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42: Douglas Adams' Amazingly Accurate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

The perfect smartly funny companion read to the Hitchiker's Guide: In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, author Douglas Adams famously proposed that the answer to the question What is the meaning of Life? was the number 42. Why that number? Over the years, many theories have been put forward, but Adams steadfastly refused to clarify. It has taken a dedicated fan and investigator, Peter Gill, 10 years to establish just why 42 is the answer. In this brilliantly detailed, maniacally meticulous, and hilariously offbeat volume, Gill offers a whole range of reasons why 42 really is the answer. For example: On page 42 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry discovers he is a wizard; Adolf Hitler turned vegetarian at the age of 42; Elvis Presley choked on his hamburger at the age of 42; Washington is the 42nd State; and channel 42 in the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, where Stephen King stayed prior to writing The Shining, shows Kubrick's film of the book in one non-stop loop.
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