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 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 is happening on Towel Day 2015?

Add your event!

TOWEL DAY EVENTS IN SPACE

We are very excited to present to you this Towel Day video recorded by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in space, on the ISS, and released while she's still there. Douglas Adams' work is read in countries all over the world, but now it has also been read IN SPACE! How cool is that?

Samantha is part of space station Expedition 42/43. Have a look at their brilliant mission poster, on which she's wielding the POV gun. She's a hitchhiker's guide fan!
You can follow her on Twitter and on Facebook. She currently tweets from the ISS and is soon coming home to Earth. If you want to salute her when the ISS passes above your head, check here the times for your location. (thanks for the tip, David in Bali!)


TOWEL DAY EVENTS ON EARTH, NOT TIED TO A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

  • Check out this brilliant Towel Day video game created by some really hoopy froods... [warning: currently works on pc, but not yet on mobile devices] Click this picture to play:

    We're pretty excited about it. The game is an adaptation by Eran Mendel and Oren Mashkovski of their 2011 towel day animated promo. To turn it into a game, they've joined forces with programmer Elad Silver and sound designer Uri Kalian. Great work, guys!

  • This year we lost another brilliant author, Terry Pratchett. If you're a Terry Pratchett fan, don't forget to "wear the lilac" on May 25th along with your towel, especially this year.
  • The Towel Day Ambassador Contest has ended. Shannon Song is Earth's new Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for 2015. She will be supported by Crystal, the North American Towel Day Ambassador, and Philipp (the hoopy frood who brings Towel Day to Austria every year), European Towel Day Ambassador. Congratulations to all winners! If you attend conventions, you may know Shannon from her Star Trek, X Men or Dr Who cosplays. She also was cover model for the 2014 Womans Cosplay Calendar.
  • Travis Avery surprised us with these free Towel Day wallpapers for your computer, phone, tablet, tricorder, etc. Get them here! He made quite a collection in the past and you can find it all on his site. Thank you Travis!
  • Bags of love, maker of customized gifts, are running another edition of their spectacular Towel design competition. Here are last year's entries. Contest ends on June 7. You can vote for the designs that have already been entered. Go here.
  • IDW Publishing is releasing Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency comic #1 to (kind of) coincide with Towel Day. IDW and Ideate Media’s comic book series by Chris Ryall (Robots v. Zombies) and Tony Atkins (Jack of Fables) which is inspired by Adams’ Dirk Gently novels is set to debut on Wednesday May 20th, just in time for Towel Day 2015! IDW & Ideate are also collaborating on a new TV series based on the Dirk Gently novels, to be written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and Executive Produced by The Walking Dead producers, Circle of Confusion. All manifestations of Dirk – books, comic & TV show –are interconnected – but not necessarily consistent. The comic picks up after the events of the first two books, and is prompted by the unfinished fragment The Salmon of Doubt that Adams was working on at the time of his death, that saw Dirk journey to California on a new case. The book will hit shelves on May 20th in good comic and bookshops everywhere and online. More news on the TV show will be available soon.
  • Italian composer and Douglas Adams fan Alessandro Sbrogiò has composed once again a music piece to celebrate Towel Day. Download it for free here.
  • Isabella 'Izzy' Von Lichtan is promoting tea drinking as a Towel Day activity. She quotes this text: "Is Tea the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything? The premise to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is that the answer to the BIG question of what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything is...42. What can this mean? Well I think I have the answer: 42 = Forty Two = For Tea Two = Tea for Two !" (source)
    She concludes: "So on the 25th May, where ever you are in the universe, grab your towel, and invite a friend for tea. Or even better, go out for tea. It really doesn't matter, just make sure you have your towel there!"
    You can join her initiative on Facebook.
  • Punchi, seller of "towel scarfs" (scarfs that are also towels) in 2011 presented a special Towel Day edition towel scarf. And they're doing it again. This time it's called the "V.42 Natural Petrol" edition and until 3 May there's a 15% discount on it!
  • If you're on Facebook, please join the Towel Day 2015 event and invite all your hoopy friends!
