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Towel Day 2021

Even the corona pandemic is still not over. It is time to relax, roll out your towel and pop a fish in your ear. Today, is Towel Day.

As a tribute to Douglas Adams on may 25th, carry a towel with you. The Towel Day, a wonderful tribute to Adams and a sign in public to identify other Hitchhiker :)

Of course, a good towel belongs to the standard equipment of my luggage. In addition to the practical value of warmth and shade, it always offers in large letters a wise advice for life: DON’T PANIC. On the occasion of Towel Day 2021 I took as usual a photo, somewhere on planet Earth. This time, the pandemic version, I stay at home, in Berlin, Germany with my suitcase ready to travel again.

Shopping is a pleasure at the DON’T PANIC Towel Shop

The original quotation that explained the importance of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams’ work The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“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 miniraft 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 avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a brush, but very 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 hitchhiker 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.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)” 

— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Towel Day 2021

Der 25. Mai, ein wundervoller Feiertag zu Ehren von Douglas Adams und seinem Werk ‘Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis’. 2021 jährt sich dieser Gedenktag zum 20. Mal, da Adams am 11. Mai 2001 leider, viel zu früh verstorben ist. Ihm zu Ehren initiierten Fans, Hitchhiker und Froods den Towel Day der immer am 25. Mai zelebriert wird.

Zu der Standard Ausrüstung meines Reisegepäcks gehört selbstverständlich ein gutes Handtuch. Neben dem praktischen Wert von Wärme und Schatten hält es immer in großen Buchstaben einen weisen Rat für das Leben bereit: DON’T PANIC. Zum Anlass des Towel Day 2021 habe ich wieder ein Foto gemacht, irgendwo auf dem Planeten Erde. Dieses mal in Zeiten der Pandemie, zu Hause, in Berlin.

Für alle, die nun auch das wunderschöne DON’T PANIC Handtuch haben möchten habe ich den DON’T PANIC Towel Shop eingerichtet. Kaufe es & trage es in Ehren…

‘Ein Handtuch ist so ungefähr das Nützlichste, was der interstellare Anhalter besitzen kann.’ –  Douglas Adams

In honour to Douglas Adams

May, 11 – today is the 20th anniversary of the death of Douglas Adams, author of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. In 14 days, on May 25, 2021 we will celebrate the Towel Day, in remembrance and as a tribute to D. Adams and his work.

Always on May, 25th, hitchhiker’s, froods, fans and enthusiasts of Douglas Adams are celebrating the Towel Day by carrying a towel with them.

Towel – Just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. ( Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, chapter 3)

With he countdown running, it’s time to get a wonderful towel as a homage to D. Adams. The DON’T PANIC Towel has great practical value. It keeps warm and you can dry yourself off with it. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. It features in big letters the good advice for all people in the universe: DON’T PANIC.

Shopping is a pleasure at the DON’T PANIC Towel Shop

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