Saturday, May 25, 2013

Towel Day

Don't panic! Today is Towel Day, a day set aside in memory of Douglas Adams. You can learn more at There are Facebook events and a community page. I'm keeping my towel with me, close at hand, all day.

from Adams' work The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as quoted at the Wikipedia Towel Day site:
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker 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, 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 (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.
The picture at the top of the page is from RTLSTUFF on Tumblr.


  1. Oh no, I missed that! However, I was in a dressing gown, Arthur Dent-style, all day, that must count for something... LOL!

  2. oh, yes, i'd say that would definitely have to count.

    i took my towel out to the nursing home to visit mother in rehab, and not a soul said anything. next time i'll take a more brightly colored towel. my pale yellow one, even though it was a large beach towel, got no notice. or maybe everyone was being polite ;)