As a Towel Day gift, the Royal Institution tweeted a video of ESA astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station, showing a "Don't Panic" towel. It was released while he's still up there.
The fantastic Lisa Orozco was elected Earth's Towel Day Ambassador for 2016.
She was supported by Stefan Gemzell, who became Ambassador for all Nordic Nations, and Andrew Pithie who was Ambassador for the UK and the Commonwealth. Congratulations to all!
In Córdoba, there was a small gathering. It was private, but if someone wanted to join, they could contact the Towel Day Córdoba. They watched the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie and tried to recite some Vogon poetry.
In Rosario, Rosana continued the yearly tradition of having a private Towel Day dinner with friends and family to remember Douglas Adams and his incredible work.
In Charleville, Queensland, staff of The Cosmos Centre were made aware of Towel Day by an intergalactical hitchhiker who knows where his towel is. Unsure whether or not they were going to do something with that valuable information. Australia was surprisingly absent from this list in 2016, so we just left this here as an encouragement for our Australian friends and because a Cosmic Centre sounds like a good place to find other hitchhikers looking for a spacecraft to board.
In Bregenz, European Towel Day Ambassabor 2015 Philipp Horatschek celebrated Towel Day with some Guerilla Reading: he read from the book in public places around his hometown. You could find out where and when on Facebook and his Towel Day website. Every year the whole group ends up at the Beach Bar. (around 19.00)
In Vienna, Martin made a video in the Museumsquartier of people walking alone, then forming the number 42 for only a second, then dispersing again. Thanks for your first contribution to Towel Day, Martin!
Also in Vienna, the planetarium offered free admission to its shows on Towel Day for anyone who carried a towel. Show times: 15.00, 16.30, 18.00 and 19.30.
In Brasilia-DF, ON MAY 22TH, Omninerdia celebrated Towel Day for the fourth time, From 14.00 until 19.00. You could drop by and take a part in their Towel Contest, Musical Nerd Quiz and the traditional Vogon Poetry Contest. There were prizes to be won, and being early was a plus: at 13.42 they started to hand out 42 unique buttons to those who arrived first. RSVP and details on Facebook. Check out the pictures from the Towel contest!
In Caxias do Sul, from 18.00 – 22.00 (UTC-03) there was the 3rd edition of a Dia da Toalha celebration at Atelier De Rafael Dambros (Rua Engenheiro Euclides da Cunha 384). There was a lot of artistic activity but also a cosplay parade! Full programme here. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Recife, ON MAY 22TH at 15.00 there was the annual geek pride and Towel Day celebration at Livraria Cultura. You were asked to bring your towel and come chat about life, the universe and everything! Details and RSVP on Facebook.
São Paolo was the location of Don't PaniCON on May 21st. There was a cosplay contest, Vogon poetry, sweepstakes and much more! Details and RSVP on Facebook.
Science blog Nano-Macro gave away the trilogy in five books to a lucky winner. More
Nerdgeekfeelings.com offered its readers a chance to win a Dirk Gently book! More
The Toronto area's hoopiest celebrated at The Brogue Inn (136 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga) from 6pm. With their towels, eating salty nuts and drinking many pints!
In Regina, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival hosted its first ever Towel Day Party on May 25th! The Cathedral Village Arts Festival (CVAF) was a weeklong celebration of the arts that attracts about 40,000 people to the prairie city of Regina, Canada. The Festival hosted a multi-arts, all ages welcome, family friendly Towel Day Party as one of the signature events for its 25th Anniversary. The event included readings by science fiction author Elizabeth Lang; dancing to the music of the Marching Martian Marshmellotrons; and "best costume" and "best decorated towel" contests with children's, youth and adult categories. Judging in the towel and costume contests included points for reflecting the Festival’s “paint the town!” theme and/or its 25th anniversary. For more information, check out the Festival website at cvaf.ca! More
Transport Canada tweeted "No intergalactic emerg. kit is complete without a towel. #DONTPANIC learn what you should have in yours: http://ow.ly/4npzLG #TowelDay".
In Shanghai, the Towel Day event started at 9 pm at the bar "Calm" (DingXi Lu 432. near XinHua Lu) and at 10pm the movie was shown on the big screen. There was a free welcome beer for everyone with towel and a lot of games. And just like in previous years, carrying a water pistol was encouraged. Details on Smartshanghai.com
In Brno the traditional meeting started at 16:00 in Plzenský Dvur table no... that's right: 42!
In Ostrava-Poruba, geocachers met at 19:30 pm in the parking lot in front of Original Baseball Restaurant Arrows. Logbook remained in place until at least 20:00. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Pardubice, the traditional Towel Day event this time took place on Red Square at the Jan Perner Transport Faculty (University of Pardubice), starting at 18.42 and ending at 19.12. Around 19.00 a picture was taken. WARNING: May contain traces of Vogon poetry! Your towel must be visible! Details on Geocaching.com. Here's the group photo
In Prague, there was a meeting of Galactic hitchhikers at the Beergarten by the Letná Chateau (50.0961031N, 14.4256497E 25.5.2015 v 17:00). The meeting started at 17.00.
Also in Prague, geocachers held their traditional flash mob from 18.30 to 19.00, in front of the Rudolfinum. Details on Geocaching.com.
