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Is the number 42 significant in any way? If so I'm not sure I understand this.
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It is that answer to the greatest question ever.
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It is that answer to the greatest question ever.
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Apparently, it is....

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It's the answer to everything!
Here is where I look back.
Here is where you fell.
This is where I got up,
Shaking off my tail
This is where your rope trick
Started to look stale.
A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

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U need to order at Slartibartfas Planet Factory
to get the answer!

We all thought " Hmmmm " when we got the first answer!
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The number just gets stuck in my head sometimes.
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according to some astrologers it takes 42 years for each person to experience the main cycles on the planet
i get on this site... way too much
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according to some astrologers it takes 42 years for each person to experience the main cycles on the planet
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Perhaps this is what I am experiencing.
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Look at this....

[link to www.jackierobinson.com]
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Is the number 42 significant in any way? If so I'm not sure I understand this.
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42 is a FORCE of ALIENS AND SUPER HUMANS. Who are the true power, force on this earth, who has control over this planet and the souls that dwell here. No matter what man, or group try, to portray themselfs as masters over mankind. 42 is always on looking, even those men with GOD COMPLEX, who believe they, have the necessary tools, and means to run this planet. I think not. REALITY CHECK coming for the many, but view with GOD COMPLEX. ALIENS AND SUPER HUMANS RUN THIS WORLD and they are known as 42.
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42 in BINARY

32-16-8-4-2-1
-1-0-1-0-1-0

32(1)+16(0)+8(1)+4(0)+2(1)+1(0) = 42

101010(BINARY) = 42

101010 = XXX(roman number)
XXX = PISCES facing each other

XXX is an unknown X between a negative
unknown X and a positive unknown X
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saturn
the ruler of this planet
number 9
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The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. Revelation 13:5

Revelation 11:2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.
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46 is better
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Is the number 42 significant in any way? If so I'm not sure I understand this.
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Jesus is trying to get your attention
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42+1=43

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Is the number 42 significant in any way? If so I'm not sure I understand this.
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ELVIS FAKED HIS DEATH AT 42
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math in Simple Gematria Equals: 42
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42 (forty-two) is the natural number immediately following 41 and directly preceding 43. The number has received considerable attention in popular culture as a result of its central appearance in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything".
Contents

1 Mathematics
2 Science
3 Technology
4 Astronomy
5 Religion
6 Popular culture
6.1 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
6.2 Works of Lewis Carroll
6.3 Music
6.4 Television and film
6.5 Video games
6.6 Sports
7 Other fields
8 Other languages
9 References
10 External links

Mathematics

Forty-two is a pronic number and an abundant number; its prime factorization 2 · 3 · 7 makes it the second sphenic number and also the second of the form { 2 · 3 · r }. As with all sphenic numbers of this form, the aliquot sum is abundant by 12. 42 is also the second sphenic number to be bracketed by twin primes; 30 is also a pronic number and also rests between two primes. 42 has a 14 member aliquot sequence 42, 54, 66, 78, 90, 144, 259, 45, 33, 15, 9, 4, 3, 1, 0 and is itself part of the aliquot sequence commencing with the first sphenic number 30. Further, 42 is the 10th member of the 3-aliquot tree.
It is the third primary pseudoperfect number.
It is a Catalan number. Consequently; 42 is the number of noncrossing partitions of a set of five elements, the number of triangulations of a heptagon, the number of rooted ordered binary trees with six leaves, the number of ways in which five pairs of nested parentheses can be arranged, etc.
It is the number of partitions of 10 - the number of ways of expressing 10 as a sum of positive integers (note a different sense of partition from that above).

The 3 × 3 × 3 magic cube with rows summing to 42.

