Douglas Adams
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Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.


I love Douglas Adams! How can I get involved?

  • Help spread the word about Towel Day (#towelday): tweet, blog, post in forums, share a link in Facebook, make art, etc.

  • Tell us about events you organize on Towel Day, and we will announce them here!

  • On Towel Day, carry a towel. Where? Everywhere.

  • Proudly show the world you've observed Towel Day and upload a picture on Facebook or Flickr (tag it "towelday" and add it to the group) or a video on YouTube.


What's happening on Towel Day 2014?

Add your event!

ONLINE

  • Stephen Fry, actor and Twitter god, tweeted "Happy #towelday everyone — never was a towel more needed. towelday.org"
  • The Bingwa Towel Day photo contest has now started (on May 24th, and it will last 5 days). "What are you planning to do to pay tribute to Douglas Adams? A private party? Maybe a concert? Or do you rather preffer grabbing your towel and lay on the beach? Whatever you'll do, take a picture from you and your friends carrying a towel and submit it to the TOWEL DAY contest in BINGWA PHOTO CONTEST (for Android). You can see and rate pictures from other participants and the three top ones will get a great gift: A hotel night in (almost) anywhere in the world and 30€ in Amazon Gift Card! Come on! Have a nice day... and don't panic... it's TOTALLY FREE!" You can practice by participating in other contests, that way you'll get used to the app. They publish three or more contests every day! Homepage - App
  • GBtimes published a brilliant article, "Don't panic, it's only Towel Day", explaining Towel Day to the world. A must read! Many thanks to author Asa Butcher and interviewees Mark Roberts and David Haddock, you are awesome.
  • At BT.com, Chas Early wrote "A non-hitchhiker’s guide to Towel Day", a great read that highlights some of the more extraordinary celebrations that you froods out there have come up with. Thank you very much, mr Early, you really know where your towel is!
  • Bustle.com published Don't panic! 18 indispensable life lessons from 'The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy' series", by Allyson Gronowitz.
  • The annual Towel Day Ambassador contest has ended. We have two winners! Jesus is Towel Day Ambassador for Canada and Joel will represent Earth as Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador. Congrats to the winners and thank you for your efforts to inform the world about Douglas Adams and Towel Day!
  • Italian composer and Douglas Adams fan Alessandro Sbrogiò wrote a music piece to celebrate Towel Day 2014. Download it for free here.
  • Bags of love, maker of customized gifts, is back with a Towel design competition. Win your very own customised towel!
  • Bohemia Apartments is running a Towel Day 2014 Photo Contest. The prize is a weekend stay in their apartments in Prague, Czech Republic! Details here.
  • Radical Tea Towel Company will be giving away a free carbon footprint tea towel (commemorating the Earth's destruction to make way for a hyperspace bypass) to the 100th person who tweets using #towelday after 12pm GMT (7am EDT) on 25th May. They'll post to any Earth-based address, so get tweeting!
  • On radio show The Witching Hour on 4ZzZ in Australia, host Nyx Fullmoon will be broadcasting her live show as a tribute to Douglas Adams and h2g2 at 10-12pm Sat night on the eve of Towel Day (time wise it will be one of the first places in the world to be celebrating it!). Available to listen to at any time on demand, for free, from anywhere in the world at http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/the-witching-hour
  • USvsTH3M published "Don’t Panic, Douglas Adams fans, but this Sunday is TOWEL DAY", an article that mentions an interesting theory on how towels became important in Adams' work. We've heard other explanations, this is new to us.
  • BBC America ran an article by Fraser McAlpine called "Happy Towel Day: Six Life Lessons From Marvin The Paranoid Android".
  • Softballinside.com publishes CASA BASE, a weekly comic strip dedicated to baseball. On Towel Day 2014, they published a special Towel Day comic. (thank you, Italian froods Fabio Borselli and Sauro Pasquini!)
  • Pillar International Publishing, an infinitesimally small Irish publisher, will be presenting a free sneak-peak of their DNA-inspired release "The Unbearable Sheitness of Being" by Thaddeus Lovecraft & Nick Faulder. It will be available for free download in eBook and PDF form at www.IndiePillar.com on the 25th of May.
  • A special episode of the Wow! Signal Podcast will be released on Towel Day, featuring a roundtable discussion of the ideas and influences of Douglas Adams. Paul Carr will be joined by philosopher Nicholas Joll, comedy writer Jeremy Hunsberger, former Douglas Adams FAW maintainer Ben Brockert, astronaut teacher Mike Mongo, and mild mannered physicist Jim Cavera. There will also be a hitchhiker themed song featured. wowsignalpodcast.com
  • David Morrese (D.L. Morrese), author of humorous science fiction, is offering all his books as free ebook downloads. This promotion will run through Friday, 30 May 2014. For a fun read, check Marvin's Towel Day Present.
