Yes indeed, tomorrow is Intergalactic Towel Day in honor of the late great author Douglas Adams. It’s the day when all true fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy proudly carry a towel about their person.As the guide so rightly states: A towel is the most massively useful thing a hitchhiker can have, so here’s 42 uses for the greatest hitchhiker’s tool ever. Tomorrow’s towel related activates should go far beyond just using them for drying oneself and twisting them round and round in order to indulge in some towel-whipping hijinks.
So, now that you’re armed with knowledge on how best to use your towel on the most towelly of days, you’ll need to know where to find fellow enthusiasts of the top tool for hitchers. What follows is 10 of the coolest Intergalactic Towel Day events occurring tomorrow across the globe and online:
1: USA – T2D2 The Towel Day Towel Drive
Small games company Paradice Games will be bringing their Towel Drive event to a close tomorrow. After gathering towels this year from 11 March (Douglas Adams’ birthday) until 11 May (the anniversary of his death) Paradice Games employees will be delivering the collected towels to animal shelters in Portland, OR and Everett, WA.
The wacky folks at Paradice Games will be making the deliveries in bathrobes and pyjamas, so if you’re in the area, check it out and catch the spectacle.
2: UK – Vogon Poetry Slam
Tomorrow will see Whippersnapper Press holding a poetry competition like no other. Check out the Nerdcore and So-Bad-It’s-Good! poetry categories on offer. This galactic smorgasbord of bad poetry will take place at The Miller Pub, London Bridge, 96 Snowsfields Road, London SE1 3SS.
Howl with laughter, hoot with derision (good-naturedly of course) and wave your towel enthusiastically. Facebook page for more details.
3: FRANCE – Towel Gladiatorial Combat (No Kidding!)
This event will make you appreciate the use of towels like never before! Held at the Arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheatre which once saw gladiators spill their blood for the crowd’s amusement, Towel Day celebrations will begin with a towel combat tournament. Now that would be a sight to behold.
In this 15,000 seater venue, Adams fans will wield towels with skill and style (or they might just flail around hopelessly) in order to win the crowd. After the tournament, there’s an abridged re-enactment of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, rounded off with a trip to the local bar to swap tales of towel-related combat.
4: ITALY – Bologna Knows Where its Towel is
A Bologna book store, Libreria Coop Minganti, will really get into the swing of things will special promotions on Douglas Adams books for any customer who comes in sporting a towel, which should be everybody!
Customers will also be treated to a lovely rendition of “So long and thanks for all the fish!” as they exit the store and employees will be taking on the roles of characters from the book in order to guide customers through the galaxy.
5: CANADA – Toronto Towel Fashion Show
Toronto’s own Chapters Indigo book store will be holding a towel themed fashion show to mark the event. Located at John St and Richmond St, anyone turning up with a towel could be in for a prize, perhaps those with enough towel-based style and grace might be able to join the runway show.
6: INDONESIA – Towel Day gatherings in Bali
Douglas Adams fans in Bali can meet up at a small Warung (usually outdoor restaurant) known as the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, (RATEOTU or Ratty’s to locals). If you head down there with your trusty towel, then you’ll receive a complimentary drink for your troubles.
7: SPAIN – Vogon Poetry Show
Prepare for another assault of oratory if you live in Barcelona where there’ll be a Vogon Poetry showcase, so wrap on that towel and get down there, Barcelona readers!
8: RUSSIA – First ever Towel Day Celebration for St Petersburg
For the first time in history, Douglas Adams fans in St Petersburg will have a full on Towel Day extravaganza to look forward to. Check for details here.
9: AUSTRALIA – Brisbane Bingo Bitches Rock Out on Towel Day
Brisbane’s “Bingo Bitches”, an alternative bingo scene for younger people inspired by punk-rock, will be taking Bingo to the end of the universe tomorrow. Special Intergalactic Towel Day celebrations will be occurring at Brisbane’s the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Needless to say, knowing where your towel is and bringing it with you is a must.
10: SECOND LIFE – Towel Day at Milliways
Having built a Second Life version of Milliways, it would be madness not to use it as a place to celebrate Towel Day, wouldn’t it? Opening tomorrow, the Second Life build of Milliways by Matt and Frank Eckstrom (or Ora Varthader and DarthVenger Blackheart, if you prefer) will be available to visitors to come and share in a love of the works of Douglas Adams. Create towel, bring towel, you know the drill.
For more information on any of these Intergalactic Towel Day events, plus a whole bunch more, visit the official Towel day website.
So long and thanks for all the fish!