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  • Maybe it's been mentioned before. But I was digging around in MDT an stumbled across this in the ZTIOptIn.wsf file.

    MDT 2013

    Option Explicit
    RunNewInstance
    
    '//----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    '//  Global Constants
    '//----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Const ANSWER_TO_LIFE_THE_UNIVERSE_AND_EVERYTHING = 42

    Hehehe


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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 4:26 PM

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  • I have a thread on this from a couple of years back :)

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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 4:47 PM
  • It gave me a good laugh

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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 5:01 PM
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy[edit]

    The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years. Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is. Thus, to calculate the Ultimate Question, a special computer the size of a small planet was built from organic components and named "Earth". This appeared first in the radio play and later in the novelization of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The fact that Adams named the episodes of the radio play "fits", the same archaic title for a chapter or section used by Lewis Carroll in "The Hunting of the Snark", suggests that Adams was influenced by Carroll's fascination with and frequent use of the number. The fourth book in the series, the novel So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, contains 42 chapters. According to the novel Mostly Harmless, 42 is the street address of Stavromula Beta. In 1994 Adams created the 42 Puzzle, a game based on the number 42. The phrase 'the answer to life, the universe and everything is' has exactly 42 characters, including the comma after 'life'.

    The book 42: Douglas Adams' Amazingly Accurate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-15" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.1999998092651px;unicode-bidi:embed;">[15]</sup> examines Adams' choice of the number 42 and also contains a compendium of some instances of the number in science, popular culture, and humour.

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 5:08 PM
  • I think Keith gets credit for that.

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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:15 PM