25 May 2014

Happy Towel day!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels
towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" 

                 - Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.  

Have you got yours?


A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] 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 vapors; 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-boggingly 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.


  1. You hoopy frood! I wasn't aware of towel day, but now...

  2. Actually really useful. Sister and brother in law are staying over this weekend and this post reminded me I'd forgotten to get towels out for them to use. Better get some and put them by their door now! Thanks!!!