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# WMG / The Ultimate Question Of Life The Universe And Everything

The Ultimate Answer is-!!!!.......
• Cause, you realize we have to wait through that, do you?

What do you get if you multiply 6 * 7?
Not the answer to life, the universe and everything.

42 is some kind of probability.
Makes sense considering probability/improbability is such a big feature of all the books. Maybe there's a 1:42 chance of discovering the question. Or maybe it's a 1:42 chance that the universe actually HAS meaning and isn't just inherently random. Something like that.
• I thought about this some more and it really does make perfect sense. Surely the most important question you could ask about life, the universe and everything is whether there even IS an answer to life, the universe and everything? The answer is 42 meaning either that (if you're a cynic) there's a 1:42 chance there's an answer, or (if you're an optimist) there's a 42% chance that the universe has an answer.

How many times must the cannonballs fly, before they're forever banned?
• The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is 42.
• The ants are my friends too!
• Jossed by reality. Cannonballs flew much more than 42 times before they were banned (due to evolution in weapon technology).
• And it's not like you can't still use them, but just that there are better options available.

How many roads must a man walk down?
42 for all the above.
• Of course, the correct question is: "How many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free?" (42 years: from the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in February 1948, to the Velvet Revolution of November 1989.)
• No, people are never free. But how many Celsius degrees are necessary to start protein degradation?
• "Do I know what 'rhetorical' means?!"
• Yes.

How many times have this question and its answer both been known?
42! No, wait... 43! No, wait... 44!
• In basic?

Pick a number, any number.
Canon evidence: In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Marvin reveals that he knows the question, which he read from Arthur's brain. (He also has a brain the size of a planet, which presumably is necessary for calculating it in the first place.) Later, in Life, the Universe, and Everything, he says to Zem the mattress:
Marvin: Pick a number, any number.
Zem: Er, five.
Marvin: Wrong. You see?
• Technically that's not a question.
• No wonder no one else has been able to figure it out.
• reword to "What number am I thinking of that is between -∞ and ∞ to actually make a question.
• Technically, it would be 'what number are you thinking of?'
• I figure it's "Pick a number, any number" in the form of a question. Because nobody has figured out what that would be, the universe has not been destroyed.
• If you know the answer, you're most likely to pick it as a number. Which means the question is something like, "What percentage of people, when asked to pick a number, will choose the Ultimate Answer if they have been told about it beforehand?"

How many people actually care what the ultimate question is if the answer is something as inane as 42?
Exactly one and a half.
• So, does that make me the one or the half?
• You'd care if it was a password (like, maybe you say it to Saint Peter and you get to enter heaven, or you say it to the mirror and God answers all your questions about life).
• Ironically enough, it turns out it's 42.

What do you get when you multiply six by nine?
The true answer would, of course, be "54"; since we all know the answer is "42", this shows that the universe is inherently off-kilter.
• This question was acquired in the third book via a random draw from a bag full of Scrabble tiles - however, this would be impossible with a regulation Scrabble set (too many Ys, for one thing), meaning the result was not only influenced by the Golgafrinchams, but by a faulty set of tiles. Either that, or Arthur had made some spare tiles, due to the cavemen tossing the letter Q into privet bushes (oh wait, that one was Ford), and this troper thinks too much.
• This troper has calculated that there is, in fact, a time in which 6 x 9 does, in fact, equal 42... when you're working in Base 13.
• See above about base 13.
• To quote Mr. Adams himself "I don't write my jokes in base 13!"
• How 6 x 9 = 42. Conventional math says 6 x 9 = 54, 5 + 4 = 9, but 5 - 4 = 1, 9 - 1 = 8, 8 = 4 x 2 or (4)2 or 42.

It's sex.
Well, Arthur Dent figured it out after all!!
• This troper is reminded of a fanfiction she read once which combined the actual Scrabble tile-drawn question of "six by nine", stated above, with this. Some people...
• 42..Kneeling on the ground and nuzzling your partner while giving him anal sex while he is stroking himself?
• Aha! So that means the answer is actually gay sex! IT'S TRUE! HOMOSEXUALITY WILL BRING ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!
• It could be interpreted as the male kneeling while the female strokes him from between her knees and recieves cunnilingus from behind. So if you multiply ("x", or cross around) 6 by 9... It sort of works.

