Which is necessary because the characters he encounters on his journey are often way too kooky—and, well, Guest-ian—to latch onto.
Of course, Big Pharma was only too happy to latch onto the early results as well.
Instead, we latch onto the number and use that as a symbol of everything else.
Old English læccan "to grasp or seize," from Proto-Germanic *lakkijanan. Not found in other Germanic languages; probably from PIE *(s)lagw- "to seize" (see analemma). In its original sense the verb was paralleled in Middle English and then replaced by French import catch (v.). Meaning "to fasten with a latch" is mid-15c. Related: Latched; latching.
a fastening for a door, etc., late 13c., probably from latch (v.).