Online bookstore Martinus.cz had a surprise including an online contest coming up for their fans and fans of Douglas Adams... Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Aalborg, Douglas Adams fans celebrated at a cozy pub in the center, drinking pan galactic garble blasters and maybe reciting Vogon poetry. It started at 19.00 and ended at 22.00. Details and RSVP on Facebook. You can also mail Jakob, the organizer at kr AT rup DOT dk.
In Kopenhagen, Dani and Jesé invited fellow Douglas Adams fans to a picnic at a beautiful park full of sunshine. As it was a Wednesday it wasn't planned to last too long, but they looked forward to meet some new people and to enjoy a lovely day in memory of Adams' work. RSVP and details on Facebook.
In Tampere, hoopy froods celebrated at the Jack the Rooster terassi at 18.00. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Turku, Cosmic Comic Cafe presented its 10th annual Towel Day. Yes, Cosmic Comic Cafe has been celebrating towelness for a decade already! Theirs might be the first and oldest ongoing bad poetry night on Towel Day, they started in 2006. Unlike everywhere else in this galactic sector, their poetry night is not a competition: anyone's and everyone's poem (including Vogons) will be recited immediately. You churn it up, we blurt it out! The poetry shows start at 20.00 and repeats every hour till 23.00. The DJ provided entertainment between shows. The programme ended at midnight with the Prophecy for the End of the Universe competition (participants battle with apocalyptic speeches, the most cataclysmically bombastic prophet will win a nice little petunia). Froods carrying a towel got a discount on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. While waiting for the t-day, the Finnish Towel Day site and Facebook page published daily horrible poems dug up from the last year's archive, and introducing Towel Day activities around the globe.
In Lyon, you could warm up for Towel Day on May 14 and 15, at the Intergalactiques Festival:
A booth at Intergalactiques was manned by the Grand Ordre de la Serviette
May 15th, at 14:00 : Round table discussion "God saves the screen : Et le cinéma de Science-fiction britannique alors"
May 15th, at 16:00 : Round table discussion "Jamais sans ma serviette : L’humour dans la Science-fiction Britannique"
May 15th, at 16:30 : Vogon poetry contest at the Amphithéâtre Charles Mérieux, Salle 2, Place de l’Ecole, 69007 Lyon. Go here to read how you can participate.
In Paris, le Grand Ordre de la Serviette celebrated Towel Day at l’école 42, in the cantina. The full programme:
12.00 doors open, tasty vegan food from Super Vegan available
13.30 H2G2 conference
14:30 The famous Towel Day Olympics!
19.00 Gathering at the vegan restaurant of GOS chief illustrator Simon Michel, who opened the doors of Super Vegan for this special occasion. Meet, talk H2G2 and chat in a friendly atmosphere (no reason to fear being hit with by towel… oh wait).
The weather report on FranceTVinfo included some information about Towel Day and the h2g2 movie trailer.
In Berlin, Towel Day was celebrated in the Zyankali Bar (Gneisenaustraße 17), with Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters at a special price, beer, peanuts, gin and tonic, etc! Dresscode: dressing gown and towel. BYOB - Bring your own Babelfish. Details on Wherevent.
Also in Berlin, at 20.00 Towel Day was celebrated at C-base, a non-profit association for learning about software, hardware and networks. Once again there it involved a Space drink mixing contest. More
And also in Berlin, geocachers paid tribute to Douglas Adams from 18.00 until 19.00. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Bevern, geocachers got together at Eiscafe Bruno (Schloß 3, 37639 Bevern). The logbook was open from 20.15 until 21.15. There was a box for exchanging TB's and Coins. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Bullenwiese, geocachers met at 18:00 for a pleasant chat, and exchanging TB's and Coins. Bring your towel! Details on Geocaching.com.
In Buseck, geocachers gathered from 18.42 until 19.42 at Schlosspark Großen-Buseck, beim Springbrunnen, shortly before Earth is demolished to make way for an interstellar bypass. If you don't carry a towel, you were asked to at least wear a bathrobe (this was of course voluntary) You can sign the logbook and exchange TB's and Geocoins, and talking about the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, and geocaching is encouraged. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Flensburg, geocachers organized a meeting on the Südermarkt (Plateau Am Südermarkt, oben) from 17.42 until 18.42. "Please bring a towel, it's about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have!" Details on Geocaching.com.
In Frankfurt am Main, geoachers had a Towel Day event from 19.42 until 20.42 at Brunnen zwischen Hauptwache und Konstabler, höhe Zeil 71, 60313 Frankfurt am Main.
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
In Friesenheim, geocachers had a friendly get-together in Schuttern Gasthaus Prince from 18.30 to about 22.00. "Bring your finest towel!" Details on Geocaching.com.
In Hagen, geocachers got together at Die Pelmke. Logbook was open from 19.00 until at least 21.00. "Please bring a towel." There was parking space nearby for your "Heart of Gold" or Vogon Constructor Ship. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Hamburg, celebrations started at 18:42 at the "Plats ohne Namen" (aka Glücksburger Platz, Altona Nord, Hamburg). There were Pangalactic gargle blasters, a few chapters of the Guide were read, there MIGHT have been a Maghratea workshop on planet construction, maybe a lecture about how to throw yourself on the ground and miss, etc.
