I know this sounds crazy, but could the number 42 really be the answer to life, the universe and everything?
Now, don't shoot the messenger on this, because I have looked into it and there is a lot of evidence pointing towards this hypothesis. E.g.:
The numbers three and seven appear very commonly, and those two numbers can be divided by 42 without decimal place.
One point in history, 1945, was the year ww2 ended. Take away 42 from 1945 and you get 1903, the year when the Wright brothers made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. look here
4+2= 6, which is a factor of 42 (see below).
The Beatles went on form 1962 (their first studio contract) to 1970 (when they split). 1970 minus 1964 is 8, and there are 8 factors in 42 (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 21, 42). look here
Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. look here
This, and much more, could add up to 42 being the answer to life, the universe and everything!
So, is the whole thing just a universal joke, or did Douglas Adams hit the button with the answer?
What do you think?