Wednesday 25th May is the internationally (or more correctly intergalactically) recognized Towel Day, a celebration of the life of writer Douglas Adams.
It is ten years since the death of the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the book that singled out the humble towel as being ‘about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have’.
They’ll be carrying towels from Finland to France; Indonesia to Ireland. There’ll be original towel competitions, poetry slams and towel beauty contests. According to one website, the day will even be celebrated virtually in ‘Second Life’.
Want to join the fan club? Fancy yourself as the Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador? Check it out on Facebook.
If you’re in Germany, join in the parade in Castrop-Rauxel and grab some free peanuts. But if you want to attend the Tel Aviv SF&F Club’s May meeting, you’ll need to take the book as well as a towel.
True aficionados will out me as being a mere dabbler by my use of the book title in full, rather than the geek-chic H2G2 but I will endeavour to redeem myself by signing off with…
THE ANSWER TO FRIDAY’S FICTIONAY DICTIONARY IS
(c) A Banket is a gold-bearing conglomerate found in South Africa
(60% of voters got it right, the rest were split evenly between (a) and (b))