Taco P.

asked • 09/04/12

what is the answer of life?

answer of life

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Thomas E. answered • 09/05/12

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The real question then, according to Deep Thought, is what is the ultimate question (to which the answer is 42). To which Douglas Adams says "You multiply six by nine" (page 306 of the five novels in one collection). 

As many of us know in base 10 (counting numbers) six times nine does not equal fourty two, it in fact, equals fifty four. 

Quoted from Wikipedia, this is what happened, "Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed, including the fact that 42 is 101010 in binary code, the fact that light refracts off water by 42 degrees to create a rainbow, to fact that light requires 10-42 seconds to cross the diameter of a proton.[6] Adams rejected them all. On November 3, 1993, he gave an answer[7] 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."

All in all, I think that about sums up life. Someone will do something and you'll either take it as it is without much fuss, or you'll run wild coming up with explanations that really aren't what happened. Regardless of what you choose, it is a choice, and you are the one to make it. 

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William S. answered • 10/27/13

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