1.42 – What’s the meaning of life?

I have compiled some interesting nuggets of information about the meaning of life for you to tell all your friends (this is why I’m so fun at parties). And if you happen to be worried about STDs, be sure to read number 5.


  1. We all know that the meaning of life is 42. But did you know that if you assign each of the letters in the alphabet their corresponding number (i.e. a=1, b=2, c=3, …) then the word ‘math’ adds up to the number 42. Coincidence? I think not. Mathematicians around the world rejoice.

  2. On the topic of movies, if you haven’t already watched Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, you are missing out on some first class humour along with hundreds of references.

  3. Einstein wrote extensively on a wide range of topics, not just physics and mathematics. In several cases, his discussion drifted towards ‘what is the meaning of life?’ My favourite of his quotes on this topic is following discussion of whether it even makes sense to pose this question at all. “I answer: The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life”. So there you have it; the big man himself is telling us all not to be too judgemental.

  4. Mark Haddon wrote a great book called ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. He also said “I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules even if you spent all you time thinking them.

  5. Finally, if you look up the meaning of life the dictionary, you will read “A sexually transmitted disease which always ends in death. There is currently no known cure.


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