Numerology 101

# The True Meaning of 42

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the supercomputer Deep Thought is built by a race of hyper-intelligent alien beings to determine the answer to “life, the universe, and everything.” Deep Thought determines that the answer is, somewhat anticlimactically, “42.” It sounds like a joke, but is there more to this answer?

Douglas Adams was an unabashed computer nerd and knew a heck of a lot about programming language and coding.In programming, an asterisk is commonly used to translate as “whatever you want it to be.” In ASCII language, the most basic computer software, “42” is the designation of an asterisk. A computer, Deep Thought, was asked what the true meaning of life was. It answered as a computer would. “42 = anything you want it to be.” Genius.

#### Alternative Explanations

Why did Adams pick that number? Is there a connection to something the world doesn’t know about? Is the CIA and the MI6 involved in all this? Real aliens, perhaps? On November 3, 1993, Douglas Adams gave this answer to those questions.

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’. I typed it out. End of story.

Later, talking to BBC Radio 4 Iain Johnstone, he explained that the number was chosen by none other than John Cleese as the punch line for one of his skits. The famed Python thought it was a funny number, and Adams borrowed it for his book, turning it into a recurring integer through all his work.

But that comment wasn’t the end of the mystery. Stephen Fry—a friend of Adams—also jumped into the debate, claiming that the latter explained to him why it was 42. Fry will not reveal the secret, but he says it is “fascinating, extraordinary and, when you think hard about it, completely obvious.”

Whatever it is, it sure has had a deep impact in geeklore. One example: The Allen Telescope Array—the radio telescopes system erected by Microsoft’s Paul Allen for the SETI program—has 42 dishes in honor of Adams.

And in Lost, 42 is the last number in the sequence that has to be entered on The Swan’s computer, which is also the sequence picked by Hurley for his winning lottery ticket, and Kwon’s number in the cave. In a Lostpedia interview, one of the show’s producers confirmed that this was indeed a homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Source: Gizmodo

# Born on the Twenty-fourth

For those born on the twenty-fourth day of any month:

Your greatest happiness is in spreading happiness to others. You feel that no greater delight can come to anyone than through learning, and you are the teacher.

Combined in your make-up are the cooperator and the builder. This makes life a serious business for you, but you get joy in creative activity and do not resent the restrictions of a busy life.

Home and family mean more to you than anything else. No glittering entertainment attracts you as much as the easy chair and fireside. You want to be surrounded by the finer, beautiful things in life, and you make an effort to get them.

Don’t assume every obligation that is passed on to you. Your willingness would soon make you an easy mark for those not eager to hold up their end.

Born on a different day? Go here: What Day Were You Born

Note: The number of the day of your birth represents you as the world sees you. It is the numerological equivalent of the astrological ascendant or rising sign.

Source: Modern Numerology

# Born on the Eleventh

For those born on the eleventh day of any month:

You have an unusually magnetic personality, since the number 11 is considered a master-power number. Your intuition is highly developed, and you are inspired by high ideals. Electric power almost vibrates from your personal magnetism, and you are generally the master of every situation.

Executive ability is prominent in your make-up, and your mind is creative, original, and alert. You seek to shield those you love, and you like the role of the provider.

You value prestige above all things, but because you are sensitive at heart, you are easily wounded. You must learn that the arrows of fortune must sometimes pierce the armor, and everyone has to take as well as give.

Born on a different day? Go here: What Day Were You Born

Note: The number of the day of your birth represents you as the world sees you. It is the numerological equivalent of the astrological ascendant or rising sign.

Source: Modern Numerology

Specifics
8 by 8 Magic Square
Benjamin Franklin invented this 8x8 magic square in his spare time. It has a magic constant of 260. Please pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that this magic square was constructed over 200 years ago, before computers and calculators.
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