# 42

**42** is the **Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything**.

In fact, 42 is the answer to the question "What do you get when you multiply six by nine?" as revealed in *The Restaurant at the End of the Universe*. This is flawed, however, because Arthur Dent, the man who reveals this question through an irregular set of Scrabble tiles (his feat is impossible with a standard set of Scrabble tiles, as the question he pulled out has 4 Ys), is not actually part of the natural matrix of the computer that is the Earth; rather, he is a descendant of the Golgafrinchans (as is every other human). It is worth noting that 6 times 9 does indeed equal 42, in base 13. However, this was not intended by Douglas Adams, who responded to an inquiry regarding the subject with the line "I may be a pretty sad case, but I don't write jokes in base 13."

### 42 Factoids

- Try Googling "answer to life, the universe, and everything."
- And in the book "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the supercomputer says that 42 is the meaning of life...

- Saying that something does not equal 42 is one of the gravest of insults.
- 42 must never be divided by 0. (Just shows that the meaning of life is undefined.)
- 42 is the number of roads a man must walk down before you call him a man.
- When light hits water at a 42 degree angle, a rainbow is created
- If one were to be a Seven-year satan and double session every year, they would be in CTY for a total of 42 weeks.
- 42 is the number of gallons of oil in each barrel.
- Elvis Presley, one of America's most important cultural icons, died at the age of 42.
- 42 is of great traditional importance to CTY. It is involved in things such as 42-second hugs, 42-person orgies, 42-player Blammo games, 42 recursions, buying 42 bottles of Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade, 42 shots of cold water to the face, etc.
- 42 is equal to 1337% of π (.003-ish off ...)
- 42 is equal to 6 times 9 in base 13
- The fastest way through the center of the Earth is 42 minutes. Hollow tube of free-fall acceleration coupled by an equal length of deceleration.
- In New York City, the Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, New York Public Library and Chrysler Building are on 42nd street
- Using the encoding A=1, B=2, C=3, etc., the sum of the codes of the letters in the words "BIG BANG" is 42 (From Wikipedia)
- Given 27 same-size cubes whose nominal values progress from 1 to 27, a 3×3×3 magic cube can be constructed such that every row, column, and corridor, and every diagonal passing through the center, is composed of 3 cubes whose sum of values is 42.
- The atomic number of molybdenum is 42.
- Facebook chat has a special emoticon that can be used on its chat feature. When a person types ":42:" on it, the number appears white in a red box. This is not possible with any other number.
- In Japanese culture, the number 42 is considered unlucky because the numerals when pronounced separately — "shi ni" (four two) — sound like the phrase, "unto death".[12]
- The Gutenberg Bible is also known as the "42-line Bible", as the book contained 42 lines per page.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations
- The White Queen announces her age as "one hundred and one, five months and a day", which - if the best possible date is assumed for the action of Through the Looking-Glass - gives a total of 37,044 days. With the further (textually unconfirmed) assumption that both Queens were born on the same day their combined age becomes 74,088 days, which is 42 x 42 x 42. Some commentators have asserted that this is deliberate on Carroll's part.
- "42" is an episode of Doctor Who, set in real time lasting approximately 42 minutes.
- "Watson" the IBM supercomputer, has 42 "threads" in its avatar.
- The number of kilometers in a marathon.
- The number of laws of cricket
- The number of spots (or pips, circular patches or pits) on a pair of standard six-sided dice
- Fictional comic book superhero Miles Morales is bitten by a genetically altered spider with a red 42 marked on its abdomen. Morales later assumes the role of Spider-Man as a result of the bite and following the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Marvel universe from Marvel Comics. Morales also wins a coveted spot in a prestigious charter school after his number (42) is chosen during a lottery.
- Given that it takes 3 minutes to make one cup noodle cup, if one were to make 14 cup noodles, it would take approximately 42 minutes to make all those cup noodles!
- The number of F2L cases in the Fridrich Speedsolving method.
- In 2012, Bobby Woody released a song on SoundCloud (ft. Joey Penn<passionfruit speach>)and referenced the answer during the movie quote in his CTY themed song "The Answer"*********

- We've got another page based on the number 42 right here.

*See also: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy*

- It's double 21 (blackjack) ... just terrible, I know.
- The answer to "How many CTYers can you cram in an ISO?"
- Double the answer to "How many CTYers can you cram in a dining booth"
- The number of coffee holders I can smuggle from the cafeteria in my pants.
- Roughly the number of songs played per CTY dance according to Vivian Feldblyum
- In binary, 42 = 101010
- Light takes 10^-42 seconds to travel the diameter of a proton.
- In piano tuning, 42% relative humidity is ideal.
- The average age of the delegates at the constitutional convention was 42 years old.
- Cell 42 in Alcatraz was home to an inmate who was transferred there in 1942 and received 42 years of solitary confinement after killing a guard.
- In the Google dinosaur game (when you have no internet connection) it is impossible to die before you have reached 42 points.
- 42 is the number of teeth a healthy adult dog is supposed to have
- 42 is the number of goldfish (the snack cracker) can fit in his mouth

Douglas Adams himself asserts that 42 was chosen randomly:

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.

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