  • Shorts Made From A Towel... sells what is maybe the easiest way to always have a towel with you. For a 10% discount, use discount code "towel day" (active now). If you want yours for Towel Day: world-wide delivery 'usually' within 2 weeks... depending on head winds for the Carrier Pigeons.
  • Agile42, a company specialising in Lean-Agile with presences in ten countries, celebrates Towel Day by producing Don't Panic-stamped towels for their clients and friends! You can buy them from their online shop and have it delivered on your doorstep faster than with an Infinite Improbability Drive spaceship. (or so they say)
  • On the Second Life marketplace, you can get free virtual Towel Day 2015 towels. Details
  • DIYphotography.net runs a Towel Day photo contest. To win a gorgeous PELI 1510 hard case, all you have to do is to post an Hitchhiker’s-Guide-to-the-Galaxy inspired photo in the comments section: Towels, Robots, improbability and babel fish are welcomed. On Towel Day, Photographer Dave K. Piper and The Team at Peli will select two winners and we will ship them the two Peli Cases. Details
  • ABC Science posted a rare interview with Douglas Adams for Towel Day. They filmed the interview in 1999 and Douglas talked about the Y2K problem, his game Starship Titanic and the future of the computer.
  • Doodle Dojo released three Hitchhiker's Guide themed t-shirts: 42 uses for a towel, Oh no, not again!, and The sandwich maker.
  • Nerdique.com is celebrating Towel Day by giving away a hand-drawn "Don't Panic" card. The contest runs until Thursday 28th May... details here. They're also going to live tweet a play through of the Hitchhiker's Guide adventure game. They'd love people to play along on Twitter!
  • Attention whovians! To celebrate Towel Day, Lovarzi has released an infographic examining just a few reasons we love City of Death. They are also giving away one Season 16/17 scarf absolutely free. This offer is valid for all fans worldwide. Offer end on 26th May 11 PM UK time.
  • Remote control vehicles seller Maniac's Hobby Complex offers a 10% discount sitewide, with coupon code "towelday". Offer good online only. Source
  • On Cricketcountry.com, Abhishek Mukherjee posted an article called "Towel Day: Cricket's most iconic towels".
  • Rabidreaders.com has a number of free ebook downloads for Towel Day (thanks for the tip, RangeWoman)
  • For the third year in a row, Rangewoman Inc got together contacts from Facebook and Twitter for an online event. Some highlights:
    • Rangewoman wrote "The Hitchhiker's Guide and Philosophy: An Interview about Adams, Kant and more with Nicholas Joll" (author of "Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy")
    • Jane Dougherty – science fiction author of “The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman Book 1)” (free download for Towel Day, check the Rabid Reader’s free e-book downloads post) wrote the short story “A Grand Night Out” that deals with Vogons—no worries; it doesn’t contain any poetry.
    • David Morrese – author of humorous science fiction - wrote "The 25th of May celebrates the lives and works of two innovative and inspirational writers, Douglas Noel Adams and Sir Terry Pratchett". He is also offering the first book of his new series as a free download on Smashwords.
    Check out the full post here (contains links to the FB and Twitter profiles of the authors).
  • At The Express, William Hartston published "Top 10 things you never knew about the Milky Way".
  • Heise runs an article with the title "Towel Day: ESA erinnert an Douglas Adams".
  • At Boingboing, Cory Doctorow posted "This Towel Day, remember Terry Pratchett, too".
  • Geeksaresexy published "Interstellar Hitchhikers, Rejoice: Today is #TowelDay!".
  • BBC America ran "Happy Towel Day: 9 Zaphod Beeblebrox Quotes for Any Occasion", an article by Fraser McAlpine.
  • Dan Ekberg made a video promoting carrying a towel every day.
  • Bulgarian newspaper Kapital, according to Wikipedia "an influential Bulgarian weekly business newspaper", published an article titled "Don't Panic" on its website.
  • Boston Magazine ran a piece by Shaula Clark: "Best of the day: Towel Day - May 25, 2015".
  • Lauren O'Neil from CBC News writes "On Towel Day, Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy fans slam 'Geek Pride Day' Actual geeks roll their eyes at 'Geek Pride Day'".
  • On Doctorwhoworldwide.com, Michael East published "Towel day: 10 Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy references you may have missed in Doctor Who"
  • On Bookriot.com, Jeff wrote "For Towel Day: The 42 Best Lines from Douglas Adams’ HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Series".
