The French alphabet, written out with the same numerical values
as the Hebrew, in which the first nine letters denote units and
the others tens, will have the following significance:
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
q r s t u v w x y z
70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160
Writing the words "L'Empereur Napoleon" in numbers, it appears
that the sum of then is 666 (including a 5 for the letter "e"
dropped by elision from the "le" before "Empereur"), and that
Napoleon was therefore the beast foretold in the Apocalypse.
Moreover by applying the same system to the words "quarante-duex"
(forty-two), which was the term allowed to the beast that 'spoke
great things and blasphemies', the same number 666 was obtained;
from which it followed that the limit fixed for Napoleon's power
had come in the year 1812, when the French emperor was forty-two.
Quoted from "War and Peace", Volume II, Book VI, Chapter XIX
FORTY-TWO IN LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING
by Richard Karsmakers
Thanks to Stefan, Wayne Geiser (for lots of date-related data),
Tjeerd (!), Martijn, Alex, David Jones and Rod Kent (who run a
really interesting Internet site about "The Number") and many
others that shall unfortunately have to remain nameless...
The history (in short): In ST NEWS Volume 5 Issue 1, Stefan and
me did an article on a program called "42". It was the answer to
Life, the Universe and Everything, for it could give you the cure
to AIDS, the address of God (either that, or definite proof that
the dude doesn't exist) and a whole lot of other things. The
article redefined the borders of science, even creating an
entirely new branch of science called annihilatism (or something
along those lines). This article, as well as the corresponding
source files, are reproduced in this issue of ST NEWS for your
In ST NEWS Volume 9 Issue 1 I had a look at what the figure "42"
means in real, ordinary life, show you what this figure means in
the world as we know it - for if you pay attention to it, you
will notice that the number "42" occurs all the time! It was the
result of more than a year of research, and was dedicated to
Douglas Adams, originator of The Number and the person to become
42 on the exact date on which that issue of ST NEWS was released.
The Volume 9 Issue 1 article has been enhanced over the last
couple of years. More trivial or otherwise less meaningful things
have been discarded and new quality material added (thanks to
David Jones and Rod Kent for much of this additional material,
and kind permission to use it).
For this special (and final) 10-year (2nd Lustrum) issue I
thought it'd be a good idea to have it again, even more so
because this is actually...the 42nd issue of ST NEWS ever (well,
sortof, because it's the 41st and 42nd in one).
* Let's start with 42nd Street, which is a seemingly rather
notorious street in New York.
* "42nd Street" is also the title of a film made in the US in
1933 by Lloyd Bacon, starring Ginger Rogers.
* In a particular episode of the US TV series "Beverly Hills
90210", the Walshes are reading a book about sexuality or
something, and they are surprised to read that "60% of men over
42 think of younger women."
* In Japan there is a ritual involving the dragging around of
500-pound concrete penises and consumption of lots of alcohol.
This penis is carried by loads of men who are 42 years old,
which is considered to be the Japanese male's age of turnaround
(i.e. it can only go downhill from then on).
* Strangely enough, the number 42 also seems to have deathly
connotations in Japan. Some time ago, the first Japanese
Formula One racing car driver crashed and killed himself in a
car with the number 42. The number 42 seems to be banned on
Japanese license plates because of that.
* In "Star Trek - The Next Generation", the starship Enterprise
has 42 decks.
* Of course, there is a band called Level 42. Perhaps more
coincidentally, the band chose the week in which Douglas Adams
was to become 42 to release their first post-split album. It is
known, however, that Level 42 named themselves after Level 42
of a car park in England somewhere.
* One of the most notorious cracking groups on the Atari ST in
the olden days was called "42 Crew".
* In "Dead Poets Society", Robin Williams at one time says "Byron
gets a 42, but you can't dance to it".
* In that same film, the University is "in its 42nd year".
* The Iron Maiden twin CD-single "Two Minutes to Midnight" +
"Aces High" (released in 1990) is exactly 42 minutes long
including that brainless Nicko McBrain babble at the end.
