From Beyond the Grave (Well not Really…) 42

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From: Douglas Adamsview profile
Date: Wed, Nov 3 1993 2:51 am

In Article <2b4asr$@syzygy.socs.uts.edu.au>, mjche@socs.uts.EDU.AU

(Mark J Cherkas) wrote:
>I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question:
>Why is the answer 42 ?
>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?

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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