The number 42 seems to have had some special signifigance to Lewis Carroll. It is reported that 42 was Carroll's Magic Number, although to be honest i haven't the slightest clue what that means. At any rate the man seems to have had a thing going for the number.

The book Alice in Wonderland has exactly 42 illustrations not counting the cover, and near the end references a Rule 42 in the judicial code of Wonderland: All persons more than a mile high are to leave the court.

It is in Carroll's undisputed nonsense masterwork The Hunting of the Snark, however, that these things begin to get interesting:

This writeup created with the help of the Annotated Edition of the Hunting of the Snark, and