* To limit costs, it is possible to have certain services only at
what are described as "the big National Railroad stations" in
the Netherlands. There are 42 of those in the Netherlands.
* The scroller in the Exceptions' "BIG Demo", probably the first
Atari ST megademo, was 42 Kb long.
* The Oldest Rule In The Book (as mentioned in Lewis Carroll's
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", the courtroom scene), which
is "All persons more than a mile high to leave the court", is
rule number 42. For a long time, this was thought to be the
source of Douglas Adams' number, too, but then it was revealed
in an interview that actually it was just a totally random
number (consciously, anyway).
* Metallica's excellent single "One" was the highest new entry in
the Dutch 1991's Top 100 of all times, entering at #42 (at was
at #6 in 1992, and #1 in 1993!).
* The heaviest man ever to live in the Netherlands, Jan Cleaszoon
Clees (landlord of a pub in The Hague, who weighed 223 kilos,
so telleth the Dutch version of the Guiness Book of Records),
died in 1612 at the age of 42.
* The password expiration time under Microsoft Windows NT is 42
* The longest recorded session of continuously talking in sign
language took 42 hours (done by Wendy Fisher in New South
Wales, Australia, in August 1987; she spoke an average of more
than 45 words per minute).
* The world's largest church dome is that of the St. Peter church
in Vatican City, which has a diameter of 42 metres.
* A few occurrences of the number 42 in Stephen King's "It" are
the fact that Tom Rogan worked at King & Landry Public
Relations at 42nd Street, and that the oldest person present at
the fire at the Black Spot - Alan Snopes - was aged 42.
* In Stephen King's short story "Dolan's Cadillac", the 'grave'
that he intends to bury Dolan and his Cadillac in is 42 feet
* In the case of a bitch (i.e. a female dog) still with young,
her puppies can be infected intra-uterinally by the Toxocara
canis bacteria as of the 42th day.
* In Olympic female judo, there is a class division between
lighter than 42 kilogram or 42 kilogram and higher.
* In the mini series "Passion in Paradise", the character Harry
Oakes' car has the license plate "93 42".
* On the date of 43-9-4242, the Belcerebons of Kakrafoon Kappa (a
very intelligent race that never spoke so as to give their
brain a chance to work) were officially verdicted to be
"Arrogant Bastards" and given the worst of all social diseases
- Telepathy (so proclaimeth one of the many animated Guide
sequence in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" TV series).
* Elvis Presley, the King, was 42 when he got abducted by aliens
(or when he died, or whatever).
* By a strange coincidence, 42 was also the age at which Cladys
Smith, The King's mother, died.
* Saddam Hussayn's (never mind how you spell it exactly) army
during the 1991 Gulf War was divided in 42 divisions.
* Nelson Mandela was freed on the 42nd day of 1990 (at 4:14 local
time). On that same day, the last official issue of ST NEWS,
Volume 5 Issue 1, was released back.
* On the 1990 Yesterday & Today (Y&T) rock band compilation
album, "Best of '81 to '85", the first track lasts precisely 42
* Guatemala takes up 42,042 square miles of the world.
* In the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (the actual device,
not the books) the amendments start off on page 42,000,000
(directly following the index which takes up most of the Guide,
having started at page 577,000).
* The highly regular binary value of 101010 is decimal 42.
* The second (and, unfortunately, last) issue of Tom Zunder's
Atari ST disk magazine "Interleave" had 42 articles.
* The Calixtus Catacomb in Rome has 42 niches.
* The scale or fretboard (the bit where the left hand fingers are
put down, with all the frets on it) of the Yngwie Malmsteen
Signature Fender Stratocaster electric guitar has a width of 42
mm (1.654") at the nut (i.e. the bit farthest away from the
* Douglas Adams' "So Long and Thanks for all the Fish" has 42
chapters if you count the separate prologue and epilogue too.
* Bullfrog's highly successfull platform game "Flood", released
by Electronic Arts, had 42 levels.
