Friday, May 25, 2012
Happy Towel Day!
Today is Towel Day, instituted in 2001 to commemorate the death of Douglas Adams from a heart attack when he was only 49 years old. This is likely to be meaningless to those unacquainted with the five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy (not a misprint but representative of Adams’ distinctive brand of humor). What surprised me, however, was that I did not first learn about it through the blastr blog of the SyFy channel. No, it took a report from the London Telegraph reproducing a tweet from Stephen Fry reminding all of the significance of the date. The story went on to document recognition of that significance from England, Brazil, Belgium (highly significant, that one, for those who know the books) and Italy … nothing from the United States. Don’t panic, however; just celebrate in any way you see fit, preferably with a well-mixed G&T.