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Originally posted by DISRAELI
The true answer is in "The Hunting of the Snark".
It is the number of the Baker's luggage;
"He had forty-two boxes, all carefully packed,
With his name clearly printed on each.
But since he omitted to mention the fact,
They were all left behind on the beach".
"Hunting of the Snark", Fit the First- by Lewis Carrolledit on 1-7-2012 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)
Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed, but he rejected them all. On November 3, 1993, he gave an answer on alt.fan.douglas-adams:
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.
Adams described his choice as 'a completely ordinary number, a number not just divisible by two but also six and seven. In fact it's the sort of number that you could without any fear introduce to your parents