* Douglas Adams' fifth part of the "Hithhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy" trilogy, "Mostly Harmless", was released in hardcover
in the 42nd week of 1992, during which time I was in England in
the Plaza Hotel in London (Princes Square 42!).
* "Cleopatra's Needle", one of the sights at London's river
Thames and supposedly made aeons ago in ancient Egypt, was
"given to England in the 42nd year of the reign of Queen
Victoria" (quoted from the engravings on its pedestal).
* The Atari Falcon 030's extended joystick connections allow the
connection of total of six joysticks, or four paddles, a
lightgun and up to 42 extension buttons (which I suppose are
alternatives to fire buttons or something, I wouldn't know what
they mean otherwise). Info taken from a Falcon 030 promotion
* When a program/data cartridge is inserted in the Atari
ST/TT/Falcon's cartridge port, its officially documented first
required 'magic' longword value in order to be recognized by
the Operating System as such is hexadecimal $ABCDEF42.
* In "Raw Deal", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, there are two
mob families. The limousine of the main honcho of one of them,
a guy by the name of Lamanski, has license plate "4242".
* In the second part of the "Star Trek - The Next Generation"
episode "Best of Both Worlds", at a certain stage where they
are all hunting Borg they say they are "at 42 minutes from
* The CD "Serious Beats - Volume 5" has 42 tracks (mind you, this
information comes from someone I would not like to identify
with, i.e. Tjeerd Bruinsma who is also known under many
nicknames ending with "-ush").
* Similarly, the triple CD "Fantasia - The House Collection
Volume 2" has 42 tracks.
* In a TV documentary about allergies and the involvement of the
English Breakspear Hospital in the treatment of allergy
patients, one of the women interviewed (who had a very
disruptive baby due to it being allergic to all kinds of
things) said, and this sounded totally incredible, that she
"had grown 42 years older in 12 months".
* Ostrich' eggs hatch 42 days after having been laid (the eggs,
not the ostrich).
* The average life expectancy for a male inhabitant of the
country of Guinea is 42 years (which is actually rather low).
* In H.P. Lovecraft's tale "The Haunter in the Dark", the
protagonist is the first one to enter the dark and mysterious
church (the Haunter's abode, so it turns out) in 42 years.
* Thomas F. Malone, leading character in Lovecraft's "The Horror
at Red Hook", was 42 years old in that story.
* In H.P. Lovecraft's "Beyond the Wall of Sleep", Joe Slater had
been in "torment and diurnal prison" by the alien agency for
"forty-two of your terrestrial years".
* In 1992 there were 4.2 million CD players in the Netherlands
(70% of all households had one).
* During a recent tour, Metallica's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett
wore a T-shirt which had a skull, the words "Las Cavaleras" and
the number "42" on it. I have no idea what this is supposed to
* When the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran ashore the Alaska coast in
1989 it spilled 42,000 tons of oil.
* Princess Anne got re-married in 1992 (the first British
monarchial person to get re-married after a divorce in over 400
years worth of British history) at the age of 42. At that same
age she got a baby, too.
* In "Mississippi Burning", at a certain stage you get to see a
family watching television. They are watching a television show
where someone has just become the Cheddar Cheese Champion,
"having beaten 42 other entrants".
* This sentence contains exactly forty-two letters.
* Rainbow's CD "Difficult to Cure" lasts exactly 42 excellent
* The 'putter' golf club in the Atari Lynx handheld games console
game "Awesome Golf" has a maximum hitting distance of 42 yards.
* In the episode "My Desperate Valentine" of the American TV
series "Beverly Hills 90210", Kelly Preston (played by Jenny
Garth) wears a T-shirt with "42" on the back and front, in
* In "Boyz in the Hood", one of the main protagonists is called
Rick. In a scene playing in his younger years he is wearing a
football T-shirt with the number 42 on it.
* In a similar film, this time by Spike Lee and called "Do the
Right Thing", one of the characters, Mookie, walks around in a
Dodgers number 42 baseball T-shirt.
