"42", the answer to life, the universe and everything, is the decimal representation for "*" in the ascii table. Got it? How cool is that?

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    $ explain *
    Permission denied!

    $ sudo explain *
    Connect neural link for information trasfer.
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    My mind is blown right now! ๐Ÿคฏ
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    What a "wild" thing to say!
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    It's not cool at all, it's a coincidence ๐Ÿ™ƒ
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    @Krokoklemme oh you didn't really say that!! You gonna cause riot mate..
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    @Krokoklemme "coolincidence"
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    42 is also pronounced "Shi ni" in Japanese, which is extremely close to "shine," which means to "death."
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    @yendenikhil good, then i have finished my mission here
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    @Root death is part of life and everything, stop to try to ashame death /s
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    @RedBorg ...?
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    Cool, but still not what DA had in mind..

    Also love the explanation that @Root pointed out, but yet again..not confirmed by DA..
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    Cool. I now have another interesting fact that my wife won't give crap about.
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    I think the creator even said that the number was completely random ๐Ÿ˜„

    Edit: Here you go, sorry:
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    @Froot is correct.
    42 is an arbitrary number and has no meaning whatsoever.

    I find the fact that people come up with meanings and theories for it is a perfect analogy for life ^^

    either there really is no reason whatsoever, and people simply invent one that caters to their views and beliefs, or there actually is a hidden meaning, and anyone who discovers it looks to be a member of the former group. it's perfect.
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    @Root Well, you are correct that 4 is 'shi' and 2 is 'ni' in japanese, but just putting them together just becomes fourtwo and not fortytwo. Insert a 'juu' after the 'shi' to get it to forty and then add the 'ni'. Shijuuni or Yonjuuni for everyday/non-formal speech but I guess that kills the point of your comment, so forget I said anything...๐Ÿ˜‹
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    @8R90 Yeah. It's just another fan theory ๐Ÿ˜‹
    The answer is actually spoken aloud in the books, so the number can't really be interpreted that way, but the theory is still interesting/amusing regardless!
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    @Root @Froot @sladuled I bet it is not random. The author won't reveal the reasons so people continue wondering and talking about it.
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    It's also 101010 in binary
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    If you add up the positional number in the english alphabet you can get the word “math” = 42

    M = 13th character
    A = 1st
    T = 20th
    H = 8th
    = 42

    But this relies on arrays starting at 1 ๐Ÿ˜œ
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