Thursday, July 01, 2004

Why 42?

I must confess, I always thought Why 42?, every time I came across it in Douglas Adams's works. And even otherwise.

It gives me great pleasure to find that Douglas Adams had answered this question:

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.

Find the relevant post here.

And take a chill pill now. Rest in peace. The answer is 42.


At July 2, 2004 at 1:30 AM, Blogger Me said...

I think its on the same lines as "What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?" So just stop wondering and enjoy the classics the way they are meant to be.

At July 2, 2004 at 9:33 AM, Blogger A Good Man said...

Awww...such an anticlimax...I would have wanted it actually to be some profound truth...have you noticed how often 42 turns up in our lives...or probably we notice it more often, thanks to H2G2

At July 2, 2004 at 11:16 AM, Blogger Vivek Kumar said...

No no.. I am sure that 42 does turn up on a surprisingly high number of instances. And who is to know what was going through the subconscious mind of Douglas Adams when he "thought" about 42!

I bet the dolphins put it in his head. Or the mice.

At July 3, 2004 at 6:26 PM, Blogger gump, very gump said...

God damn it!!!
can you believe this!!!!

just after reading this post, when i checked up the nedstat stats for this said 42 visits today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

boss! this is the second such coincidence today!!!

At July 3, 2004 at 6:31 PM, Blogger gump, very gump said...

leeme just add more to it....
*the busiet(traffic) day of this blog had 42 visits
*recorded twice on june 28 and july 2 (twice in just 8 days of its existence)
*including this visit, total visits to this blog are 242 !!!!

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