Alternatively,it's how many times you will have sex.
Yes,my friends.The Ulitmate Question to Life,The,Universe and Everything is how many times you will have sex in your lifespan.Exactly 42 times.Even if it seems like you've had sex more or less than 42 times,this is a lie.All implanted by The Silence from Doctor Who,working to ensure that the universe doesn't blow up.The cracks were what happened the last time someone answered.

What is the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?
That's what the mice asked, and where told that it isn't the real question
• No, the mice didn't ask anything. They just told Deep Thought to tell them the answer.

What is the air-speed velocity of a fully-laden swallow?
• African or European?
• Arcturan Mega-.
• They migrate!
• Blue. No, Yellow!
• Depends on whether it's laden with a coconut or a holy hand grenade.
• Un-laden, it's approximately 20 mph.
• 42 mph.

The answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is NOT' 42.
Ask any magician; they'll tell you that it is, in fact, 37. At least, that's what everyone thinks when they're asked to select a two-digit number between 1 and 50, with both digits being odd, but not the same number...
• 37?! (Really hoping somebody gets the reference...)
• In a row?!

The "distortion of the right one" theory was right, but the part that's right isn't what we thought.
The real question has nothing to do with "what do you get if you multiply ___ by ___," but does indeed include the numbers six and nine.

• So it's sex.

In how many seconds from now will Haruhi Suzumiya discover her omnipotence?
Well, it fits with the whole "if both are known, the universe will be destroyed and replaced by something much more confusing" assertion.

How many inane questions will be on this page before whoever's in charge finally gets sick of it?
42!!!
• Jossed as there are more than 42 guesses on here.

The answer isn't 42.
The mice decided to play it safe and not let humans know the answer, in case knowing both might cancel out the universe.
• Alternately, Deep Thought never told the mice the correct answer. Maybe it couldn't even figure out the answer, and a) just wanted to see if the mice would build Earth, b) wanted to live for a few billion more years, or c) just wanted to show up the Great Hyperbolic Omnicognate Neutron Wrangler.
• The answer might be... Boobies. Size 42... It's B-cups, BTW.

You can't know both the question AND the answer at the same time.
You can't handle the truth!
• Alternatively: Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle-like entity. You can't know one if you know the other.

The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything is: "What is not the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?"
Logic Bomb!
• So the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything is everything that is NOT The answer Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything, which basically IS The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything PLUS Life, The Universe, and Everything... And since The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything is... Recursion at its best, people.

How many fingers am I holding up?
• 6 x 9 fingers.
• 6+9 is fifteen... fifteen divided by five is three, Zaphod Beeblebrox has three arms, and we don't know that he doesn't have one six-fingered hand and one hand mising a finger... So he's holding up six fingers on one side by nine on the other... Woah... Woah.

Consider the following C code

#define SIX 1+5
#define NINE 8+1

int main()
{
printf("How much do you get if you mulitiply SIX by NINE? %i!",SIX*NINE");
}

Of course, the program will output 42, because SIX*NINE will be interpreted as 1+5*8+1=1+40+1=42, not as (1+5)*(8+1)=6*9=56.
• Presumably meaning that the universe is written in C.
• There are worse ways to code the universe. It's probably actually written in some kind of brainfuck-malbolge hybrid language, which would make some progress towards explaining Murphy's Law.
• Incidentally, C is derived from that language.
• See this xkcd.

How many different universes are there?
We believe that there are an infinite number of universes, and everything that happens in the Hitchhiker universe after Arthur and Ford are picked up by the Heart of Gold is dependent on this fact, so if it is discovered that there are only 42, then the "universe" (that is, our perception of it) will be destroyed and be replaced by something infinitely weirder (by being not infinite).

Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop?
Some guy who wrote the book of love.

Why should you NOT use math to figure out the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?
42.

