The Meaning of the Meaning of Life


Listening to the radio in the car today I learned this fascinating tidbit. If it were possible to drill a shaft from the precise point of the North Pole to the precise point of the South Pole, and if you could fall through the shaft without friction (and without all the other annoying inconveniences; stick with me here, this is theoretical), you would speed up until, at the centre of the earth, you were at escape velocity (11 kilometres per second) then, as you passed the centre, you would begin slowing down, until you emerged at the other end of your journey slowed to a stop. Amazing, no? Well there’s more. The journey would take precisely 42 minutes. Forty-two. According to Douglas Adams, the answer to the question of the Meaning of Life. Co-incidence? Or … not?

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anaglyph
    Nov 12, 2004 @ 08:54:36

    Pete, do you know that if you took all the cables from the golden Gate Bridge, fastened them end-to-end and stretched them around the world, the bridge would fall down.

  2. anaglyph
    Nov 12, 2004 @ 08:55:07


  3. anaglyph
    Nov 12, 2004 @ 09:03:50

    Did you ever see ‘The Core’? I think the Meaning of Life was embodied in there somewhere. At least, that’s the only thing that I can think of that would make sense of the execrable trash that it was. Otherwise it had no purpose for existence at all, and that’s just not right. I like to think of it as a work of metaphysical genius, so far above my lowly comprehension that I cannot even begin to understand even the title sequence.