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## 42 turned out to be the answer,

...at least to the universe, if not to life (or liff) and everything.

What was that - about a year ago? 2 years? Somebody released some kind of results showing that 42 actually was the answer to some grand, all-encompasing cosmological question. But what was the question - the number of iterations of the successive collapse and re-expansion of the universe or something like that, I think?

Anyone know?

2. I'm afraid I can't help you, Miss Jovanka, but welcome to the boards anyway.

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Not to split hairs, but I thought the answer was: 43! Cheers. (And that was a while ago, so memory may not serve).

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I had a friend who like to use one of those "prove anything" equations (where you do some fancy way of dividing by zero and keep it unnoticed) to "prove" that all kinds of things were equal to 42.

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Don't forget, seven times nine equals forty-two.*

*in base-13

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See i always thought that everything always equals 4. :-)

7. This paper determined a value for the Hubble constant of 42 km/sec/megaparsec, but that's an old value.

Ned Wright was always gung-ho for a value of 42, but he's been proven - by his own spacecraft - to be disappointed. The WMAP value is 71+/-3.5.

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ToSeek: Thanks. That may have been it. Damn.

Wingnut Ninja: Yes, that's a little game they play at http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/ (More or less the internet's effort to create an actual Hitchiker's Guide). Everyone who participates is assigned a member (called "researcher") ID. Then, those who get a kick out of such things can figure out how to crunch their ID numbers' digits down to 42. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A530560.

Thanks again :-?

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