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Happy Towel Day

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the wringing-out-the-wit dept.

Sci-Fi 122

An anonymous reader writes "While Douglas Adams continues his attempt to set a new record for the longest extended lunch break, geeks all over the universe pay tribute to the beloved author by celebrating the tenth edition of Towel Day. Towel Day is more alive than ever. This year Richard Dawkins, one of Adams' best friends, has tweeted a Towel Day reminder to his numerous followers. The CERN Bulletin has published an article on Towel Day. There has been TV coverage and there will be a radio interview. The Military Republic of the Deltan Imperium, a newly formed micronation, has recognized Towel Day as an official holiday. In Hungary several hundreds of hitchhiker fans want to have a picnic together in a park. And there's a concert, a free downloadable nerdrap album, a free game being released, the list goes on and on."

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Don't forget.... (4, Informative)

blankoboy (719577) | more than 3 years ago | (#32336988)

....to bring one!

Re:Don't forget.... (1)

twmcneil (942300) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337590)

I always bring mine but I've forgotten why now.

Re:Don't forget.... (4, Informative)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338178)

I always bring mine but I've forgotten why now.

"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 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."

Stolen (well, copied really... it's not missing or anything) from The Towel Wiki. [towel.org.uk]

Re:Don't forget.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32338742)

....to bring one!

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You wanna get high?

Idle's the right place for this... (-1, Flamebait)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337026)

This year Richard Dawkins...

especially since Richard Dawkins is mentioned.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32337130)

This year Richard Dawkins...

especially since Richard Dawkins is mentioned.

That guy is such a prick. I will not acknowledge Towel Day due to his involvement.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

abigor (540274) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337144)

Why, what's the problem with Dawkins? I enjoy his books, but I've never met the guy.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338076)

He contends that faith (belief in something that cannot be proven) is fraudulent, while arguing from and promoting a philosophy that cannot be proven (atheism).

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32338192)

Since when do "philosophies" need proving?

If you meant "a religion" like most people do, then let me remind you that calling Atheism a religion is like calling 'not collecting stamps' a hobby.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (4, Insightful)

uglyduckling (103926) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338382)

If, as a non-stamp collector, you invested considerable amounts of time in investigating stamp collecting, try to find flaws in the activities of stamp collectors, holding meetings to espouse the value of not collecting stamps, constructing straw-man arguments to illustrate the futility of stamp collecting, trying to assert that the bad behaviour of a given stamp collector ought to cause the whole of philately to be outlawed, wrote several books asserting that the possibility that a letter could be sent without requiring a stamp 'proves' that stamps do not in fact exist, etc., etc., etc., then - yes - I would describe your 'not collecting stamps' as a hobby, if not an obsession.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338512)

...constructing straw-man arguments to illustrate the futility of stamp collecting...

ROFL at the irony. So the arguments to illustrate the non-existence of what you call "God" are straw-men? Again, ROFL at the irony.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32338644)

Does this stamp collecting lead to wars, genocide, terrorism, assaults on human rights, genital mutilation, suppression of women and suppression of free speech? Opposing that might be a good hobby then.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (4, Insightful)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 3 years ago | (#32341224)

My neighbour has some sort of hippy spirituality thing going on. She does meditation, won't eat animals, all of that junk. I'm sure you are familar with the type.

Religion can cause harm, but so can anything else that humans feel strongly about. My neighbour has not caused any harm with her own little brand of religion, so suggesting that those things be universally connected to religion seems to be in error.

In other words, the existence of atrocities committed by religion does not indicate all religions cause atrocities.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (2, Insightful)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 3 years ago | (#32342628)

Even though these are small things, religion causes shops to close on sundays. Religion is given all sorts of exceptions(imagine anyone else wanting to make a ton of noise on a sunday morning). Religion sneaks into laws all the time.

You can be religious as much as you want, but for some reason those who are constantly feel the need to press their superstitions on the rest of us, starting with their children who will then do the same, ad infinitum.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 3 years ago | (#32343374)

It's a catalyst.
It may be violence for religious purposes, it be be religion for violent purposes.
The link has existed for ... dare I say since the beginning of human-kind as we know it.

