Published on October 10th,2010 at 4:53 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Happy Douglas Adams Day!

Happy Douglas Adams Day!

Douglas Adams fans would know that 42 is the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, calculated in 7.5 million years by a supercomputer named Deep Thought.

Today is the 10th day of the 10th month of the year, and if Y2K never happened, this year would be ’10. In binary notation, 101010 is 42 in base 10. Today’s the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything!

Happy Douglas Adams Day!

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  • http://Website RBoy

    Please, never post XKCD again.

    • killerhappy


    • Dizi

      You have no taste then. XKCD is witty.

    • Jack

      I agree. XKCD is top-notch humor.

    • bork

      Top-notch artwork too. Stickfigures ftw! Some people just don’t understand …

    • T.Kimura

      RBoy, killerhappy, what don’t you like about xkcd? This isn’t a trolling exercise, I’m really curious.

    • Wander Kat

      .. because xkcd is not even remotely funny.

    • Graham

      Then either you don’t get it or you aren’t a math/science/computer/language nerd (or both). If you understand and appreciate the topic, XKCD is one of the best webcomics around.

  • Pharsicle

    Yes, but the question was “what do you get when you multiplyt 6 by 9?” The answer is 42 in base 13.

    • T.Kimura

      “I always thought there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.”

      Although, according to Adams himself, the number was just pulled out of thin air and had nothing to do with math in different bases or theological symbolism or even the number of hairs he found on his toes.

  • Bill Adams

    It’s not accurate to say that “101010 is 42 in base 10″.
    101010 in base 2 is 42 in base 10.

    It’s difficult to write this without subscripts, but if you’re going to mix number bases, they should be qualified, either with a subscripted base or the base explicitly stated.

    and no, I’m not related to Douglas … (Rats!)

    • T.Kimura

      Ah yes, but you missed the bit before it:

      In binary notation, 101010 is 42 in base 10.”

      I suppose I could’ve worded that better… (You mean Mice!)

  • Anon

    So, not only can you not give the attribution his Creative Commons license asks for, but you can’t even copy the original artwork correctly. You took a screen shot of the page and added your own alt-text. What a dick move.

    • T.Kimura


      You are absolutely right! Thank you for kindly pointing out my error in a well-written comment to my post!



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