Level 42: Molybdenum, Rainbows and Asterisks

Today I am 42. I guess I have all the answers now, don’t I?

In The Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy, 42 is meant to be The Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.

Some other wiki things about 42:

The atomic number of molybdenum.

The angle in degrees for which a rainbow appears or the critical angle.

The character, corresponding to the number 42 in the ASCII character set, is *, the asterisk, commonly known as the wildcard character.

In Japanese culture, the number 42 is considered unlucky because the numerals when pronounced separately — “shi ni” (four two) — sound like the phrase, “unto death”.

42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabbalistic tradition.

Level 42 was one of my favorite bands as a teen

I don’t think I look 42. I don’t think I act 42. I will, perpetually, be a young person trapped inside a body with a clock moving too fast. And I like it like that.

If you’re so moved to celebrate my achievement of Level 42 in The Game of Life, I’d like it if you would make a $42 donation to Team Diabetes.

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