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*How many roads must a man walk down?: The mice chose this Question as the one they would claim to be the correct one.
 
*How many roads must a man walk down?: The mice chose this Question as the one they would claim to be the correct one.
 
Having return to the supercomputer Earth, albeit in a prehistoric stage, [[Ford Prefect]] got [[Arthur Dent]] to randomly pull Scrabble tiles out of a bag. This resulted in the Question: "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"<ref>From the [[Douglas Adams]] book [[The Restaurant at the End of the Universe]].</ref>
 
Having return to the supercomputer Earth, albeit in a prehistoric stage, [[Ford Prefect]] got [[Arthur Dent]] to randomly pull Scrabble tiles out of a bag. This resulted in the Question: "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"<ref>From the [[Douglas Adams]] book [[The Restaurant at the End of the Universe]].</ref>
 
 
==And the Results Are In!==
 
<span style="font-family:TwCenMTCondensedExtraBold;color:rgb(0,0,0);line-height:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;font-size:16pt;">What is</span><span style="font-family:TwCenMTCondensedExtraBold;font-size:large;color:rgb(0,0,0);line-height:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"> </span><span style="font-family:TwCenMTCondensedExtraBold;color:rgb(0,0,0);line-height:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;font-size:16pt;">''The Answer for The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?''</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''42.'''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">That’s it.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">That’s</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''The Answer'''</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">But you never really understood what</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''The Ultimate Question '''was</span><span style="font-size:16pt;">, did you?</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> So</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''The Answer'''</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">doesn’t make sense without it. If you knew what the</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''The Ultimate Question'''</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">was, yo bass5table u might understand why</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''The Answer is 42'''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;">, and if that makes sense to you, you are one enlightened dude, dude.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">Do you wanna know</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''The Ultimate Question?'''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">Are you ready? Ok,</span> <span style="font-size:16pt;">'''DON’T PANIC'''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;">:</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">''What do you get if you multiply six by nine?''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;">'''Forty-Two.'''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">It works in base-13.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">Who would write a mathematical joke in base 13?</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">A mathematical God.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">Need more of an explanation?</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">It's a joke. It's '''The Joke'''. The single greatest joke that there ever could be, sort of like a '''Zen Koan'''. That's the answer to '''The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything'''. It came to me in a vision, divine revelation maybe, or it might’ve been a vegetable induced hallucination, either way, it makes completely perfect sense to me, if it does to you, great! If not, then I hope I’ve helped you on your path to enlightenment, '''Dude.'''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">If you want to know the purpose of '''The Universe''', ''why are we all here, what should we all be doing, how shall we lead our lives,''</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> this is the message that '''the Universe''' gave me:</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">In one marathon briefing, everything was laid before me; the entire history of the '''Cosmos''', from the '''Big Bang''', to the '''Gnab Gib'''. And then there were the multifarious threads from every single disconnected plotline that comes together in the final act, and it all converges into one hilarious singularity of '''Cosmic Consciousness'''.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">In the '''Beginning''', there was '''One''', '''One Unitive Consciousness''', that was, and is, its own reason for being, '''Cogito Ergo Sum''', ''I think, therefore I am''. '''I Am Who I Am'''. And then for some reason, most likely a bit of fun, it got bored one day, this unity divided, and fractured, and compartmentalized itself, a being of pure thought energy and consciousness blew itself apart at the '''Big Bang,''' so it could be the storyteller and the audience, without giving any of the twists away to itself.</span><span style="font-size:16pt;"> </span><span style="font-size:16pt;">All of us are these shards of consciousness, pieces of a bigger whole that will come back together in the end, every detail matters to the whole, every throwaway line is vital, all of the tragedies and tribulations get redeemed in the end when this massive, ornate, impossibly intricate universe ties everything together for the big reveal.</span>
 
 
<span style="font-size:16pt;">So relax, and ''enjoy the '''ride!'''''</span>
 
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
It has been noted that in base 13, 6 multiplied by 9 will equal 42. [[Douglas Adams]] later joked, "I don't make jokes in base 13".<ref>Number 42 Explained by Douglas Adams - Also Base 13 Explained, h2g2; link [http://h2g2.com/entry/A4288584 here].</ref>
 
It has been noted that in base 13, 6 multiplied by 9 will equal 42. [[Douglas Adams]] later joked, "I don't make jokes in base 13".<ref>Number 42 Explained by Douglas Adams - Also Base 13 Explained, h2g2; link [http://h2g2.com/entry/A4288584 here].</ref>

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The Ultimate Question is the actual question behind the Ultimate Answer of Life, The Universe and Everything. The Ultimate Question was sought after the supercomputer Deep Thought revealed the Ultimate Answer to be 42. When Deep Thought asked, Loonquawl and Phouchg were unable to say what the actual question was.

Hence, Deep Thought made the plans for the supercomputer Earth, that would solve the Question in ten million years. However, five minutes before it was due to be complete, the Vogons, under the orders of Gag Halfrunt, destroyed it to make a hyperspace bypass.

Possible Questions

The mice, who originally commisioned the Earth, needed something to say for their 5D chat show. Due to this, they attempted to form some possible Questions, such as the following:

  • Why?
  • Are we stronger than the elements?
  • What's yellow and dangerous?
  • What do you get when you multiply six by nine?[1]
  • How many Vogons does it take to change a lightbulb?[2]
  • How many roads must a man walk down?: The mice chose this Question as the one they would claim to be the correct one.

Having return to the supercomputer Earth, albeit in a prehistoric stage, Ford Prefect got Arthur Dent to randomly pull Scrabble tiles out of a bag. This resulted in the Question: "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"[3]

Behind the scenes

It has been noted that in base 13, 6 multiplied by 9 will equal 42. Douglas Adams later joked, "I don't make jokes in base 13".[4]

Notes and references

  1. This possible Question only appeared in the Douglas Adams novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  2. This possible Question only appeared in the 2005 movie.
  3. From the Douglas Adams book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
  4. Number 42 Explained by Douglas Adams - Also Base 13 Explained, h2g2; link here.
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