Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Towel Day!

Posted by Simcha 7:13 AM, under | 3 comments

Today Douglas Adams fans around the world will unit in shared love and appreciation for the genius of Douglas Adams by celebrating Towel Day, which takes place every year on May 25th.

You can pay tribute to Towel Day by carrying a towel with you throughout the day, though there are actually quite a few Towel Day events taking place all around the world.

  • The Mana Bar in Brisbane, Australia will have games and prizes for customers towels.
  • In Austria, ACHNUS Film invites you to a multidimensional presentation called "Don’t Panic - Tag mit Handtuch" at 20:30 in the Movie-Lounge, Bützestr. 7 in Wolfurt. Free admission. Don't forget your towel!
  • In Toronto there is going to be a Towel Day photo scavenger hunt/pub crawl.

  • In Columbia Dia de la toalla is being celebrated in Medellin with a flashmob.

  • In Finland, Tampere, towel-equipped hitchhikers will meet in Restaurant Plevna at 19:00. At Mozilla in Mountain View, California, any employee who brings a towel with them to work will be entitled to a complementary brownie, which will be available at a lunchtime group reading of the first few chapters of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

  • At Capital High School in Santa Fe, NM, Mrs. Gunter's 10th Grade English AP class will be celebrating Towel Day by dressing in a robe, pj's and of course carrying a towel! They will be having a "bring your favorite cereal" breakfast while partaking in a Vogon Poetry slam. (Man, I wish I had gotten to go to such an awesome school)

And for more great Towel Day Events visit the official Towel Day website, TowelDay.org

Unfortunately I haven't heard of any Towel Day events taking place in Israel, so perhaps I'll have to organize something for next year. But if you are lucky enough to live someplace where there is something going on you should definitely check out out (towel in tow, of course). But even if there is nothing going on where you live you can still take part in Towel Day by uploading a picture to Flickr, tagging it with "towelday" (most interesting - latest - group) or make a YouTube video (most relevant - latest).

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on the importance of Towels:

A towel...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.

Have a Happy Towel Day!


yay! Happy Towel Day! I love Douglas Adams!
I'm so glad I celebrated without even knowing about it, as everyone here just seems to carry a towel around everywhere.

Absolutely awesome. But I feel there is something I must confess... I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide yet. Please forgive me, it is on my list. Keep up the good work.


I have not heard of Towel day and have not read Adams yet but will someday... very cool!

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