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Subject: Re: proactive hitchhikers... ( 13 of 32 )
Posted by Mike S.

"There's also a blurb at the top of the forums, but again, it's a little weak and doesn't directly say "There are no hidden meanings in 42 so quit asking". It just says that Douglas has retired from the job of answering the question."

Precisely. Since DNA has retired from that job, one would think that people would quit asking him to do it, eh? But of course, there's always going to be new folks coming along, who might not have read the 'warnings' and such. I myself remember the first time I figured out (all by myself!) that 54 (six times nine) was '42' in base thirteen, and I couldn't wait to tell all of my HHGTTG friends! And, of course, I knew without a doubt that DNA must have intended this all along, and I was crushed to later learn it was just another coincidence... but again I'm getting off track. In retrospect, I think it was probably a bit harsh of Kate to tell the new guy "shut up", unless she recognized the name & he's not a 'new guy' after all.

Oh, and that reminds me: there's also the reference in the description of the Half Witted Crap forum about "did you know that there are 42 fruit gums in a package?" or something like that. This would be yet another "hint" that DNA considers further questions on this topic to be less than full-witted.

- Mike
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