  • @pasteyh2g2, Digital Lead at the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, wrote about Ford's New Towel.
  • EruDani from Argentina created a Towel Day playlist that we're listening to while updating towelday.org: Towel Day Mix.
  • Kitty Cataclysm from made a playlist with music for Towel Day, reading the books and using the infinite improbability drive: Towel Day Mix.
  • Rangewoman Inc got together some contacts from Facebook and Twitter for an online event:
    • Adam is posting about Towel Day on Twitter and Facebook.
    • Clive Johnson, author of the Dica series, wrote the short story "In celebration of the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series broadcast"
    • David Morrese, author of humorous science fiction, posted "Marvin’s Towel Day Present" and offers all his books as a free download.
    • Liz Young is celebrating Towel Day on her Facebook page.
    • Shano just turned 42. Read his about his adventures in the U.K. "Three Pints And a Towel pleas...".
    • Stephen Dunkley, fantasy author of Endangered Creatures, wrote the short story ""Ford's New Towel".
    • Tammy from Rabid Reader’s Reviews reviewed the book "Don’t Panic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Guide" by Neil Gaiman. She also took the time and effort to post "42 book recommendations for Towel Day 2014".
    • Etc.
    If you want to get in touch with any of these authors, check Rangewoman Inc's full post.
  • Matty Millard posted some Vogon poetry.
  • Bucklemonster made a YouTube video, that we decided to feature at the bottom of this page.
  • On Mentalfloss.com, Chris Higgins posted "Happy Towel Day, Hoopy Froods!".
  • Inquisitr.com published "Happy Towel Day! Here Are 25 Douglas Adams Quotes Worth Incorporating In Your Life".
  • Tellyspotting.org was a bit late to the party, but still posted "Don’t Panic – only 364 days until Towel Day 2015!". Thank you, Bill Young!
  • On CBSlocal, Luke McKinney wrote an entertaining article called "Celebrate Towel Day with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet".
ARGENTINA
  • In Buenos Aires, people with towels will be meeting at Harvest Bar and celebrating with beers and peanuts, and maybe eat hamburgers (not made from perfectly normal beasts, but tasty anyway). Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In Cordoba, there's a picnic in a small but comfy park. The organizers hope people will join them for a nice Sunday afternoon full of hoopy froods, towels and great home made food! RSVP and details on Facebook. They have a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
  • In Rosario, Pablo and Rosana are once again having a Towel Day party with some friends and family at home, just a private gathering, and as usual, plenty of Towels, fun and food.
AUSTRALIA
  • On radio show The Witching Hour on 4ZzZ in Australia, host Nyx Fullmoon will be broadcasting her live show as a tribute to Douglas Adams and h2g2 at 10-12pm Sat night on the eve of Towel Day (time wise it will be one of the first places in the world to be celebrating it!). Available to listen to at any time on demand, for free, from anywhere in the world at http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/the-witching-hour
  • In Warrnambool (Victoria), to mark Towel day this year, the Warrnambool Ukulele Group will be invading the local shopping centre (Gateway Plaza) at 1pm. They will confuse the masses by singing all those old favourite towel orientated songs that we have all grown to love such as the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheating Towel" and evergreen Irish standard "Towel Me Ma" al whilst carrying towels! oh and possibly Ukuleles if they remember. More information will be available on their website.
  • In Sydney, the University of New South Wales' Doctor Who Society (DocSoc) is planning a large, exciting party to celebrate Towel Day... on May 26th (!) from 5:30 - 9:30pm. They'll show the H2G2 film and an episode of Doctor Who written by Douglas Adams, viz. The Pirate Planet, and there will be food and (alcoholic) drinks. Locals are invited to participate. Admission: $6 for Arc members, $12 for public entry (booking fee applies for online sales). Bookings can be made here until all tickets are… exterminated! More info: unswdocsoc AT gmail DOT com.
  • In Adelaide (South Australia), hoopy froods are are called to meet outside Dillon's bookshop on the Parade, Norwood. From Noon till late, towel-bearers may gather for deep philosophical thinking about 42, tea drinking and various other related activities.
  • Also in Adelaide (South Australia), you can join the Towel Day pub crawl. These are the locations: 1.00pm Seven Stars, 187 Angas Street Adelaide; 3.00pm Coopers Ale House, cnr Pulteney and Carrington St; 5.00pm The Saracens Head, 82 Carrington Street. All have food (as well as drink). BYO towel.
AUSTRIA
