Saturday Snapshot – Happy Towel Day (May 25)

(Saturday Snapshot is hosted by At Home With Books – go there to see how you can participate)

DSCF1031Today (May 25) is towel day. If you are a fan of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy then no explanation. If you are not (I know this may be hard for some to believe), then the following excerpt from chapter 3 of the aforementioned book should make things clearer:

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); 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.”

EDIT: I just discovered after I posted this that there is now a new host for Saturday Snapshot – West Metro Mommy.


9 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot – Happy Towel Day (May 25)

  1. Towel Day! Perfect! I just finished doing laundry! There is a huge basket of clean towels just waiting for intergalactic travel! Fun post!

  2. I’d forgotten how delightfully funny THGTG is and the importance of towels. Thank you for the timely reminder 🙂

  3. Pingback: Did you wear your towel on May 25? | Sandra Bennett - Author

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