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(Scientific American)   42 is actually a pretty cool number   (scientificamerican.com) divider line
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2020-09-22 6:06:43 PM  
It is divisible by 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, and 21.

It is a very football friendly number.
 
2020-09-22 6:43:30 PM  
Bunch of nerds!
 
2020-09-22 7:13:36 PM  
I bet that was a hell of a lot of fun to write.
 
2020-09-22 7:13:55 PM  

Ishkur: It is divisible by 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, and 21.

It is a very football friendly number.


On the other hand...
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23 is a prime number,
and isn't very cooperative...
 
2020-09-22 7:22:44 PM  
It's not only the product of 6 x 7, it's the product of 7 x 6 as well.
Eerie.
 
2020-09-22 7:24:32 PM  

Ganon D. Mire: Ishkur: It is divisible by 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, and 21.

It is a very football friendly number.

On the other hand...
[Fark user image 425x239]
23 is a prime number,
and isn't very cooperative...


"The  B- in 23"....What is that, some kinda Algebra or something?
 
2020-09-22 7:29:18 PM  
What was the question?
 
2020-09-22 7:51:36 PM  
"42" trifecta in play ...

This means something.
 
2020-09-22 7:55:36 PM  

Hoopy Frood: I bet that was a hell of a lot of fun to write.


Obligatory "Username checks out" post...
 
2020-09-22 7:56:36 PM  
If you understand everything in that article, then you don't need to ask the supercomputer Deep Thought anything, but keep your towel with you just in case.
 
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2020-09-22 8:05:58 PM  
I'm pretty sure the meaning of life on FARK is 42 ÷0
 
2020-09-22 8:23:58 PM  
And nowhere in that article is Jackie Robinson mentioned (first thing that came to mind when I saw the headline)

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2020-09-22 8:32:29 PM  

MightyMerkin: What was the question?


What do you get when you multiply 7 times 8?
 
2020-09-22 8:57:27 PM  
I'm quite partial to 27 personally...
 
2020-09-22 9:06:02 PM  

Billy Liar: Ganon D. Mire: Ishkur: It is divisible by 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, and 21.

It is a very football friendly number.

On the other hand...
[Fark user image 425x239]
23 is a prime number,
and isn't very cooperative...

"The  B- in 23"....What is that, some kinda Algebra or something?



Billy Liar: Ganon D. Mire: Ishkur: It is divisible by 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, and 21.

It is a very football friendly number.

On the other hand...
[Fark user image 425x239]
23 is a prime number,
and isn't very cooperative...

"The  B- in 23"....What is that, some kinda Algebra or something?


Fark user imageView Full Size


You should know this.
It's half your grade.
 
2020-09-22 9:08:02 PM  

Craw Fu: And nowhere in that article is Jackie Robinson mentioned (first thing that came to mind when I saw the headline)

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Beat me to it.  I saw the headline and thought of Jackie Robinson immediately, Hitchhiker's Guide second.
 
2020-09-22 9:08:36 PM  
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2020-09-22 9:43:25 PM  
42 is cool, but -273°C is the coolest number.
 
2020-09-22 11:02:26 PM  
Okay, great, you have a battery.  What sort of power station is going to provide the juice?
 
2020-09-22 11:32:57 PM  

johnny_stingray: MightyMerkin: What was the question?

What do you get when you multiply 7 times 8?


I'd read it as "what do you get when you multiply 6 by 9?"

Base 13, it works.
 
2020-09-22 11:44:36 PM  
After reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy I firmly believed Douglas Adams had a simple yet stupid reason for the number. It only took me a week to figure it out. I tried math and logic and eventually decided to dumb it down to the level of an author who wrote everything tongue in cheek but always had a reason.
In the original radio scripts, the first telling, Deep Thought is asked What is "The answer to Life! The Universe! and Everything!"

T h e  a n s w e r  t    o  L    i    f    e   !   T   h   e   U   n   i    v   e   r    s   e   !
1 2 3  4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
a   n   d   E   v   e   r    y    t     h    i     n    g    !
29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36  37  38  39  40  41  42

It is 42 characters in the first version of the "question" asked to Deep Thought.
Essentially the question had no real meaning to Deep Thought so he decided to wait a really long time and pass the buck in a bureaucratically stupid manner relative to the satiric nature of the books.
 
2020-09-23 12:28:25 AM  

Craw Fu: And nowhere in that article is Jackie Robinson mentioned (first thing that came to mind when I saw the headline)

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I can't think of anyone or anything but Jackie Robinson. Maybe the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson but that's it.

42 is Jackie Robinson
 
2020-09-23 12:56:54 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: Okay, great, you have a battery.  What sort of power station is going to provide the juice?


Well, shoot, wrong thread.
 
2020-09-23 1:10:23 AM  
Wrong. The best number, according to Sheldon Cooper, is 73. 73 is the 21st prime number. Its mirror, 37, is the 12th, and its mirror, 21, is the product of multiplying - hang on to your hats - seven and three. In binary, 73 is a palindrome: 1001001, which backwards is 1001001.
 
2020-09-23 5:54:40 AM  
The correct answer, the Absolute Truth (TM) is of course that the ASCII character for 42 is *. The wildcard for "everything", a fitting answer to the Great Question.

/ change my mind
 
2020-09-23 7:08:53 AM  

FrostbiteFallsMN: Hoopy Frood: I bet that was a hell of a lot of fun to write.

Obligatory "Username checks out" post...


Setting up for another one.
 
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