In Hildesheim, geocachers met from 17.30 until 18.30 (= Garantiezeit) at Ernst-Ehrlicher-Park (Rosenlabyrinth) at the specified coordinates. There, near the playground, there is a small sitting area, with good weather you can have a picnic, sit or chat. "It would be great if everyone brought a towel (which is also handy to sit on)." Last but not least, TB's and Coins. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Iserlohn, geocachers gathered from 17.25 until 18.05 at the specified coordinates. Afterwards, if you wanted, you could go to the next event at Die Pelmke in Hagen. "Please bring a towel."Geocaching.com.
In Köln-Ehrenfeld, a Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) meeting held at the Chaos Computer Club at 19.00 was a towel meeting. Of course!
In Krefeld, geocachers met between 17.00 and 17.45 at coordinates that you could find on Geocaching.com
In Landau, geocachers had a Towel Day event for 42 minutes, starting at 19.42. They could wet their feet with water and experience the relaxing feeling of drying them off with their towel. [As our Babel fish were experiencing technical difficulties, here's the rest in German:] "Und so rufe ich auf, an diesem Abend gemeinsam mit uns ein klein wenig die Füße mit Wasser zu benetzen und anschließend mit dem Objekt der Begierde, dem geschätzten Handtuch, diese nicht einfach nur trocken zu reiben, sondern mehr oder minder sinnlich zur entspannten Trockenheit zu massieren. Passieren wird all dieses am, im und um das Kneipp-Becken herum, das sich auf dem Weinerlebnispfad Nußdorf befindet. Es wird keine Organisation bezüglich Essen & Trinken in dem Sinne geben, doch wenn sich jemand spontan berufen fühlt, Kuchen, Gebäck, Obst, kleine Snacks, ein Fläschchen Wein, Sekt, Saft o. ä. mitzubringen, ist sie/er herzlich dazu eingeladen." Details on Geocaching.com.
In Lindlar, geocachers had a get-together from 18.00 until approximately 21.00 in the tavern in Restaurant Biesenbach, Kirchplatz 4. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Lüneburg, geocachers met - with or without towel - in the bakery Soetebiers, Uelzener Str 107. Places were reserved for them from 16.30 until 18.00, when the bakery closes and everyone had to leave. Details on Geocaching.com.
Also in Lüneburg, Thomas Ney presented part two of his reading of the hitchhiker's guide. It started at 19.42 h at KulturBäckerei Lüneburg, Dorette-von-Stern-Str. 2. Ticket were available from reservix.de or ticket AT thomasney DOT de
In Minden, there was a great party on the grounds of Campus Minden (Bielefeld University). "Come in your Bathrobe and Don´t forget your towel to get free entrance." There watched the movie and the original BBC Series. Party starts at 19:42. "Watch out for the Don´t panic Flag !!!"
In Mönchengladbach, geocachers gathered at the coordinates, which was at the stairs up to Münster , an ideal spot for a group photo. "Please everyone bring a towel, as there might be problems during our galactic adventures without them." Plenty of parking spots nearby. The organizer was determined NOT to eat a Döner at Alibaba afterwards, those who wanted to accompany him were welcome. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Münstern, student radio station Radio Q broadcasted something about Towel Day and you could also hear it on Soundcloud. Thanks, guys and gals!
In Neukirchen-Vluyn (near Moers), geocachers organized a meeting at 19.00 at the Restaurant at the end of the Universe (Averdunkshof). Details on Geocaching.com.
In Nürnberg, the day BEFORE Towel Day at 19:30, Alexander Pawlak gave a public talk "Per Anhalter durch die Wissenschaft" based on his book at the Nicolaus-Copernicus Planetarium Bildungszentrum (Am Plärrer 41, Nürnberg, Germany). The entrance fee was 7 eur or 5 eur, if you brought your towel. More info here.
In Rostock, fans met in Peter Weiss Haus Freigarten (that is outside, even if the weather is not good) at 19:42, enjoying life and universe and everything (that also might be a drink involving some alcohol, trying to put together the worst song possible!
In Saarlouis, geocachers had a flash mob at 17.00. (tea time) Instructions were: "each participant strolls WITH A TOWEL on the large market towards the fountain, where the logbook lies. It doesn't matter whether you cary your towel under your arm, have it hanging around your neck or wear it like a kilt, just as long as the towel is somehow visible. There are no painfully embarrassing things like a towel dance planned but if you want to make an ass of yourself, of course you can." The flash mob was scheduled to end at 17.42 and then the group could dissolve, move to the old town, enjoy an ice cream or whatever, or just stand around and chat. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Viernheim, geoachers met from 15.42 until 16.42 at Gasthaus zur Golden Gull, the big M, the box host or McD. "It would be awesome if everyone brought his towel!" Details on Geocaching.com.
Matrix42, a German IT company based in Frankfurt (the 42 in their name directly originates in the answer to life the universe and everything), hosted a competition on their Facebook page where you could win 1 out of 42 Towels! They asked Germans to send in pictures of uses for a towel in an office. (sorry, this first edition of their competition was for Germans only)
DNUG, the German user group for all IBM collaboration software users, encouraged people who have a towel from the DNUG 42nd conference to show it on Facebook and Twitter on Towel Day!
