THE ANSWER TO THE ULITIMATE QUESTION by Ronny Hatlemark
Remember the 'Correspondence Adress' ST NEWS issue 3.6? We
challenged everyone who found the Answer to the Ultimate Question
to contact us. Ronny Hatlemark did.
WHAT THE "ULTIMATE QUESTION" REALLY IS
OR (Stefan Post(-)huma(n) quote)
WHAT THE "ULTIMATE QUESTION" REALLY ISN'T
The day that slipped your mind (the one that should mean "lotsa
food 'n drink) happens to be the 24., being the day one should
try to remember the swell guy that was "nailed to a tree for
saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change".
It's a kind of magic, ya know! The date, I mean. If you swap the
two numbers you get the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life,
the Universe and Everything. if you divide it by 2 you get the
month in which that particular date belongs, which also reminds
me about the fact that I (in a short time) have spent twelve
bleedin' years carrying books to and from schools. If you divide
the number by 7, you get something that hasn't got much to do
with anything, apart from being 24 divided by 7. If you divide it
by 4, you get the Norwegian word "seks", which sounds (when
pronounced the Norwegian way, very much like the English word
"sex", which again is an important factor in Life, in Universe (I
guess) and in Everything (apart from non-DMA-beings like solid
What does all this tell me? There's no shadow of doubt. 24 must
be the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Or
(if I'm completely wrong) it at least isn't. So, therefore the
probability factor (on the theme "Have I really found it?") is at
least 100 per cent, because either it is or it isn't. If it is,
then my conclusion covers it, and if it isn't, my conclusion
covers it anyway. That should mean, dear folks, that my
conclusion really has the answer to what the Ultimate Question
really is; Either 24 or not 24. It can't be none of them, can it?
In fact, it tastes like sense if you try to think about it. One
might say that the answer always represents the positive, while
the question represents the negative, just like day and night, 1
and 0 and On and Off. The first factor is always the opposite of
the second... So, what's the opposite to 24? 42 of course.
Just rubbish!, that theory of mine... It stopped being funny long
before this letter was created, and it stropped being a theory
one second after the theory was created, and it stopped being a
serious theory one second before it started to be a theory! So,
let's leave it for the monkeys...
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