By the way, your neighbor has a lifestyle, not a religion. The moment that your actions are disassociated from a person through adhering to the demand of a being that does not physically exist, that's when religion fabricates itself.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 3 years ago | (#32343498)

There is also a strong as shit link between politics and violence, yet to assert governments are harmful constructs (as many people do assert) also seems in error to me.

By the way, your neighbor has a lifestyle, not a religion.

You say tomato, I say... tomato. Guess that doesn't really work online...

She engages in what is essentially Gaia worship. I should have emphasized the spirituality part obviously.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32339078)

Your analogy is flawed. A stamp is something you can pickup and hold. God is not. A better analogy is the Emperor's New Clothes. Something you can't see, but everyone behaves like they can.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1, Flamebait)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339548)

you invested considerable amounts of time in investigating stamp collecting

No, it's the stamp collectors who invest considerable amounts of time trying to get me to collect stamps

try to find flaws in the activities of stamp collectors

I don't have to try, those flaws are obvious

holding meetings to espouse the value of not collecting stamps

Never done that

constructing straw-man arguments to illustrate the futility of stamp collecting

It's stamp collecting that's totally based on straw man arguments

trying to assert that the bad behaviour of a given stamp collector ought to cause the whole of philately to be outlawed

You are right there, it's only the bad behavior of 99% of the stamp collectors that gives a bad name to the rest

wrote several books asserting that the possibility that a letter could be sent without requiring a stamp 'proves' that stamps do not in fact exist

If no one has ever seen a stamp, it's the existence of stamps that should be proved first, not the other way round

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340836)

thats it, we need a new analogy, this one broke my mind.
That is to say, i'm no longer sure what side of the original discussion you are arguing from, because the stamp analogy has gone so far.
its somewhat like the rule of narration that you can't have a flashback inside a flashback, because it will confuse the audience.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 3 years ago | (#32343306)

You'll learn someday, soon or when it's too late, that science dictates proving something, and not a requirement to disprove something without the item being proven.
Hint: writings in a book through multiple governmental rewrites is not proof.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (2, Insightful)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339568)

I don't think philosophies need to be proved. Yet Dawkins seems to believe that atheistic rationalism reigns supreme among philophies. If that's the case, then by appealing to rationalism, logic should be able to prove that rationalism is correct. Show me the proof.

I guess when he's done with that, he can appeal to rationalism to prove to me that he exists.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32342290)

Of course one cannot prove that atheism is correct. But similarly one cannot prove that God exists. Since neither is provable, maybe it makes more sense to believe in what correlates with actual investigations rather than a series of texts. That is not to say that God doesn't exist, of course. But for example, evidence that the world is older than 6000 years, and evidence for evolution, as it is far more direct than a text of unknown origin, should be considered more accurate. Again, that doesn't mean God doesn't exist. But more importantly, a text of unknown origin does not mean he does.

The whole atheist/not atheist argument has personal relevance to me, as I imagine it does to many others. I haven't decided (and I don't see the argument as being worth fighting over). But saying that if rationalism reigns supreme among philosophies logic must be able to prove it is correct is rather silly. Even if it is supreme among philosophies, it does not follow that it is provable. Just as it cannot be proved that God exists.

(I hope I dont offend anyone, I'm just putting a point of view across. Peace out! :) )

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32338238)

Sure it can, kill him and if science doesn't bring him back from the dead then obviously god DOES exist :)

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339060)

Doesn't seem like a fair test, maybe your God just thinks he's a dick and can't be bothered. A MUCH better test would be thus: Take the holiest of holy men of EVERY religion, From Buddhist to Scientology, Christian to Islam, line them up on international television, and have them shot.

This test should determine two things: One, if there is a God, since surely he will back up at least one of his homeboys, and two, it should finally solve which religion is the "correct" one, as the one that rises from the dead would obviously be held in higher favor than the worm food runner ups.

I would say this is a worthwhile experiment that would solve generations of slaughter and religious bigotry. So any volunteers?

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (2, Insightful)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340494)

while arguing from and promoting a philosophy that cannot be proven (atheism).

Which is why I think that everyone should be agnostic. (Yes, I realize that that largely would then make the term meaningless.)

