May 25th is Towel Day

May 24, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Carry a towel around tomorrow. Why? In the words of the sage:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical
value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Towel Day – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If you’d like to celebrate the work of Douglas Adams, try getting yourself a copy of Douglas Adams reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It’s a great story, read very well by a great author. It’s the single greatest audiobook I’ve ever listened to.

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Comment from Pres
Time 5/21/2009 at 3:41 am

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Towel Day will be upon us soon.

This year the British publisher of Douglas Adams’ work is having a photo contest.

More info: http://www.towelday.org

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