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Towel Day is in Memory of Douglas Adams Author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


Don't PanicAs a native to the world described as “Mostly Harmless,” the universe can be a scary place, but follow the immortal words of Douglas Adams, DON’T PANIC! Adams has taught us that whether you are the average earthling, an interstellar author of guides, or the president of the universe, as long as you have your trusty towel, you are ready to handle anything.

Today, May 25, is Towel Day, a day when we are urged to carry a towel in memory of Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” This six-book “trilogy” has spun multiple movies and a TV series, which satirizes everything from politics, religion, corporations, physics, time travel, and everything you think you know. The most recent movie came out in 2005 starring Martin Freeman and Mos Def and directed by Garth Jennings. Towel Day started in 2001, two weeks after Adams' unexpected death.

With a towel, you can live like Arthur Dent and just take whatever the universe throws at you (planet destroyed for a interstellar highway) in stride, or like Zaphod Beeblebrox and let the universe take whatever you can throw at it, because you know as the president, your just there to draw attention away from what’s really going on. We have no control over what goes on in our lives and everything we know is wrong, but with out towels in hand we might just make it to the restaurant at the end of the universe. I’d go for the cow.

Written with Philly2Philly.com Guest Writer, Trevor Reynolds