Jun 24, 2008

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Math Tattoo: 6×9=42 – I am sure there is a deep meaning to this


Is it because answer to every question is 42?

The number 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

May be stylized 6 and 9 are not numbers at all but represent something else. 6×9 =42 in some different base numbers.

OK, I got it; from the Restaurant at the End of the Universe book:


Arthur pulls random letters from a bag, but only gets the sentence “WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU MULTIPLY SIX BY NINE?”

“ “Six by nine. Forty two.”

“That’s it. That’s all there is.”

“I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe


Sometimes I do think that there is something fundamentally wrong with the Universe. Talk Like a Physicist

  1. Just use base as 13 :P

  2. thanks but the author of the book specifically said that he did not use base 13 or any other tricks; he just pulled it out of thin air and said that”42 is a nice number, it is a kind of number that you can take home to meet your parents”.

  3. this is my thought:


    or (6)Six n (9)Nine is (4)for (2)two

    or a 69 is for 2

  4. marytrobot says:

    think literature:
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
    The answer to the universe is 42.
    Only problem is, no one knows what the question is.

  5. I bet it’s the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything!

  6. 6 x 9 = 42 in base 13

  7. 6×9 = 54 :S

  8. Jane the bane says:

    Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the best book ever. (it was a radio show first, did you know?)

  9. Det meaning of life is the 69-position:)

  10. It is the answer! It is the answer to life, the universe and everything!
    Look at everything, not in base 13, but just with a clear eye and you will find it. Can’t you see it?
    It is simple, Clear as water. easy as abc, 123.
    (In my entire life, I only met one guy who knows just I do, that is why I’m not going to tell it.)
    Reading the Holy Bible might help you a little bit, specially the Gospel according to Matthew and the Revelation, the part of the number of the beast. Have you noticed that 6*6+6 = 42??

  11. i still dont get this…can someone help me out plz?

  12. what i got from it was yin and yang, yin, being the dark, passive, downward, cold, contracting, and weak, yang would be bright, active, upward, hot, expanding, and strong
    together they are 42, 42 being the universe


    So in the book it is discovered that Arthur Dent is part of the machine to calculate the ultimate question, only the machine wasn’t done calculating. This question ( the one done in scrabble tiles) is prolly close to the REAL ultimate question, to which the anwser is 42.


  14. 42 is not the answer to the ultimate question.
    They asked Deepthought about what the answer to the ultimate question is, “she” then million years later tells them that it is “42″. BUT then she said that they’re question wasn’t really a question at all. Therefore = 42 is not the answer to EVERYTHING. Instead it is the answer to nothing. “The absolute nothing” is 42.

  15. oooookaaaaaaaaay says:

    erm i dnt wana burst ne1s bubble but doesnt 6×9=54? like im not gr8 with maths but i checked it cos i didnt think it was rite and i swear its 54
    is tht like symbolic? as in is it mena b the wrong answer? :s

  16. ^O-kay is on its way

    Me i needed a temporary avatar, put this here picture up, had some phoughts and came up with 3×14 (PI in the sky, et-C?)

    Ney, try this one then:
    (multiplications of numbers between 10 and 19 are easy: eg. 16×17= 160+70 + 6×7 or 170+60 + 42 = 272)


    (i am wai’in’ – btw, it’s the 18th of June)

    then add 14×14

    the answer is A-Yea’, we humans have it all.

    L =^Q^= ve

  17. 6 x 9 = 54 … I dont get it…

  18. this is the number of the cube of saturn.

  19. Carl Crightin says:

    I’ll let you into my version of this if it helps you.

    You all need to stop thinking like a scientist, but as a scientist you will already think outside the box.

    The Product is the sum of one of the first phrases to be recorded in written English, That is to be at sixes and sevens, or plain simply in a state of ???????

  20. Looks like 666 to me…

  21. wildfire says:

    ok so basically wat its trying to say is that since 42 is the answer to everything and that the tiles asked “WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU MULTIPLY SIX BY NINE?” so obviously the answer would be 42 if its the answer to everything

    i cant believe that u ppl didnt get it and i did even tho im just in middle school lol xD

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