  • Digital Spy ran a short article by Tom Eames called "Happy Towel Day: Astronaut reads Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in space".
ARGENTINA
  • In Córdoba there's a private party. Towel Day is on a national holiday there and they are having lunch with a traditional "locro", which is sort of a delicious spicy pumpking stew, and hot cocoa, also a custom on national holidays. Of course there will be thematic cookies and cakes, and they'll all bring their towels.
  • You can find hoopy froods from Cordoba here on Facebook.
  • In Rosario, Rosana continues the yearly tradition by throwing a private Towel Day party, even though she gets married that weekend! She was considering a public Towel Day event, but in these circumstances it would have been difficult. Our sincere congratulations!
AUSTRALIA
  • In Warrnambool (Victoria), this year the Warrnambool Ukulele Group will mark Towel Day by inviting all hoopy froods and froodettes to their regular Monday night strum fest at 7pm in the Royal hotel. Pan galactic gargle blasters will be drunk (well maybe a cup of tea or two), electronic thumbs stuck out, fish poked into ears and towels wrapped tightly around head so to muffle the sounds of WUG totally ruining perfectly innocent songs by incongruously replacing the lyrics with the word "TOWEL" even if it doesn't fit. These Towels are made for drying? (These boots are made for walking) Fluffy Towels (Pearly shells)? Your Cheating Towels (your cheating heart)? and it only gets worse from there.... More information on their website.
AUSTRIA
  • In Bregenz, there's "The Zaphod Beeblebrox re-election campaign". This year every frood with a towel can become Zaphod! They start at 19:00 o'clock at the "Platz der Wiener Symphoniker", in front of the Bregenzer Festspielhaus. They will read from the book and have a Zaphod-Display you can stand behind and take your personal picture as THE PRESIDENT. As every year there are towels, peanuts, beer and a Petunia pot. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In Vienna, the planetarium offers free admission to some shows on May 25, 2015 for anyone who brings a towel.
  • In Innsbruck, geocachers are celebrating:
    19:49 Offizieller Event-Beginn
    20:00 Ansprache inkl. Lesung
    20:15 Das Logtuch beschreiben und TBs per Anhalter losschicken
    20:21 Diskussionsrunde mit DER Antwort nach dem Leben, dem Universum und dem ganzen Rest
    20:27 Gruppenfoto
    20:33 Event-Ende und Sprengung der Erde
    Details and RSVP on Geocaching.com
BELARUS
  • In Minsk, Towel Day is celebrated already on May 24th, from 21.00 all night until May 25th. Adress: Lohvinau Bookstore, Niezaleznasci 37a, Minsk, Belarus.
    Programme:
    • Presentation of a Belarusian translation of the Hitchhikers guide
    • Betelgeizeian folk chorus performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA-053bq1aM
    • Vogon's Literary Award for the worst poem in the Universe
    • Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster degustation
    A towel is a sacred element in Belarusian folk tradition, so the organizers believe it's obvious that Towel Day should become a national holiday in Belarus!
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
BRAZIL
  • In São Carlos, PET-Computação organizes a celebration with reading from and discussions about the first book of the trilogy of five, with invited guests. There will be a prize drawing (books, mugs and other stuff) for everyone attending the event with a towel. It will be held at ICMC/USP - at the Fernão Germano auditorium, starting at 19:00. RSVP and details on Facebook
  • In Belo Horizonte, on Sunday May 24th, there's an open meeting at Praça da Liberdade. Attending is free. From 14:00-18:00 there are meetings, giveaways, talks and surprise activities. From 18:30-22:00 there's Happy Hour (for 18+yr ) in a nearby bar with games and prizes. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Joinville, Santa Catarina, language school KNN will be hosting a theme day for the students on May 25th. Students who come wearing a towel (or even bring a towel to school) will get some chocolate to help them survive. The event (and the chocolate) is for students only.
  • In Rio de janeiro, "Toca Rio de Janeiro" (originally a group of admirers of J. R. R. Tolkien) will have a Towel Day meeting on Saturday May 23 at 1:30pm. They don't have anything specific in mind, except hanging out, drinking a beer or a cup of tea, talking about their favorite authors, books, movies, life, the universe, everything, and just generally showing off with their towels. Address: Av. Pastor Martin Luther King Junior, 126 - Del Castilho - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Sao Paolo, lots of towels during the Nerd Pride week celebrations, according to this video.
