Throw in the towel...

I'm still trying to fully grasp why it's tomorrow of all days since the man died on May 11, 2001... alas, tomorrow (Thursday, May 25) is Towel Day!


If you are a fan of Douglas Adams and his infamous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of novels, then you should spend tomorrow showing your appreciation of the man and his work by toting a towel with you everywhere.

For those who have not read the books and may be asking "why a towel?" I defer to the book itself...

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.

If you are so inclined, show your respect and carry your towel. And post a photo. Could be fun.

Thanks to Bec for the heads up.

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Maybe whoever was arranging "Towel Day" was too lazy to do it on time?


Interesting - Hitchhiker is fabulous, but have you ever read "Last Chance To See?" That book made me love love love Adams more than I thought possible


Don't throw anything at me, but I've never read Hitchhiker's. I know. What kind of nerd am I.


Sandra, the site says something about wanting to do it soon after his death (it started that same year) without waiting too long and having people lose interest. But 14 means nothing in the Hitchhiker's lore. 42 is the big number... the answer to everything; and the only other option I could think of would be to have done it on the first anniversary of his death.

Bre, have not read it yet, but it's on my must-read list as a result of Dave's raving over it.

jackt, don't worry, I've only read two out of the series. But, at least it's two. If you read only one, of course, make it the first. Considering how much less I liked the second one, I almost wish I hadn't read it. I'm hoping #3-whatever make up for it.


Hitchhiker's is one of the great books, ever. It never gets old.

I was just saving my Towel gif. I think there's a mass synchronicity occurring. My towel is at the ready, though, it does fall on a Thursday this year, and we know how Thursdays are.


Kevin - two?! All 5 are fantastic, but carry your towel with pride!


Since it's already Thursday night here, I'll take a towel to bed in honour of Towel Day!


Eve, I actually kinda dig Thursdays. I'm assuming you have a negative history with them?

Bec, I know, I know. I really need to read the rest, but I've got such a long line of books at homje waiting to be read. I'll get there. And my towel is with me now. Woo hooo!

ChickyBabe, that'll work. Better than nothing.


Have been using my towel to shield me from Lost spoilers and the sound of ringing phones... The dsun id out - sunbathing!!!! I have a towel!!!!


Mine has made for a good seat cushion and conversation piece (had to explain the concept to my boss).


nerd!!! haha, just kidding ... I missed this yesterday so darn it, I didn't do the towel thing. Sorry. I'm so disrespectful.


Jacquie, you call me a nerd, but you love me anyway. Admit it. You have a deep-rooted fascination with geeks and nerds. Hence why you're always on my site. You know it in your heart to be true. ;-)


Guilty as charged and now everyone knows it.


Meh, nobody's going to go back and read this old post anyway. Beyond 24 hours, it's old news. Your secret is safe. ;-)

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