It Is Towel Day

Created by Yvonne Selander, an aspiring interstellar hitchhiker

As any Douglas Adams fan knows, a towel “is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” Today is the day fans carry around a towel in memory of their favorite author, and I have to tell you, carrying around a towel is not a bad idea.

It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I realized that I always have a small towel in my backpack when I’m hiking. It is massively useful. I wrap my camera lenses in it, use it as a cushion when I need to take a rest on a jagged rock, and it can be dunked in river water and placed over my head when the New Jersey heat and humidity gets a bit much. There are at least 42 uses for a towel that I can think of off the top of my head.

Think I’m making this up? I know you do. Astronauts on the International Space Station have been known to send Towel Day greetings back to earth by reading portions of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” to celebrate. So keep an ear out for their message today and see what happens.

New to the series? LUCKY YOU! You get to enjoy the absurd British humor that abounds through the escapades of Arthur Dent, the last surviving Earthling, for the first time. I’m jealous. Explore everything Adams here.