It’s Almost Towel Day!

Keep Calm and Carry a Towel - Towel Day 2017

Tomorrow, May 25th, is Towel Day!

What is Towel Day? Towel Day is a day to honor the late Douglas Adams, beloved writer of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The basic premise of Towel Day is that you carry a towel around with you all day. It’s that simple. Anyone can do it, provided you have towels.

But if you aren’t familiar with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you may be scratching your head at the absurdity of carrying a towel around with you. And to tell you the truth, many of Adams’ books are absurd. But as absurd as they are, they are also absolutely delightful. I remember reading them as a kid and how much of an impression they made on me. They were so wonderful and I remember seeing the (disappointing) movie adaptation with my dad in theaters.

But this still doesn’t explain the towel thing. For that, you need to turn to a quote in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] 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 vapors; 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 (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); 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.

So you see, towels have immense value, which is why, in Douglas Adams’ honor, people carry around towels on May 25th. And really, it is a quite practical thing, especially as a mom. If you’ve never read any of his books, I highly encourage you to do so. To read more about it and find events that are happening, check out the official Towel Day website.

Happy Towel Day!

Are you a Douglas Adams fan? Do you celebrate Towel Day? 

P.S. Yes, that is a sticker on my computer.

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