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explain xkcd – Because you can’t know everything

Yes, quoting xkcd has become the norm. It’s funny, apt, insightful, silly and yes I’m even guilty of it myself. But … do you get it? I mean really get it? No, I mean really, really, really get it?

If you don’t, that’s ok because there’s an app a website for that. Explain xkcd. There, now you’re all set for parties.

If you assign each letter a value from 1 to 26, then the sum of the values of X, K, C, and D equals 42.  This number is significant as being widely recognized as the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”  It was first used by author Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and has since been referenced in numerous other books, movies, and tv shows.

Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.

Dan – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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