KRZ, a municipal data center in Germany published an informative article about Towel Day on their website, with a picture of staff who clearly know where their towels are.
JAXenter published an article by Dominik Mohilo about the Towel programming langue presented last September by three students from Columbia University.
In Budapest, Towel Day was celebrated in the fittingly called "42 Social Pub". Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Debrecen, the Debreceni Moly Klub celebrated for the 7th time. They gathered at 18.00 at the Nagytemplom, Üvegpiramis. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Pécs, the Minerva Library celebrated from 17:00 to 19:00. They tried to write Vogon poetry, did exercises with their towels, and discussed Michael Hanlon's book "The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Some Pangalactic gargleblasters may or may not have appeared, and of course some quotations of the Guide were read. "Don't forget to bring your towel!" Details and RSVP on Facebook. Watch the photos.
Due to circumstances the Bali bunch didn't have their usual wild Towel Day party, but they did go to Borneo Bobs for a remembering drink, not panicking and wearing their Don't Panic shirts.
In Cork, geocachers gathered from 7pm until 7.30pm (officially) in the venue where they usually meet, 'neath the old Viaduct, just south of Cork city. Simply turn up with a towel and stick your thumb out to try and get a lift from a passing space ship. Being a fan of the Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy stories was of course not essential - this was a Geocaching event and if you just turned up for a chat, that was great! If this was your first event - all the better! The organizer of course asked whether the venue could serve Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters just for the evening... but couldn't guarantee that they'd come close to the correct recipe that had the effect of "having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick"... Details on Geocaching.com.
In Ancona, hitchhikers guide fans got together at Donegal Ancona (Via Carlo Simeoni 8, 60122 Ancona). Don't forget your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
In Firenze, Stratagemma (Via dei Servi 15R) observed Towel Day: "Durante il tutto il giorno potrete ricaricare da noi il vostro asciugamano o prenderne in prestito uno in caso ne foste sprovvisti. Dalle 17:00 sarà attivo il nostro rinfresco per auto"pisti al quale potrete ricaricare le vostre di batterie e da lì in avanti potrete prendere parte a un avvenimento storico: scriveremo tutti insieme una voce della Guida Galattica." Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Lecce, people with towels found eachother on Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Milan, from 11.00 on, fans will received a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster at the Santeria Social Club (Milan, Viale Toscana 31, 20136). Details and RSVP on Facebook and Eventhint
Also in Milan, the the Rock'N'Roll club hosted a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy themed evening. There was be a galactic menu at a stellar price, SBAM from space // Ariel Sparkling in command of the ISS from the web, gadgets and surprises, rock and roll music, the world ended, and there was NO Vogon poetry. Details and RSVP on Facebook
In Modena, there were hitchiker festivities at the Piazza Grande in front of Caffè Concerto from 19.00-21.00. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Parma, the appointment was the Surfer's Den (Via Massimo D'Azeglio, 62, 43125 Parma PR, Italy) at 6.30pm. This was the sixth edition of Towel Day in Parma. There was a free chupito for those who carried a towel. RSVP and details on Facebook
In Perugia, Douglas Adams fans met late in the evening at Polo Nerd (Via dei Canottieri, 2A). Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Pisa, Davide Erumeldon Amato called for a get-together at the piazza Martiri from 9.00 until 9.30. Details and RSVP on Facebook
Also in Pisa, Libreria L’Orsa Minore offered a discount during Towel Day from 10.30 on to everyone who carried a towel AND there was Vogon Poetry, the last aperitif before the end of the world, readings from the book and a screening of the movie (or something like that, our Babel fish has been malfunctioning lately). More.
In Rome, the Daily Hop was proud to host a Towel Day celebration. They couldn't guarantee a spectacle as impressive as that which can be observed from the window of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, but without a doubt it was an evening not to be missed. Details and RSVP on Facebook. Here's the group photo
In Taranto, from 19.00-21.00 at the Virgilio di Taranto gardens Towel Day was celebrated. A day to meet all galactic hitchikers van Earth and together pay tribute to the memory of the most visionary hitchhiker of the Milky Way: Douglas Adams! "Tell your friends, human or alien, and bring your towel!" Details and RSVP on Facebook
In Turin, Towel Day celebrations took place at the restaurant and wine bar Quadre. Via Perugia, 41, 10152 Torino, Italy. From 6 PM to 8 PM there was a Towel Day aperitif and you could try their own version of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, for just 5 Altairan dollars. They also presented a special selection from their cellar, special offers for hitchhikers… and no Vogon poetry! "Remember to bring your towel!"More
Also in Turin, the company 42 Accelerator celebrated by organizing a free workshop on how to set up a business, called "TOWELDAY 2016: The most important resource for setting up a business is YOU!". More
In Udine fans met at the Cormor Park at 16.30, to get to know eachother, exchange ideas, play, joke, and to organize a better Towel Day in the future. More
In Varese everyone was invited to an evening reading with unpublished short stories in Italian. "Bring a towel and get ready for a fun evening of humor and literature, where the meaning of life will be explained, which is "42"." Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Verona, hoopy froods met on Piazza Brà at 17.00, and may or may not have gone out for Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters later. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
Italian Douglas Adams fans found others to celebrate with, post their Towel Day pictures and participate in a contest by writing an entry to the Hitchhikers Guide on this Facebook event.