CANADA
  • In Mississauga, Douglas Adams fans are getting together at the Brogue Inn at 8pm. All froods are welcome.
CHINA
  • In Shanghai, everyone is invited in Zhongshang park, from 3 pm to 8 pm, for the already traditional water hunting (So bring your biggest water pistol and towel. Teams are welcome) Just in case - dolphins balloons at the central area. From 8 pm till late you're welcome at Bar "Crocus" (Yuyang Branch Rd.18. Near WuLuMuQi Lu. crocusbar.com) Happy hour with towel and welcome "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" shot. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie starts in Crocus at 9pm.
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • In Prague, there is a meeting of Galactic hitchhikers at the biergarten by the Letná Chateau (50.0961031N, 14.4256497E). The meeting starts at 17.00, and at 18.00 Vogon Poetry will be recited (in all available Earth languages mutations). The afterparty is in the café of the Cross club in Holešovice at crossing of Argentinská a Plynární streets. The address is Plynární 1096/23 (entrance position 50.1081806N, 14.4431644E), the café is at the 1st floor. At the afterparty there will be a lecture dedicated to 10th aniversary of Psirian presence in Czech public space. Epic past events will be presented there.
  • In Brno, the tradition meeting is at the usual place Plzensky dvur, at 15:00.
FINLAND
  • In Turku, Cosmic Comic Cafe continues the tradition! They write: "In 2009 Towel Day was on Monday, and we planned to skip it. But we learned the hard way that froods will come to Cosmic Comic Cafe, Turku, Finland, whether we had planned to have official programme or not. Come night, people carrying towels started showing up at the Cosmic counter, demanding Pangalactic Gargle Blasters and some badass bad poetry. We had to hastily improvise something for them. This year we are prepared. The matinee of The Worst Poetry in the Universe is once again held on Towel Day. Because of the Monday, we are sticking to the basics in the programme. The poetry shows start at 20 o'clock and repeat every hour till 23. The froods carrying a towel will get a discount on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. Cosmic Comic Cafe's might be the first and oldest ongoing bad poetry night on Towel Day, the first one being held already in 2006."
FRANCE
  • In Paris, Towel Day celebrations will last three days:
    • The festivities start on Saturday 23 May at Geekopolis, where the Grand Ordre de la Serviette (GoS) will man a booth (in the Metropolis area). The second album of Tricia Peele’s “42 shades of red” will be available in limited edition. From 13-14h there’s a conference about “Sauron, Voldemort, the Daleks… why are the British evil?”. And from 16-17h… make sure not to miss the famous Towel Day Olympics (olympiades des la serviette) – “Evil Edition”.
    • On Sunday, from 14-15h there’s a conference on “Vogons, when nastyness becomes poetic” and a vogon poetry competition... Submit the worst poetry you can produce and deposit in the urn at the GoS booth (until 15h). The results will be announced at that booth at 16:30h and the three worst poems will be read. The winners will receive h2g2/GoS goodies.
    • On Monday 25 May, Towel Day will be celebrated at Ecole 42:
      (pictures here)
      13h - Conference on the number 42, by Nicolas Botti, Grandmaster of the Grand Ordre de la Serviette
      14h - Talk by the guest of honour
      16h - The 2015 Towel Olympics
      17h - Cult scenes with British humour
      18h - Presentation of the participants of the Towel Script programming contest
      19h - Diplomas and rewards handed out
      20h - Barbeque (the only non free event)
      Don't forget to bring your towel and your ID (42 is a school and security procedures may apply. Address of school 42: 96 Boulevard Bessières, 75017 Paris. Details and RSVP on Facebook
    More info will appear on the GoS blog and may or may not be mentioned on this Facebook event page.
