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Don't Panic, It's Towel Day!

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the he's-just-this-guy-ya-know dept.

Sci-Fi 164

An anonymous reader writes "Today, as every May 25th, geeks all over the world celebrate Towel Day and carry a towel in honor of Douglas Adams. The popular author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy died in 2001 at the age of 49, but his work lives on. According to the book, a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Hence its symbolic role in this celebration. This year, for the first time as far as we know, Towel Day is being supported by the British publisher of Adams' books, who organizes a photo competition."

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Towelie (-1, Offtopic)

aereinha (1462049) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082455)

Wanna get hi...

Re:Towelie (2)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083059)

hey, that's the tune to funkytown!

Coincidence? I think not! (1)

Willeh (768540) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082465)

Today is also Nerd Pride Day, but that's probably not a coincidence. Whichever hoopy frood thought of towel day should have been slapped with a Salmon of Doubt so that this never came to be!

Re:Coincidence? I think not! (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084425)

And I use a towel every day!

But maybe it's time to always have a towel stuffed somewhere to make sure that it's possible to escape the Vogons. Now - where did I put my thumb? OK, I don't panic over a missing thumb.

And still - all the way through the weirdness provided by Douglas Adams there is also a thread of clarity and irony over the society we have.

Few other authors have the skill to let the story change direction like the ball in a pinball game, kick out at various issues with our society and still have the reader with them.

Re:Coincidence? I think not! (1)

Tanktalus (794810) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084435)

Pretty much by definition, a "hoopy frood", being someone who is hip and cool, is in no need of any Salmon of Doubt, as their hipness and coolness is deserved and unshakable. And this is why Zaphod is a poster-boy for hoopy-froodiness.

There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1, Offtopic)

bsharp8256 (1372285) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082493)

since 1776 and there is a post on Memorial Day about a fucking holiday celebrating the fucking towel?

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082521)

don't panic

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (3, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083035)

So, ten out of ten for on-topic reply, but minus several million for not respecting the dead.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1, Insightful)

Narishma (822073) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083373)

Why should we respect the dead? They're dead, they don't care if we respect them or not.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083485)

So, ten out of ten for an intelligent reply, but minus several million for not getting the reference.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1, Offtopic)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083533)

Why should we respect the dead? They're dead, they don't care if we respect them or not.

Your grandmother was a whore.

It is the those that loved them still living that you can respect.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0, Offtopic)

insane_machine (952012) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083659)

My grandmother is still alive you insensitive clod.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083975)

Why should we respect the dead? They're dead, they don't care if we respect them or not.

Perhaps true, but the living that have a brain that isn't damaged beyond repair by WoW or some similar cyber waste of time, DO care.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084327)

Like meditation or religion, it is something that effects you, not directly your surrounding (the dead in this case).

It may effect the way you interact with your surrounding though ...

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084717)

Why should we respect the dead? They're dead, they don't care if we respect them or not.

Because, in the case of soldiers, they died so you wouldn't have to live under the heal of a dictator. The least we can do is remember them for the sacrifice they made, and ensure that further deaths are not necessary.

My family is from Poland, and my grandmother was on the trains before she managed to escape to safety (no, we're not Jewish--she was caught in a random round up), and it was only via people fighting and dying that the mass extermination didn't continue.

So please STFU.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

Headrick (25371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084761)

Of course they don't. But their living relatives do.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084281)

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (4, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082621)

since 1776 and there is a post on Memorial Day about a fucking holiday celebrating the fucking towel?

While vulgar, Parent is not a Troll. It is a comment (likely, but not necessarily, from a veteran) about this being an actual national holiday to honor our fallen military.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Insightful)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082707)

Who cares about Americans ? Douglas Adams was English. Obviously you got lost on a UK-centric thread...

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1, Insightful)

breakbeat (1557353) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083365)

As others have pointed out, it's neither a national holiday, nor our fallen military - so yes, in my non-USA eyes, he is a troll, regardless of his good intentions.
Towel Day and THHGTTG are by no means a topic that's specific to a single country, so one should keep ones reactions and comments in an international (and, well, intergalactic) spirit.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (2, Funny)

TheP4st (1164315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082677)

The rest of world don't have May 25th in their calendars, right?

