Towel Day

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2024 DateMay 25, 2024
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Towel Day seeks to honor and pay tribute to the author Douglas Adams. Douglas Adams was an English author best known for his work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This day encourages people to carry a towel around with them in appreciation of the series. The towel is an iconic piece of equipment in the series as it has much practical and functional value. It is even said to be the most useful thing a hitchhiker can have on them. Many communities and organizations around the world promote events relating to the series on this day.

Towel Day was created in 2001 to remember Douglas Adam and his work. It is observed annually on May 25th.

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  • Douglas Adams launched an online version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide in 1999. It was taken over by the BBC and continues to run.
  • Douglas Adams received a £1,500 advance for the first Hitchhiker’s book. His advance for the fourth book in the series, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, was over £600,000.
  • Douglas Adams owned one of the first Macintosh computers in the UK and used it extensively for his writing.
  • 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… - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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