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Happy Towel Day!

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the about-the-most-massively-useful-thing-an-interstellar-hitchhiker-can-have dept.

Sci-Fi 72

An anonymous reader writes "Douglas Adams died about ten years ago and fans have not forgotten about the beloved author and the importance of having a towel. Today is Towel Day and people from all over the world are holding events to celebrate Adams. Some of the events include: a gladiator towel fight in France, concerts in Denmark & Russia, a march against Vogon Violence in Brazil, and a talk on science in the Hitchhiker's Guide in the UK. A Canadian group even ran a contest to select an Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth."

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Towlie says. (3, Funny)

Roskolnikov (68772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36241858)

do you want to get high with me?

Re:Towlie says. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36241902)

No. Go away Towlie.

Re:Kyle says. (2)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 3 years ago | (#36241970)

You're the worst character ever towlie

Re:Kyle says. (1)

DaftDev (1864598) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242190)

I know...

Re:Kyle says. (2)

Alsee (515537) | more than 3 years ago | (#36245068)

Meesa have three words for yousa, and two of them are "Jar".

-

Re:Towlie says. (1)

shmeck (583877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242018)

The secret to flying high is falling and not hitting the ground.

Re:Towlie says. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242164)

I thought it was to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Re:Towlie says. (2)

kimvette (919543) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242414)

When you do it right, you will hang in the air much in the way that bricks don't.

Re:Towlie says. (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242228)

No we just want to play our video game!

Re:Towlie says. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242746)

How high? I'm on the third story of a building right now!

Re:Towlie says. (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36244624)

Don't judge. How many towels do you know that can play Funky Town on a keypad.

About (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36241874)

I look forward to my own approximate death.

You Wanna Get High? (1)

galvanash (631838) | more than 3 years ago | (#36241898)

Well, I'm gonna get a little high.

Don't forget to bring a towel! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36241908)

You wanna get high? [youtube.com]

I'm not a towel.. you're a towel.

Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth. (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36241984)

May I suggest Arthur Dent.

Re:Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth. (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242664)

Wowbagger the infinitively prolonged will be more fun! Anyway, the main goal is to attract attention so no one wonders who's really in charge.

Re:Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth. (1)

deckitbruiseit (1369769) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243002)

Wowbagger the Indefinitely Prolonged seems like the worst possible character to attract attention away from anything..

Disappointed with the current /. crowd (0)

DaveAtFraud (460127) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242070)

I posted a Hitchhiker comment [slashdot.org] to "The world will end..." poll and got no responses.

Cheers,
Dave

Re:Disappointed with the current /. crowd (1)

MikeDirnt69 (1105185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242094)

Poor Dave...

Re:Disappointed with the current /. crowd (2)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242128)

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Re:Disappointed with the current /. crowd (1)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242140)

I'm sorry Dave... but I'm afraid Slashdot can't do that

Re:Disappointed with the current /. crowd (1)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242422)

I'm just disappointed that you didn't get first post, Dave.

Google dissapoints me (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242142)

No Google Holiday Logo for this day. Tsk tsk tsk.

oh man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242150)

I have no idea whats goin' on

It's also Geek Day (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242158)

Not to be confused with SysAdmin Day, it's International Geek Day today. An appropriate coincidence, it seems.

Re:It's also Geek Day (0)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242858)

CORRECTION: It's also "Geek Pride Day".

You're a Towel! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242162)

Towlie, You're a Towel!

You're a Towel!

Also, at one point in my life, I literally had to run out of a burning building. the fire alarm woke me up, and I remember thinking of Douglas Adams and the only thing I grabbed was my towel.

- Awkward Engineer

Still dead for tax reasons. (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242180)

OK, 10 years is a bit long to be avoiding the IRS/Inland Revenue, but I still believe it.

Re:Still dead for tax reasons. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36243556)

He didn't have to pay the Inland Revenue because he lived on the coast.

Re:Still dead for tax reasons. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36248656)

That's why the sea levels are rising. Inland revenue are minimisng the lengths of coastlines in order to bring in more revenue. Oh, wait...

