Is 51 less dangerous than 42?

At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his note-book, cackled out ‘Silence!’ and read out from his book, ‘Rule Forty-two. ALL PERSONS MORE THAN A MILE HIGH TO LEAVE THE COURT.’ Everybody looked at Alice.
‘I’m not a mile high,’ said Alice.
‘You are,’ said the King.
‘Nearly two miles high,’ added the Queen.
‘Well, I shan’t go, at any rate,’ said Alice: `besides, that’s not a regular rule: you invented it just now.’
‘It’s the oldest rule in the book,’ said the King.
‘Then it ought to be Number One,’ said Alice.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, chapter XII

Incidentally, I just ran into the last 5 minutes of Disney’s old Alice movie broadcasted by a German TV station. “Rule 42” had been replaced by “Paragraf 51”. Although nobody can really know what “42” stands for, it seemingly is scary enough to have it replaced by the harmless(?) “51”.

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