Magavot (literally "Towels") celebrates Towel Day by giving you a DryTech towel as a free gift (1 per order) with any order from their website www.magavot.co.il throughout the "towel festival week" (May 21st - May 28th 2016). These DryTech towels are quick drying, super absorbent, lightweight and compact. They also sell all kinds of other towels. They loved it if you left a comment on their post about their support for Towel Day.
For the fith year in a row, Esteban Cisneros, who teaches Spanish and Literature to seventh and ninth graders at the Albanta "University for Kids", organized Towel Day celebrations. There was going to be reading from the book, a Vogon Poetry Contest for kids, a little tea party, songs and the traditional towel carrying ritual. And of course, during the weekend Esteban will have his own Towel Week Celebration - cin cin, you hoopy frood! Take a look at the pictures of the lesson about Towel Day, the Vogon poetry reading and excellent reactions, and the Cafeina (bar, bookstore and geek store).
Arca.tv produced this really nice Towel Day video.
In Amsterdam, Cafe de Plek offered a free drink to anyone who walked in with a towel. The housecat's name is said to be Bugblatter.
In Pieterburen, the seal rescue centre collected secondhand towels. Anyone who brought in a towel got free entrance :) (so you were advised not to take your favourite towel but one that you won't miss!) Website
Rotterdam Towel Day 2016 featured: Pangalactic gargleblasters and a Vogon Poetry Contest. It started at 18.42 and the venue was Haagse Bluf (Haagseveer 90, Rotterdam). Details and RSVP on Facebook.
Q42, a Dutch company that works on apps, websites, connected devices, games and VR, continued its tradition of giving away cool towels. Instructions on how to get one could be found here.
In Dunedin, geoachers met from 5.30 pm until 7 pm at Eureka Cafe and Bar, 116 Albany Street, Dunedin. Time for a chat, have a drink, something to eat and talking about favourite hitchhiking experiences. Details on Geocaching.com.
Marco Servetto, Lecturer of computer science in New Zealand, held his lecture with a towel on his shoulder, like he did the previous year. Also on Towel Day, he released the getting starting guide of the "42" language that he is developing. It was made available here.
In Bryne, geocachers met at noon to sign the logbook and socialize. With a wrap-up at 12.30, followed by the end of the event. "Remember to bring a towel!" Details on Geocaching.com.
In Oslo, skeptics celebrated Towel Day at Mathallen, Vulkan 5. "Bring a towel!"More
In Mikolow, there was a geocaching event. A group picture was taken. "Bring your best towel!" Details on geocaching.com
In Timisoara, the couchsurfing community organised their fifth Towel Day event. RSVP and details on couchsurfing.org.
In Saint-Petersburg, Russia, fans of Douglas Adams met on Palace Square at 5 pm. After a couple hours of festivities they watched "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in a cool place called "Re: play". Details and RSVP on vk.com.
Mensa Singapore and the Irish Graduates Association of Singapore teamed up to celebrate Towel Day and Geek Pride Day with a quiz night. Payment: $10/person to contribute to prize pool. To register, email: admin AT irish-graduates DOT org DOT sg
Martinus.sk, the big online shop and the biggest bookshop in Slovakia celebrated Towel Day and the unforgettable humour of Douglas Adams in their 9 bookstores across Slovakia and online, with their customers and fans, as in previous years.
For this memorable day they prepared:
Special all-day 25% discount on sci-fi and fantasy books
Special set of towel and badge for 42 hitchhikers
Special badges for their booksellers
A hoopy competition prepared by Martinus.sk. The photo of the most creative usage of a towel was rewarded with an exclusive Hitchhikers "Don't panic!" towel and a badge with "I know where my towel is"
In Velenje, the Towel Day event started at 6 pm at the "Bar Koticek". Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Cape Town, at Fish Hoek Beach, at 8 am hoopy froods met for a mass picture of people showing their towels. They met at the beach in front of the Galley and they took it from there... Details and RSVP on Facebook. A news article about the event was published on News24.com.
In Seoul, where AlphaGo was beaten by Sedol Lee, there was a Towel Day Party to celebrate the dawn of whole new world of Earthians. From 6pm until 10pm at the 1950 hotel. They prepared a magic show (using towels. The magician says he is actually a psychic), an Alpha-Omok game (human vs AI), a jazz performance (Star Wars style), and cosmic background radiation DJ party. And hitchhiker award winners would announce doctrines for the last 5 minutes before the planet earth ends. Details and RSVP Facebook.
In Barcelona, the "Colla Jove de Barcelona", a team of human pyramids, celebrated Towel Day. They brought towels to their training and recited some Vogon poetry.
In Lanzarote, froods at Daivoon dive centre go diving with towels every year to honour towel day. For Towel Day they wear pyjamas and have a big towel.
In Madrid there was a Towel Day picnic in Retiro park at 17.30, followed, if there was popular demand, by subsequent beers at a nearby bar called "El fin del Mundo" (The end of the world). Meeting point was the Retiro park entrance facing Puerta de Alcala. Regardless on whether you've read the book or even heard of it, you were welcome to join and bring your favorite junk food and/or drink to spend a careless May evening. Some 'litronas' were provided. Towels were optional. More on Couchsurfing.
