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  1. The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years. Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is. 37 is the first irregular prime with irregularity index of 1, where the smallest prime number with an irregularity index of 2 is the thirty-seventh prime number, 157. Its magic constant is 37 x 3 = 111, where 3 and 37 are the first and third base-ten unique primes (the second such prime is 11).

  2. Ok. Does anyone?
    Outside of the number being significant in regards to knowing what book it came from, does anyone who has read the book know its significance?
    Now we all know it’s an answer to the question but ….

  3. In defense of “gatekeeping”: nothing wrong for setting a bar for entry. Grouping is natural and needed in many circumstances. If everyone is in the group then it has no meaning. Some delineation is necessary.

  4. One of the best book intros lol.

    “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

  5. I don’t have a clue about number 42, but I read fantasy mostly. For Sci fi, I typically watch. So yes I love to read and still do not know the significance of it.

  6. 42 and the asterisk symbol
    Forty-two is the ASCII code for the symbol * also known as the asterisk. This symbol is often thought to translate to anything or everything. In this instance, 42 = everything, the meaning of life.

  7. In Airplane 2 I started laughing when they were exiting the shuttle and everyone thought I was crazy because nothing that funny was happening then. They didn’t get the connection between the 42# on the shuttle and Hitchhikers Guide. I should have taken my towel and gone home 🏡

  8. That meme fails to consider that readers may also care about syntax. The sentence angers me far more than the excusable lack of knowledge of the HGTTG.

    Also, knowing the reference does not mean you’ve read the book by a long shot. There’s a movie, in case you live under a rock

  9. “I read it in a book once.” – Shrek

    That’s the only significance it has though. The author himself has confirmed it doesn’t have any. He made it up. All the significance people assign to it comes after the fact.

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