Top Ten Questions That Might Be the Infamous Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe and Everything

Infamously, the answer is forty-two, according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but what is the question?

The Top Ten

1 What's six times seven?

Actually, the book's question is "What do you get if you multiply six by nine? " but Deep Thought's answer was 42. - Shinytyphlosion

This is one place to start. In the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, they came close to this. - PositronWildhawk

42! Yes! I have figured out the universe! Just kidding. Jesus is the answer bro. - letdot52

2 What is the critical angle of refraction at which a rainbow appears, to the nearest degree?

There can only be one answer to this. - PositronWildhawk

I don't know... Forty something... ? - Britgirl

The answer is correct.

42.Really important in maths and science. - divphygamer

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3 Which number gives the fifth alternating sign matrix?

That being the fifth square matrix in which the sum of each row and column is one, and the coefficients in each row and column alternate in +/- sign. - PositronWildhawk

4 Which tower is the NatWest Tower?

A tower somewhere here in London, now renamed. - PositronWildhawk

5 What do you get when you Google this question?

Try it. Search "What is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything? " - PositronWildhawk

Google says that the answer is 42. - letdot52

6 Which Kepler object has the three smallest exoplanets in orbit?

Kepler-42, of course! A red dwarf in the Cygnus constellation. - PositronWildhawk

Great list PositronWildhawk.Certainly 42 has importance especially in popular culture.But I did not though that such beautiful list will be made.
I thing it is Kepler-42. - divphygamer

7 What does the original Smith number give?

The Smith numbers are those for which its digit sum is the same as the digit sum of its factor primes. The original Smith number is 4937775, the phone number of the brother-in-law of the professor who coined this. - PositronWildhawk

8 How many times more than once can Sheldon Cooper bounce a bean bag?

If you've seen episode 8 in season 6, you'll know. - PositronWildhawk

9 What sounds like "unto death" in Japanese?

The Japanese believe this number is a burden of bad luck, because of how it sounds to them. - PositronWildhawk

Four. The answer is four. (The guess is off of a hunch) - Turkeyasylum

10 Technetium-98 decays by a half in how many hundred thousand years?

There can only be one answer to this. - PositronWildhawk

4.2 million years detected in red giants.
For your question 42. - divphygamer

The Contenders

11 What do you want from Life? [to kidnap an heiress, and threaten her with a knife]- Fee Waybill of the Tubes

Or, a baby's arm holding an apple.

12 42 + 0
13 African or European?

All Monty Python fans know this one.

14 How many stories does it take to build a 42 story skyscraper
15 What's 20 + 22?
16 Why are we here?
17 Is God really dead?
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