Posted: 24 May 2012 09:01 PM PDT
Sass this: It’s May 25th. Do you know where your towel is, hitchhiker?
Back in 2001, two weeks after the death of Douglas Adams, fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all across the universe banded together to honor the author by wearing a towel all day. Thus was born Towel Day, celebrated every year on this date.
Not an HHGG fan? “What the heck is the towel about?” you ask. Well, strag*, it goes like this. In chapter three of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, Adams explains that a towel “is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” So one who is both hoopy* and a frood* should always have a towel handy. Just read the book.
Find a Towel Day celebration in your area at TowelDay.org, the official site for all things towel-related. If you’re organizing your own, let us know! Break out your towels and wear them around, tweet about #towelday, spread the good news on Facebook, share your favorite Douglas Adams videos, wear your thinking caps, don’t panic, build a Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser, park some cars in the car park, and try to be nice to the doors. (I’m really hoping one of you takes it upon yourself to parody Rebecca Black’s “Friday” in Douglas Adams’s honor, if only so I can feel like that song exists for a reason.)
There’s no doubt that Adams left a lasting impression on the world; the very fact that today is Towel Day speaks to his contribution to his fellow hitchhikers. In the words of Richard Dawkins, “If ever a man understood what a magnificent place the world is, it was Douglas. And if ever a man left it a better place for his existence, it was Douglas.” I couldn’t agree more. The world is smaller without him.
*A strag is a non-hitchhiker; hoopy means “really together”; a frood is a “really amazingly together guy,” all of which you would know if you weren’t such a strag. Read the book, already.
OK, Geeks. What are you doing this Towel Day? We want to see you with your towels on. Send us your (SFW) pics!
Here are a few pictures that [GAS] readers have sent us last year:
From [GAS] reader Klaus (and friends!):
And here’s one from Selina:
And from Adrienne (the author of this post):
And finally, a last one from Jamie: