What’s ‘Towel Day’?

May 21, 2014 • Culture & Community, Entertainment, Music, News, Second Life

Celebrate Towel Day

Sunday 25th May

Roach Draconia, the London Entertainment Manager is a huge Sci-Fi fan and a fan of The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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The bowels of a Vogon Construction Ship

Douglas Adams, creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, said “Never go anywhere without your towel.” This was borrowed from ‘Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Europe’ by Ken Welsh, the book that inspired Douglas Adams’ fictional guidebook and stresses the importance of towels. So wear your towel proudly on this day as you celebrate your tribute to Towel Day.

Wear Your Towel With Pride

Get to the Events Field in London’s Hyde Park inside Second Life for the craziest Towel party ever – The Virtual Towel Party in the Park.  Win the ‘Best in Towel Contest’ and party with DJ Roach.

Join The Party Here:

Take photos of everyone, including the winners and upload them to Flickr, Pinterest, Google, or wherever and post your link here to win our best Towel Day Photo Competition for $1000 – the picture with the most ‘likes’ before the end of May wins the money.

Join Group and Enter Photo Contest here:

Background to Towel Day

On May 14, 2001, one of his fans, D. Clyde Williamson, posted a tribute to Mr. Adams including a proposal that a date two weeks after his passing should be observed as Towel Day. May 25th continues to be observed annually as Towel Day as an ongoing tribute to Adams, who passed away on May 11 of that year.

On May 25, carry a bath towel conspicuously with you for the day. Choose a towel that you like, and preferably isn’t tatty. Make sure it’s clean! Carry it everywhere. Be sure to take a photo of you with the towel and upload it to Flickr, a video uploaded to YouTube, so that you can show everyone else how you celebrated Towel Day. There is a Flickr Towel Day group you can join at: And be sure to tag your photos “towelday”.

For people who don’t get the significance of your towel, let them know why you have it. You might also explain that a towel is a significant psychological tool, as outlined in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The Original Quote

In Douglas Adams words:

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); 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.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)

—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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