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42

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams has the answer, and it’s 42. This is a great and fun book. I’ve never read the rest in the series, but I want to!

There are a number of theories why the answer to “life, the universe, and everything” is 42. My favorite is that’s it’s ASCII for “anything you want it to be.”

The number 42 also happens to be the ASCII code for the asterisk ‘*’ which is a wildcard character indicating any number of characters or even an empty string in programming. This could be interpreted as the answer ‘anything you want it to be’.

Wikipedia

The real answer is far more mundane.

Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed… Adams rejected them all. On 3 November 1993, he gave this answer:

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and… I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.

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15 minute yoga book

15 Minute Yoga

It only took me about 45 minutes with figuring things out and all the kid interruptions. I did finish!

Meanwhile, my son injured himself falling off the kitchen counters. He forgot we have a step stool. Sigh…

Yoga is dangerous on more than one level, apparently.

Joking aside, I really like the approachable nature of this book, and although the moves aren’t simple for this total yoga novice, it was easy enough to follow and I feel like it is in the realm of accomplishable.

The book I have didn’t come with a DVD, but here’s the link should you want to get this yourself: https://www.dk.com/us/book/9780756629267-15-minute-gentle-yoga*

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