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In memory of Douglas Adam's fans unite for towel day
25th of May is International Towel Day Don't Panic! This is the day fans all over the world pay their respects to author Douglas Adams and proudly carry a towel with them, as described in his hilarious and splendid novel The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Douglas Adam, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Towel Day, International
Don't Panic! International Towel Day is here.

If you are yet to read the novel, the importance of always carrying your towel is described here from his novel:

"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 (such 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: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker 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".

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Wise words. Reading this I can't help but believe that a towel can be an incredibly useful thing and don't we curse when we forget it when we've already jumped into the shower.

Douglas Adams began his career as a writer in 1974 in radio and television. Although it was slow going in the beginning, in 1978 the first series of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast on radio by BBC Radio 4. Following the huge success of this he went on to author five novels in the series and translated into over 30 languages.

Douglas Adam, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Towel Day, International
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - First Edition Cover

So save the day and pack your towel. Which is more warning than Arthur Dent had when he was told that his house was about to be demolished let alone his entire planet.
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Why? A tribute to Douglas Adams
When: 25th of May 2016
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