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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Joseph DeMartino, Mar 29, 2006.
... and 42 really is the secret to life, the universe, and everything. Regards, Joe
What made you reach that conclusion, Joe? Or is this your subtle way of annoucing your 42nd birthday? If so, Happy Birthday!
How old was Elvis when he died? 42. How many MX missiles were built? 42.
I wish. I'd need a time machine to make that announcement. Did you click on the link in my post? Regards, Joe
Nope. I missed the link initially, Joe. Thanks for pointing it out, however, because that is some COOL information.
Wow. 42 is linked with the Riemann zeta function. That's pretty cool, even if I don't know what that means. I have more corroborating evidence of 42's significance to Life, The Universe, and Everything: How many letter tiles do I have left in my old Scrabble game? 42. How much does my dog weigh? 42 pounds. What will the price of stamps be the next time they raise the price? 42 cents. How long would my daily commute be if it were six minutes longer? 42 minutes. How many hairs are left on my head? 42. (But only if you don't count the hairs in my ears.) What was my final grade in fourth-grade history class? 42. How many times have I had sex? Well, it's not 42 times, but that's what I'm shooting for! Okay, I'm just kidding. I actually have far more hair than that.
Certain numbers and combinations have just seemed to take on a very real and noticable significance in my life over the years, endlessly recurring in various circumstances for as far back as I can remember. For me, the "magic numbers" are: 3, 14, 17, 42, and 51. It's a bonus that 3 + 14 = 17, 3 x 14 = 42 and 3 x 17 = 51. It's also a bonus that my birthday is March 14... These numbers just keep popping up, over and over, sometimes in very strange ways. So, 42 really IS one of the secrets of MY life, MY universe, and MY everything, and I was totally delighted the first time I read the Hitchhiker series, since all of my "special" numbers were already well established in the fabric of my life (and I had already consciously realized and acknowledged the recurring patterns), and it was cool to see one of them glorified in such a manner. This connection actually made the books even more special to me. Maybe I should play the lottery...