  • In Bregenz, after the Flashmob with yellow Caterpillar in 2012, and "The Paula Nancy Millstone-Jennings Poetry-Slam" 2013... get ready for... "The whoooshing Sound"! One favourite Douglas Adams quote is about deadlines: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Our Deadline (25th May) is nearly here. Participants will meet at the lake and celebrate with beer, peanuts und petunias. Time and place are yet to be determined. More Information will be published soon on http://towelday.wordpress.com and you can join the event on Facebook.
  • In Innsbruck, where Douglas Adams first had the idea to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, hackerspace IT-Syndikat organises its traditional Don't Panic Party. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
BRASIL
  • In Brasília-DF, Brazil, for the third consecutive year, Towel Day will be celebrated in style! Due to the success of last years celebration, it will again be hosted at CLN 409, and the festivities will start at 3pm (BRT) (On May 25th of course!). In a joint venture with Vincent Casa de Ché, Grote Markt Cervejas Especiais and our newest Towel Day partner "Hamburgueria do Francês", Omninerdia has prepared many fun activities to celebrate this very important date, such as a "Vogon Poetry Contest, a "Costume Contest (towels are mandatory) and even a ""lecture" on "The many uses of a towel"! RSVP and details on Facebook or learn more about the event at the Omninerdia website (portuguese only).
  • In Curitiba (PR) Lambda 42 is organizing a Towel Walk ("Caminhada da Toalha") in the Barigui Park ending with a Picnic at the End of the Universe ("Piquenique no Fim do Universo"). There is a lake in the park with a living Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, so attendees are advised carry a towel for safety! RSVP and details for the Towel Walk and the Picnic on Facebook.
  • In Recife, there's the "Annual Recife Towel Day at Cultura Bookstore". Activities and surprise attractions are scheduled between 10am and 9pm. All you need to attend is a towel and 1 kilo of non-perishable food, to be donated later (just the food, of course - everybody keeps their towels). The address is: Livraria Cultura, Rua Madre de Deus, s/n, Recife Antigo, Recife - PE, 50030-110. More info: (81) 8704.5450 & 97366045. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Rio de Janeiro, ON SATURDAY MAY 24TH, starting at 3pm, there's a Hitchhiker's Guide movie screening, followed by a debate and ending with a raffle. Come in costume if you want to, but most of all, don't forget your towel! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Rio de Janeiro, Loja "Universo 42", a rather special store, is celebrating Towel Day from 10am of May 24th to 10am of May 25th. The program includes: a quiz with questions on the "nerd universe", a treasure hunt, card game tournaments and a contest for best towel! People who proudly show their towel will have free admittance, though those who can't or don't want to stay overnight for the proper Towel Day celebration don't have to pay anything. Here is the address where all this madness will take place: Loja Universo 42, Rua Francisco Real n°1950, loja 222, Rio de Janeiro. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • Also in Rio de Janeiro, our friend Pedro and friends are organizing on a little trekking tour in Tijuca Forest (Floresta da Tijuca). They'll probably go up one of the mountains or go to one of the many natural viewpoints to enjoy a privileged view of the forest and how it interacts with the city. Up there they can sit down, enjoy the view, have a picnic and wave their towels to the other ape descendants down there going about in their cars. If they're lucky, maybe they can even hitch a hike, huh? They meet at Praça do Alto da Boa Vista, near the entrance to the Park, at 10 am. The address is: Parque Nacional da Tijucan, Estrada da Cascatinha, 850 - Alto da Boa Vista. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In São Vicente, stranded hitchhikers plan on doing a 30 minute walk together from Roberto Mério Santini Municipal Park (also known as "Emissário Quebra Mar Santos" or simply "Quebra Mar") to Fonte do Sapo, a beautiful fountain near Aparecida Beach (Praia da Aparecida). They ask people to bring their towels (of course), a bottle of water for the walk and also books and memorabilia related to The Hitchhiker's or other fantasy/science fiction works. Oh, and they say that Time Lords, Jedis, wizards, demigods and nerds in general are also welcome. The walk is scheduled to start at 2pm. The address is Av. Embaixador Pedro de Toledo, São Vicente, SP. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In São Paolo, the blog obrigadopelospeixes.com and GIBI Cultura Geek organize an event to bring hitchhikers together to drink beer and eat peanuts before the world ends. RSVP and details on Facebook.
CANADA
