At least here in southern Ontario, there is currently a commercial for Tylenol Nightime being aired. This commercial shows a lady tossing and turning, unable to sleep and the voiceover begins by making comment on the way one’s mind will jump from idea to idea when one can’t sleep. Then the voice changes to what I presume is the woman’s voice and we hear her asking herself questions (“do I need snow tires?” – sarcastic answer: not in bed). The final question she asks is “What if the hokey-pokey really is what it’s all about?”
Now this question is obviously rhetorical, for as any fan of Douglas Adams knows, the hokey-pokey can’t be “what it’s all about”. In “Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy”, Mr Adams clearly stated that the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is “42″. Unfortunately, he never wrote the question needed to get this response. Note “42″. Not “the hokey-pokey and 42″. Not “the hokey-pokey or 42″. Just “42″. I can’t recall for certain, but that may be repeated in all five books of the trilogy.
Who are you going to believe – some songwriter who claimed the hokey-pokey is what it’s all about, or Douglas Adams, who stated categorically that 42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything?
While you’re thinking about that, enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.