The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Stay In for Towel Day 2020

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Stay In for Towel Day 2020


This year’s annual Towel Day encourages fans of Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ to stay in and save the Rhino.

Towel Day is celebrated each year on May 25th. It’s a global celebration of the work of Douglas Adams, specifically his most famous – ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.

Adams died on the 11th of May 2001, but it took a little while to organise things so soon after such a dreadful circumstance… so May the 25th it is. Given how silly the humour in the book is, it’s somehow fitting.

Why Towel Day? It shouldn’t need explaining, but for the benefit of those still faced with the enviable prospect of reading ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ for the first time…

“A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”



Ordinarily ‘Towel Day’ would be a celebration filled with gatherings and events. Primarily a comedy event called ‘Stand Up for Towel Day’. This year, Covid-19 is stifling all sorts of events, even intergalactic hitchhiking. Fear not though. A one-off campaign has been created. ‘Stay in for Towel Day‘.

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In aid of Save the Rhino – a charity of which Douglas Adams was a founder member – a series of online events have been scheduled. For a £5 suggested donation, you can help sustain and protect one of the World’s most at risk animals and enjoy a day of scheduled online events that pay tribute to the great man and his work.

Visit savetherhino.org and towelday.org for more information.



Will Harrison

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