  • In Toronto, the annual Towel day event is held at The Blue Goose Tavern (1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke) from noon to midnight. Plenty of beer and peanuts for pre-Intergalactic consumption. Bring your best towel! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Edmonton, the Edmonton New Technology Society is hosting an informal event. There is a not-quite-infinite improbability of tea and fairy cakes in the afternoon, as well as entertainment and/or activities of some sort. Perhaps there will be some remedial poetry lessons offered (e.g.,: "moon" does not rhyme with "May" unless a deadline has been missed), or perhaps there will be a round table discussion on the best methods of efficiently packing one's strag-borrowed toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. whilst hitching the length and breadth of the galaxy. Attendees are encouraged to share their best DNA memories and towel hacking tips.
  • In Kingston, Ontario, something is brewing... Find out more here.
  • In Vancouver, there's a meetup at 10am at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island, in Vancouver, BC on the hill. These froods will be reading the book THGTTG with towels in hand. Along with a snack. Anyone who enjoys Douglas Adams is welcome. This will be very informal. If its pouring rain, they will be located at the Picnic Pavillion near the Water Park.
CHINA
  • In Shanghai, Ortin invites everyone from 15:00 to 19:00 on the Bund. Bring a towel and water pistols! :-) Here's a picture from 2013.
CROATIA
  • In Lovran, Towel day is celebrated at Hostel Link (Šetalište M. Tita 9). Fan gathering starts at 5:42 pm with mini exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Douglas Adams. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy his pieces, video presentation "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", board games and so on. Since the towel is the most important thing in the Galaxy, bring your towel with you.
  • In Osijek, Towel Day will be celebrated at cafe bar Kesten, starting at 19:30. There will be short Vogon poetry reading and some other intergalactic activities. Each person who comes with a towel gets a discount on beer. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Zagreb, all the good froods can meet at 5 o'clock in Krivi put bar (wrong way bar, savska 14, Zagreb, Croatia). Bring your towel! :-)
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Bohemia Apartments is running a Towel Day 2014 Photo Contest. The prize is a weekend stay in their apartments in Prague, Czech Republic! Details here.
  • In Prague, the yearly celebration will be held as usual in "Zahradní restaurace Letná" (50°5'45.667"N, 14°25'32.558"E). They start meeting at 17:00 and recitation of Vogon poetry begins at 18:00 (they speak English, Czech and 18 other languages, albeit some of them are just read from the web without proper pronounciation). The afterparty will be in Cross club in Holešovice and there will hopefully be screening of Torchwood fanfilm "Prohibition day".
  • In Pardubice, there's a 4th meetup (flash mob event) for geocachers (not only) at the Pernstynske square in front of the Pardubice town hall at N 50° 02.315 E 015° 46.750, from 17:42-18:42 (CEST). Further instructions: Geocaching.com The previous edition was a big success, watch this great photo from 2013.
FINLAND
  • Poetic froods will travel again from near and far to Cosmic Comic Cafe in Turku, Finland to participate in the matinee of The Worst Poetry in the Universe. Unlike everywhere else, their poetry night is not a competition: anyone's and everyone's poem will be recited immediately. You churn it up, they blurt it out! The poetry show starts at 20 o'clock and repeats every hour till 23. DJ's Evil Twins play music between the shows, and the programme ends at midnight with the destruction of the whole universe - along with The Most Evil Laughter in the Universe competition. Froods carrying a towel will get a discount on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. Recently some rumours about the return of The Great Prophet Zarquon on Towel Day have been circulating in the Turku area. Who knows, maybe he'll pop in Cosmic Comic Cafe to meet his the true believers (if there are any)? While waiting for the t-day, The Finnish Towel Day site will be publishing horrible poems daily dug up from last year's archive, and introducing Towel Day activities elsewhere in Finland and around the globe. Cosmic Comic Cafe's might be the first and oldest known ongoing worst poetry night on Towel Day, the first one being held already in 2006. Find Finnish Towel Day on Facebook.
FRANCE
  • In Paris, the GOS ("Grand Ordre de la Serviette") will continue its tradition of grandiose Towel Day festivities. This time, they start a week before Towel Day! Several prominent members of ZZ9, the Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society will attend. The GOS will have a stand during the Geekopolis Festival on 17 and 18 May, where you will be able to buy the GOS’ official Towel Day 2014 towel. They will also sell their new book "42 nuances de rouge épisode 1 : Du sang dans les pétunias" by Tricia Peele ("42 shades of red part 1: blood on the petunias"). The author won’t be present, so if you want her signature, you’ll have to pre-order. Nevertheless, at Geekopolis you can get it autographed by the Grand Master and illustrator Simon Michel. But be quick: the first edition is limited to only 150 copies.
    On Saturday the 17th, the GOS’ Grand Master will lead a conference on 42 and the fist part of the legendary Towel Olympics will take place.

