Towel Day on May 25 is an annual holiday created to celebrate author Douglas Adams by his fans. Adams wrote the classic sci-fi novel, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” This day was organized in memory of him after he suffered a sudden heart attack at the age of 49. His fans wanted to find a way to commemorate his life’s work, and after having one towel day, its success made it a yearly event.
There is a full schedule of events over at http://www.towelday.org/
“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.
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.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
What colour are your towels? I tend to be a bit boring, mine are mostly white or blue, apart from a few colourful beach towels.
Have a great day!
8 thoughts on “Towel Day – 25th May”
Ah my inspiration and guide through all things galactic and blue, especially the super intelligent shades…
I read the books as a teenager and I loved the movie (I know most people hated it but I loved it). I have never listened to the radio version though so that’s my next mission. KL ❤️
I believe it was originally written for radio. I first heard it in 1979, when it was repeated. I had this tiny bedroom in a flat in Chelsea – get me, v trendy – just starting my articles to become a solicitor. Each episode was 30 minutes and I’d lie on my floor and do sit ups through the programme! Yep, I was weird… if you can get those original recordings with Peter Jones as the book, narrating it you’ll love it. Adams had Jones and his voice in his head as he wrote it, or so he said….
That sounds brilliant. I did hunt down the episodes on BBC Radio 4 but unfortunately they are listed as unavailable so I’ll have to try other sources. Wish me luck. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03v379k/episodes/guide
Hope you find a source…
My towel is red, white and blue and features the number 42 and the words ‘Don’t Panic” 🙂
Oooh fabulous!👌 KL ❤️
All white – alright!