Re:Still dead for tax reasons. (1)

dakameleon (1126377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36245698)

Time is an illusion, after all. Lunchtime doubly so.

Towel Day flopped like a damp mattress (1)

lizardb0y (149142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242360)

I took my towel to work, and kept it with me for the day. One person asked why I had a towel. He didn't know who Douglas Adams was. Noone else commented. I fear a conspiracy.

Re:Towel Day flopped like a damp mattress (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242586)

Are you suggesting we should rename Towel Day into Zem Day? It does have a ring to it :)

Re:Towel Day flopped like a damp mattress (1)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 3 years ago | (#36246754)

I wore my Douglas Adams Memorial Towel (a smart, small black model with the number embroidered on 42 in large, friendly numbers.

My boss complimented me for being a hoopy frood who really knew where her towel was, but the HR drone needed to be enlightened. (Actually she's not really a drone - she's a pretty hoopy frood herself... I mean, she did institute Bacon Day and Beer o' Clock, but she really did have no clue why I was wearing a small black towel with the number 42 embroidered on it in large, friendly numbers.)

Uh, what was the question again?

Re:Towel Day flopped like a damp mattress (1)

lizardb0y (149142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36247038)

Uh, what was the question again?

That would be "Do people want fire that can be nasally fitted?"

Towlie (1)

samsonaod (1794936) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242374)

You're a towel!

Re:Towlie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36243116)

You're a towel!

Re:Towlie (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243240)

Oh man, I've got no idea what's going on!

Re:Towlie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36244474)

Ya wanna get high?

Almost Thursday (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242384)

This must be Towel Day. I never could get the hang of Towel Days.

Re:Almost Thursday (1)

deckitbruiseit (1369769) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243014)

This is probably because you don't have your towel. If you had it, people would automatically assume you were a very prepared and put-together guy, and would be willing to help you out with anything you needed.

Towel Day (1)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242448)

Saw some ladies laying out on towels today, glad to see it's not just the internet nerds who celebrate towel day.

Re:Towel Day (1)

jim_kaiser (1696460) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242804)

Saw some ladies laying out on towels today, glad to see it's not just the internet nerds who celebrate towel day.

Just my limited perspective.. but a lotta ladies like Douglas Adams' books...

Other Douglas Adams Days (1)

jim_kaiser (1696460) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242536)

Yes.. "Towel Day" is cool and all... but how about a "Thanks for all the fish" day... and also the answer to everything.. the "42 day", Feb 11 maybe... day no 42 of the gregorian calendar.. or even "Restaurant at the end of the universe"! To be fair, they are more well known concepts of Douglas Adams... and probably could be more exciting than a towel. Maybe the day would have been more interesting if they linked Towelie (of SouthPark fame) to it, and the comments above serve to prove my point!

Re:Other Douglas Adams Days (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242620)

Yes.. "Towel Day" is cool and all... but how about a "Thanks for all the fish" day... and also the answer to everything.. the "42 day", Feb 11 maybe... day no 42 of the gregorian calendar.. or even "Restaurant at the end of the universe"! To be fair, they are more well known concepts of Douglas Adams... and probably could be more exciting than a towel. Maybe the day would have been more interesting if they linked Towelie (of SouthPark fame) to it, and the comments above serve to prove my point!

Yeah, I figured "Towel Day" would be on April 2 (4-2) or, like you said, Feb 11. Any significance to this date?

Re:Other Douglas Adams Days (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36242754)

25 May 2001 (the first towel day) was two weeks after Douglas Adams's death.

Re:Other Douglas Adams Days (1)

jim_kaiser (1696460) | more than 3 years ago | (#36244772)

Yeah, I figured "Towel Day" would be on April 2 (4-2) or, like you said, Feb 11. Any significance to this date?

Unfortunately no... Just thought it was a good straightforward 42! But a Douglas Adams day should relate to 42 in some way.. that should be a rule!

Location is all (1)

lurvdrum (456070) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242770)

I admit to not actually carrying my towel all day but I did at least make sure I knew where it was all the time.