    Here's the full program:

    Saturday 17 May
    • 15.30 Conference on 42
    • 17.00 Towel Olympics, part one

    Sunday 25 May
    • 10.00-14.00 City Of Death Tour (with Gallifrance): guided tour of places where the famous Dr Who episode “City of Death”, written by Douglas Adams, was filmed. The tour will end with a picnic.
    • 15.00-18.00 Towel Olympics, part two, at the Arènes de Lutèce
    • 19.00 H2G2-night at the Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde

    RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • ZZ9, the official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society (JOIN HERE!) will be slouching in Paris on Towel Day! They are going to attend the highly reputed Paris Towel Day celebrations, have a towel picnic (weather permitting) au bord de la Seine, visit Le Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde and possibly wander past other geeky places. Non-members are welcome to attend the slouch and meet these wonderful beings. Here's the Facebook group and the Facebook event (first join the group, then you'll be able to acces the event page). What a great way to spend a (UK) Bank Holiday weekend!
GERMANY
  • Marko and Berit got married in Neuroppin, and posed with a large "42 Don't Panic" towel. Congratulations!
  • In Backnang, for the sixth time, Towel Day is celebrated in bar "Das Wohzimmer". They start at 19:40. There will be special meaningless decoration, totally silly contests, absurd schnapps called "antifreeze", an insane cocktail called "Pangalaktischer Donnergurgler" and a hitchpiker Package. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In Baden-Württemberg, geocachers will be meeting at 14:00. Bring your towel! Details on Geocaching.com.
  • In Bayern, geocachers will make a 6km walk and an extensive picnic (bring your own food). Details on Geocaching.com.
  • In Berlin, there's the traditional flash mob at the Alexanderplatz. Details.
  • In Frankfurt am Main, geocachers are meeting from 19:42 until 20:42 at Brunnen zwischen Hauptwache und Konstabler, höhe Zeil 71. At the end a group photo will be taken. Bring a towel or a bathrobe. Details on Geocaching.com.
  • In Hamburg, at 19:30 in the Planetarium (WE PREVIOUSLY WROTE 21:30, WHICH WAS INCORRECT), actor Tommaso Cacciapuoti will read from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Details.
  • In Saarbruecken, a BarCamp ("Saarcamp") takes place. BarCamps are open conferences about things like technology and the web, a reaction to the invitation-only event Foo Camp. The sweets table was full of Hitchhiker's guide themed sweets: photo. In 2013 they also celebrated Towel Day, as you can see on this photo.
HUNGARY
  • In Budapest, hoopy froods continue their tradition to pay tribute to Douglas Adams on May 25th. There will be flash mobs, a Vogon poetry slam, gratitude will be expressed to the Vogons for not having destroyed the Earth so far, the number 42 will be formed with towels laid on the ground, a towel beauty contest will be held, pan galactic gargle blasters can be consumed at a friendly pub, and beer, and peanuts, towels will be collected for those in need (so please bring spare towels, new or used), the brave can try hitching an intergalactical ride (at their own risk)... RSVP and details on Facebook
  • Also in Budapest, at 9am at Boraros ter (ter means square), there's a hitchhiking competition. The distance will normally be less than 150km. At the destination city everyone will eat and drink beer together, return to Budapest by train and join to the Towel Day program at Erzsebet ter. Please bring a towel!
  • In Debrecen, local froods will do their usual flash mob. Hitchhiking in the middle of our city. Read some Vogon poetry. And not sing So long and thanks for all the fish, because after hearing their own voice on video, they decided never again. Ever.
  • In Zalaegerszeg, the place to be is Players Cafe, from 18:30. RSVP and details on Facebook.
INDIA
  • Interaction Live, a company from Bangalore, who made a cool Towel Day website last year, updated it and moved it to www.towelday.in.
INDONESIA
  • In Bali, from 6pm, the faithful Indonesian bunch invites all hoopy froods visiting Bali on Towel Day to join them in their celebrations at The Bali Pub, on Sanur's main street. A place popular with visitors and ex-pats. For those who turn up shouldering a largish towel there will be a free Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster drink on arrival and nibbles for Nerds. Banners will adorn the front of the Bali Pub to indicate where the DNA fans are. The regular resident singers will be there, performing under the, one off, name for the evening, "The Dented Ford Duo"
ISRAEL ITALY
  • Near Rome, in Colleferro, Towel Day celebrations will be held at Il Porco Rosso. During the evening, lots of games will be organized, with prizes in Galactic Pints, including:
    (warning, horrible Google Translation)
    • - Most galactic towel
    • - Most spectacular way to wear the towel
    • - Worst poetry in the universe
    • - Towel throwing
    • .. and much more!
    Don't forget your Towel! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Parma, Towel Day will be celebrated for the fourth time. Hitchhikers will gather with their towels at 8.30 pm in G. Garibaldi Square. For more details, find Alfredo here.
  • In Milan, some froods got together. (switch to Italian to see review)
MEXICO
  • For the third year in a row, Esteban Cisneros, who teaches Spanish and Literature to seventh and eight graders at the Albanta "University for Kids", organized Towel Day celebrations. "We are celebrating Towel Day on Monday, with vogon poetry readings (the students, seventh to ninth graders, will have to attempt their worst to make a poem and read it aloud.) Last week, on Wednesday we had a balloon war and on Friday we read some passages of the first book, as well as some from Eoin Colfer's 'And Another Thing...' A screening of the 2005 film is planned sometime in the near future. And, of course, on Sunday a bunch of hitchhiker's will be attending my place for food and drinks. We'll be chatting about our trips to the galaxy in a very frood atmosphere." Here are some pictures from 2013.
NETHERLANDS
  • In Nijmegen, on the Friday before Towel Day, the stage inside Café Weerlicht is set for live music, comedy, literature and science lectures. They have a few returning acts, and plenty of new faces. It promises to be a fun and interesting night, yet again! Towels are obligatory, and pan galactic gargle blasters will be served. Radiant and green. Towel Day Nijmegen has an active Facebook group.
  • In Gelderland, geocachers are organizing a flash event beginning at 12:00 and ending at 12:15. The author writes "I've picked the highest point around here in the hope that we can flag down a passing Vogon spaceship before the earth is destroyed at lunchtime." Details on Geocaching.com.
NORWAY
  • Like last year, public transport company Kolumbus celebrates Towel Day in a most original and hoopy way... People in Stavanger, limited offer, can stop by their customer center in Stavanger and pick up a green rfid-equipped towel that let them travel for free on Sunday. These special towels are collectors items!
  • In Bergen, Douglas Adams fans are invited to meet at Finnegans Irish Pub, from 19:00. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
ROMANIA
  • In Timisoara, Romania, the couchsurfing community is organizing their third Towel Day event. More info upcoming. RSVP and details on Couchsurfing.org.
RUSSIA
  • In Saint-Petersburg, Russia, there will be a movie viewing in pub "KLЮTCH" at 17-00. More info on VK.com
SLOVAKIA
  • Martinus, the biggest online book retailer in Slovakia keeps up its annual tradition of celebrating Towel Day. They offer discounts and special gifts for everyone who visits one of their bookshops with a towel and run a special online contest on their blog and Facebook page. Details are currently a secret, because they have to remain a surprise!
  • In Košický kraj, geocachers are gathering at 14:00. Towels and space travel objects are mandatory. Details on Geocaching.com.
SLOVENIA
  • Iztok Čurči is organizing a celebration in Slovenia. If you'll be in that country on May 25th, go here to find out more.
SPAIN
  • Froods at Daivoon dive centre in Lanzarote go diving with towels every year to honour towel day. Last year they even went diving with their pajamas! They sent us this picture.
  • In Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), combined festivities are being held to mark Towel Day and the VIII Lusophile and Reintegrationist Pride Day.

