In Douglas Adams' comic sci-fi book and TV series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, the number 42 is revealed as "the answer to life the universe and everything." Q
magazine July 2008 asked Chris Martin if this song is Hitch Hiker's Guide related. The Coldplay frontman replied "It is and it isn't. 42 is my favorite number. 42 is just perfect. We've got two John Lennon songs, this and Violet Hill."