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083057)

I'm Canadian, and I do have may 25th on my calendar.

And it's Towel Day.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083371)

I'm fairly certain that everyone who uses the Gregorian calendar has May 25th on it...

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

prcko (1448753) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084245)

Well, Julian as well... ;)

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084409)

@GP: The rest of world is celebrating, what does that tell you >:-)

muhahaha

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Insightful)

PinkPanther (42194) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082699)

Have you submitted the article outlining the importance/significance of the day?

And though it's Memorial Day in one part of the world, this site is a part of the WORLD WIDE web.

I don't think that your post is a Troll, but please recognize that there is more than one thing going on around the universe today.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082831)

Yeah, there may be a world wide audience, but posting a story about a minor significance of a day 1:29 before the end of the day for some people means they don't care about people too far to the east.

(This story posted at 22:31 Japan Standard Time)

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082887)

That's why everybody should live in Greenwich.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0, Troll)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082981)

I don't think you could fit 6 billion people in Greenwich...

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083027)

Sure you can. Kinda like that old joke about Jews. How do you fit 20 Jews in a Volkswagon? 4 in the seats and the rest in the ashtray. I am sure we can fit 6 Billion in Greenwich......

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083113)

Based on my estimates, it would take approximately 500,000,000 cubic feet to store six billion cremated humans. How big in Greenwich?

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (2, Informative)

WombatDeath (681651) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083459)

Don't know, but that's a cube of only about a quarter of a kilometre per side so I expect it could fit comfortably enough. You might need to knock a few buildings down but since we'll all be cremated I don't suppose anyone will mind.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (2, Insightful)

CecilPL (1258010) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083491)

Assuming a person needs on average 2 square feet of ground space to stand in, 6.8 billion people would require 1263 square kilometers.

So Greenwich is too small, but Greater London at 1579 sqkm would be just about right.

This analysis purposefully ignores stacking possibilities, because those are just too damn awkward.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083865)

Your theory fails, it's called Greenwich Mean Time. The prophecy says we have to choose Greenwich!

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083085)

But it would do away with the troublesome business of time zones and those damnable region codes, though it would be difficult to get a word in edgeways.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083765)

now that seems like a challenge.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

terjeber (856226) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083837)

I don't think you could fit 6 billion people in Greenwich...

If you expand it a bit. You can comfortably fit 6 billion people in Britain, not taking the issue of how you handle the growth into consideration.

And they claim the world is overpopulated!

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084785)

I think you are approaching the problem from the wrong side. Maybe a different point of view might help you:

"Everybody should live in Greenwich" is equivalent to "Nobody should live outside of Greenwich"

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083091)

I don't think the district is big enough.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083359)

Actually all of this could easily be solved with many large space based mirrors to light/shade the earth as needed. Baddaboombaddabing, it's the same time everywhere!

Sure it would kill off all kinds of animals and probably heat the earth up, but wouldn't it be worth it to have it be the same time everywhere on earth? And don't forget we could have nice long days every day of the year.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Funny)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082851)

I don't think that your post is a Troll, but please recognize that there is more than one thing going on around the universe today.

Of course. I mean the Universe is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0, Troll)

Vu1turEMaN (1270774) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083757)

There is no "Ignorant" mod, so "Troll" had to do.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0, Troll)

bothemeson (1416261) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082855)

...and how many that American (I presume you mean the entire continent?) people killed?

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082915)

You tried wit on two levels and failed on both. Thanks for an example of how to be a loser.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

bothemeson (1416261) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083553)

Nothing to see here - just the fart of an Anonymous Coward!

Note how everyone flocks to agree with you?

Guess you're out of tune - move right along...

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (4, Informative)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082975)

celebrating the fucking towel?

No. It's celebrating Douglas Adams and his writings.

