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 anti climatically, “42”.
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 for an asterisk. A computer, Deep Thought, was asked what the true meaning of life was. It answered as a computer would.