Sure, if we pretend that there is an invisible man in the sky that controls the universe, he *could* make the universe exactly as it is now... So even though I don't believe that that invisible man exists, I do understand the theoretical possibility (and consider myself atheist AND agnostic).

Now, if all of the people that do believe in the invisible man would realize the same thing (that the universe could be the result of natural phenomena), then presumably a lot of the bad things mentioned in other posts would not happen/have happened.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340764)

well, you know what they say. "Atheism is a religion, in the same way that not collecting stamps is a hobby."

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Nugoo (1794744) | more than 3 years ago | (#32343186)

He contends that faith (belief in something that cannot be proven) is fraudulent, while arguing from and promoting a philosophy that cannot be proven (atheism).

Um... isn't that supposed to be the default position in the sciences? If there's no evidence one way or the other for the existence of something, that is to say there is no experiment that will have a different result depending on whether or not this thing exists, then it may as well not exist. It's the argument that Russell's teapot, um, is. I can claim, with the same degree of confidence that there is no teapot floating through the asteroid belt, that there is no god.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32338340)

I enjoy his books, but I've never met the guy.

How do you know he exists, then?

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339828)

He makes Bible-thumpers doubt their faith, therefor he is a tool of Satan, or some stupid crap like that.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32340924)

I don't think that Dawkins make bible-thumpers doubt their faith. His work makes the faith of athiests all over the world stronger.

Just as the Bible-Thumpers cannot prove God exists and just take it on faith, Dawkins cannot prove that he doesn't exist and takes it on faith. The friction between the two groups is due to the fact that both are very faithful to a belief that cannot be proven. If either could be proven, it would be called fact, not faith.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 3 years ago | (#32341952)

His books are some of the most manipulative literature I've ever read. Reading through the first chapter, you can see how he sets the stage just like a Vegas magician. Later, he acknowledges alternative explanations or opposing viewpoints only long enough to insult them and then squash them and will sign the death certificate himself without review. Perhaps, in 8th grade, you learned this as a pattern for "persuasive argument". He'll extend analogies for alternative theories to fairy tales and the stories of old fools, and then present analogies of his own, reasonable assumptions to historical figures who triumphed in the face of persecution. This is much more subtle, but not beyond detection.

My grandfather worked for Al Capone in the 20's in a speakeasy, and hustled pool to make money to get through engineering school. One thing he left me was the ability to spot a conman. Richard Dawkins is a very bright conman. I wonder how much of his tripe he actually believes.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338072)

especially since Richard Dawkins is mentioned.

Awwwww. Poor baby. Did he make fun of your imaginary friend?

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (3, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339462)

In the end, the last war on earth is going to be FSM followers vs IPU followers.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340718)

Funny. Perhaps you should read your sig block.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0, Troll)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#32342816)

Typical religious zealot hypocrisy. I didn't start this little intolerance fest, YOU did. Perhaps YOU should start practicing some tolerance - you know, like you guys PREACH (but never actually practice).

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 3 years ago | (#32343330)

Very well, I'll say it then. Your signature combined with your post reminds me of that moronic quote from one of the recent Star Wars movies: "only the sith deal in absolutes".

I didn't start shit here, and don't consider myself particularly religious in any sort of classical sense (does futurism/transhumanism count? I'd argue probably not, for the purposes of this discussion). You're eagerness to write off criticism as the merit-less words of zealots does nothing to help your cause.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340894)

you know, your sig is really bizarre, considering. You rag on religion because (at times) they exhibit Intolerant idealism. And yet, with that act, you exhibit Intolerant idealism, against religion. Its really rather amusing.

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32341666)

Perhaps if Dawkins wasnt such a dick people wouldnt react so violently against him?

I have met many Atheists and Christians. You know both groups have massive amounts of intolerance in them. Many use their religion to be bastards to other people. The Atheist religion is not immune to it. In fact my experience has show that Atheists, much like you have show here, seem to find a certain glee in provoking people. The very thing you accuse religion of doing you are doing yourself.

If you want to be an Atheist thats fine. But perhaps you could get a better role model than him? He has shown over and over to be nothing more than a glory hound who likes to cause strife wherever he goes.

