How do I know the world will not end today?
Simple — it’s not Thursday and I’m not clutching my “DON’T PANIC” towel.
You see, the world is supposed to end on a Thursday, demolished by the Vogons to make way for an intergalactic hyperspace bypass. Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy know what I’m talking about. Douglas Adams wrote the hilarious Hitchhiker’s science fiction book series that I loved as a teen.
And if today truly were the End of Days, we’d all miss Towel Day on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. The 10th annual Towel Day honors the late author Douglas Adams and his books. Why a towel?
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 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 (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.” — From The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Show your nerd cred with Towel Day gifts for Hitchhiker’s fans.
- DON’T PANIC Towel (pictured above): I received one last Christmas from my co-worker and I love it.
- 42 Utility Towel: Of course, 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.
- Don’t Panic and Carry a Towel T-shirt: A play on the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster from the British Ministry of Information.
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Give all five novels in the Hitchhiker “trilogy.”