Google Chromecast Has a Clever Sci-Fi Easter Egg

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During their routine teardown procedure of Google's new Chromecast, iFixit noticed what appears to be a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy easter egg that's hiding in plain sight.

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The Chromecast's model number is H2G2-42, which as iFixit points out is the common abbreviation for Douglas Adams' classic space adventure book followed by the "42", which happens to be the meaning of life discovered in that book. That's either an intentional reference or one hell of a coincidence.

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Besides that little joke, there's nothing too surprising about the Chromecast's guts. It makes sense that the single chip design of the gadget is super easy-to-open, and that once it's open, there isn't much inside to repair. What else do you expect for $35? [iFixit]

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chrisdunning01
Chris Dunning

Just to be pedantic:

42 is not the meaning of life. It's the answer to "the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything". The problem of course, is that the answer to that question means nothing if you don't know what the question is, and the question they asked wasn't the question itself, it was what the answer to the question was... It's all fairly confusing and has a very similar affect on my brain to that of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.