Perhaps if *you* yourself would look inward you would see that all you cause around yourself is pain. It shows even in your writings, in your sig, and in your username. I only do this to you because you need a reflection of what you caused here. You need to stop and think that there may be other ways of thinking out there and yes they may or may not be wrong. But guess what it doesnt matter! Let me be the one to free you of your intolerance. Its ok that people do not think like you!

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (1)

kappa962 (1583621) | more than 3 years ago | (#32342270)

He has shown over and over to be nothing more than a glory hound who likes to cause strife wherever he goes.

Nothing more? That's it? We have encapsulated everything about this guy's humanity in one sentence? I'm a Christian, and I therefore disagree with Dawkins on a great many things, but I still think he's got a lot of good things to offer. I'm glad he's around. I frequently find his talks very refreshing. It's always a good thing to have devil's advocate in a discussion to weed out the crappy ideas. And regardless of your flavor of Christianity, there's certainly a surplus of crappy ideas. (Sam Harris is a way better atheist than Dawkins, though.)

Re:Idle's the right place for this... (0, Troll)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#32342462)

You (and hargrand and Jarick C-Bol) are ignorant, superstitious fools, and I'm laughing at what morons you all are. You are pathetic, barely worthy of the derision you so eagerly invite.

Happy now? Give me your "turning the other cheek" theater again, dipshit.

I missed my chance. (2, Insightful)

dsavi (1540343) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337040)

Reason #453 to not live in a time zone other than the US: I never remember Towel Day until someone in America reminds me, during the afternoon.

Re:I missed my chance. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32337080)

Don't panic!

Re:I missed my chance. (4, Informative)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339490)

<cover style="font-size: large; font-family: friendly_letters;">DON'T PANIC!</cover>

There, fixed that for you.

Re:I missed my chance. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32337278)

Reason #453 to not live in a time zone other than the US: I never remember Towel Day until someone in America reminds me, during the afternoon.

America, FUCK YEAH! Coming here to save the mother fucking day YEAH!

Re:I missed my chance. (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338370)

I have a google calendar full of geek holidays to make sure I don't forget things like this

Re:I missed my chance. (1)

Catiline (186878) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340550)

I'd be interested to compare calendars -- I also have a "fun geek holidays" calendar in google. (It's fully public, and that's the exact title, if anyone here wants to use it as well.) Towel Day is included, naturally.

Re:I missed my chance. (1)

lazybeam (162300) | more than 3 years ago | (#32342196)

Just because the US is behind the rest of the world and they want to bring everyone backward with them :P

Re:Best Towel Rack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32337440)

I've got mine (1)

Sandbags (964742) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337084)

sitting right here on my work chair. Been asked about it about a dozen times thus far, really dissapointed that in an IT firm so few have read the book (let alone seen the movie).

Re:I've got mine (1)

ladyisis (749147) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337488)

Out of the ten people in my office today half of us have our towels. ^_^ I guess I'm lucky to work for a company of true geeks.

Re:I've got mine (1)

Tirhakah (1223100) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337908)

I'm in the Computer Science labs at my uni now, and I'm surprised how few other people have one.
Have had some recognition though, so I guess there's still hope.

Re:I've got mine (1)

i ate my neighbour (1756816) | more than 3 years ago | (#32338972)

I'm carrying mine for 8 hours now and nobody asked why the &@#! I am carrying a towel. WTFs wrong with Dutch people?

Re:I've got mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32343030)

Shall we start a list?

towelie says... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32337102)

Do you wanna get high???

Re:towelie says... (0, Troll)

darthdavid (835069) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337314)

Fuck southpark their 'humor' is puerile and barely funny at best, their constant ham-handed Aesops are a paean to the golden-mean fallacy and the show lost what little originality it had years ago.

Re:towelie says... (2, Funny)

daveime (1253762) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337618)

No, your a towel.

and the show lost what little originality it had years ago.

This from the person whose posts seem to consist mainly of tired memes, inflamatory comments, liberal use of the word "fuck", and a journal so stunningly verbose you could barely call is a complete sentence.