Given 27 same-size cubes whose nominal values progress from 1 to 27, a 3×3×3 magic cube can be constructed such that every row, column, and corridor, and every diagonal passing through the center, is composed of 3 cubes whose sum of values is 42.
It is the third pentadecagonal number. It is a meandric number and an open meandric number.
It is conjectured to be the scaling factor in the leading order term of the "sixth moment of the Riemann zeta function". In particular, Conrey & Ghosh have conjectured

{1 \over T}\int_0^T \left| \zeta\left({1 \over 2} + it\right) \right|^6\,dt \sim {42 \over 9!}\prod_p \left\{1-{1\over p}\right\}^4 \left( 1 + {4 \over p} + {1 \over p^2} \right) \log^9 T,
where the infinite product is over all prime numbers, p.[1][2]

42 is a Størmer number.
In base 10, this number is a Harshad number and a self number, while it is a repdigit in base 4 (as 222).
42 is the only known value that is the number of sets of four distinct positive integers a,b,c,d, each less than the value itself, such that ab-cd, ac-bd, and ad-bc are each multiples of the value. Whether there are other values remains an open question.[3]
42 is a (2,6)-perfect number (super-multiperfect), as \sigma^2(n)=\sigma(\sigma(n))=6n\,[4]
42 is a perfect score on the USA Math Olympiad (USAMO)[5] and International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).[6]

Science

The atomic number of molybdenum.
The angle rounded to whole degrees for which a rainbow appears (the critical angle).
In 1966, mathematician Paul Cooper theorized that the fastest, most efficient way to travel across continents would be to bore a straight hollow tube directly through the Earth, connecting a set of antipodes, remove the air from the tube and fall through.[7] The first half of the journey consists of free-fall acceleration, while the second half consists of an exactly equal deceleration. The time for such a journey works out to be 42 minutes. Even if the tube does not pass through the exact center of the Earth, the time for a journey powered entirely by gravity (known as a gravity train) always works out to be 42 minutes, so long as the tube remains friction-free, as while the force of gravity would be lessened, the distance traveled is reduced at an equal rate.[8][9] (The same idea was proposed, without calculation by Lewis Carroll in 1893 in Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.[10])

Technology

Magic numbers used by programmers:
The glyph, or character, corresponding to the number 42 in the ASCII character set, is *, the asterisk, commonly known as the wildcard character.
In the TIFF image file format, the second 16-bit word of every file is 42, which is used together with the first word to indicate byte order.
In the reiser4 file system, 42 is the inode number of the root directory.
In the military IRIG 106 Chapter 10 data recording standard, the hex value 0x464F52545974776F (ASCII "FORTYtwo") is used as a magic number to identify directory blocks.
The GNU C Library, a set of standard routines available for use in computer programming, contains a function—memfrob()—which performs an XOR combination of a given variable and the binary pattern 00101010 (42) as an XOR cipher.
42 is the result given by the web search engines Google and Wolfram Alpha when the query "the answer to life the universe and everything" is entered as a search.
Tiling a plane using regular hexagons, which is honeycomb in appearance, is approximated in a topological sense to an accuracy of better than 1% using a stretcher bond brick pattern with bricks of 42 squares (6 by 7).[11]

Astronomy

Messier object M42, a magnitude 5.0 diffuse nebula in the constellation Orion, also known as the Orion Nebula
The New General Catalogue object NGC 42, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus
In January 2004, asteroid 2001 DA42 was given the permanent name 25924 Douglasadams, for the author Douglas Adams who popularized the number 42 and died in 2001. Brian G. Marsden, the director of the Minor Planet Center and the secretary for the naming committee, remarked that, with even his initials in the provisional designation, "This was sort of made for him, wasn't it?"
Kepler-42, a red dwarf in the constellation Cygnus around which orbits the three smallest exoplanets found to date.