The towel is an item used to celebrate DA, in much the same way that you don't celebrate a flag but use a flag in celebration of your (sadly fallen) compatriots.

It's all about the symbolic value. Just as a flag is a symbol for national pride (which is a Great Thing when not done in excess), the towel is a symbol for (and manifestation of) Douglas Adams' witty humor.

Also, on slashdot, what percentage is American? What percentage has read Douglas Adams?

But wait... I thought the 42nd day was Towel Day?

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28084747)

What percentage has read Douglas Adams?

I'd say 42%

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Informative)

Repossessed (1117929) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083067)

Memorial day isn't set for the 25th, its set for the last Monday in may. The two do not coincide most years.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083183)

Thanks for reminding us that the USA is the most important country in the world.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083745)

Thanks for reminding us that the USA is the most important country in the world.

You're welcome. Any time.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

karlwilson (1124799) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083287)

I completely agree bsharp8256. Today is not a good day for Towel Day.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083387)

I'm pretty sure that much more than 1 million citizens of the US died in the last 2 centuries.

I'm also sure that it is beside the point. You see, Memorial Day in Canada is in November, and there are probably a lot of countries that do not celebrate the death of their soldiers.

Towel Day it is.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

Trikki Nikki! (1516301) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083537)

I'm pretty sure that much more than 1 million citizens of the US died in the last 2 centuries.

I'm also sure that it is beside the point. You see, Memorial Day in Canada is in November, and there are probably a lot of countries that do not celebrate the death of their soldiers.

Towel Day it is.

In Canada we do not have Memorial Day. We have Remembrance Day. Thank you, that is all.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0, Troll)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083391)

Blah blah blah, whine whine whine. You bitch and whine about the poor 1.3 million American military who died in the span of over two centuries for either a paycheck or whatever they believed in, while 6 MILLION Jews died due to an accident of birth and location in less than a decade. And where was the vaunted American military during most of that tragedy?
Or, you could accept that it's a big world and if we're going to have a day for everything that's important to some group of people, we just might have to share some of those days. Just be glad it's something like this and not something diametrically opposed to the theme of Memorial Day.
And now that I've Godwin'd your thread, I expect you to do the right thing and not reply.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083877)

i agree here. not only is not relevant to all the non-US readers. think about the number of europeans who have died in wars in the last 60years alone. it definitly beats the 1.3M americans.

on top of that why wasw this even brought up.

and 42

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084749)

Yes, well they do have a tendency to either turn up 3 years too late, or worse overstay their welcome by 7 years.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

Trikki Nikki! (1516301) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083447)

No offense, seriously... but we aren't all American. Where I live it is just another regular towel carrying day. You do however, make a legitimate point.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (5, Insightful)

Quakerjono (1561915) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083929)

Erm, why is this an issue? There are 365 days in the year to celebrate some 200,000 years of Homo sapiens wandering around doing notable things like inventing crop rotation, stopping throwing rocks and the moon and trying to figure out how to throw themselves at the moon and inventing Hypercolors t-shirts. Even if there's just one notable event or person a year, that's around 548 things to celebrate, honor or remember each day (there were decimals, but screw them because if they can't be bothered, neither can I).

So, yeah, some days are going to be shared. Doesn't mean they have to be mutually exclusive. For example, May 25th is also:

Cookie Monster's Birthday - I tried carrying around a cookie, but I ate it. It was delicious and I poured out some crumbs for my muppet hommies who ain't here.

National Missing Children's Day - read a milk carton, maybe save a life.

National Tap Dance Day - Part of me hopes there's a afterlife just so there can be a Gregory Hines/Douglas Adams smackdown for this day.

Cover The Uninsured Day - Pretty relevant, really.

And, the one you might be most interested in, National Smile Day.

Besides, Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May (or May 30th, depending on how you feel about 1971 and the federal government), so it's really just a guest on this particular May 25th and maybe it should behave itself better?

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084465)

Because it's only in the US that Memorial day is celebrated.

Towel day can be celebrated world-wide.

