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Happy Towel Day!

Happy belated birthday to theladyrose. I hope your day was as fabulous as you are! :)

And speaking of hoopy froods... Happy Towel Day!

You sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? Now there's a frood who knew where his towel was. You are invited to join your fellow hitchhikers in mourning the loss of the late great one. Join in on towel day to show your appreciation for the humor and insight that Douglas Adams brought to all our lives.

Towel Day :: A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

And a quote for the day:

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, 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 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-hitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker 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 hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker 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.

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


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 25th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Happy Towel Day to you too.

Now there's a frood who knew where his towel was.
The importance of which I was mulling the other day as I debated with a friend about the etiquette of borrowing/lending towels - having left mine at home in Alaska and finding myself beset by the travails of the towel-less on the other side of the planet... That frood knew what he was talking about alright...
May. 25th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ack! Towel-less travel! The horror! *hugs* :)
May. 25th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
And now I am obligated to admit that I actually talked my houseguest *out* of bringing her towel... I will pack my things and leave the planet immediately. :::ducksheadinshame:::
May. 25th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
Tsk, tsk, tsk. No hoopy froodness for you today! *wink*
May. 25th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
I let her use two of my own... Does that redeem me?
May. 25th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I think that makes you even hoopier than the average frood! Good for you. You know where your towel is, and your friend's, too! ;)
May. 25th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Towel Day........
I'm also a big Adams fan:)
May. 26th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Towel Day........
Yay! :) Well happy towel day to you, then!
May. 30th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Many thanks for the shout out!

My towel did indeed prove to be very useful on May 25 after I took an unscheduled swim in the American River that day :)
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