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What is the meaning of 42? It keeps coming up as the meaning of life, but it seems pretty random.

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Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The super computer Deep Thought took several hundred millinia to calculate the answer to 'what is the meaning of life' and finally came up with the answer. 42.
If you havent read it you really should. Its HILARIOUS!!!!

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A classic!!
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It's from the book "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

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It's from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a joke, 42 means nothing, it just elaborates on the fact that the universe is nonsensical and there are no answers.

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"Who is ..... deaf like the messenger I send?" (Is. 42:19)

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That's not what it's from at all.
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"It was a case of seeing many things, but you did not keep watching." (Is. 42:20)
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No, 42 was from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
It was the answer to "the meaning of life".
It's not some biblical reference, it's just a comedy reference.
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No way! "“I have kept quiet for a long time. I continued silent. I kept exercising self?control. Like a woman giving birth I am going to groan, pant, and gasp at the same time.I shall devastate mountains and hills, and all their vegetation I shall dry up. And I will turn rivers into islands, and reedy pools I shall dry up.And I will make the blind ones walk in a way that they have not known; in a roadway that they have not known I shall cause them to tread. I shall turn a dark place before them into light, and rugged terrain into level land. These are the things that I will do for them, and I will not leave them." (Is. 42:14-16)
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Have you noticed that, you have gotten 0 'Helpful' votes?
Have you noticed that every other answer is about the Hitchhiker's Guide?
Have you noticed that THEY got 'Helpful' votes?
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"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household." (Matt. 10:34-36)
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You MUST be trolling me.
Or you're a complete idiot.
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How long has Hitchhiker's Guide been here? How long have I been at it? Trolling you? Spare me? What are you saying? This Guide is your Bible?
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a novel written some time not too long ago.
A section in the novel presents an "all knowing, super intelligent computer".
They ask the computer "What is the answer to life?", and the computer tells them to return in another billion years.
When they do, the computer says, "I've thought long and hard, but you're not going to like the result" after much insistence, the computer says "The answer to life is: 42".
The answer is 42, because asking such a broad question is idiotic. "What is the answer to life?" is barely a question to begin with, there cannot be an answer to a noun.
The story DIRECTLY describes "The answer to life, is 42", so the answer to this question is not for some biblical quote, it is simply a reference to a fictional novel.
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Like the others mentioned, it's from Douglas Adams' hilarious "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. The meaning of life was given by the supercomputer Deep Thought as 42, and when the race that built it complained that this made no sense, the computer replied that neither did the question, and that they neede to build a different computer program to find the "ultimate question".

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