Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams - Towel Day
Greetings all, Steve here again, wishing you all a happy Towel Day! Towel Day is a day when you carry around a towel all day to commemorate the late, great Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. For you out-of-touch cretins who don't know about the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, in his seminal work Douglas Adams explained, along with many other things, the great importance of always having your towel with you.

Carrying around a towel all day to commemorate a prematurely dead author who was obsessed with towels may seem a little strange, but only if you're unfamiliar with the many incredible uses a towel has and the powerful contributions Adams made in the field of Towelology. This phenomenon can best be described in Adams own words:

A towel...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.

Well, that about says it. Not only does Towel Day preserve Douglas Adams memory, it reminds us to always have a towel around for practical purposes. Everyone at the meeting will be very impressed. Anyone have any other suggestions about practical or aesthetic uses for a towel or how we could celebrate Towel Day?

Until next time, keep your pen on the page and always keep your towel with you.

Steve Sharam

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I believe I shall celebrate by washing a load of laundry. Towels, I suppose.



Well now, doing laundry will

Well now, doing laundry will have new meaning for me as well. Which reminds me I better put on a load.

One of my favourite quotes. Thanks Steve. And to think it almost passed me by...

Sears should give a special discounts on towels today, don't you think?


You go ask them and let us know what they say:P

Steve Sharam

No Towel!

I am a huge fan of Adams' works and the importance of towels... I just wish I'd known there was such a thing as "towel day" and I'd have been adequately prepared.

That's why we're here

That's what we strive here: Keeping you up to date on all the critical productivity news. DIYPlanner: Keeping you froody in a world intent on stealing your hoopiness:)
Steve Sharam

coincidentally... (or perhaps not)

Today is the day my recent order of 2 towels will arrive - one is for my car, another for my best friend who picks up his brand new Honda Civic Hybrid today.

We recently discussed the pragmatism of always having a towel in your car, because of the wisdom of Douglas Adams and the Hitchiker's Guide.

This is very pleasing to find out - also, now I have the appropriate quote to print out and accompany the gift.

Good idea

That's a good idea. Silly me: I always have a tire iron:P

Steve Sharam

Hoopy !!

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No one asks

I’ve been getting a few strange looks since I saw this post and started wearing my towel, but no one is asking questions. I’ve told some people because I thought it would make me look a little less strange, but I’m not sure the explanation really helped. Is towel day celebrated more in other countries (I’m in the US)? Of course, I work with a bunch on engineers, so I could wear a live chicken on my head (purely for planning purposes) and few people would notice, and the ones who did really wouldn’t want to know so they still wouldn’t ask.

BTW, this is my 11th wedding anniversary and it’s so nice to have a holiday on what is already a special day in my life!

Lisa PT

Strange looks, huh?

Ya know Lisa, my question is, are you wearing only a towel? That would explain the funny looks:P

Happy anniversary:)

Steve Sharam

a bit too casual?

Even for the Friday before a three day weekend. Then again, I've spent so much time at work lately I do feel like I live there.

Oh yeah

Oh yeah, that's right, and happy Memorial Day to all our American friends. Also a very good holiday:P

Steve Sharam

Don't let me be unprepared for next Towel Day!

How was the date of this important commemoration chosen? How can I calculate the Date of NEXT Towel Day?

Is it a yearly event? Is it Adams' birthday? Maybe the date he moved beyond this life? Is it a date mentioned in Hitchhiker's Guide?

Is it only serendipity that in many places on Earth Towel Day falls near the beginning of the outdoor swimming season? This year it falls on the Friday that starts the Memorial Day Weekend in the United States. Will it always? (That would be the Friday that falls after May 21 each year if my calculations are correct)

What a wonderful day I missed. Please don't let me miss it again.


A test

Maybe we can use Towel Day as a test of our systems. Put a reminder for it about May 24th 2008 in whatever your using and see if it works a year from now.

Better yet

Better yet, take some crayons and write it all over the walls, to be sure to not forget. Your partner will thank you.

Steve Sharam


That is just what I did! (Not the crayon thing, this)

I pray the recursive linking doesn't make anything bad happen!


It's always nice to have a link:)

Steve Sharam

I can't believe I missed towel day AGAIN!

Douglas Adams is one of my favorite sci-fi author. Actually, one of my favorite authors overall. First off, where can you find any writer, let alone sci-fi, with that kind of sense of humor? Plus my first memory of sci-fi was my dad reading me a chapter out of the HitchHiker's Guide. I guess that explains a lot about my bizarre sense of humor.

I heard about Towel Day about two days after the first one happened. Since then, I've tried to be ready and missed it every year. This year I wrote in my planner "Towel Day! Don't PANIC!" on today's date and set up things so I'd get an email reminder yesterday. This morning I got up and left the house and realized I missed it yet again when I checked out diyplanner.com during my lunch break.

According to Wikipedia, Towel Day is May 25, which is two weeks after Douglas Adams passed away.


Well, of course

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is known as arbitrary:)

Steve Sharam

Towel day=birthday

Towel Day is also my Birthday. I'm 18 now. =D

And I carried a towel around at school all day Friday. Hardly anyone noticed. XD

Don't worry...

Don't worry dude, nobody noticed what I did in high school either:P Happy birthday:)

Steve Sharam