Watching BBC Breakfast this morning, I was surprised to find out that it’s World Towel Day today – May 25th! It celebrates the life and work of the author Douglas Adams (best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).
To give a flavour of the towel theme:
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker 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.
Here are some nice quotes of Douglas Adams including
Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there’s no point trying to look in that direction because it won’t be coming from there.
The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.
The cast of the BBC radio show has reunited and will be touring the UK during June and July 2012 – I saw a excerpt, it looks really good, so catch it if you can!
Picture credit: here.