Possible Question to the Ultimate AnswerEdit
I have recently been reading a compilation of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" book series, and I believe I have found multiple hints to the Question. I believe it is "Think of a number, any number." The answer fits, but that isn't really very strong evidence. This, however, is: First, in Chapter 7 of "Life, the Universe, and Everything," Marvin is talking to a mattress. Let me remind you that Marvin has said multiple times that he has "a brain the size of a planet," and that the Earth was a computer designed to find the Question, and is also the size of a planet. Marvin asks the mattress "Think of a number, any number." (This is an exact quote.) The mattress replied "Er, five." Marvin responds with "Wrong. You see?" If I am correct about the Question, five would have been incorrect, and the correct answer would have been 42. Second, in Chapter 34 of the same book, they talk about Prak, the man who was asked "to tell the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth," after having been given too much of a truth drug. Arthur says he'd like to hear what Prak has to say, and that presumably he would know what the Question was. The ship's computer immediately says, to Arthur, "Think of a number, any number." (Another exact quote.) I apologise for any formatting errors, and if you think my theory is correct, don't forget to tell the mice! -18.104.22.168 16:06, March 28, 2011 (UTC)
Thats not just it, in some novel, Marvin also says that he can read the question on Arthur's brain waves.
I think I figured it out....the Question to the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is "What is the distance in inches from the top of your sarcophagus to the topsoil?" (Six feet minus 30 inches for sarcophagus = 42 inches)