I am sorry, I can't tell. But the product description concludes with this
"So why call it the Mk.XXXXII? Well - we put a lot of deep thought into the
design, and what else could we call a jig that's clearly the shop equivalent
of the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything."
That may be a clue.
Kolmogorov's zero-one law (yes, look it up) says that they're not. As
most "things" (including breakfast at Milliways) would thus qualify as
"tail events" for Kolmogorov, they're instead either almost certain, or
almost impossible (i.e. their probability is either zero or one, but not
Sadly it's often possible to apply this law, but rarely to tell just
which probability they have.
This made me chortle:
"Once you've lapped your chisels and blades to a common thickness (a
trivial one-time exercise),"
Sure, it's a straightforward task that you only have to do once...for
about a month straight!
:>Just to be annoying, let me point out that the model -- more correctly:>-- should me the MK.XLII
: They beat you to it. From the "more information" page:
: :P.S. We know that 42 would correctly be written "XLII" in Roman numerals,
: :but thought that "XXXXII" just worked better in this case...!
Actually ... both notations are as correct as the other. The substractive
notation (IX instead of VIIII, for example) got accepted very late
in the game. And the non-subtractive got used occasionally even into the
-- Andy Barss
Or even IX if you didn't want to wait a couple of years! <g>
But the notion that Roman numeral use is not carved in stone (if
you'll pardon the pun) but still evolving into the XXth century is
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On Thu, 5 Apr 2007 21:17:17 +0000 (UTC), Andrew Barss
Non-subtractive is still standard for clockfaces (for IIII) even in the
21st century. I believe this is owing to Henry VIII, and the clock at
Recalling my 4th grade math class, when using Roman numerals, the rule is no
more that 3 of a given character, thus 4 is IV and not IIII. As far as I
personally know, the rule never changed. Just because someone in the 20th
century used it, doesn't mean it's correct. So 42 can accurately only be
written as XLII since XXXXII exceeds the 3 character rule.
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