  • In Bordeaux, EDIL (Espace de Développement de l'Imaginaire Ludique) is celebrating Towel Day and invites you to pay them a visit and taste the famous Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. It starts around 19h (7pm) and the address is 5, place Ste Eulalie, 33 000 Bordeaux. If they receive it on time, people will be able to taste some water from the seas of Santraginus. And if it’s not already sold out, people can taste the unique tea from Earth. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In Nice: "c'est une excellente occasion de sortir serviette et roman de SFFF afin d'échanger et de bookcrosser sur la Coulée verte, à l'heure du thé ;)" Details on Facebook
GERMANY
  • In Frankfurt am Main, geocachers will get together for a Towel Day celebration at Brunnen zwischen Hauptwache und Konstabler (höhe Zeil 71, 60313 Frankfurt am Main). Here's the program so far: 19:42 Beginn, 20:00 Ansprache inkl. Lesung, 20:24 Das Logtuch beschreiben und TBs per Anhalter losschicken, 20:30 Fragerunde mit DER Antwort nach dem Leben, dem Universum und dem ganzen Rest, and 20:42 Gruppenfoto. More info on geocaching.com
  • In Hamburg (Altona-Nord), a bunch of froods are planning to read and to have some lectures about the universe and the Big Bang. They will serve Pangalactic gargle blasters and beer and peanuts. Feel free to join them at 18:42 on May 25th at the P.O.N. (the "Platz ohne Namen" ("place without a name") aka "Glücksburger Platz"). Here's their poster!
  • In Leipzig, Towel Day is celebrated at the "Wave-Gotik-Treffen", at 16:20h at the fountain of the Agra park. Bring your towel!
HUNGARY
  • In Debrecen, the Debreceni Moly Klub will celebrate for the 6th time. On 25th May they'll gather in front of the Déri Museum and have a Vogon Poetry contest. The winner and everybody else will get a Towel Day Badge. As usual they'll take photos with their towels. After the contest everyone attending can have a beer. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Budapest, a meeting will be held. Details and RSVP on Facebook
ICELAND
  • The hoopy froods at the .is domain registry are giving away t-shirts with "42" and "Do you know where your towel is?". Almost 100 shirts available for Douglas Adams fans living in Iceland. Details here.
INDONESIA
  • In Sanur, The Bali Pub, on Sanur's main street, remains the place to be. Its an open house all day from noon. A free Red Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for anybody shouldering a towel! Still the only venue in Indonesia! They get a lot of Europeans who recognise the "42", "Don't Panic" and "So long and thanks for all the fish" banners and drop by.
ISRAEL
  • In the Knesset (Israel's parliament), while filibustering (holding unnessary speeches to delay voting), Shelly Yacimovich noted that Monday was Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's 'Towel Day' in which galactic hitchhikers are advised never to leave their towel at home.
ITALY
  • In Parma, Towel Day is celebrated for the 5th consecutive year. The event will take place Saturday, May 23 at Tonic Pub (Via Nazario Sauro, 5), 21:00. Galactic hitchhikers will converge with their towels and raise their thumbs in the hope that some ship passing takes them on board, in the meantime they can drink a chupito of pangalactic gargleBlaster offered by the pub. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Guida Galattica per Autostoppisti Italian Fandom is running a competition between 12.00 and 23.00 on Towel Day. To participate, you have to join this event, write horrible Vogon poetry of at least ten verses, publish the poem on their page and participate in the event by publishing a photo with your towel on May 25th. All these conditions need to be furfilled! Even if you don't want to participate, you can visit their page to find other Italian hitchhikers there to celebrate with.
  • In Rome, there's an event at the libreria Assaggi science & bookshop. Assaggi is a recently established bookstore devoted not only to book selling but also to the organisation of public outreach activities. During the day it will be possible to taste specialities like Eddie's tea and Kakafroon IV salad at our Cafe at the End of the Universe. At 18.00 there's a discussion with Dirk Gently about his last case: how to find out Mary Poppins' age and home planet from the motion of the Moon. Take part in the assaggi's Vogon Poetry Contest by sending your vogonic creations at vogonpoetry@libreriaassaggi.it . Award ceremony chaired by Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, first prize: a Babel Fish. The schedule will be steadily updated, keep in touch! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Reggio di Calabria at 21.00 there's a theme night with (readings from the book?), food and music! Free entry! Details and RSVP on Facebook
MEXICO
  • For the fourth year in a row, Esteban Cisneros, who teaches Spanish and Literature to seventh and ninth graders at the Albanta "University for Kids", organizes Towel Day celebrations. There will be Hitchhiker's readings, a Vogon Poetry Contest for kids and they'll all be carrying towels. Have a look at the pictures!
