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…