Since this is Blog 42, I will dedicate it to a book and its author who have influenced both me and my friends even though I have never read the book. I sheepishly admit that I was never able to get through The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by British writer Douglas Adams although a great majority of my friends love and quote it.
In the novel, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings insist on having the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, which was specially built for said purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42.
When I don’t know the answer to a question, I answer 42 because it isthe Ultimate Answer!