42 is also the question.
The reflexive property at work. It states that every number equals itself. So, 42 = 42.
• This implies an Objectivist universe, which is truly terrifying.
• Didn't the ACTUAL answer get revealed as some other number in one of the later books anyway?
• The above troper is probably thinking of Stavromula Beta being revealed as Stavro Mueller's Beta Club in Mostly Harmless, which doesn't count anyway.
• Or God's final message to His creation: We apologize for the inconvenience. It made Marvin happy.
• And perhaps the penultimate answer is also 42. I have often heard the following exchange:
Person 1: 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
Person 2: What's the question?
Person 1: That is the question.
• So it stands to reason that the final exchange is as follows: (keeping in mind that ultimate means "final")
Penultimate question: What's the question?
Penultimate answer: 42.
Ultimate question: 42?
Ultimate answer: 42.
• Or perhaps 42 is the penultimate question, and the ultimate question is "what is the penultimate question?"

Can 42 be adjusted for inflation?
47

How many days can you detain a terrorism suspect in the UK without charge?
• canned laughter*
• 41.98765432123456789 (squared... to the 10th power... cubed)

The Question is "Where does Arthur Dent die?"
One, we know that Arthur is very important from the man who had too much Truth Serum. Secondly, we know that our perception of time is not necessarily the right direction. Take both the New Guide's comment on "You think Time runs that way?", along with the decreasing Zaphod Beeblebroxes ("The Nothingth!") Lastly, correlate the facts that "Knowing the Answer and the Question will recreate the Universe into something much more weird", "Some people believe that this has already happened", how (after Arthur's death) "Television was less interesting", and the way time actually goes opposite to what we know.

The Question is "How Many Presidents will the United States Have Had When The World Ends?"
Since Grover Cleveland is counted as two people, this means that the universe will end on January 19, 2009, at precisely 11:59:59:99.
• But...but.... I was gonna vote for Dunkelzahn! And Michael Wilson! More to the point, wouldn't Cleveland counting as two people be the inverse of your point, meaning the world technically ended after the Clinton admin-Oh, wait...
• No, you're confusing "counted" and "counting." Cleveland does not count as two people in the literal sense, but people will still count him as two presidents when he was actually the same president with two terms. In other words:
A square never has three sides, but a square and something with three sides is a triangle.
• He wasn't the only president that served two terms. I think most of them did. Certainly you wouldn't count him twice because his terms weren't consecutive. While we're at it, what about David Rice Atchison who may or may not have been president for a day depending on your interpretation? How about the 16 Presidents of Continental Congress? Or the presidents of the Confederacy or the Republic of Texas? Washington was just the first after the Constitution was adopted. It seems Taft was the 42nd President of the United States. Also, this doesn't say when the universe will end, just when the United States will. If there's a revolution during the 42 President's term resulting in either there being no United States or the United States not having a President, there will only have been 42 Presidents when the world ends.
• Maybe this one wasn't so off after all. Well done.
• Well Bill Clinton was the 42nd President, and it flipped out when Bush came to power in 2001.... Oh, everyone said the world will end in 2000, with the Millennium Bug, the Second Impact, etc., so did the world end during Clinton's era, and are we all in Purgatory?
• Oh oh!!! your talkin' 'bout Bush right?!

The number of Death Notes that can function in the human realm.
So the book says six, but then again, we've only seen about 4 at one time, what's to say that was a valid rule?
• Actually its six excluding ones owned by shinigami clearly 42 is how many can function in the human realm including ones owned by shinigami.
• Shinigami? Shi-ni-gami? 4-2-gami? This might actually be plausible.
• Nicely caught. *marks down to bring up to friends*

{2b ∨ ¬2b} = ?
That is the question.

What is at the center of the galaxy?
Here's a cookie if you get the reference.
• William Shatner?
• Or alternately- how many shots does the Staff of Life have?
• I've got it! How many shots does William Shatner's Staff of Life have?