    PROGRAM (hours are in Spanish time, one less hour in Portugal)

    THURSDAY , MAY 15
    18.00 10 days before Towel Day there's a meeting in Cervantes Square in order to pose for the photographer of the newspaper "La Voz de Galicia", which shall include DdoOLeR in the report about the different events of May 25 that will publish on its supplement "YES" ("Ya Es Sábado") on Saturday 24.

    FRIDAY, MAY 23
    20.00 Couceiro Bookshop (Cervantes Square). Release of the book "DdoOLeR (2007-2014): 8 anos celebrando o Dia da Toalha na Galiza" ["DdoOLeR (2007-2014): 8 Years Celebrating Towel Day in Galicia", in galician-portuguese)].

    SUNDAY, MAY 25
    From 00:00 to 23:59 Take part by publishing in your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ... ) your self-portrait properly toweled and, if possible, with some other Lusophone fetish (a rooster of Barcelos, a dictionary, a bottle of Porto wine... ) in your hands. Tag it with the hagstags #towelday and #towelselfie (in order to let the whole World know) and #diadatoalha and #ddooler2014 (for the Lusophone World) .
    From 9:00 a.m. to 20:00 Participate in European elections if you feel like. But don't forget your towel when you'll go to vote.
    17.00 Meeting in the Fageira Gate, "traditional entry of the Portuguese Way in the city of Santiago" and usual meeting point for every demonstration in Compostela (Alameda). Pilgrimage, by the final stretch of the Portuguese Way, to Obradoiro Square ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is the "Codex Calixtinus"; the St. James's Way is the Milky Way, our galaxy), previously passing by the statue of Carvalho Calero (R. Juan Carlos I) .
    19.00 Speech by the writer Séchu Sende, "godfather" of DdoOLeR'2014, in Obradoiro Square .