* In one of my second year English course books, Jonathan Kaye's
"Phonology - A Cognitive View", he uses the sentence "I ate 42
oranges" to demonstrate some syntactic property of a sentence.
* The only electric railroad system in Cuba, the Hershey Express
that was originally set up in 1915, has 42 railway stations (it
goes from Havana to Matantas and back).
* On the 42nd day of 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to three girls
(among which the famous Bernadette Soubirous, later Sainted) at
Lourdes in France.
* In an episode of "Married with Children" (title nor sequence
number known) where Al tries to get rid of his old car to buy a
new one, he goes to a car salesman and takes with him a shoebox
in which he has put 5,000 dollars, 10 years worth of savings.
When he looks in it he only finds 800, because Peggy had
discovered the shoebox and spent the other 4,200 dollars of
* In another episode (of which name and sequence number are again
not known) where Al competes in this 65+ athletics competition,
he gets back home with a ridiculous outfit that originally cost
US$ 3. Upon having used his illegally acquired 65+ discount
card, however, he proudly exclaims he got it for 42 cents!
* In Terry Pratchett's "Strata", mention is made of a frog-like
four-armed race called the Kung. They have 42 words for "rain".
* In the British TV series "Grace and Favour" (the follow-up to
"Are you being Served?") at a certain moment Mrs. Slocombe runs
into her ex-husband, Cecil G. Slocombe. She mentions him having
run out on her 42 years ago.
* When King Baudouin of Belgium died at 62 on July 31st 1993, he
had been Belgian king for 42 years.
* More or less incidentally, that year also saw the 42nd Miss
Universe Beauty Pageant.
* During the Norwegian Highschool Graduation festivities known as
"Rüss" (I seem to recall), Ronny Hatlemark's Rüss-name was
"Forty-Two" (Ronny was our Norwegian ST NEWS distributor and
still a good friend). The last four digits of his mobile phone
number, incidentally (though probably not at all
coincidentally), are "4242".
* In Jonathan Demme's "Silence of the Lambs", the Buffalo Bill
character wants to skin girls who have U.S. size 14 - that's
European size 42.
* The setting: The pilot episode of the US police series "Sunset
Beat". When at one instance a colleague cop asks some of the
heroes, Chesbro and Coolidge, how come they make more
successful arrests then any other cop on the beat, they reply:
"Find out for yourself. We give courses at US$ 42 per
* The major family (of which the name is Alberts) in the Dutch TV
soap "Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden" (translation "Good Times Bad
Times") lives at house number 42.
* In the "Dragonsdawn" book in Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of
Pern" series, it's mentioned that originally 42 mares with foal
were taken from earth to the new world of Pern. Also in the
same book, it comes to pass that on the 42nd day after the
first fall of thread the first gather was organised, that the
first batch of dragon embryos they constructed consisted of 42
specimens, and a bit further they mention someone who is
technically in charge of the program on file in the biology
Mark 42 computer.
* In a 1993 (Volume 27) issue of the "Journal of the Royal
College of Physicians of London" there is an article called
"The History of the 42-Club". Don't know what it's about,
* The special leatherbound version of Metallica's "Metallica" CD
(with pic of guitarist James Hetfield's head on the leather
sleeve) has Vertigo catalogue number 510 022-42.
* Cicero, the roman statesman and orator, died in 42 BC.
* Almost half of the 28 acres of the British Elstree studio
(where, among others, "Indiana Jones", "Star Wars" and
"Superman" were made) were sold to a supermarket chain in 1993.
The price was US$ 42 million.
* The Royal Rotterdam Zoological Garden (called "Blijdorp Zoo" or
"Diergaarde Blijdorp"), a zoo in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is
located on a 42 acre site (as of 1938).
* The first criminal who Charles Bronson kills in "Death Wish" is
identified by the police as someone who has already once served
a 42 months' suspended sentence.
* In "Best Friends" (Norman Jewison, 1982, US), starring Goldie
Hawn and Burt Reynolds, the Babson family (Burt's folks) have
been married for 42 years.