How about fuck you and your wire-coathanger sense of humour.

Re:towelie says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32338282)

go away im walking on sunshine!

Thanks!!!! (2, Insightful)

irreverant (1544263) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337242)

So long, and thanks for all the fish / So sad that it should come to this / We tried to warn you all, but, oh, dear / You may not share out intellect / Which might explain your disrespect / For all the natural wonders that grow around you / So long, so long, and thanks for all the fish! The world's about to be destroyed / There's no point getting all annoyed / Lie back and let the planet dissolve around you / Despite those nets of tuna fleets / We thought that most of you were sweet / Especially tiny tots and your pregnant women / So long, so long, so long, so long, so long! So long, so long, so long, so long, so long! So long, so long, and thanks for all the fish!/ If I had just one last wish / I would like a tasty fish!/ If we could just change one thing / We would all have learnt to sing!/ Come one and all / Man and mammal / Side by side / In life's great gene pool!/ So long, so long, so long, so long, so long / So long, so long, so long, so long / So long, so long and thanks for all the fish! And Carry a Towel

picnic? (2, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337328)

want to have a picnic together in a park

Shouldn't that be a panic in the park?

A bit late now (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337562)

Why are these "x day" stories only widely reported on the day itself, when it's too late to take part?

For once there's a day dedicated to doing something so easy that even I might have bothered making the effort, yet now I'm denied that opportunity for another 364 days.

Re:A bit late now (1)

tom17 (659054) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337696)

I agree. I'm putting it in my calendar for next year right now!

Re:A bit late now (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340898)

Good idea. Too bad the Earth will be destroyed next month to clear the way for a hyperspace bypass. But if you can hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft before then, by all means, take your calendar and your towel and Bob's your semi-uncle.

'E's not dead! E's resting! (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 3 years ago | (#32337988)

While Douglas Adams continues his attempt to set a new record for the longest extended lunch break

That’s just for tax reasons. ;)

P.S.: Oh, and don’t dare to taint towel day with the lamest drawn character of all time. You know who I mean. That one of South Park infame.

Re:'E's not dead! E's resting! (1)

mgbastard (612419) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339468)

P.S.: Oh, and don't dare to taint towel day with the lamest drawn character of all time. You know who I mean. That one of South Park infame.

Amazing how some of y'all just don't get the homage of the towelie character to HGTTG.

What's the answer? 42.

Think about it for a minute. [haze.net]

And Don't Forget Your Towel.

Adams is right (1)

iwaybandit (1632765) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339022)

It really is good to know where your towel is. I'll explain.

A few weeks ago, I went to Atlanta (interstate, not interstellar) for a real estate closing. I stayed at the house there instead of a hotel. When I arrived, I found the "lawn" to be be nearing three feet tall. Though it was typically hot and humid, I had to mow it. That done, it was time for a shower, except there's not a towel to be found. Ended up driving to a store, just to buy a single towel.

Next road trip, I'm taking a towel. I've learned my lesson.

I was hoping for "Nudist Pride Day" (1)

Burz (138833) | more than 3 years ago | (#32339154)

...but "Towel Day" is pretty close to being the same sentiment.

"I would not have put that part in the book" (1)

Sputicus (304059) | more than 3 years ago | (#32340498)

In 1985 or so, Douglas Adams came to a local mall to promote "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish." A 17 year old version of myself brought a pink towel for him to sign (I also brought a marker as I suspected he would not have one). As he signed it he said to me "If I had known that everyone was going to bring me towels to sign, I would not have put that part in the book."

Quite frankly, he seemed a bit unappreciative of his nerdy fans. It gives me some satisfaction that now, beyond his grave, the towel lives on.

Now if I can just find that old pink towel somewhere...

Re:"I would not have put that part in the book" (1)

Nick0000000 (1321821) | more than 3 years ago | (#32341316)

Its cool that you just revealed you are 42 this year. or was that intentional?

Got mine (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#32342528)

I ride a bike to work and I keep my towel in a locker.
Except last night....
(why, you may ask...)
It needed washing so I took it home, and brought a fresh one in today.

In Memory. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32343566)

A group of 4 of my friends wore towels to school today. :)

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