I have seen this on the SO on many times. Whenever a question is vague and the question is asking some magical answer somebody or the other leaves a comment saying answer is 42. Even a book I am reading right now uses '42' as the number whenever it wants demonstrate some basic concept using an integer. So is there any history behind it or it is just a coincidence?
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As Fishtoaster mentioned, the number 42 has gained pop-culture status via Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but its true origins are from Lewis Carroll (from whom Adams gained occasional inspiration).