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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Ok, so for those who are familiar (and those who aren't!) with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books... Tomorrow is Towel Day!! (That's May 25th)

Douglas Adams, the renown writer, comic radio dramatist, and musician (and coincidentally the author of the Hitchhiker books), died on May 11th, 2001. To commemorate him and his excellent creations, someone started Towel Day. Two weeks after the day of his passing (said May 25th), everyone everywhere will wear their towel for the whole day. They can wear it as a toga, a turban, a scarf, a skirt, or simply around their neck...but as long as they wear it!


I'm sorry for the last-minute thread; I just heard about this about two minutes ago and I think it's awesome.

So. Towel Away!

(And happy travels ;) )


2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Good call. I shall be wearing just a towel.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I promise to use at least 3 different towels today! We're going for brunch, though, so I may skip the kilt-like towel wearing--at least until I get back home.

4. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Happy Towels Day..

I tried wrapping myself in a towel, it was quite cosy n comfy

But now im back to my normal self

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I got some really strange looks walking around town earlier, but 2 people came up to me and knew exactly what was going on (one was even wearing a towel as well, much to my amazement)!

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Happy belated towel day, everyone! I have been a fan for years now and I think it is was very practical to have my towel on me, since I went to the gym later on in the day anyway .

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

In the UK they call sanitary products "towels"

It might look odd if I catch the train to work with a towel stuck to my forehead

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I can recommend it when commuting at rush hour in London. It's one of the few ways to ensure you get a seat and plenty of space...

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I did celebrate towel day yesterday by lying on the floor, wracked by the pain of a killer hangover while gripping tightly my towel and wishing I was dead. The towel was a great comfort.

Thought it would be worth putting the entry from the HHG on towels up here...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. 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 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 brush, but very, 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 [non-hitch hiker] discovers that a hitchhiker 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 hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker 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.


10. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, I was on a grave shift, so my day was oddly skewed :( and I couldn't prance as I would have liked to, but I still had my towel with me! It's the thought that counts ;) I'm glad so many people took it up, too! (like the ones that knew about it on the street, and stuff, it's brilliant, I think!)

[ Edit: Edited on May 27, 2008, at 5:54 AM by Latarina ]