Today is Towel Day! Do not forget to take your towel with you today!Not knowing, what I am talking about? Wikipedia has the following to say about Towel Day:
Towel Day is celebrated every May 25 as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after his death on May 11, and since then has been extended to an annual event. On this day, fans carry a towel with them throughout the day. The towel is a reference to Adams’s popular science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Douglas Adams is one of my favourite writers. His sense of humor and his books have influenced me a lot. HHGTTH is one of the book I can read over and over again, still loughing at the same jokes and allways finding something new to smile about. Another thing about DNAs writing is the feeling of intimacy he can create. If you read one of his books, you often get the feeling that only you and Douglas understood the joke you just read. I never got this feeling with any other author.
Douglas Adams was taken away from us way too early. May he rest in peace, without preassure from deadlines, happily tinkering away on his Mac. :)
The Hitch Hiker’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 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.Further reading:
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.
- MP3 with quotes from The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- DON’T PANIC Towel Shop (German and English)
- Buy prints from the original artwork of BBCs „The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV-series”