42 = die antwort

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Die Entstehung der Zahl 42 klärte der Autor Douglas Adams in einem Usenet-Beitrag 1993 auf.
Auf die Frage, warum die Antwort „42“ sei, schrieb er:[6]

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.