Happy Towel Day 2010

Douglas Adams author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, died May 11, 2001. Two weeks later, fans of his work created Towel Day. According to this article at Wired.com, D. Clyde Williamson made the initial proposal May 14, 2001, in the “Binary Freedom” forum at System Toolbox:

Douglas Adams will be missed by his fans worldwide. So that all his fans everywhere can pay tribute to this genius, I propose that two weeks after his passing (May 25, 2001) be marked as “Towel Day”. All Douglas Adams fans are encouraged to carry a towel with them for the day.

Make sure that the towel is conspicuous — use it as a talking point to encourage those who have never read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to go pick up a copy. Wrap it around your head, use it as a weapon, soak it in nutrients- whatever you want!

The best I’ve seen on the net today, however, is this remembrance by those that knew and worked with Douglas Adams, including Neil Gaiman and Terry Jones.  If you would like to know about Douglas Adams the man, I would go there. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
If you take nothing else away from all of this, at least take this. If you find yourself in a rough spot, and don’t know how you’ll find your way out, Don’t Panic. Oh, and don’t forget your towel.

5 thoughts on “Happy Towel Day 2010

  1. Hmm, the only towel I carry in public is the standard issue white towel from the Y. But everyone else carries one there as well, so I don’t think this counts.

    Now there is one guy at the Y who carries two small throw pillows. I swear on Neptune’s scepter this is the truth.

    He looks like he’s in his mid-50s and he uses the StairMaster — uh, the 80s called and they want their StairMaster and leg warmers back. Anyway, he leans forward and rests his forearms on the two handles that come out next to the display monitor.

    Apparently that’s uncomfortable because he now places a throw pillow on each handle and then puts his forearm on the pillow.

    I wonder if he throws those in the washing machine or if he just sprays them with Febreeze.

  2. This year’s Towel Day falls on the auspicious date of May 25, 2012. It’s auspicious because the numbers that make up the date 5/25/12, when added together, make up the sum of 42, which is the Ultimate Answer to the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything.

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