Don't worry - this is actually a memorial of Douglas Adams - who died while freeing the mind of people from following the usual tracks.

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1, Insightful)

ricky-road-flats (770129) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084707)

since 1776 and there is a post on Memorial Day about a fucking holiday celebrating the fucking towel?

Yes. And if your 'Memorial Day' is really so massively important to you, you woldn't be a) reading Slashdot, b) reading the article about Towel Day and c) taking the time to write your post.

Don't be shocked that a world-wide community (remember only 5% or so of people are American) which focuses on geek/tech culture doesn't follow what you think is important.

If there's something you think would interest the world's geeks about your Memorial Day, please submit away!

Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084937)

I think you'd find that far more than 5% of the world's geeks are American. You don't find all that many nerds living in third-world poverty, but that is where you find the vast majority of people.

And remember kids... (2, Informative)

viyh (620825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082497)

Don't forget to bring a towel! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA6EHCrgZC0 [youtube.com]

Re:And remember kids... (1)

iTowelie (1118013) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083361)

Hay! Only I get to say that! Ah forget it. Wanna get high?

Re:And remember kids... (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083921)

You're a Towel

Re:And remember kids... (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084783)

No, YOU'RE a towel !

It's been 1 minute since you last successfully posted a comment. Chances are your neurons fire more than once every 60 seconds.

Douglas Adams was smarter than your average bear (5, Interesting)

*Pres* (114530) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082519)

We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.
-- Douglas Adams, Speech at The University of California

Re:Douglas Adams was smarter than your average bea (5, Interesting)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082685)

Indeed he was.

[An extraterrestrial robot and spaceship has just landed on earth. The robot steps out of the spaceship...]

"I come in peace," it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, "take me to your Lizard."

Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, as he sat with Arthur and watched the nonstop frenetic news reports on television, none of which had anything to say other than to record that the thing had done this amount of damage which was valued at that amount of billions of pounds and had killed this totally other number of people, and then say it again, because the robot was doing nothing more than standing there, swaying very slightly, and emitting short incomprehensible error messages.

"It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"

"What?"

"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"

"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."

Ford shrugged again.

"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."

Buy the books (4, Informative)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082527)

If you live in Europe, you can buy THHGTTG with amazing discounts [bol.com] . Not affiliated with bol.com, just a satisfied customer and also surprised that they actually give discounts on this special day.

Re:Buy the books (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082687)

Nowadays, I find it indecent to sell intellectual works of someone on his/her death's birthday. It makes IP laws look completely pointless : "Oh, you know, it is now 50 years since this author died but remember that if you dowload it, you are stealing from her/him !"

Re:Buy the books (2, Informative)

sherpajohn (113531) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082799)

Um, its not the anniversary of his death, that's n the 11th of May.

Re:Buy the books (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083141)

"Oh, you know, it is now 50 years since this author died [...]"

Douglas Adams died in 2001.

So sayeth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams [wikipedia.org] and the Google search results cached snippet from douglasadams.com, http://www.google.com/search?q=douglas+adams [google.com]

I'm sure you can find other sources if you want.

HHGTTG is from 1979; that is, it's thirty years old.

(No particular point. Just trying to add food for thought.)

Re:Buy the books (1)

bothwell (1272132) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084427)

I am having difficulty understanding why purchasing a publication from a retailer counts as IP violation.

It's just not that good (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083049)

Sure, the 1st book is mildly humorous, but that's as far as it goes and the rest of them are simply tiresome.

 

Re:Buy the books (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083095)

I have them as audio books, read by the master himself. A sample: http://houghi.org/Fun/h2g2_sample.mp3 [houghi.org]

Great to listen to when sitting in traffic on the way to work/home. Much better then listening to the radio.

After a north korean nuclear test... (3, Insightful)

yogibaer (757010) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082581)

...now more than ever: Keep your towel close and hope that you can hitch a ride.

Re:After a north korean nuclear test... (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082903)

Just plump for a lead-infused towel. Sure, they're a bit heavy, and you need to be careful to only suck the right corner but it always comes in handy when the locals go nuts.

So... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082651)

Wanna get high?

Towels are awesome (2, Insightful)

LinuxOverWindows (1549895) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082661)

I like blue towels, white towels aren't bad but blue towels are sweet.

Lousy Timing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082679)

Just a "Slashdot is US-centric!" comment here, but damn, it's already 4 PM in Europe, and I think past midnight in Australia.. couldn't you have posted this story earlier, for the geeks in the other parts of the world?

Re:Lousy Timing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082781)

No

Re:Lousy Timing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082815)

Crying about the time of day? Blame the Brits, they are the ones who saw fit to claim the "Prime" Meridian.

Anything (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082835)

This is ABSOLUTELY anything...

kinda busy (2)

guygo (894298) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082919)

I would love to join in on this special day, but I'm busy trying to stop this bleepin freeway bypass from coming through my living room. Oh, Zaphod, where are you?

Worth it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28082933)

I immediately go back home to get my towel... ½ walk to the bus, ½ hour riding the bus, ¼ hour search for a clean towel, 1 hour to clean a towel, 1 hour to dry it, ½ hour riding the bus with towel, ½ hour walk with towel. Leaves me with 3 hours working with towel. But it's gonna be SO PRODUCTIVE to work with my towel's day towel!

The answer to all your posts and the universe (1)

binoj7 (1388023) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082949)

Well the answer to all your rantings and mumblings, and also the answer to the universe and everything is....


You guessed it 42
And Douglas gave it to us, Salute!

Coincidentally (1)

h3i (1196807) | more than 5 years ago | (#28082973)

..today is the first day I've washed my towels this year.

Re:Coincidentally (2, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083187)

That is not a coincidence. It is just it has a very high improbability that it would happen. Apperently you dropped to a chance of 1:1. Now it is 365:1 (and falling).

mo3 0p (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083165)

Doesn't matter (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083217)

i threw in the towel long ago

Don't Forget, Towelie Says To Bring A Towel!! (1)

CyberSlammer (1459173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083375)

You wanna get high?

Sigh (1)

sharperguy (1065162) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083531)

I love The Hitchhiker's Guide, but fuck carrying a towel around with me!

Re:Sigh (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084301)

He said "but fuck" uh huh huh huh huhuhuh.

Here in India, every day is a towel day. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083543)

Seriously - a lot of people have a towel on shoulder in some parts of the country.

Sadly though, it is now only seen in (supposedly backward) villages.

Percussion (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083561)

Percussionists know the usefulness of towels. We use exclusively black towels because they look better on stage, but they can be used for:

  • Spreading on a table for auxiliary percussion instruments
  • Covering a music stand to make a stick tray
  • Muffling a concert bass drum
  • Stuffing inside a drum set bass drum
  • Wrapping around auxiliary percussion instruments to help protect them during transport
  • Drying off equipment that's just been hauled in from the truck in the rain

...and other less common uses that you probably didn't think of in advance.

Re:Percussion (4, Funny)

terjeber (856226) | more than 5 years ago | (#28083887)

  • Covering up the face of the ugly girl that goes for the percussionist while taking advantage of what she offers.

Re:Percussion (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084533)

I hear you can use it for a pillow or a blanket when you're sleeping on a couch...

Memorial Towel Day (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28083847)

Took my Towel to the Memorial Day Parade!
It had so many uses! I waved it and wiped my brow with it. I even used it to wipe the chocolate stains off a child's face.

Douglas Adams was a Genius!

If I don't post in this thread... (2, Funny)

WSOGMM (1460481) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084581)

If I don't post in this thread, I'll shoot myself.

+ bonus points to whoever gets my account name (WSOGMM).

Re:If I don't post in this thread... (2, Informative)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084833)

Whole Sort of General Mish Mash. Now give me my 42 points, or better still, a PGGB.

So long... (3, Funny)

stonetony (464331) | more than 5 years ago | (#28084603)

...and thanks for all the fish.

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