NETHERLANDS
  • In Nijmegen they're a bit on the late side (not as in "the late Dentarthurdent"), but their programme is impressive. On Friday May 29th at 20.00, the third edition of Towel Day Nijmegen will erupt! Free entry. An evening with live entertainment, science, comedy, music, literature... Details and RSVP on Facebook
NORWAY
  • In Bergen, Norway, Douglas Adams fans are invited to meet at Roll & Rock bar og diner, from 19:00-22:30. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
ROMANIA
  • In Timisoara, the couchsurfing community organizes their fourth Towel Day event. RSVP and details on Couchsurfing.org.
RUSSIA
  • In Saint Petersburg, people with towels will be meeting on Palace Square at 5pm. Details and RSVP on VK.com
SERBIA
  • In Belgrade, in Dom omladine (Youth Home) at 19.05 a documentary on the life and work of this influential human being, atheist and writer will be viewed. Details and RSVP on Facebook
SLOVAKIA
  • Martinus.sk, a big Slovakian and Czech bookstore will celebrate Towel Day together with their customers and fans, as in previous years. Here's what they have planned for 2015:
    • An special all-day discount for Douglas Adams' books, to every hitchhiker who visits their stores with a towel.
    • Hitchhiker badges for the fans
    • A photo competition. The photo with the most creative usage of a towel will be rewarded with an exclusive Hitchhikers "Don't panic!" towel.
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
SLOVENIA
  • In Maribor, from 15:00-18:00, you can listen to an interview with the legendary translator Alojz Kodretom, who will also be available to chat and sign books. Admission is free! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Ljubljana, students from Waldorf school are preparing an issue of student magazine Woolkan, dedicated to Towel Day. Attached to the May 25th issue is a towel.
  • In Celju, froods are meeting in pub "Tam Ko Uciri", at 20.00. Bring your towel!
  • Find more hoopy froods from Slovenia here on Facebook
SWEDEN
  • In Gävle, “Gefle Science-Fiction” will celebrate Towel Day. Recitation of vogon poetry are optional, beer and peanuts are mandatory. The city council has delivered a permit to meet in the town center and recite Vogon poetry to the general public (they clearly don't know about the horrors of Vogon poetry). The Vogon poetry reading will start at 18:30 sharp, at a statue that is popularly known as “The slut in the water”. The statue probably has a real and decent name, but nobody seems to know it in Gävle. After the reading of Vogon poetry, complementing the participants' lovely towels, taking pictures and enlighting earthings about the Hitchikers Guide to The Galaxy and Douglas Adams, they will go to the Bishops Arms at 19:00 to drink beer and eat peanuts while waiting for the world to end.
  • In Stockholm, Douglas Adams fans meet at 16.00 at Tantolunden, 117 41. Bring a towel, drink something good, talk about Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Details and RSVP on Facebook
TURKEY
  • No events yet, but you can find hoopy froods from Turkey here on Facebook
UNITED KINGDOM
  • Stephen Fry and James Thrift, respectively a very good friend and the half-brother of Douglas Adams, tweeted about Towel Day.
  • In Cambridge, David Haddock will be leading one of his popular and always interesting Douglas Adams tours. Meet at Cambridge rail station for 1:00pm. The tour takes a couple of hours and may be followed by some talks if a venue can be found. Here's a pic from Towel Day 2013. Non ZZ9 members welcome of course. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In London, there's the London Vogon Poetry Slam, at The Big Green Bookshop. Whippersnapper Press is organizing this prestigeous event for the fourth time! Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • Also in London, you can participate in a Towel Day hash. This is a run featuring various DNA points of interest, starting from and ending at a pub. It's organized by the Hash House Harriers, colloquially known as "a drinking club with a running problem". On Monday 25th May they will be running from The Alwyne Tavern, 83 St.Pauls Road, London, N1 2LY. The nearest tube is Highbury and Islington and they will be meeting at 12 for a 12.30 start. You don’t need to be a very fast runner to do this (it’s not competitive) – there are people of all ages and abilities so you will never get lost or left behind. The general idea is that someone sets a trail each week in chalk and/or flour which the group of runners then follows. It is a circular trail of 3-5 miles which ends up back at the pub. The Towel Day trail will feature a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal stop, Pangalactic Gargle Blasters and most importantly everyone should BRING A TOWEL (and possibly a digital watch). Drinks and/or food at the pub afterwards. You can find out more on their website, on Facebook and on Twitter.