Religion

In Japanese culture, the number 42 is considered unlucky because the numerals when pronounced separately — "shi ni" (four two) — sound like the phrase, "unto death".[12]
There are 42 principles of Ma'at, the Ancient Egyptian personification of physical and moral law, order, and truth. In the judgement scene described in the Egyptian and the Book of the Coming/Going Forth by Day (the Book of the Dead (which evolved from the Coffin Texts and the Pyramid Texts)), there are 42 gods and goddesses of Egypt, personifying the principles of Ma'at. These 42 correspond to the 42 Nomes (Governmental Units) of Egypt. If the departed successfully answers all 42, s/he becomes an Osiris.
42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabbalistic tradition. In Kabbalah, the most significant name is that of the En Sof (also known as "Ein Sof", "Infinite" or "Endless"), who is above the Sefirot (sometimes spelled "Sephirot").[13] The Forty-Two-Lettered Name contains four combined names which are spelled in Hebrew letters (spelled in letters = 42 letters), which is the name of Azilut (or "Atziluth" "Emanation"). While there are obvious links between the Forty-Two Lettered Name of the Babylonian Talmud and the Kabbalah's Forty-Two Lettered Name, they are probably not identical because of the Kabbalah's emphasis on numbers. The Kabbalah also contains a Forty-Five Lettered Name and a Seventy-Two Lettered Name.
The number 42 appears in various contexts in Christianity. There are 42 generations (names) in the Gospel of Matthew's version of the Genealogy of Jesus; it is prophesied that for 42 months the Beast will hold dominion over the Earth (Revelation 13:5); 42 men of Beth-azmaveth were counted in the census of men of Israel upon return from exile (Ezra 2:24); God sent bears to maul 42 of the teenage boys who mocked Elisha for his baldness (2 Kings 2:23), etc.
In Judaism, the number (in the Babylonian Talmud, compiled 375 AD to 499 AD) of the "Forty-Two Lettered Name" ascribed to God. Rab (or Rabhs), a 3rd century source in the Talmud stated "The Forty-Two Lettered Name is entrusted only to him who is pious, meek, middle-aged, free from bad temper, sober, and not insistent on his rights". [Source: Talmud Kidduschin 71a, Translated by Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein]. Maimonides felt that the original Talmudic Forty-Two Lettered Name was perhaps composed of several combined divine names [Maimonides "Moreh"]. The apparently unpronouncable Tetragrammaton provides the backdrop from the Twelve-Lettered Name and the Forty-Two Lettered Name of the Talmud.[citation needed]
The Gutenberg Bible is also known as the "42-line Bible", as the book contained 42 lines per page.
The Forty-Two Articles (1552), largely the work of Thomas Cranmer, were intended to summarise Anglican doctrine, as it now existed under the reign of Edward VI.

Popular culture
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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 over a period of 7.5 million years. Unfortunately no one knows what the question is. Thus, to calculate the Ultimate Question, a special computer the size of a small planet and using organic components was created and named "Earth". This appeared first in the radio play and later in the novelization of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The fourth book in the series, the novel So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, contains 42 chapters. According to the novel Mostly Harmless, 42 is the street address of Stavromula Beta. In 1994 Adams created the 42 Puzzle, a game based on the number 42.

The book 42: Douglas Adams' Amazingly Accurate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything[14] examines Adams' choice of the number 42 and also contains a compendium of some instances of the number in science, popular culture, and humour.
Works of Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll[15] made repeated use of this number in his writings.[16]

Examples of Carroll's use of 42:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations.
Rule Forty-two in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ("All persons more than a mile high to leave the court").
Rule 42 of the Code in the preface[17] to The Hunting of the Snark ("No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm").
In "fit the first" of The Hunting of the Snark the Baker had "forty-two boxes, all carefully packed, With his name painted clearly on each."[18]
The White Queen announces her age as "one hundred and one, five months and a day", which - if the best possible date is assumed for the action of Through the Looking-Glass - gives a total of 37,044 days. With the further (textually unconfirmed) assumption that both Queens were born on the same day their combined age becomes 74,088 days, which is 42 x 42 x 42. Some commentators have asserted that this is deliberate on Carroll's part.[19]

Music

Level 42 is an English pop/rock music band.
"42" is one of the tracks on Coldplay's 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
"Channel 42" is a track from deadmau5' 2012 album Album Title Goes Here.
"42" is a track by The Disco Biscuits and was written by "Marc Brownstein".

