Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Do you know where your towel is?

Think Geek Hitchhiker's Guide TowelDon't forget Friday is 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 hitch hikers 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.

What do I do? Carry your towel with you throughout the day to show your participation and mourning.

When do I do it? May 25th.

Where do I do it? Everywhere.

Why a towel? To quote from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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 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.
What not to do? Panic.


BugHunter said...

I was really torn about this. I really probably could wear a towel all day at work and "get away with it". I would be the only person doing so though, in a fairly professional invironment (Software dev in an office half full of physicians). I just couldn't do it, and I feel badly about it.

I'd have spent most of the day explaining to people what the towel was all about anyway.

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Joseph the Fourth said...

You don't have to WEAR a towel, just carry it around with you.

Though I should talk since after all that... I umm... forgot about it till I was at dinner late that night. I am definitely going to order that '42' towel for next year though.