    More info on the DdoOLeR'2014 blog (under construction) and on Facebook

SWEDEN
  • In Göteborg, at 2pm, there is a big geek pride / Towel Day / Glorious 25th celebration with a parade and all. It is organized by the SF Bookshop. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Gävle (200 km north of Stockholm), "Gefle Science-Fiction" will do a photo event (Towels are mandatory) at the main square (Stortorget) at 19:00. Beer and peanuts will later on be consumed at a nearby pub. Check them on Facebook.
  • In Stockholm, some friends plan a Towel Day picnic at around 3 pm at Brunkebergstorg, and any friends of Douglas Adams are welcome to join. RSPV and details on Facebook.
SWITZERLAND
  • In Zurich, Towel Day will be celebrated for the 5th time! Meeting place is once again the Polyterrasse of ETH Zurich, this time at 4:42 pm. Don't forget your towel! Details will be available on towelday.ch
TURKEY
  • Eshevar and Dilara are organizing a gathering for those who carry their towel! At the time of writing, 22 hoopy froods were planning to attend. Join them! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • Emir Hepoğlu sent us lots of pictures of people celebrating Towel Day in Turkey... here's an album. If you want to celebrate in 2015 or want to get to know these hoopy individuals, join them at facebook.com/toweldayturkey
UNITED KINGDOM
  • The National Space Centre (Leicester) will be celebrating Towel Day with special guests, displays, talks, workshops and something for everybody to enjoy. (10.00-17.00) We heard you can can meet Marvin, visual effects designer Mike Tucket (Doctor Who) and director Kevin Davies who worked on the animations in the TV series. The event will raise funds for Save the Rhino, that Douglas Adams was a spokesperson of. Details
  • In Horsham, Ken Nicholas organizes the Fifth Annual Horsham Acturial and friends Towel day picnic. As in previous years, they will be holding a sit in in Horsham park at midday, protesting the building of hyperspace byways. We will all have towels. In the event of rain, the event will move to the Lynd Cross.
  • In Northern Scotland, geocachers are invited to come along for a cuppa / lunch and "a blether about our caching universe". And there might be a new cache or three published aswell! Where: The Old Pantry, Aberlour. When: from 12 noon 'til about 13:30 ish. Don't forget your towel! Details on Geocaching.com.
  • YHA youth hostel in Cambridge has Douglas Adams featured in their Scholars Cafe & Bar, among other great men and women. They sent a picture of Laura and Emily, two of their receptionists, with some guests ready with their towels. It just so happened that Hitchhikers’ was one of these guests’ favourite books!
  • Stephen Fry, actor and Twitter god, tweeted "Happy #towelday everyone — never was a towel more needed. towelday.org"
  • Sue Adams, Douglas' sister, tweeted "Happy #towelday all you hoopy froods. Remember to take your towel with you today. #douglasadams"
  • Polly Adams, Douglas' daughter, tweeted "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. #towelday pic.twitter.com/uIA8Ok64k6"
  • James Thrift, Douglas' half brother, tweeted "Do you know where your towel is? #towelday"
  • Dirk Maggs, director, producer and person with excellent hair, tweeted"At the National Space Centre, Leicester for Towel Day tomorrow with Marvin and er ... Marvin pic.twitter.com/xqNpJVQttm"
  • Mike Hall posted a really cool Towel Day picture that looks like it was taken on an oil rig!
UNITED STATES
  • In Cupertino, the Agnostic Community at Apple had a Towel Day event on May 23rd. (Douglas Adams was a huge Apple fan) "Not feeling quite right this morning? did your dream project get bulldozed? Just saw a pig fly? Are the Vogons about to blow up your planet? DON'T PANIC! Your day has come... Towel Day 2014. Friday May 23rd at 4:30pm De Anza 3 Theatre (Food, drink and fun stuff will be providedand don't forget to bring a towel) Dress up as your favourite Adams character then drop by the Big Bang Burger Bar and Milliways to try our Ameglion Major Cow Sliders or get your mind blown with a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (or two or three). Afterwards sit back and enjoy a screening of BBC's television adaptation, Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (show starts at 5:30). Later watch the Universe will explode for your entertainment... Hosted by the Agnostic Community at Apple" Source
  • In Kenilworth (NY), on Friday May 23rd, from 1 2pm - 8 pm, the Branch Library of the Buffalo & Erie County Library System will celebrate it's first Towel Day celebration (a couple of days early). Visitors to the library can expect the following:
    • The finest Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy themed display that $42 dollars can provide
    • Copies of the guide given away free until supplies run out (or the world ends whichever comes first)
    • Complimentary emergency towels provided, in case you don't know where you left yours
    • Many confused looks from the unsuspecting public.