Also in Madrid, there was a meetup of the Meetup group "role players geeks and gamers" starting at 19.00 at the Cafe Rio Nearest Principe Pio. Details and RSVP on Meetup.com.
In Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), combined festivities were held to mark Towel Day and the tenth Lusophile and Reintegrationist Pride Day (DdoOLeR'16).
There were two different ways of taking part on it (perfectly compatible both of them): VIRTUALLY and IN PERSON.
VIRTUALLY: From 00:00 to 23:59 Take part by publishing in your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ... ) your self-portrait properly toweled and, if possible, with some other Lusophone fetish (a rooster of Barcelos, a dictionary, a bottle of Porto wine... ) in your hands. Tag it with the hagstags #towelday and #towelselfie (in order to let the whole World know) and #diadatoalha and #ddooler2016 (for the Lusophone World) .
In Bengtsfors, the Strömkullegymnasium's institute for English, Swedish literature and pan-galactic culture reminded students of Douglas Adams' death with a
Towel Day celebration. They gathered at the Salmon statue on Courthouse Square at 17:15 for an introduction to the life and work of Douglas Adams. After that, terrible Vogon poetry
was recited. etc. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Gävle, “Gefle Science-Fiction” will celebrate Towel Day. Recitation of vogon poetry was optional, beer and peanuts were mandatory. The city council delivered a permit to meet in the town center and recite Vogon poetry to the general public (they clearly didn't know about the horrors of Vogon poetry).
The Vogon poetry reading started 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 went to "Harrys" at 19:00 to drink beer and eat peanuts while waiting for the world to end. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Malmö, the SF Bookshop was opening its new bigger building and gave a 10% discount on booksales to everyone who carried a towel on Towel Day and during the day of the Geek pride parade in Malö. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Härösand, there was a Towel Day event at the Bittens Rock Bar. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Lund, geocachers created a cache for Towel Day. To find the correct coordinates, you had to know the books. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Örebro, everyone was welcome to join the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-café! It was organized by two geekettes with great taste in books at the ABF (the Workers' Educational Assocation, Sweden’s largest adult liberal education association). They served tea, biscuits and made the café have a feeling from the book. Everyone was welcome and visitors were of course encouraged to wear a towel. The café opened at 18:00 at ABF Örebro, Fredsgatan 18. The H2G2 café was part of a platform they call “Nördkultur” that regularly presents lectures on subjects like RPG, table top, and Harry Potter - From book to movie. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Västerås, the "Västerås Fandom" hosted a Towel Day event at the Bishops arms. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
James Thrift, Douglas' half brother, observes Towel Day. He tweeted "I take it all you hoppy froods know where your towel is? #TowelDay".
In the UK, Cambridge TV's evening news featured a short interview with David Haddock, watch it here, the interview starts at 10:35.
In Aberdeen, the day AFTER towel day, geocachers have a short meeting in the Bon-Accord Terrace Gardens from 5.45pm until about 6.30pm (followed by food in The Holburn Bar) to celebrate the life & brains of Douglas Adams and his ever popular trilogy in five parts 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Details on Geocaching.com.
In Cambridge, ZZ9's David Haddock will again lead one of his popular and always interesting Douglas Adams tours. Non ZZ9 members were welcome. "Cambridge ZZ9ers will be running a tour of the city on the evening of Towel Day, starting at the Railway Station and ending in town (around 20:00). See where Douglas Adams was born, where he went to University, where the biscuit incident took place, where the TARDIS lands in Shada, and more. Some pubs with Adams connections may be involved." Details and RSVP on Facebook. Photo
Also in Cambridge, from 23 May until 29 May, Cambridge University Library will exhibit some of the (over 80) copies of Douglas Adams' work that they hold in their collections. The display will be in the South Reading Room.
In Islington, the Saturday after Towel Day, ZZ9's David Haddock will lead a Douglas Adams tours. Non ZZ9 members were welcome. "See where Douglas Adams got the inspiration for Fenchurch's door, and where Hotblack Desiato's office is, as well as locations from the Dirk Gently books. Plus you can marvel at how in the 21st century you can get a pizza on Upper Street. Finishing where the Arlingtonians lived." Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In London, Ken Nicholas organizes the 7th Annual Horsham Acturial and friends Towel day picnic. Due to the cold weather they are doing it in a pub, the Lynd Cross in Horsham. So it’s like a picnic, but without ants, indoors and with pub food. They’ll be sporting towels and getting through three pints, just to cushion the system
In London, Whippersnapper Press is having issues with whoosing deadlines this year (happens to the best of us) and will organize their acclaimed Vogon Poetry Slam again, but NOT in time for Towel Day.
In or near Swansea, geocachers are having a Towel Day event from 6pm until 6.30pm. The venue is a small hill overlooking Swansea, so bring a folding chair or blanket if you want to sit down. You don't need to bring a towel and the probability of a passing spaceship is remote. The organizer will look for a nearby pub they can all decamp to after and will update the page when he has more info. Details on Geocaching.com.
