Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Don't Panic

By Meghan B

If you're anything like me, one of the initial gateway drugs into sci-fi and fantasy books were the hilarious, imaginative and amazing Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels by Douglas Adams. They spawned some of the most memorable quotes and theories in all of genre fiction. Who doesn't know the meaning behind the number 42 or the cheerfully reassuring phrase "don't panic"?

Douglas Adams was a genius with a heart of gold and a mind that came up with some of the most deviously bizarre and funny things I've ever read. In honor of Adams (who passed away in 2001) and the zany and wonderful worlds he created, May 25th is International Towel Day!

Every May 25th, devoted Hitchhiker fans take a towel with them to work, on errands and generally around with them all day. One of the main rules in the novels are that hitchhiker's never forget their towels.

"The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have."
 So, my hoopy froods, make sure you have your towel with you tomorrow! You never know when you may need it!

We miss you, Douglas Adams.
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