Now I have a better answer to give when people ask my why I chose the monicker Acid42 as my electronica producing alias.
The simple answer was that 42 was my class number in grade four. This, however, is a doozy of an answer:
The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is a concept taken from Douglas Adams’s comic science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
And the answer, as given by the supercomputer Deep Thought to a group of mice, is “forty-two.”
According to the Guide, mice are 3-dimensional profiles of a pan-dimensional, hyper-intelligent race of beings. They built Deep Thought, the second greatest computer of all time and space, to tell them the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything. After seven and a half million years the computer divulges the answer: forty-two.
“Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is that all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”
“I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”