Do you know where your towel is?

May 27, 2010

May 25th has been designated Towel Day as a tribute to late author Douglas Adams author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.  A towel is “about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have,” according the guide.  Many people took this to heart last Tuesday.

The Guardian shared in, Towel Day: Douglas Adams remembered across the globe:

Adams’s creation … went intergalactic in October last year. As Nasa’s LCROSS lunar mission spacecraft travelled towards the moon at more than 9,000 kilometres per hour, it tweeted in the words of the existential sperm whale from the first novel: “And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round … it needs a big wide sounding name like ‘Ow’, ‘Ownge’, ‘Round’, ‘Ground’! … That’s it! Ground! Ha! I wonder if it’ll be friends with me?” Then it crashed into the moon.

Meanwhile, Cern, home to the Large Hadron Collider, is also joining in the fun. The Cern Bulletin writes: “The fact that Cern’s latest building carries the number 42 has not escaped the attention of people both inside Cern and outside, particularly as we approach the anniversary of Adams’ untimely death in May 2001.

Check out the Towel Day website to see how this day was celebrated around the world.  You may have missed the Vogon Poetry Slam was held in Portland, but you can have your own sample of the “third worst poetry in the universe” generated for you whenever you would like.

Don’t panic!

via Shelf Awareness

posting by Lorraine


One Response to “Do you know where your towel is?”

  1. Lesla Says:

    How did I miss this? These are the kinds of things I overlook while I’m busy obsessing about Summer Reading… I’m marking it down for next year. Thanks Lorraine!

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