April 29, 2005

Don't Panic

I didn't read much when I was young, I was more of a TV addict. Garfield books and "Choose-Your-Own_Adventures" were the only things I liked to read at the time. Then I picked up Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." It was the first real book that I read. (I've been told that this explains a lot about me.) The humor, writing and overall feeling of everything being out of whack in the universe appealed to me.

To commemorate the release of THHGTTG in theaters, I submit the WikiPedia entry about various fun facts about Adams' answer to life, the universe and everything: 42. Some highlights:
It was later pointed out that 6 × 9 = 42 if the calculations are performed in base 13, not base 10. Douglas Adams was not aware of this at the time, and has since been quoted as saying that "nobody writes jokes in base 13." and also "I may be a pretty sad person, but I don't make jokes in base 13."
However, Adams denies the conspiracy theories and deep meanings:
On November 2, 1993 Douglas Adams 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.

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