The answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Google search returns 42

A small proof:

0. The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything = 42. (See The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as Google as shown above.)

1. As of today, I am 42. (Trust me on this.)

2. 42 == 42. (Identity Principle.)

3. Therefore, I am the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. (Transitivity Principle.)


In addition to being the Answer to the Ultimate Question, I’m a Libra. I’ve long been convinced that Libra is the very best astrological sign.

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Check this out from Wikipedia:

The astrological symbol for Libra represents the scales. Many modern astrologers regard it as the most desirable of zodiacal types because it represents the zenith of the year, the high point of the seasons, when the harvest of all the hard work of the spring is reaped.

I like my birthday very much, so I don’t confine it to a single day. Like Uncle Crappy, I celebrate Birthday Week, or even Birthday Month if possible.

Tomorrow I will go to see Okkervil River, Friday I’ll see a concert at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Saturday I’ll see my sister in "Murder at the Howard Johnson’s" at the Butler Little Theatre. Then Sunday my family celebrates my birthday all over again, this time with my mother and brother’s birthdays (which are next week). A fun-filled fantasia of birthday festivities!

As much fun as Birthday Week is, I think I have the capacity for yet more fun. Starting this year, I’m going to start celebrating Unbirthdays. I think we all should.

So, if today’s your birthday: Happy birthday, and many happy returns on the day!

And if it’s not your birthday: A very merry Unbirthday to you!

10 replies on “The answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”

  1. I’ve been 42 for almost 19 hours now. I feel … wiser … and kind of tired.

    Sorry I couldn’t help you celebrate your Birthday
    Week; I hope it was everything you wanted it to be.

  2. Happy Birthday to you, Cindy! Actually, since it’s officially past your actual birthday, Happy Birthday WEEK to you! My sister-in-law Lynn demands much acknowledgment for her entire birthday month, which is also October, the 21st. Which explains why yours falls off my radar. Lynn doesn’t allow her husband any pre-bday attention for his special day, which is Nov 2, lest it fall into her birthday month. So hers builds and builds all month long, and his gets a 1-day build up and then the whole thing is over!

  3. On my 42nd birthday in 2000 I was home alone. The wife was at work and the kids off doing kid things. While channel surfing I came upon the movie “Knute Rockne All American”. Coach Rockne was told by his doctor that he was too ill to attend “the big game”. “My God, man… you’re 42!”, the doctor exclaimed.

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