It’s May 25. Do You Know Where Your Towel Is?

Book cover: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

"The Most Massively Useful Thing"

Any fan of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy knows that a towel is "the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." In hitchhiker slang, someone who is really amazingly together is someone who "really knows where their towel is."

Why are towels so important?

See the online Earth edition of The Guide.

The first Towel Day was conceived in May 2001, after beloved Hitchhiker’s creator Douglas Adams tragically died of a heart attack at the age of 49. A fan's post in an Internet forum proposed Towel Day. Every year since then, fans all over the world have celebrated Towel Day on May 25.

How to Participate

Mostly, this involves carrying a towel around with you, but as seen in the international event listings on the official Towel Day Web site, there are also lots of other ways to celebrate. My personal favorite is the towel drive being held by the Springfield City Library in Massachusetts for their local animal shelter. Towels are indeed very useful as bedding for animals in shelters and rescue centers, and Douglas Adams was greatly interested in animals, as we know from his hilarious non-fiction book Last Chance to See.

More about the Book

Besides in book form, Hitchhiker's Guide has been presented to the world as a BBC radio program, a television series, and a Hollywood movie. All of this and more can be explored in our library catalog, so don’t panic! And happy Towel Day to every hoopy frood.

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