Google UK tweets about Towel Day: "Ah #TowelDay. The perfect excuse to play with our favourite Search-based nod to the late, great Douglas Adams."
It's in fact a 2017 event... but please take note that Lazlar Lyricon 3, a convention for fans of Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy is coming on 9th-11th June 2017! For more info, check out their website.
In Barium Springs, NC, the computer geeks at Shared Resources ran their 3rd Annual Shared Resources Towel Day Towel Drive for Children's Hope Alliance (previously Barium Springs Home for Children). You could contribute to this drive by donating NEW bath and kitchen towels during the month of May. In 2014, they collected 82 dish towels, 7 bath towels, and $25. In 2015 116 dish towels and 36 bath towels.
In Buffalo, NY, visitors to the Town of Tonawanda Public Library - Kenilworth Branch, could expect the following: "The finest Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy themed display that $42 dollars can provide showcasing a more than adequate array of Douglas Adams themed memorabilia. Complimentary emergency towels provided, in case you don't know where you left yours. Many confused looks from the unsuspecting public. Whether you are a Douglas Adams fan, fan of unusual holidays, or a fan of pieces of thick absorbent cloth or paper used for drying oneself or wiping things dry, they invited you to come to the Kenilworth Library (also known as "The Library at the end of the Universe" ((OK, not really...just trying to carry the theme there)) and see if you can flag down a Vogon Constructor Fleet before it's too late." Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Chandler, AZ, you can learn how to make a Hitchhiker's Guide towel at TechShop. People found to be not carrying a towel were to be subjected to Vogon Poetry. Class started at 6pm, costs $20 + $5 lab fee. Register here.
In Chippewa falls, WI, the Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and technology celebrated Towel Day ON MAY 26TH, all day at the museum. Register to win a CFMIT branded mini towel and other ridiculous prizes! Visit the NASA Space place and listen to a European Space Agency astronaut read from "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" on the digital kiosk. Take a tour of some "lesser-than-the-mighty-towel" technology exhibits. And other silly, semi-random things... RSVP and details on Facebook.
In Denver, CO, there was a geocaching meet & greet in honour of Towel Day filled to the brim with food, folks, and fun from 5pm until 6.30pm.
The Event at the End of the Universe is one of the most extraordinary ventures in the entire history of social events.
It is built on the fragmented remains of an eventually ruined planet (this one) and enclosed in a vast time bubble and projected forward in time to the precise moment of the End of the Universe.
This is, many would say, impossible. In it, humanoid geocachers shall take their places in the designated meeting and greeting area for the purposes of meeting and greeting other like-minded entities from across the galaxy (hence the designated titling of the aforementioned meeting and greeting area), sharing stories, trading and discovering trackables, and feasting on sumptuous, garlic-infused meals while watching the whole of creation explode around them in a pleasant and drama-free manner.
This, many would say, is equally impossible. As if witnessing the final vestiges of light being snuffed out in the universe wasn't already enough to delight and entertain you, the Event At The End of the Universe shall be offering its visitors two *free* chances to win unactivated geocoins, plus opportunities to consume large quantities of nutritional base components:
In Lakewood, OH, fans celebrated Towel Day (and Geek Pride Day + The Glorious 25th of May) at local Geek Bar "The Side Quest", starting at 20.00. They had a new Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters recipe! Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Milwaukee, WI, Finks (1875 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202) celebrated Towel Day from 6 pm. More. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Omaha, NE, you could join fellow froods for an informal gathering to enjoy a pint from 18.30-21.00 at the NBC Tap Room off 108th and Harrison. "Don't forget your towel!" RSVP and details on Facebook.
In Pittsburgh, PA, a handfull of hoopy froods were hanging out at Piper's Pub (1828 E Carson St.) at 7.30 pm. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
In Rochester, NY, Towel Day was celebrated at 7 PM, on May 25th, at Marge's Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14622 (585) 323-1020. Marge's is a very unique, fun, kitchy, bar on the beach with awesome sunsets and lots of fun! One of Rochester's best known "secrets" since 1960! "Don’t forget to bring (Or wear) your towel!"
In San Antonio, TX, Doctor Who Fans Unite celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 8th Doctor movie. The movie was preceded by a Towel Day preshow and a photo op with Earth’s Towel Day Ambassador! "Don’t forget to bring your towel!" Details and RSVP on Meetup.com.
In South Arlington, TX, geocachers met at the No Frills Grill location in South Arlington for food and fellowship. They could be found from 5.30pm until 8pm in the party room to the left of the pool tables. "So don't panic and bring your towel!" Geocacher BowWowBillie collected extra towels for her dogs. Details on Geocaching.com.
In St. Louis, MO, anime themed store Animeggroll is closed on Wednesdays, but celebrated Towel Day on Saturday May 28th with a (paper) towel drive: "Bring in a roll of paper towels to donate to the Crestwood animal shelter. You will get 20% off any one item in the store. Only one discount per person. We are NOT collecting regular towels this year, the animal shelter has plenty of those for now."
In Tallahassee, FL, Lofty Pursuits had autographed Douglas Adams books on display, they sold Babel fish candy (video) especially made for Towel Day 2016, and you got 20% off their products if you brought your towel. You could drop by any time from noon until 10pm, but were advised not to miss your chance to participate in or watch the Vogon Poetry slam at 8pm! You've got to admire how they promote their Towel Day event with a rather nice Towel Day radio ad and a poster! Address: 1415 Timberlane Rd, Tallhassee, FL 32312.
