The number is somewhat interesting.  Here are a few things about it…

  • It is the street number that is associated with a theatre district in New York.
  • Halve it and you have one of my favorite numbers.
  • Jackie Robinson wore this number, and now nobody in MLB does.
  • It is a “Catalan” number.  (Reminds me of the survey for prelims and the distractor question: “How comfortable are you with computing Catalan values?”)

Well, it is also a “meaning of life.”  According to the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the number 42 is The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.  However, the Ultimate Question is unknown.

Well, here’s some food for thought.  “42” is certainly a meaning of life.  In particular, to the tune of “aleph,” “mem,” “aleph.”  Your mother is certainly YOUR meaning of life, as to how you came into this world!


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