Happy Towel Day!

To quote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and the Towel Day website:

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.

So, have a Happy Towel Day!


  1. Diana and Derek, England

    Just got through watching your England 1997 vacation video. Brought back many memories – all good (not the weather though!). Of course, Ryan (nor Allison) were with us at that time. Where do the years go?
    Anyway, Ryan looks real proud of himself at his graduation and we wish him well at Kindergarten. We’re sure he’ll do real well ‘cos he’s a clever boy! Hi to all.

  2. Diana

    Ryan looks so proud of himself on his graduation. We wish him well at Kindergarten. We know he’ll do well ‘cos he’s a clever boy! (It runs in the family!!) We just got through watching your 1997 England vacation video. It brought back many memories and we enjoyed seeing it. Love your website and will visit often. Hi to all.

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