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42: The REAL Meaning of Life
"Yes. I'm a Douglas Adams fan. And I felt that my 42nd quiz here was really a milestone that I should appreciate and honour. Thus, a quiz revolving around 42 (the REAL meaning of life) was created. Enjoy!"
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The flashing lights! The glitz! The glamour! The one time of year where all the big stars in Hollywood get together in their fancy dresses and dashing tuxedos to honour some of the greatest films, actors and actresses, music and filming techniques used in movies created the year before. The Academy Awards.
Now, to link it to 42. What was unusual (but not entirely unheard of) about the 42nd Academy Awards ceremony?
No "Best Picture" Oscar was awarded
There was no host
The award ceremony was held outside
There was a tie in the "Best Supporting Actress" category
And now to branch into the animal kingdom... Which of the animals listed below COMMONLY has 42 teeth once it has reached adulthood?
Great white sharks
Our next question leads us into the vast and wonderful world of television. The plot revolves around a British Indian family living in Wembley, with the son harbouring an aspiration to be a talk show host. So, naturally, his parents do whatever any other good parent would do; they build him a television studio in their backyard, where he proceeds to invite a host of celebrity guests around to chat to them on the talk show, and is then embarrassed and insulted every step of the way by his parents and his cantankerous old grandmother.
Now you might be asking yourself... How on earth is this relevant? Because the whole show takes place at No. 42. In fact, it's even part of the name of the show. What is the surname of this fictional British Indian family?
Most cultures have numbers that are considered to be unlucky for whatever reason; be it the memory of a disastrous event, or the number associated with evil.
Does the Japanese culture consider the number 42 to be unlucky?
42nd Street is an immensely popular street in New York, attracting many visitors to some of it's famous landmarks.
Which of the following famous landmarks in New York is not on 42nd Street itself, and is also at none of the intersections with 42nd Street?
The Empire State Building
The main branch of the New York Public Library
The Chrysler Building
Grand Central Terminal
This next question delves into music. There are many, many bands out there that have incorporated numbers into their band name.
Which of the following names listed below was the name of a popular British pop, rock and funk group, who were particularly popular in the 80s and 90s, and contained (yup, you guessed it) 42 in their band name?
The 42nd Stair
Good grief, what was that? Wow, looks like you've just slipped through a wormhole all the way back to the year 42 A.D! Who would have thought? Romans really were the big cheese in this era, so it's only fitting to ask you to write the year using Roman numerals. How would it be done?
For as long as religion has existed, numbers have played a huge part in it. And weirdly enough, 42 seems to have found its niche alongside the other sacred numbers in Christianity, despite never being recognised as one of the commonly used numbers in religion.
Which of the following answers is true, according to the Bible, regarding the number 42?
The number of months that the Beast will have control over the world during the End Times
The number of lashes Jesus received at his trial after being found "guilty" of blasphemy
The number of pieces of silver that Judas betrayed Jesus for
The number of years that the people of Babylon were held captive
Will wonders ever cease? 42, that sneaky chap, has managed to worm his way even into the mad world of politics.
While it's not the most exciting question I've ever thought of, can you name the 42nd president of the United States of America?
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush
Finally, the last question on that ridiculously obscure number!
Which book, written in the 20th century, started this mad phenomenon; that 42 is the Ultimate Answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
"The Lord of the Flies"
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Catcher in the Rye"
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