  • Comic book store The Fridge offers a discount on Towel Day. It's 5% off, which grows to 10% if you show your towel in a photo and to 15% if you physically, as in in person, show your towel.
UNITED STATES
  • In Seminole, FL, the North American Towel Day Ambassador (Crystal) is hosting a gathering in honor of Towel Day. This will be at Rapp Brewing Company and there will be a food truck courtesy of Fire Engine Party. However, outside food is welcome. Cosplay is welcome, but remember your towel! The hoopy froods in Tardis Riders in Pinellas (TRIP) will be there. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Katy, near Houston, there's a screening of the 2005 movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (531 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450) at 7:30pm. Free towels for all who attend! Come dressed in your favorite bathrobe and bring your favorite Vogon poetry for a chance to win cool themed-prizes. Details and tickets.
  • In Barium Springs, NC, the computer geeks at Shared Resources will be running their 2nd Annual Shared Resources Towel Day Towel Drive for Barium Springs Home for Children. Barium Springs Home for Children provides a safe home for children through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption program.
    Please help this drive by donating NEW bath and kitchen towels before May 25th.
    Donating couldn’t be much easier:
    • Simply tell Shared Resources that you’re interested
    • email jsanders AT sronc DOT com to schedule a pickup or plan a monetary donation to be used towards purchasing towels
    • donate money through PayPal (http://tinyurl.com/pvhoyjy)
    • have Amazon ship a set (http://tinyurl.com/mlpvd9t) to Shared Resources
    • or drop off towels at our Shop at 21303 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius NC, 28031.
    Follow their Towel Drive progress on Facebook.
  • In Lakewood, OH, celebrate Towel Day at local Geek Bar "The Side Quest". Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters specials all night! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Tallahassee, FL, Lofty Pursuits, is open 12 to 10pm. Vogon Poetry Slam at 9pm. End of the world at 10. Hand made bablefish candy. Bring your towel and get a discount.Details
  • In Buffalo, the Town of Tonawanda Public Library - Kenilworth Branch has a Towel Day 2015 display. "Now with added towel and book raffle". Picture https://www.facebook.com/KenilworthLibrary
  • In Pittsburg, PA, Melanie is attempting to start a bar crawl hangout on the South Side. Join her event, contribute your ideas, bring your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • IDW Publishing is releasing Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency comic #1 to (kind of) coincide with Towel Day. IDW and Ideate Media’s comic book series by Chris Ryall (Robots v. Zombies) and Tony Atkins (Jack of Fables) which is inspired by Adams’ Dirk Gently novels is set to debut on Wednesday May 20th, just in time for Towel Day 2015! IDW & Ideate are also collaborating on a new TV series based on the Dirk Gently novels, to be written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and Executive Produced by The Walking Dead producers, Circle of Confusion. All manifestations of Dirk – books, comic & TV show –are interconnected – but not necessarily consistent. The comic picks up after the events of the first two books, and is prompted by the unfinished fragment The Salmon of Doubt that Adams was working on at the time of his death, that saw Dirk journey to California on a new case. The book will hit shelves on May 20th in good comic and bookshops everywhere and online. More news on the TV show will be available soon.
  • In Ukiah, CA, all our welcome to join Rachael and Corey at Harrison Grove, in Logap park, to celebrate Towel Day. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill club ultimate frisbee team, Darkside, has a towel squad that waves towels to celebrate and hype up the players and crowd. They're playing in the national championship on Towel Day at 3:30 p.m. est. on ESPN 3. They have been informed about Towel Day and said they'll make sure to give him some twitter shout outs and extra twirls on the field.

A LOT MORE is coming up. Know something we don't? Mail us!




Featured video: Towel Day 2014 in Dresden, Germany, by MiezieDD


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