    The reading of Vogon poetry is not encouraged, but if you must, we'll just have to put up with it I guess. Pan Galactic gargle blasters will not be served (apparently there's a law forbidding beverages that have the effect of having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick in public spaces!) However,the recipes will handed out to any one willing to sign a waiver.
  • In New York (NY), the ZZ9 USA froods invite you to celebrate Towel Day at The Way Station with a screening of the 1981 BBC television series Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The Way Station is the infamous bar with the Blue Box that is smaller on the outside. (Yes The Way Station has a TARDIS for those unfamiliar with the bar) The Way Station opens at 3pm. 683 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11238 http://waystationbk.com/ The screening of the 1981 BBC television series Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy begins at 4pm. Additionally, they will do two drink specials: the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and a Gin and Tonix. Happy Hour till 8pm with $4 draft and well drinks and $1 off everything else. Details on Facebook
  • In St. Louis, MO, anime store Animeggroll is doing their third towel drive. Donate a towel or roll of paper towels and save 20% on any item! This year the towel drive will benefit the local animal shelter in White Cliff Park, in Crestwood. It was formally run by the city of Crestwood until this year when they eliminated Crestwood Animal Control. The shelter is now run by Friends of Animal Control. Towels must be free of fraying or holes because the animals can get caught in them. Only one discount per person. Valid Sunday May 25th, 2014 only.
  • In Tallahassee (FL), Lofty Pursuits presents a whole day of celebrations:
    • Discounts if you bring your towel
    • Vogon Poetry slam
    • Display of the owner's autographed copies of the Hitchhikers Guide
    • Special Babel Fish Sundae from their soda fountain made with our hand made candied Babel Fish
  • Dr. Adolf Maas/ZooVet Consulting in Seattle has been a believer in the Hitchhiker's philosophy for 35 years... He can always be found to have a towel in his possession whether at the computer, on a house-call or while bathing his tortoises in preparation for the destruction of the Earth. Gin and Tonic is always available for any house guest... In honor of Douglas Adams and all that he put forth in "Last Chance to See", any client that makes an appointment for the two weeks following Towel Day and asks him "where his towel is" will get either a $20 discount or $20 donated to a wildlife rescue, and will also get his secret recipe for a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster that is surely able to peel your socks.
  • In Barium Springs (NC), to help provide Barium Springs Home for Children and in celebration of Towel Day, the computer geeks at Shared Resources Technology Solutions are conducting a Towel Drive. Please help this drive by donating NEW bath and kitchen towels before May 19th. Donating couldn’t be much easier: email jsanders AT sronc DOT com to schedule a pickup or plan a monetary donation to be used towards purchasing towels, or drop off towels at their shop at 21303 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius NC, 28031. Barium Springs Home for Children provides a safe home for children through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption program.
  • In Delanson (NY), In Your Face Wrestling will be holding its 42nd professional wrestling event on May 17th, at the Duanesburg Area Community Center, 221 Victoria Ave, Delanson, NY. The show has been titled "Show #42: Life, The Universe & Everything". One of the featured matches is a "Throw In The Towel Match", with Good Lord Willing facing Prince Ashul-Naul. Tickets can be pre-ordered and more information is available here.
  • In Los Angeles (CA), Tim is hosting a Towel Day party at his home. Bring vino, pangalactic gargleblasters, and towels. Timothy will DJ. No Vogon poetry will be read aloud. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In West Palm Beach (FL), an invite only party called the Bulmer Experience Towel Day Celebration is going to take place. According to our source, "almost 200 of us" will be meeting at Peanut Island there. They will have a few boats and lots of beverages for an annual Memorial Day/Towel Day get together to honor Douglas Adams. There will be several hitchhiker thumb and towel photos, lots of themed games... and plenty of panicking.
  • In Atlanta, GA, it's Christina's husband's 42nd birthday and they throw a Hitchhiker's Guide themed party, and of course asked everyone to bring a towel. They're having a Vogon Poetry Slam at the party, and a contest for the best recipe for Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!
  • Purdue University IT will celebrate Towel Day on Friday 5/23 with lunch, snacks, appropriate quotes and further hilarity.


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