One equals 42.
• Think about it. If 1 times 0 equals 0, and 42 times 0 equals 0, then 42 times 0 equals 1 times 0. Cancel the zeroes and you get 42 = 1.
• You divided by zero! Way to doom mankind, man.
• So the theory about the universe restarting was right. Clearly the first person who said that out loud said it on the eleventh of May, 2001, thus killing Douglas Adams and ending the universe of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy permanently and without reprieve. It all makes sense now!

It's actually eleven.
Wait, no, that's ridiculous. That's not even funny.

How many entries will there be on this page before the Question is known?
HA HA HA.

Why did the fish explode oil paintings?
42.

How many years will it take to make everyone happy?
It appears nobody has remembered Fenchurch. You know, the one who knew the question and how to make everyone happy? Yeah, her. I think what happened goes something like this;
[Fenchurch takes a sip of coffee]
Fenchurch: Hmm... Why is everyone so sad? If only we could... Hmm...
[Fenchurch takes another sip]
Fenchurch: Maybe if we... THAT'S IT! ...But, how many years would it take? Hmm... Probably about... Forty-tw-
[Vogons destroy the Earth]

How many times older than the universe is Marvin?
See the H2G2 entry here (the Literature one, not the Live-Action TV one).

How many times have we answered the Ultimate Question of Life The Universe And Everything?
Well, according to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, if this question were ever answered, then the universe would disappear and be replaced by something much more complex. This go around, we finally ask how many times this has happened before.

How many times will we answer the Ultimate Question of Life The Universe And Everything?
As above, but this time, we want to know how many more times we'll answer it before the Universe becomes too complex to answer.

Which was the best episode of Doctor Who?
Apparently the Universe didn't like the original series, or the Doctor-lite Blink.

The question isn't 'what is the meaning of life?', it's 'why does life have meaning?'
The answer is that life has meaning because everything will eventually die. The computer just said it in a really weird way (possibly because it knew that no one would like that answer). 42=shini=die.
• Since this is the 42nd WMG, it must be the correct one. (See the WMG 7 levels up)

This question is the ultimate question of Life and the Universe and Everything
Or it would have been, if not for the question eating itself than spitting it back out, due to the sheer audacity of the issue, being both the question and the answer of the question's nature.

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
42. Well, the question's been debated for a long time, and the answer would be numerical, so...
42. The universe has just gotten slightly stranger for each person who read that. And may have been catapulted into a bottomless ravine.
• 42 as in... 000042? Or while we are at it, #000042?
• Hmm... Ooh, dark blue. Nice. Not my favorite color, but... Nice. Hmm... And #420000 is a dark shade of red... Possibly the placement of 42 within the hexadecimal color code is relative?
• And there IS a sentient shade of dark blue...

What's God's favorite number?
Well... Perhaps it's not 42, but 6, or 8.

What is God's telephone number?

When Deep Thought was set to work calculating the Answer, there was a heated argument nearby involving a pair of philosophers, who complained that there was no need for them to wonder whether or not God exists if a machine can give you his phone number. Soon after, Deep Thought announces its circuits are irrevocably committed to calculating the Answer.
• Then what's the country code?

The Answer is 42, but only in a Universe of numbers.

The Answer would make sense only if the Universe didn't contain any of this troublesome "life" that keeps doing things on its own and mucking up complex calculations by crash-landing on computer-planets and such. If there was no life, the Answer 42 would make sense, but there would be no one around to make sense of it. As it happens, life does exist, so the Answer doesn't make sense.
• One could go on to say that if you did manage to make sense of the fundamentally nonsensical Answer, then anything that made sense before would suddenly not make sense, since you've changed your mind so entirely by understanding the Answer that it cannot comprehend anything else. Thus the Universe, for you, at least, has been replaced by something infinitely more bizarre (since this is an infinite Universe and all). It's all a matter of perspective (which I'm sure is a concept mentioned in the Trilogy somewhere - the Total Perspective Vortex, for one).
• Or, possibly, it's the answer to Daniel Tammet. Somebody, get him to model what he sees 42 as!
• Wait, wait, wait; does this mean that The Auditors of Reality not only know, but understand the answer AND the question at once, and are therefore working towards a universe that can freely express them both without collapsing in on itself & being replaced? OH SHI—

Figuring out the question is quite difficult, but it's person-dependent.
Well, take someone really, really important that was born on 12/30, and ask what's the result of the sum of their birthmonth and birthday (not birthyear, of course). Or maybe it's something else, but I can't recall...