* In 1862 King Edward of England purchased property called
Sandringham Hall. When the sanitary provisions had to be
overhauled, the "Report on the Drainage of Sandringham House"
of February 18th 1886 occupied "42 pages of meticulously
* Gaius Cassius Longinus, chief conspirator in the murder of
Julius Ceasar, died in 42 BC.
* The Netherlands has the dubious honour of being the third
European country when it comes to the amount of people who
smoke. A total of 42% of the Dutch populace does it.
* According to the Annals of Tigernach one of the earliest and
most capable Irish kings, one by the name of Cormac, ruled for
* In the 1992/1993 New Year's Celebrations that traditionally
take place at London's Trafalgar Square, where a huge
gathering of thousands of people usually forms, 42 people were
* In "Sleepless in Seattle", when the little son of Sam (i.e.
of Tom Hanks) and his female friend want to put together money
for him to fly to New York to meet Annie (i.e. Meg Ryan), the
boy finds he has 80 dollars; the girl discovers she has 42.
* The Russian battle chopper that crash-lands after having let
Rambo and the others escape in "Rambo III" has ID number 42.
* Clint Eastwood is quite wealthy. Reason for this is the fact
that he does not request a fixed salary when signing a film
contract. Instead he just wants a specific percentage of the
film's profit. This just so happens to be 42%.
* In the film "10" starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek, the former
plays a character that has his midlife crisis at 42.
* In the film "The Fugitive" (with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee
Jones) the bus from which Dr Richard Kimble escapes has number
* A bit later in film "The Fugitive", when Kimble is examining
things in the orthopedic department, for no particular reason
there's a white note with "42" written in red on the clipboard.
* In "Police Academy III", at a certain instant one of the two
competing academies is not doing very well. One of the
characters then says "it's Mauser 42 - Lassard 0", indicating
they are the ones that have not done too well.
* The Llamasoft shareware game "Revenge of the Mutant Camels" has
* British painter and nonsense author, Edward Lear (1812-1888)
published a series of 42 coloured parrot images in 1832.
* Dutch-born British spy and double agent for the communists,
George Blake (born in 1922) was sentenced to 42 years
imprisonment in 1961 (he escaped in 1966 though).
* Dutch soccer ace Roland Koeman has feet with two different shoe
sizes. His right foot, the one with the killer free kick, is
(European) size 42.
* In 1993 or 1994 a band called Rot released a CD called "Cruel
Face of Live" that contained 42 songs.
* In 1993, a survey was performed to see how many people owning
Nintendos were over 18. That turned out to be 42%.
* The picture of the ancient Queen Ynci the Short-Tempered, run
into by Magrat in Terry Pratchett's "Lords and Ladies", is
claimed to have a 42 D-cup breastplate and shoulder pads with
* In Richard Bachman's (i.e. Stephen King's) "The Running Man",
the pollution count on a bad day in Boston is said to be 42.
* In the AC/DC song "Let There Be Rock", one line of the lyrics
goes "42 decibel rockin' band".
* In the film "The Poseidon Adventure", the main shock of the
seaquake to cause the wall of water that sunk the the S.S.
Poseidon to sink lasted 42 seconds.
* In 1993, David Letterman signed a contract for three years,
allowing him to do "The Late Show with David Letterman" at peak
hours. The contract was worth US$ 42 million.
* In an episode of the American TV cartoon series, "Duckman"
(which is absolutely fab), he owed the IRS US$ 28587.42.
* Stephen King's "The Stand" (the uncut edition) consists of
three parts. The first of these, "Captain Trips", is 42
chapters in size.
* In the film "Airplane!" (a.k.a. "Flying High"), the airplane
has a cruising altitude of 42,000 feet.
* When some English chaps released the "Maggie Guide to a Classic
Video Life-style" in January 1995, they claimed it was "the
first of a series of 42".
* In the film "The Crow" starring Brandon Lee, the squad car of
the most prominently cast police officer has number 42.