Television and film

The Kumars at No. 42 television series. In 2003, Sanjeev Bhaskar hosted a BBC show nominating The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as Britain's Best Loved Book.
A made for TV movie 42: Forty Two Up - an installment in a series of documentaries wherein the director revisits the same group of British-born individuals every 7 years.[20]
"42" is an episode of Doctor Who, set in real time lasting approximately 42 minutes.
The USS Enterprise D had 42 decks[21]
In an episode of Stargate Atlantis the character John Sheppard reveals that the number is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything, to the confusion of his alien companion.
On the game show Jeopardy!, "Watson" the IBM supercomputer, has 42 "threads" in its avatar.[22]
On the Unusuals TV-show there's an episode called "42". Detective Leo Banks recently turned 42. On account of his father, uncle, and grandfather dropping dead at 42, Leo is convinced he'll share their fate. There were 42s all over the episode.
42 (film) is a film on the life of American baseball player Jackie Robinson.
I, Robot (film) 42 is the number of the first robot shown in the movie, a FedEx Delivery robot.

Video games

42 Entertainment is the company responsible for several alternate reality games, including I Love Bees, Year Zero, and Why So Serious.
In Spore, reaching the center of the galaxy yields a powerful item known as the "Staff of Life" which has a limited 42 uses. It also grants the player an achievement titled "42".
In Fable II, the last in a series of ancient artifacts the player can find says "Now just think of the number 42."
In Valve Corporation's Left 4 Dead 2, 42 is the number of Moustachios that must be shot in the Dark Carnival campaign's Whack-a-Mole style mini-game in order to unlock the STACH WACKER achievement.

Sports
Jackie Robinson in his now-retired number 42 jersey.

The jersey number of Jackie Robinson, which is the only number retired by all Major League Baseball teams. Although the number was retired in 1997, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, the last professional baseball player to wear number 42, is still using it, though he will retire at the end of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. This means, starting in 2014, no player will ever again wear the number 42 in Major League Baseball.(See Jackie Robinson Day.)
The jersey number of basketball Hall of Famer and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History James Worthy, small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, who retired his jersey number in 1995.
The jersey number of football Hall of Famer, Ronnie Lott, safety for the San Francisco 49ers, who retired his jersey number in 2003.
The jersey number of Chicago Bears legend Sid Luckman, which was retired by the Bears.
The jersey number of Pat Tillman, which was retired on November 13, 2004 by Arizona State University.
The jersey number of baseball Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, retired by the St. Louis Cardinals on September 17, 2006.
The number of laws of cricket
The number of kilometers in a marathon.
Rule 42 is the historic name of a Gaelic Athletic Association rule (now codified in Rule 5.1 and Rule 44) that in practice prohibits the playing of "foreign sports" (generally association football and the rugby codes) at GAA grounds.
42 is the number of a NASCAR car owned by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. It is currently being driven by former F1 star and Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya.

Other fields

+42 is the historic Country calling code for the former country of Czechoslovakia.
There are 42 US gallons in a barrel of oil.
42 is the number of the French department of Loire. The number is also reflected in the postal code for that area.
The board game Risk (game) has forty-two territories
Tower 42 is a skyscraper in the City of London, formerly known as the NatWest Tower.
The name of a Texan trick-taking game played with dominoes (see 42 (dominoes)).
The number of spots (or pips, circular patches or pits) on a pair of standard six-sided dice.
In New York City, 42nd Street is a main and very popular two-way thoroughfare. Landmarks on it include the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, the main branch of the New York Public Library, and Times Square. The New York City street is also the setting for a movie by the same name (which also gave fame to its eponymous title song), and which later inspired a musical adaptation, 42nd Street.
Popular gadget magazine Stuff did not produce an issue numbered 42, in honor of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, instead, the 41st issue was followed by the 43rd.
The designation within ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 of its working group on Architecture was chosen to be "WG 42" because architecture is the answer to "Life, the Universe and Everything", skipping over designations 26 through 41.
Fictional comic book superhero Miles Morales is bitten by a genetically altered spider with a red 42 marked on its abdomen. Morales later assumes the role of Spider-Man as a result of the bite and following the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Marvel universe from Marvel Comics. Morales also wins a coveted spot in a prestigious charter school after his number (42) is chosen during a lottery.
42 is a free tabloid devoted to technology news in Huntsville, Alabama. It is published by the Huntsville Times and is named for "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything".
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