Do you know where your towel is?

Author Douglas Adams, who passed away in 2001, has been responsible for more than a few entries into the English vernacular “babel fish”, “pangalactic gargleblasters”, the facetious use of the number 42 as an answer to incomprehensible questions, the difficulty of Thursdays…the list goes on*.

Amongst this list of sci-fi, hitchiker’s guide references you can surely include the importance of the humble towel, which is perhaps not so humble after all –

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… 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… 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.

Two weeks after Adam’s death in 2001 the inaugural towel day was held. On 25 May every year since Adams fans have clutched their towels to their chests, necks, or waists and worn them throughout the day in the kind of offbeat remembrance that the author would surely have appreciated. If you are brave and/or devoted enough why not wear your towel on Monday? At least then you’ll know where it is, and you never know, it might just come in handy.

For more information check out the official Towel day website.

*If none of this comprehensible to you, well firstly “Shame!”, secondly go read this immediately.

5 thoughts on “Do you know where your towel is?

  1. bronnypop 22 May 2009 / 2:31 pm

    I’m in if you are, Mo-mo! Just need to decide which towel to bring? The lace-edged antique cream handtowel? the well-loved and now falling-apart wedding present towel? the new and frighteningly large blue striped beach towel? the now completely unrecognisable covered-in-dubious-stains mopping-things-up towel? Should we match? Contrast? Complement?

  2. lynne 24 May 2009 / 12:11 pm

    You guys are such hoopy froods!

  3. clurbee 25 May 2009 / 9:14 am

    I only read this as I got to work, but I do indeed have an emergency towel, ready and raring to go! Its one of those small but super absorbent types that I don’t think existed when Adams’ books were written but I’m sure he would have approved. It lives at work in case I have a mad moment and decide to go for a run or to the gym in my lunch break. But for today it shall be for tackling whatever life, the universe and everything might through at me.

  4. clurbee 25 May 2009 / 9:16 am

    or indeed throw at me (forgive me, its still early)

  5. Mo-mo 25 May 2009 / 11:51 am

    I have opted with the sporty looking “gym towel” today. It makes me look fitter than I am…and keeps my neck warm when the aircon is on the fritz.

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