The Answer is no longer 42.
Someone(possibly Fenchurch) figured out the Question-Answer pair ("What is six times seven?" "42." or some variant), and the universe changed into something much stranger. When the Universe was altered, the Answer had to change as well, because it is the Answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

The new answer is "fish".
• 2+2=The answer?

For you see, the answer, forty two, is actually a letter of the alphabet. Because there are only twenty-six letters, you need to loop it. The result is 'P', essentially 'B' but slightly different. So, quite simply, Life, The Universe, and Everything is simply because it is. It exists because it should. It took the 'be' option. It is. We are. This could also be interpreted as there being no true answer. Or, if you flip the numbers around and find the twenty-fourth, you get X- a letter commonly used for variables. So one should go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb, because absolutely anything could happen or be.

The Question is "How many Haruhi remakes/continuations/spinoffs will be there?"
Did I just make the Universe a bit weirder?

What is the author's favorite number?
Deep Thought was so powerful that it broke the Fourth Wall.

Every question is the real question, so every entry on this page is re-making the Universe
Add to that everyone who's trying to think about what the question is outside of here...that's a lot of extra weirdness.

Biofuel is the key to efficient FTL travel.

How many milliliters of LSD would it take to affect Creator Diety?
It's got a very low chemical tolerance for an omnipotent being.

How many dimensions are there?
When you reach 42, the universe flips in-squide-uot.

What does God's final message say to a seemingly non-sentient being?
This is a continuation of a WMG posted in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It states that God's final message to his creation is seen differently by every person. What would it say to something apparently with no sentience? 42.

What happened to the baker when he met with the Snark, and how old was he at the time?
42.

The Ultimate Question is...
What is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything?

The real Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question is not 42, but...

"What colour does the number 'A' feel like?"
42, off course.

"What is the best shoe size?"
42, of course. The only problem is thanks to Dolmansaxlil Shoe Shop, you can't find a fitting pair from Earth.

What sound does the smell of yellow taste like?
The phonetic pronunciation of 42

Where does it all end?
This one comes from a readthrough of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The question "Where does it all end?" comes at the bottom of page 42, and with the spacing that the publication used, it looks like the editor was responding to the question as it was posed

The universe ending effect requires also having the wisdom to realize the full ramifications.
The "Oh sh-" realization crashes the universe.

Why are we here?

All humanity , all sentient life , are just neurons and fuses. All thinking , all existing to act as the background running power of a greatest meta physical Artificial intelligence in creation. We are nerves and synapses created to house its incredible processing power. Literally incalculable. Nothing we do matters, how many children we have. What we do to one another or leave behind. Just static waste, we exist to provide running time to this Meta Physical AI that encompasses all reality and time. Who built it? Unknown. What is it's purpose? To answer one question , and only one question. The Question? Must never be said or it could cause a system corruption leading to a reboot vis a via a new big bang. What happens what this AI finds the Answer?

We will never know, because we will never have existed. We will be replaced by a new reality , a new faster set of neurons and fuses . Ready to spend billions of years on the next question...

How many gallons of oil does one barrel of crude oil make?
42. No joke.

The meaning of life is whatever you want it to be.

How many more books will Douglas Adams add to his Hitchhiker's Trilogy in the afterlife?

Because four, five, or six volumes aren't nearly enough for a trilogy.

The Question is not "What is the Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe, and Everything", but "What is Douglas Adams' Ultimate Answer to his own Life, the Universe, and Everything?"

The statement “The answer to life, the universe and everything is 42” is a Gödel statement.
Think about it. It takes a while to sink in...

How many ways does it take to kill Hitler?
42. This is actually fact.
• That means World War Two was actually caused by the pan-dimensional beings attempting to find out the Ultimate Question? creepy.