Re:Location is all (1)

g253 (855070) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249390)

Exactly. The important thing is to know where it is, you don't need to carry it with you if you don't plan on doing any hitchhiking.

May 25 is a Big Day on Geek Calenders (1)

Mercano (826132) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242832)

Today is also the Glorious 25th of May [lspace.org] for Discworld/Terry Pratchett fans and the anniversary of the original theatrical release of Star Wars.

African Liberation Day (3, Informative)

Nirvelli (851945) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242910)

It's also African Liberation Day / Africa Day (And has been since before Towel Day).

Re:African Liberation Day (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249764)

It looks like [wikipedia.org] a cool holiday. Sadly it mostly seems to celebrate "liberation" from being ruled by non-Africans, rather that "liberation" in the sense of African people actually being able to choose their own rulers (and get rid of bad ones through peaceful civil processes). Still, one can hope that one day it can be celebrated as a true Liberation Day.

Some of the funniest things I ever read. (2)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36242962)

Some of the things in the Hitchhikers' books brought me to tears from laughing so hard. The first time Slartibartfast reveals his name. The talking cow in the restaurant at the end of the universe. Marvin making the security robot so angry it destroyed itself. Ah, nostalgia.

Re:Some of the funniest things I ever read. (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243028)

I'm actually re-reading the books right now. I just finished Life, the universe and everything, and am starting on so long and thanks for all the fish. I hadn't read them in about 10 years and i'm right there with you, makes me want to watch the old BBC version again!

Re:Some of the funniest things I ever read. (1)

Plunky (929104) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243476)

watch it?

it started out as a radio show.. feh, kids!

Re:Some of the funniest things I ever read. (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 3 years ago | (#36245574)

The proof against God was my personal favourite. Or maybe the "careless talk costs live" detour.

Show your support (1)

nuckfuts (690967) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243048)

Buy a dick towel [dicktowel.com] today.

happy towel in my pants (1)

slashpot (11017) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243074)

I have a happy towel in my pants.

42 thanks (1)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243106)

Thanks /. editors! :)

A lot of usernames suddenly include a number 42, there are 42 comments, and there's probably things i haven't seen yet.

Thanks! :)

Re:42 thanks (1)

WSOGMM (1460481) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243616)

They could be right under your nose (hah)!

Re:42 thanks (1)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36243930)

wow, it was just a coincidence that there were 42 comments when i posted, since now there are 51

Re:42 thanks (1)

Drake42 (4074) | more than 3 years ago | (#36244180)

My user name included! And my slashdot user number is 4074!

"Read the 42 comments" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36243118)

By pure coincidence (I hope) there were exactly 42 comments when I read the story. I feel like there's a rapture joke here somewhere but I can't seem to find it.

Get towel. Buy peanuts. Buy beer. Eat peanuts. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36244154)

Drink beer. Spend hours with pirated Infocom Hitchhiker's Guide text adventure 5 1/4 floppy on a C64, ~25 years ago, to get on the Vogon ship. Thanks for the all the books, DNA (appellation by his dear friend Stephen Fry).

Welcome towel overlords!! (1)

Nov8tr (2007392) | more than 3 years ago | (#36244484)

I just watched the 6 episodes on Hulu this week. After all these years it still cracks me up. I love em. And yes I have my towel ready of course!! :)

Time to pound a few beers... (1)

BigSes (1623417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36245214)

...and eat some peanuts of course, you'll need the salt.

Why today? (1)

hymie! (95907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36245496)

Does anybody happen to know why 25 May is Towel Day, as opposed to the more meaningful 11 May (2 weeks earlier), the anniversary of his death? Or his birthday?

Re:Why today? (1)

dakameleon (1126377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36245746)

It started after his death, apparently proposed on a forum [wikipedia.org] some days after.

I've always been happy that (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249186)

in the Slashdot obit story for Adams, I had comment#42.

Don't forget to bring a Koran! (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249358)

I thought this was some anti-anti-islam thing to protest that idiot who was burning Korans in Florida. Thank goodness it was just geekiness. Kinda sick of all the hate politics.

dont forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36251460)

dont forget to bring the towel! (C)Tally

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