Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The REAL Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Ben and I have recently gotten into an argument over the meaning of everything. He, quite wrongly, believes that it is "42." In fact, many people seem to believe that the answer is "42." But they are wrong. The real meaning of the universe is 2. And I can support this theory entirely.

Reason 1) Two is the Optimus Prime. It's the first prime, and the ONLY even prime. It's the very first. Without two, the basis of most of our numbers would die. So, really, any number higher than two. Watch:
Simple Counting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... But, without two, we wouldn't get any higher than 1. Well, we'd get to 1.9999999999...99999...999999999...999998 (Because 1.9............ is two)
Multiplication: Anything that ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 is automatically up a creek. Because, how do you get 10 by multiplying only whole numbers? 5*2. So, no 2, no 10.
Those are just two reasons why 2 is wholly important in numbers. Also, 2 and 3 are the only consecutive prime numbers. Two is one of very few numbers whose answer is the same, whether you square, add, or multiply it by itself. 2^2=4; 2+2=4; 2*2=4. Pretty schnazzy, huh? The first known irrational number? The square root of two.

Reason 2) I would not be able to write this, and you would not be able to read this, without 2. Because technology is based off of the binary system. The binary system? It's based off of two.

Reason 3) Living things are based off of two. (Well, normal things. Things we see every day. Things using DNA.) Forrealzies. Because how many strands does a DNA double helix possess? Two. How many base pairs are there? Two. How many things make up those base pairs? Two. Also, as humans, we normally possess two of everything. Two arms/legs/eyes/nostrils/tonsils/ears/hands/feet/sides of the brain/etc. Maybe we were designed with symmetry in mind. But guess what gives perfect symmetry every time? Two. (Well, the option of perfect symmetry.)

Reason 4) You can not make 42 without 2. The numbers for 42? 4 (2*2) and 2 (2). The bases? 21*2. 21 {[(2+2+2+2+2)*2]+[2/2]} and 2 (2).

So, really, Douglas Adams, you lied to everybody. And I expect a formal apology and a retraction of your incorrect statement. And I want you to recant. Because you just got served!

Update: Douglas Adams is dead. He's been dead for 11 years now. Sorry, dude. You can rest in peace. But your successors had better apologize. Because you were wrong. But don't worry. The world as we know it would not be in place without misinformed beings. Galileo, Newton, Einstein (apparently), Aristotle, lots of famous people have been wrong. But nobody holds grudges against them. So I won't hold one against you. Maybe you'll become like Galileo. World-renowned for being wrong. And I'll be right. And all will be at peace. But, if you would like to apologize, please just comment down below or shoot me a quick email.

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