Life has no meaning
6*9=/=42. But this was the only answer we got. Therefore everythign is pointless. OF course, this can still be blmaed on the Golgafrinchams, but that would mean they made life pointless.
• Would that mean that maybe heaven and hell were overcrowded which is why the universe was made and this is just an endless cycle?

How many times the Universe has Run is the Ultimate question

Big Boom - Expansion - Life- Evolution - Existence - Burn out - Compression - Silence - Darkness - Spark - Big boom again.

What has come before will come again. 41 times has all time and space ended and 42 times has it begun. It will never stop , existence never stops. Stars burn out, time stops all fades until in time unmeasurable it begins again. 41 different Universe, 41 different different laws of reality and physics. 41 worlds of Earth, with 41 different names. Previously the we evolved from Jellyfish, a bird like being with three arms. Life NEVER ENDS. The reason for it all is existence itself. 42 times it ends and begins.. 42 times and counting.

God/The Great Green Arkleseizure/Bob/Thor/Whoever put a safeguard into the minds of every sentient being in the Universe.

It's a safeguard that means that as soon as you know what the ANSWER is, your forget what the QUESTION is, and vice-versa.
• Ahh, then that still leaves room for non-sentient beings to figure it out.

The Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe, and Everything really is (9).

42's got nothing on the strongest number in existance.
• Might be plausible. I'm sure something THAT significant won't leave a lot of room in that fairy head. Which would also explain why she's considered an idiot, she jsut can't think of much due to The Answer! Maybe that also explains Icicle Fall easy, she's subconsciously letting her opponent in to talk to about The Answer. And of course she hasn't met Koishi yet...

The answer is: to make life fair...

Clash of Meanings
I believe than when they say the discovery of the meaning will lead to a stranger reality; I think the meaning is left to each individual and the Universe and life and everything would become odd because each individual is going about to and fro tring to accomplish their purpose.
The answer is the result of an overflow error inside Deep Thought.
• HEY WAIT!!! We already have the answers! We should be looking for the questions... we got derailed somehow...

Guess what Patrick Star said as an answer in a recent episode of SpongeBob SquarePants!
42.

What is the most inane answer to a funamental question of the cosmos?
It's forty-two.(universe collapses)

A Cow is the meaning of life.
Add up the the word's letter's place in the alphabet: A:1, C:3, O:15, W:23. 1+3+15+23= Guess...

What will be the year that the ultimate question will be answered?
42,of course. Luckily,the answer wasn't specific enough to tell us what the dating system is,or what number system is being used.

How many answers are there for life,the universe and everything?
That's why the universe will be destroyed and recreated into something weirder-because of the major Mind Screw and Logic Bomb revolving around it. The question will generate a paradox, and then reality will divide by zero.

What do you get if you multiply six by nine in a restaurant?
42, which lets you deduce bistromathics; problems that seem impossible on paper can be solved when numbers dance on a waiter's bill pad — reality and unreality collide such that each becomes the other and anything is possible — a phenomenon which you must have encountered, and which can at any moment impress a young girl sitting on her own (so long as she's, y'know, in a small cafe in Rickmansworth).

And if not for running out of Scrabble pieces, Arthur Dent would've finished spelling it out.

Why is a raven like a writing desk?
The Earth is the hardware, and Wonderland is the software. Lewis Caroll had an obsession with 42, and both Wonderland and the universe make the amount of sense this does.

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
It's either that, or it's "How many boards would the mongols hoard if the mongol hordes got bored?"

The Meaning of Life is itself, but not in the way you would think
Presented here[1] note there is a few paragraphs of exposition before This Troper gets to the point, its rather long.

The Ultimate Question is: "How many Vogons does it take to screw in a lightbulb?"
42. One to hold the lightbulb, the rest to argue about whether the form to fill out is a 2259A-gamma, "Operation of Illuminating Devices", or a 5462B-phi, "Replacement of Malfunctioning Electronics".

