Friday, May 25, 2007

TOWEL DAY - May 25th


Towel Day (25 May) is the hip new holiday for those hoopy froods in the know* to carry their towel with them wherever they go (presuming, of course, they haven't already done so).

[TRANSLATION: We carry our towels in commemoration of the passing of one of the greatest sci-fi authors of our time - Douglas Adams]

*Spread/sass the signal along every sub-ether waveband to ensure maximum attendance. For those *not* in the know, here's some rather helpful information:

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" has a few things to say on the subject of towels.

__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 miniraft 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 avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you―daft as a brush, but very 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: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, 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 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 know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

__Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)

That day we honor the late author of The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. All you have to do is carry a towel with you during the day. When people ask about it, simply tell them about Douglas Adams and his fantastic books. Show him some respect, and remember, the answer is 42.

Stay sane inside insanity ~ and....well, u know the rest.


Meribah said...

Okay, I wanna read The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy now. I know, I know, a real sci-fi geek like myself actually hasn't read this classic piece of literature??? Oh, the horror! The shame! :P

Bond said...

OK...I am totally lost here.. never read it.. never had the desire to read it... moving to the corner to just watch

Anndi said...

Read it a long time ago.. thinking it's time I take it out again...

Travis said...

This is funny. And YAY! I've unpacked all my books and found that I do have this series! I thought I did, but I couldn't be sure.

Now I must read.

Dana said...

I had no idea we had a Towel Day! WOO! I'm so excited - I love Hitchhikers'!

Matt-Man said...

When I think of Marvin I think of Bugs Bunny...

Turnbaby said...

Cool beans-I need to read this again--but before I go to the basement to find it *sigh* just want you to know you have been TAGGED

to do the year you turned 18 music meme


Jean-Luc Picard said...

I'll keep my towel close to hand.

ian said...

Hey Angel,

Stopping by via Turnbaby. Great post for remembering a great author. It's a shame they made such a crappy movie from his work though. The old BBC series was far superior, despite the cheesy Doctor Whovian special effects.

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