* In the film "Trading Places", starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie
Murphy, the character played by Jamie Lee Curtis claims at one
instance to have saved "42 grand".
* The book "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller - a book funny in a way
quite like Douglas Adams - has 42 chapters.
* In a Monty Python sketch about Colin "Chopper" Mozart, son of
the composer and Rat Annihilator, he is sent out to 42a
Kartoffelstraße, where Beethoven lives.
* Although no text survives of the legendary original Welsh Law
of Hywel Dda, 42 texts written between 1230 and 1500 are
* In "Die Hard with a Vengeance", one of the puzzles that Bruce
Willis has to solve is "What is 21 out of 42", leadin the the
21st American president, Chester A. Arthur, which is also the
name of a school where a bomb is placed. The temperature of the
cooling equipment that the bomb is stored in is 42 degrees
* In J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye", at one time the
16-year old protagonist claims to be 42 when addressing a
record salesperson. A bit further in the book, the uncle of an
acquaintance of his was said to have gotten polio when he was
* In an episode of "Blackadder III" (the one with the inheritance
and his not allowed to get drunk but getting pissed anyway), at
a certain instant he is fed beer while still sober. Captions
read "42 seconds later", and he's brainnumbingly drunk.
* Stanley Frost, father of the rather nasty woman that haunts
Michael Douglas and his family in "Fatal Attraction", died when
he was 42.
* Falcon FacTT File has set up a Bulletin Board System called
* In Roald Dahl's short story collection "Someone Like You" there
is a story called "Claud's Dog - Mr. Feasey". The first time
Claud's dog goes to the races, they bet on it and get bet slip
* Special agent Mulder, main character of the "X-Files" TV
series, lives at appartment number 42.
* In Tennessee, there was a law that proclaimed one could only
teach creationism in classrooms (as opposed to Darwinism, or
the theory of evolution). The law remained from its inception
in 1925 to 1967 - 42 years.
* Including two re-publications, I've had 42 articles published
in the Dutch Atari magazine "Atari Nieuws" up to now.
* The first ever sighting of the number 42 is from the Bible
(Kings 2:23-24 (23)): "And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto
Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth
little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto
him, Go up, thou baldhead; go up, thou bald head. 24 And he
turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of
the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood,
and tare _forty and two_ children of them."
* According to the Bible, there were 42 generations between
Abraham and Jesus Christ.
* Other Biblical sightings are "The beast was given a mouth
uttering proad boasts and blasphamies, and it was given
authority to act for forty-two months" (Revelations 13:5),
"Forty-two months was how long the profanation of the holy city
was to last" (Revelations 11:2), "Twelve hundred and sixty days
(forty-two months) was the length of the prophetic mission of
the two witnesses" (Revelations 11:3), "Twelve hundred and
sixty days (forty-two months), is the length of the retreat to
the desert the woman goes on to escape the Serpent."
(Revelations 12:6-14), "But leave out the court which is
outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been
given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city
underfoot for forty-two months." (Revelations 11:2).
* The angle at which light reflects off of water to create a
rainbow is 42 degrees.
* A 42 mile per hour wind brought down the original Tacoma bridge
in the state of Washingtion in the 1930s.
* 42 is the natural vibration frequency of human DNA.
* 42 is the natural vibration frequency of white mouse DNA (this
sheds an interesting light on white mice being more intelligent
* The chamber in the Cheops pyramid is exactly 42 metres over the
* The total number of dots on a pair of dice is 42.
* The integer part of the square root of proton mass divided by
electron mass gives 42.
* There are 42 countries in the game of "Risk".
* 42 was the name of the painter in episode 2 or 3 of the
* An episode of "X-Files" makes reference to a ship being lost
for 42 hours.
* An episode of "Married with Children" had a football game where
the score was 42 to 0, with Al's team losing.
