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Is it wrong that I like this? I'd like to see the Nietzschean Dilbert, too. And I had to include a second one, because this is one of my favorite quotes from Zarathustra:

If we exhert a little effort and persuade five of those species to become extinct, then we could claim "how many species of swallow are native to Africa?" as a candidate for Ultimate Question (also as a Grand Unification: Python/Adams).

we tried this in the lab yesterday, it does give you a very detailed answer for the European swallow.

By ihateaphids (not verified) on 19 May 2009 #permalink

I entered, "What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?"

The correct answer was given. I am now at peace.

By PsyberDave (not verified) on 19 May 2009 #permalink

Great minds think alike -- the swallow speed was the 1st question I typed in!

Given that the engine has trouble parsing much simpler inputs I've tried, this is almost certainly a hard-coded answer, like 42. So double fail.

It didn't know who did the twiddly bits along the coast of Norway. If they're going to code in one Guide reference...