As a Towel Day gift, the Royal Institution tweeted a video of ESA astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station, showing a "Don't Panic" towel. It was released while he's still up there. If you want to salute him when the ISS passes above your head, you can check here the times for your location.
In the UK, Cambridge TV's evening news featured a short interview with David Haddock, watch it here, the interview starts at 10:35.
Right on time for Towel Day, BBC America released the news that it starts production on the series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. "Penned by Max Landis and from the producers of The Walking Dead, the series is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood). The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and is set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective." More over at BBCAmerica.com. If you want to keep up with news on this series, there's a Twitter feed.
BBC America's Dirk Gently team tweeted a Towel Day video, posing with specially made Dirk Gently towels. They rock!
The day after Towel Day, several sources reported that Radio 4 has ordered a new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series. It will be based on the book "And another thing..." by Eoin Colfer and will be directed by Dirk Maggs who reportedly said it will likely be on Radio 4 in 2017. Read more over at British Comedy Guide and Chortle.
Barnaby Eaton-Jones conducted an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dirk Maggs and Simon Jones for Towel Day 2016 (Dirk shares a revelation that nobody knew about at the end of the interview): "Towel Day - Hitching a ride, the Towel Day interview". While you're there, check out his other writings, he recently posted about Vogon Poetry, Dirk Gently, etc.
The annual Bags of Love Towel design contest ended and the lucky winners were announced. It ran from 4 until 25 May (Towel Day) and contestants were asked to design their own beach towel. The theme this year was "travel". Bags of Love is a maker of customized gifts and you could win vouchers to spend on their website, your own customised beach towel, all in their £600 pot of prizes and an interview published on their blog.
Google UK tweets about Towel Day: "Ah #TowelDay. The perfect excuse to play with our favourite Search-based nod to the late, great Douglas Adams."
Gaëelle Desnoyers-Joudelat launched a fundraiser because she wanted to financially "adopt" a Kakapo chick from Kakapo Recovery and name it after Douglas Adams. The kakapo is a critically endangered species that Douglas Adams featured in Last Chance To See. She has already had already financially "adopted" another Kakapo in the past. To support her fundraiser, go here. In this video Douglas talks about the kakapo.
Lofty Pursuits' Vogon Poetry Slam went universe-wide! Bad poets who couldn't attend it in person in Tallahassee FL, could submit their horrible texts online from wherever they were, have their work included... and maybe win prizes! More
In honor of Towel Day, author Thomas C. Davis Jr. gave away copies of his eBook \“Got Click\”, no strings attached and DRM-free, as a way to honour Douglas Adams, reduce world panic and promote the ultimate enlightment of 42.
The Unseen Podcast will have a Towel Day Special. From their website: "[The Unseen Podcast is] an open, relaxed, stretched out conversation on the future of humanity and the search for life and meaning in the natural universe. We don't have many answers, but we have questions, and we hope to continue moving forward to better, wiser questions." The live stream of the recording session will be available on May 21.
Billy Stevens, using some code that a friend and he wrote, made a webpage that generates random sentences that sound like quotes from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Every time you refresh you get a new "quote". It's available at http://towel.labs.wasv.me/
Marco Servetto, Lecturer of computer science in New Zealand, developed a programming language called 42 and on Towel Day 2016 released the getting starting guide of the 42 language. It was available here. Plus, he was going to do his lecture with a towel on his shoulder, just like he did last year!
Alexandria Blaelock, author of "Stress Free Dinner Parties: How to plan, host and enjoy your party", wrote a post about a Towel Day Dinner Party that will be a source of inspiration to others. It starts with "Apéritif: Beer and Peanuts", has "Ameglian Major Cow, the meat that wants to be eaten" on the menu, etc. Very nice!
Nomadix.co offered a 20% discount on their towels ("the only towel you need", "Suitable for yoga, beach, camping and travel").
Little Miss Muffet Stamps released six Towel Day themed digital stamps (images) to celebrate at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. These are wonderful for coloring, creating and crafting for cards, scrapbooks, and various other handmade items. On May 25 only, these images were free with any purchase of $42 from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
Comic-con HQ released a Towel Day video promoting their upcoming "Mostly Harmless" show.
#JUSTFUNSHOW published a Towel Day video with scantily clad ladies and towels (warning: sexism, mild nudity, NSFW)
Madeinhellvetica made six limited edition pins about THHGTTG. They were made available on his Facebook, Instagram or e-mail (madeinhellvetica AT gmail DOT com). This is what they looked like.
In online virtual world Second Life, there was a commemorative party event at the Liquid Python Lucky Rollers club, from 3pm to 5pm Pacific time. All participants were expected to bring a towel and there were contests, trivia, and games in which Second Life currency (L$) was awarded. This event was free for anyone on Second Life.
Remember this brilliant Towel Day video game? For Towel Day 2016 Stagadooch Games released a version for android devices and one for Facebook! (Marvin will be so thrilled) Download the android version here, play the Facebook version here or click the picture below to play the computer version: