Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Towel Day

 By +Brad Naylor

For those who know what Towel Day means, Happy Towel Day. For the uninitiated, read on...

Happy Towel Day
Since 2001, May 25th (exactly 2 weeks after the expiration of Douglas Adams) has been know as Towel Day. Fans of Mr. Adams, particularly fans of his best selling geek fiction novel 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', show their love by carrying a towel around with them for the entire day. "Why a towel?" I hear some of you ask. From chapter 3 of 'The Guide'...

"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker 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 miniraft 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 avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); 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."
- Douglas Adams
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So now you know. HAPPY TOWEL DAY, and DON'T PANIC.

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