The Ultimate Question is related to the identity of Ash's father.
The identity of Ash's father is the greatest unknown, and the Ultimate Question is the greatest mystery. And what is the question? It's probably one of these:
• "What was the number of the episode that Ash Ketchum's father appeared in?"
• "How old is Ash's father?"
• "How many times has Ash's father appeared?"
• "What is the minimum/maximum amount of times Ash's father appeared?"

How many generations from Abraham to Jesus?
From Abraham to David, 14 generations. From David to the exile in Babylon, 14 generations. From the exile in Babylon to Jesus, 14 generations.

How many Discworld novels will there be?
The Very Strong Anthropic Principle states that the entire Purpose of the Universe is to make possible a being who will live in England, an island off the coast of France, and spend his time writing Discworld novels. Of which there will, of course, be 42.

How many butt shots in The Avengers?
Apparently, 42.

Doctor who?
42.

It doesn't make any sense, but it rhymes, so we go along with it. Which sort of fits the Universe, really.

It doesn't exist.
Deep Thought was just trolling it's creators big time.
• Possibly Deep Thought knew the question and answer couldn't exist at least with what it was given- it pretty much stated so after it gave the answer. It simply ran its problem and created the earth simply to pretend to its creators it wasn't a waste of time, and give the philosophers plenty to do.

Tv Tropes itself exists to locate the Question/decipher the Answer.
No other website or group seems to focus this much time on explaining things with crazy answers. We've spent years making countless theories on seemingly menial things like the main species of a time-travelling science-fiction, a mecha deconstruction series, a missing father of a boy who collects super-powered animals and a reality-warping fangirl. And this website has only been around about 9 years. Imagine what it might find in, say, the next 37,987?
• This makes sense when you factor in that we are all programmed to help find the Ultimate Question, according to the mice. The Earth is so complex of a computer that it evolved beings over billions of years simply so that the end results would deduce the answer on their own.

The Question doesn't exist.
Yet the answer does, and that is what destroys the universe. Allow me to demonstrate:
• The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything is 42.
• In this scenario, the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything does not exist. It is nothing
• Zero is a mathematical term for nothing. Thus the Ultimate Question of Life, The Univers and Everything is 0
• Thus 42 is the answer to 0. Meaning 0=42
• 0 times anything equals 0, and 0 divided by anything equals 0. Anything is represented by n
• 0n=42n. 0/n=42/n. From what we established, this means 0=42n and 0=42/n
• Any number could be represented as 42n or 42/n. Thus 0=any number, 0=n
• If 0=n, then everything is equal to 0.
• Thus there is zero mass, energy, time or space in the universe. The universe cannot exist, so it vanishes in a Puff of Logic
• If n=0, 0/n=0/0.
• 0 times anything is 0. As we established, n is anything. Thus, n has value again
• As anything now has value, the universe=/=zero
• Thus the universe is recreated from a Logic Bomb. Making it exist again, stranger due to the Logic Bomb making it exist
• I was sober when I made this WMG.

"Fortytwo" is the name of the son of the Fourth Doctor and the Ward Romana
and thus nephew of Irving Braxatiel and Frank'n'Furter, half-brother of the First Doctor's daughter, and uncle of Arkytior (also known as Susan Foreman). He's also the answer to life, the universe, and the everything. Because if the universe is everchanging through time, and everyone has a different purpose in life, who better to be the Answer than a Gallifreyan, perhaps one partly raised in a TARDIS (and partly in an human-ish\Earthcentric way?)

Somewhere between City of Death and Full Circle, Romana and the Doctor married, and had a son named Fortytwo James Alistair Heartshaven (Gallifreyans are matriarchal) who then turned 8 and entered the Prydonian Academy. Fortytwo graduated the Academy and fulfilled his purpose to become the Answer to Life, the Universe, and the Everything. Perhaps that was even his Renegade Timelord name. It's also likely that Fortytwo died in the Time War, or maybe he's somewhere renegading around\settled in another planet (maybe he's the Curator?) or maybe he's still alive in a timelocked Gallifrey.

The answer to the universe is 420
Because Cinder from RWBY touched Bill Cipher in the ass
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