I'm curious about 42 because the only number I can see is 24. I got it wrong I was wondering what the catch was.
On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
—Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher
Possible reasons for 24... 1. Steve is a Jeff Gordon fan. 2. Steve is a Chase Elliot fan. 3. His eyes were crossed when he wrote the question after first verifying the answer. 4. Steve is a Richard Petty fan, but forgot that The King drove mostly with number 43 on his car and in his confusion transposed the numbers on the question after getting it wrong in the answer. 5. Steve wanted to blow up the comment thread on today's question.
Today it's pretty funny. Answer # 4 probably belongs to the humor category, or it is indicative of the very good mood and fantasy of the author at the time of its composition.😉 Anyway thanks for this question, Steve.