Derby #98: Famous Quotations Illustrated
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Find your own Pair o' Dice- Douglas Adams

Find your own Pair o' Dice- Douglas Adams
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hewtab


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Re: Find your own Pair o' Dice- Douglas Adams


My quote is Douglas Adams's quote "The meaning of life is 42" When asked what that meant he explained that there are exactly 42 dots on a pair of dice and the meaning of life is to find your own paradise or "pair o' dice" And hence my design

eHalcyon


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hewtab wrote:My quote is Douglas Adams's quote "The meaning of life is 42" When asked what that meant he explained that there are exactly 42 dots on a pair of dice and the meaning of life is to find your own paradise or "pair o' dice" And hence my design


Could you link a source? I didn't think Douglas Adams ever explained why he chose 42. And did he actually say "the meaning of life is 42"? He wrote that 42 is the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything, but did he actually say that it is the meaning of life?

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HeartlineTwist


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Re: Find your own Pair o' Dice- Douglas Adams



Did you look at a reference picture for the dice? I ask, because a dice out of my Yahtzee game would either show the 3 and the 1 with the 2 that way, or a 4 and a 6 with the two that way. And, assuming a dice worked as portrayed, the dots on the 6 side would be horizontal instead of vertical, but you'd have to change the orientation of the 2 side.

Yes, I'm a nerd. This has probably been pointed out.

PocketBrain


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Re: Find your own Pair o' Dice- Douglas Adams


I believe it was Deep Thought who said "forty-two" when prompted for the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Note also there is some discussion in that link as to the origin of the number 42. There's no real rationalization; it's random. And funny because it really couldn't be the answer. We all know the real answer is hopscotch.

ZombieGorilla


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hewtab wrote:My quote is Douglas Adams's quote "The meaning of life is 42" When asked what that meant he explained that there are exactly 42 dots on a pair of dice and the meaning of life is to find your own paradise or "pair o' dice" And hence my design


42 is a just a funny random number.

DNA in response to "Why 42?":

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

Douglas Adams (Nov 2 1993)




systemerror


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Re: Find your own Pair o' Dice- Douglas Adams


yeah dice are wrong each of the opposite ends of the dice should add up to 7 so six and one should be on opposite ends.

Jae87


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hewtab wrote:My quote is Douglas Adams's quote "The meaning of life is 42" When asked what that meant he explained that there are exactly 42 dots on a pair of dice and the meaning of life is to find your own paradise or "pair o' dice" And hence my design


Amazing quote- never heard that before, but I love it! I might have to use that too....

Wouldn't my using it work all the more better while wearing this shirt? GMV.

--Jae
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jasneko


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Ahhh I was actually trying to think of a way to incorporate something about the answer to the universe in a design but didn't come up with one because of the numbers being text... nice.

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