In Canada, they appointed a Towel Day Ambassador. Imagine, not only did the guy with the Don’t Panic tattoo not win, the winner was from Tennessee. There was a Towel March against the Vogon violence in Sao Paolo (who wouldn’t march against that on any day), a combat de serviette in Paris, towel-wearing flash mobs in both Krakow and Austria, a meeting at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in, where else, Bali and, a Vogon Poetry Slam in London.
Why you ask? For National Towel Day, of course. 25 May will forever be etched in history as the annual celebration/tribute to the genius of Douglas Adams, creator of what has long been tagged as one of the greatest British comedy series of all time (radio and television) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, who died, believe it or not, 10 years ago on 11 May.
Fans and/or believers in 42 around the globe who take seriously Adams’s advice that the item is “about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have” for good reason, tagged the date of 25 May which is two weeks after Adams’ death as good as a reason as any to celebrate.
If you happened to be in Australia yesterday, I’m hoping you were able to take advantage of a very generous offer from the Kinokuniya bookstore in Sydney….
…any customer who wears a towel 20% discount on their full-priced book purchases. Conditions: To receive the discount, your towel must be around your neck when you approach the cashier staff i.e. you are wearing your towel. Your towel should preferably be a bathroom towel or large hand towel. One discount per towel and one discount per person.
Just remember, the next time you see someone walking down the street carrying a towel, don’t immediately avert your eyes skyward. You may have just encountered a really amazing together individual who knows where their towel is at all times or… a hoopy frood.
If you celebrated NTD2001, we need photos that will prominently be displayed for all to see.