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Towel Day (25th May) - A Tribute to Douglas Adams

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by koma, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. You sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? Now there's a frood who knew where his towel was. You are invited to join your fellow hitchhikers in mourning the loss of the late great one. Join in on towel day to show your appreciation for the humor and insight that Douglas Adams brought to all our lives.

    Towel Day - 25th May

    What do I do?
    Carry your towel with you throughout the day to show your participation and mourning.

    When do I do it?
    May 25th, 2006.

    Where do I do it?

    Why a towel?
    To quote from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...

    A towel, it says, 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.
  2. In rejoicing for his genius and in mourning for that travesty of a movie, noted.

    When you think of how long he tried to get the movie made, and what a sow's ear it was after all, one can only be glad he didn't live to see it.
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  3. It really was a bit of a chicken & egg situation...
    No one was willing to fund a movie whilst he was alive - yet without him there to oversee it, it was hashed up into... a rather average movie. I still loved the characters, but the flow of the idea's was still very much fragmented into the episodes i so fondly remember.
  4. hey my birthday is on a sunday this year!

    Id go for this if I were working in the city or something, other wise, dont think people would get it :(
  5. Hey Towel Day is my birthday. Easy gift idea?
  6. Sure you wouldn't prefer a book of Vogon poetry? :wink:
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  7. It would be better than a book of poems by, say, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Wasp Villas, Greenbridge, Essex, England.

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  8. It sounds like it.
  9. #10 RussellDP, Oct 17, 2016
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    I was recently given a book voucher....so I am going back to repurchase the set.

    And I just remembered the book that I have that inludes all the original radio scripts that i found in a second hand book store.
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  10. I'll have to go and watch the DVD of the TV series again.

    Ah, Trillion, in (more or less) the red outfit. <sigh>
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  11. TTIWWP
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  12. Thanks, but I'll still have to find the DVD 'cos not only was she very good at sitting down, but she was also superb at standing up and moving about.
  13. I knew her back when she was Tricia McMillan.:sneaky:
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