* In the film "Teen Wolf", Michael J. Fox has the number 42 on
* The song "Minimum Wage" by They Might Be Giants is 42 seconds
* In the film "Ghost", Patrick Swayze learns to move things (as a
ghost) at subway platform 42.
* In the book "James and the Giant Peach", the centipede has 42
* In Kansas's (the band) song "Closet Chronicles" (from the
"Point of Know Return" album) they have the following line,
"Gazing out the window, from the FORTY-SECOND floor..."
* LucasArts's classic "Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders"
has the number "42" plastered all over.
* In Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" (album version),
immediately after the "Every Sperm is Sacred" song, the
narrator says "Meanwhile, at number 42", whereupon we are taken
to the Protestant family sketch.
* A current (English) advert for Guiness stout goes: "It's hard
to put a value to most things. This, however, is 42."
* The elevator in the film "Speed" starts at level 42.
* There is a french magazine about cars, relationships and home
improvement etc. The title of this magazine is "Le 42".
* There is a bar/night club in Lyon, France called "The 42".
* In the "Pelican Brief", Darby Shaw, (Julia Roberts) lives at 42
Beau Luc Lane, New Orleans. You can see this briefly on the
cover of the brief once during the film.
* In A.A. Milne's (author of "Winnie-the-Pooh") collection of
poetry, "Now_We_are_Six", in the poem "The Morning Walk", it
"When Anne and I go out a walk,
We hold each other's hand and talk,
Of all the things we mean to do
when Anne and I are forty-two."
* In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet sleeps for 42 hours.
* Dr. Seuss wrote 42 Children's Books.
* In the "Babylon 5" episode "AND NOW FOR A WORD", ISN reporter
Cynthia Torqueman (Kim Zimmer) said: "Aliens make up roughly 42
percent of Babylon 5's population."
* In the film "Aliens" (with Sigourney Weaver), when Ripley is
being shown how to use the machine gun, there are 42 rounds
left in the clip. You can see '42' on the read-out on the side.
* On the television show "Martin", his apartment door is 42.
* Marsha Clark, the prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson Trial, was 42
* The cop that found the body of Nicole Brown-Simpson had been a
police officer for 4 years 2 months.
* On day 142 of the O.J. Simpson trial, defense attorney Johnny
Cochran asked screenwriter Laura Hart McKinney how often the
"N"-word was said in the conversation she overheard. Her answer
was: "Approximately 42 times."
* 42 is the number in the header file of a TIFF file that
identifies the file.
* Apple filed 42 patents on technology developed for its Color
LaserWriter 12/600 PS.
* The most successful electron tube for audio applications in the
1930's was a "type 42" six-pin amplifier.
* The toolbar button with ID 42 in Microsoft Excel has a toolface
* 42 percent of all American women rely on some type of
sterilization for birth control (Newsweek, March 13, 1995,
* There is very often a 42 on the zipper of your Levis.
* ZOCOR, a new cholesterol drug, was resposible for saving the
life of 42% of the people who took it in a 5 year study.
* 42 people died at Chernobyl.
* Found in the German postcode-register: 06420 Lebendorf (Leben =
life), 06542 Allstedt (All = universe) and 88422 Alleshausen
(Alles = everything). Now what do these postcodes have in
common? These 3 cities are located on a straight line and do
not form a triangle as you would expect!
* Napoleon graduated 42nd in his class at Brienne military
* The first book printed on the Gutenburg (movable type) press
was a bible with 42 lines on each page.
* Aloutte, Canada's first artificial space satellite was 42
inches in diameter.
* Cleopatra became Marc Anthony's mistress in 42 BC.
* There are 42 rooms in the White House, including bath,
* In the Red Dwarf novel "Last Human", Arnold J. Rimmer's son,
McGruder, is introduced to his father at the tender age of 42.
* The sign that was used to head off all these items is, you
guessed it right, ASCII CHR$(42). This is also known as a "wild
card", which stands for anything, including life, the universe
* Unfortunately, this article is no longer 42 Kb such as it
originally was (which was caused by the fact that a lot of
trivial occurrences have been deleted).
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