But 42 is not made up. It's the answer to life, the

universe and everything... which should just about

cover the question above ;-)

42 *was* the answer to life, the universe and everything.

When the race of pan-dimensional, hyper-intelligent beings

(also known as "sci.electronics.design regulars") constructed

the second greatest computer in all of time and space [Deep

Thought], the computer took seven and a half million years to

calculate the Ultimate Answer to the Great Question of Life,

the Universe, and Everything. The answer: "forty-two."

It is a common misconception that The Ultimate Answer to

the Great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

is a constant, and that The Answer is still 42. My own

research, conducted at the University of Southern North

Dakota at Hoople, shows that The Answer is a variable,

not a constant, and changes value (mechanism: quantum

random fluctuations) every 0.31337 yoctoseconds. It will

take another seven and a half million years to find out

what The Answer is now, at which point The Answer will

have changed roughly 69,176,994,400,250 times.

As for HiTek's original question. that was answered the

last time he asked. To calculate that answer, all he has

to do is to take any 11-digit prime number, multiply it

by the square root of -1, then divide by zero. Use of a

Commodore brand calculator is highly recommended for doing

this calculation.

I hope this helps.