So 42 is the answer to everything.

Via Jeffrey Woodruff
on Apr 26, 2010
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42 as the meaning of life

The “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”

So 42 is the answer to everything.  If that is the case, then on this my 42nd birthday I should wake up omniscient. That said, there are still questions that are unanswered, which I am sure the elephant readers can help me with:

  1. If I go to a book signing with an electronic book, do I have the author sign my book with a sharpie, like it is sports memorabilia?
  2. Why do companies continue to use chemicals known to lead to wonderful ailments like erectile dysfunction?  The Kerr Corporation uses BPA in their jar lids and openly hides behind lax FDA guidelines?   Is the United States really by the people and for the corporation?  (Sorry three questions in one).
  3. Why do we trust brand names? Why are we are willing to pay a premium for “Whole Foods” labelled goods.  (See question 2, corporations exist for their own nefarious good.)  Just because it says “Whole Foods” does not mean your food came from a local or even sustainable source.  The ancillary matter is just because it says whole foods does not mean it is does not contain growth hormones or genetically modified food.  Can Whole Foods really identify the sources of their ingredients?  Or if they can not, do they simply slap on the “natural” moniker and smile with greed? (On Wall Street this practice is known as “grin f*cking.”)
  4. Every organization is trying to attract the young professional to their ranks, but most organizations give discounts to youth and seniors.  I just don’t understand where the marketing gurus are on this?  Please help our parks and art institutions figure out this marketing conundrum.
  5. When will the elephantjournal run an article, “Online use plummets as teens take up reading books?” Are we a better educated society because we hook our brains up to WiFi or are we better off reading David Foster Wallace and learning about Objectivism and focusing on a single mental stimulus?
  6. Why does tea tree oil clean both yoga mats and teeth?  Have you kissed your yoga mat today?
  7. Why does Boulder have three Pharmaca’s and eighty dispensaries?  (Has elephantjournal run a poll for the best dispensary name? I think the best name for a dispensary is Fresh Baked, on Pearl and Folsom).
  8. Why does Boulder have eighty bead stores?
  9. Who in the administration is looking to “control charitable giving,” while the Supreme Court has loosened corporate giving standards to political campaigns?  By the people for the corporation?
  10. Is the world as venal as it appears?  Is our domestic energy policy really being sorted out by the oil companies?
  11. I am not Letterman; the elephant’s journalistic standards would not permit the publication of a Top 10 List.

I am 42.

If 42 is the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” then why do I still have so many unanswered questions?  Boulder is the home of many crowd sourcing software companies; please elephant readers—let’s solve life’s major questions.


About Jeffrey Woodruff

Jeffrey is a competitive cross country skier and marathon runner. He has completed sixteen marathons in six countries. Jeffrey recently received his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver.


7 Responses to “So 42 is the answer to everything.”

  1. Greg says:

    Congrats on your birthday! As mine approaches this weekend, I was wondering if 63 was the meaning of life, as it certainly wasn't forty-two. (And I am pretty sure it isn't 2012.)

    Sounds like you have the potential for a peacemaking career becoming an arbitrator/mediator for the imploding securities industry. Some good minds will be needed to sort out the conflicts and bring things into balance.

  2. Greg says:

    Thanks. Very interesting.

  3. ARCreated says:

    Hehehe… I was thinking the same thing as I approach the big 42…but I figured that would just mean for a year I was the answer to everything!!!

    Your list is very thorough and thought provoking thanks!

    YogiTobye that was pretty kewl!! I have attached so much meaning to 42 thanks to mr. adams had no idea there was really so much behind it…I'm sure he knew that when he wrote it, I'm glad to be more in the know! Thanks

  4. Jeffrey Woodruff says:


    So as middle age has formally set in I have made the following changes:
    1. I picked up a single speed for all of my local trips (anything less than 3 miles is on bicycle, thank you full cycle for dissuading me from the silly sports car)
    2. I am becoming more of a locavore. I hope this treats me well year round, but today I biked to the farm stand at 75th and Valmont. Sorry, whole mafia!
    3. Argh, number 10 is front page. We have reached peak oil. Don't drill offshore, invest in wind, natural gas and solar. Stop drilling at 5k feet and wake up to harnessing our nations natural resources.
    4. Solar panels, wind turbines and cool Teslas (with AWD). Stop paying for pavement- yes TARP- and start helping out the next superhighway- green energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    I will see you on my single speed. No petroleum required.

  5. LA says:

    An interesting website for no. 2, probably you have already heard about it…
    Slow Food –
    Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

  6. Wet areas can affect your feet and lead to athlete’s foot. You can also get the fungal infection if you come into contact with infected shoes or socks. You can use medications to cure the infection or use other different ways which have proved effective over the years. Have you found an athletes foot cure that would be good for you?

  7. There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a good issue to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general motivation but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most crucial thing will be working in truthful good faith. I don’t know if most effective practices have surfaced around points like that, but I am sure that your job is obviously revealed as a reasonable game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moments pleasure, for the majority of their lives.