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Happy Towel Day!

Happy Towel Day to all of you hoopy froods!

Here's a festive video for the day:



And here's a quote for the day...


"Yes," said the old man, pausing to gaze hopelessly round the room. "Ten million years of planning and work gone just like that. Ten million years, Earthman... can you conceive of that kind of time span? A galactic civilization could grow from a single worm five times over in that time. Gone." He paused.

"Well that's bureaucracy for you," he added.

"You know," said Arthur thoughtfully, "all this explains a lot of things. All through my life I've had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was."

"No," said the old man, "that's just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that."

"Everyone?" said Arthur. "Well, if everyone has that perhaps it means something! Perhaps somewhere outside the Universe we know..."

"Maybe. Who cares?" said Slartibartfast before Arthur got too excited. "Perhaps I'm old and tired," he continued, "but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied. Look at me: I design coastlines. I got an award for Norway."

He rummaged around in a pile of debris and pulled out a large perspex block with his name on it and a model of Norway moulded into it.

"Where's the sense in that?" he said. "None that I've been able to make out. I've been doing fjords in all my life. For a fleeting moment they become fashionable and I get a major award."

He turned it over in his hands with a shrug and tossed it aside carelessly, but not so carelessly that it didn't land on something soft.

"In this replacement Earth we're building they've given me Africa to do and of course I'm doing it with all fjords again because I happen to like them, and I'm old fashioned enough to think that they give a lovely baroque feel to a continent. And they tell me it's not equatorial enough. Equatorial!" He gave a hollow laugh. "What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things of course, but I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

"And are you?"

"No. That's where it all falls down of course."


- from Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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killerweasel
May. 25th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
heeeee!

Mind if I repost that video?
eldritchhobbit
May. 25th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
Please do! :) Happy Towel Day-ing!
arymetore
May. 25th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
From the Towel Day site:

Smyrna Public Library in Smyrna, Tennessee, will be hosting a Towel Day celebration. The primary event planned will be a Vogon (Bad) Poetry Contest, and displays on Adams's work will be up all day. Staff will be on hand with their towels in the most mostly harmless place in town.

And here I am, stuck at work... I feel like Marvin.
eldritchhobbit
May. 25th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
What a brilliant idea for the library to do!

Awwww, I'm sorry, Marvin. :( Life. Don't talk to me about life. *wink*
lizziebelle
May. 25th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
That's one of my favorite passages, too. Love Douglas Adams. So sad that he left us too soon.
eldritchhobbit
May. 27th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you like that one, too. So sad indeed!
lizziebelle
May. 27th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
My very favorite is the one about how if anyone ever figures out how the universe works, it is immediately replaced by something even more incomprehensible. *g*
eldritchhobbit
May. 28th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes indeed. It explains so much! ;)
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eldritchhobbit
May. 27th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
LOL! Now that's one smackdown I don't want to be in the middle of, for certain. ;)
internet_sampo
May. 25th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
That quote come after one of my favorite quotes:

Slartibartfast: You must come with me.
Arthur Dent: Who are you?
Slartibartfast: What? No. My name's not important. You must come with me, or you'll be late.
Arthur Dent: Late for what?
Slartibartfast: Well, um, what's your name Earthman?
Arthur Dent: Dent. Arthur Dent.
Slartibartfast: Well, late as in *the late* Dentarthurdent. It's a sort of threat. You see?
Arthur Dent: No.
Slartibartfast: Your friends are safe, you can trust me.
Arthur Dent: Trust a man who won't even tell me his name?
Slartibartfast: Well, um, my name is, um, it's
[hurriedly]
Slartibartfast: Slartibartfast.
Arthur Dent: What?
Slartibartfast: I *said* it wasn't important.
eldritchhobbit
May. 27th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
LOL! So wonderful.
peadarog
May. 25th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
But will your towel be going to Worldcon?
eldritchhobbit
May. 27th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Alas, the evil forces of the universe have conspired to keep me away from Worldcon this year. But I'll be back. Back, I say! *shakes fist*
peadarog
May. 27th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Damn it!
eldritchhobbit
May. 27th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
My sentiments exactly. You're going to have to enjoy Reno (not two words I normally think of together, but hey) for me, okay? You must double your fun. That's your assignment.
peadarog
May. 27th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
I'll study extra hard!
belleferret
May. 25th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
*cherishes my towels and the memory of Douglas Adams*
eldritchhobbit
May. 27th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
:)
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