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What is the relationship between marriage and the number 42?

Asked by mozartpena (81points) August 27th, 2008

“42” is a track title from Coldplay’s latest album. it’s a very depressing song, but i don’t know what the title means

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damien's avatar

The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is numeric in Douglas Adams’ series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the story, a “simple answer” to The Ultimate Question is requested from the computer Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. Unfortunately, The Ultimate Question itself is unknown, suggesting on an allegorical level that it is more important to ask the right questions than to seek definite answers. Indefinite answers to some questions are better left that way if it is the wrong question.


SeekerSeekiing's avatar

I’ll 2nd that—42’s the answer to everything—accoring to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!”

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mozartpena's avatar

that’s cool

girlofscience's avatar

42 is one of The Numbers.

wundayatta's avatar

When a question is large and complex, and no one really knows the answer, people often say “42”, since from Hitchhiker’s Guide, that’s the answer to the the ultimate question, which is presumably about the meaning of life, the universe, and all that, even though that is not explicitly stated in the novel.

So, the question of how to have a good marriage: well good luck! 42!

no one really knows, or no one is certain about what to say to you, because marriage is such a problematic relationship

SeekerSeekiing's avatar

Good marriages, rarely involve luck—at least not in the long run….

wundayatta's avatar

But coming up with the answer to how to have a good marriage: that might take a bit of luck.

Oh never mind.

SeekerSeekiing's avatar

It’s okay, I don’t mind ;-)

tinyfaery's avatar

Maybe it’s the 42nd song they’ve written. DMB names their songs like that. Not to be a party-pooper or anything.

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