# The Fortwinth System

**Invented by Sam Kass and Alex Benton**
### Description

The fortwinth is a unit which has the unique characteristic
that anything measured in it comes out to 42. Space, Time, Mass,
etc. No matter what they measure to in more conventional units,
they'll come to 42 fortwinths, and cannot measure to more or less,
by definition. The size and meaning of the fortwinth changes to
accomodate.

### Purpose

The Fortwinth System makes calculations a breeze, in that
99% of all answers cancel out to 1, 0, infinity, or 42.
The use of the fortwinth permits many formerly complex
calculations to be carried out without a calculator.

### Application

The power of the fortwinth stems from the ease with which other
units can be converted to it, and calculations carried out without
worry about specific numerical components. Since on many exams
the theory is worth 95% of the points, and the actual calculation
is only a small part of the total score, presumably the use of
fortwinths would allow one to completely throw out the points that
are given to small details such as "the right answer", and focus
on the **really** important part, which professors continually
assert is the methodology.

An interesting secondary application of the fortwinth was later
proposed by Russell Schwartz, and that is international finance.
The leap to this new world should have been obvious, since it is one
of the few other mathematical systems in the world where the units
change value and the amount you have stays the same. Applications
in extending the fortwinth out of education and into finance are
being investigated.

### Problems

The single problem with the fortwinth is the difficulty in
converting back to more conventional measuring systems.