, the distance traveled is reduced at an equal rate.

The same idea was proposed, without calculation by
Lewis Carroll in 1893 in
Sylvie And Bruno Concluded

The oldest rule in the book





3 thoughts on “42.The Ultimate Answer To Life, The Universe and everything…

  1. Hitchhikers……LOVE it. And yes…..42 will do nicely. Funny how everything seems to be overanalyzed. Must be a reason….Not always. Sometimes it is just simply part of the joke. That kind of mimics real life too. Sometimes life is just life and we should just let it happen. Thinking (overthinking) just get’s in the way of the natural order. Anyway, I ramble. Great post and see you at 43.

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