100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself #42.

When Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 1978 he not only created an innovative and endlessly-entertaining-but-dry-as-the-Sahara science-fiction story that would be adapted to a variety of formats, he gave us everything we need to survive and thrive on this plane of existence.

And he did it all in one line.

“The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.”

#42: The Number Forty-two.

What’s that? Oh, you want to know what the question is?

Listen, I’m a barely-functioning white male in his Forties (for a few more months, at least), don’t you think I have enough to deal with these days?


There are some things a person should figure out for themselves. I mean. I could help you out but how would you learn anything? After all, as my uncle Ray used to say:

“It’s not about the destination, but the number of bar fights and loose women you can get into along the way.”

Yes, the world lost a great philosopher when Ray finally succumbed to syphilis. But his point remains valid decades later: Douglas Adams already did the hard work, now it’s up to you. So get to it, Poindexter!

See you in the lobby, puzzle solvers…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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15 Responses to 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself #42.

  1. susielindau says:

    LOL! Loved that crazy movie. So weird and funny. Yep. The number 42 has gotten me this far…

  2. Doug in Oakland says:

    I loved Douglas Adams. There is a lecture he gave on YouTube called “Parrots, the Universe, and Everything” that I have downloaded to my laptop and watch from time to time.

    It’s an hour and a half long and as far as I can tell, does as good of a job of answering that question as anything else I’ve ever read or watched.

  3. Jennie says:

    42? I instinctively knew what it meant. That’s the age you ‘get it’, when you become a human being, when you understand, when your ego turns to giving, when you have some wisdom. It’s a long list, one that my husband’s brother-in-law told me. He was much, much older. His wise and common sense Pennsylvania Dutch words were much like Yoda. I never forgot that. 42. That might be the answer.

  4. The amazing thing is that 42 IS the answer to life if we ever figured out the question. Did you know that Lewis Carroll, who was a mathematician, made repeated use of this number in his writings? Also, in Egyptian mythology, there are 42 questions asked of persons making their journey through Death. I’m hoping I don’t get to #1 anytime soon….

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