Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams, picture courtesy of Jill Furmanovsky
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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 proudly 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!

  • Preparations for Towel Day 2015 have started in Europe. The THREW Project is a trip to meet fans and share their celebrations. The departure will be from Innsbruck (Austria), city in which Douglas Adams found the inspiration to create her story. From there we will go to Paris (France), where the "Grand Ordre de la Serviette" is hosting the "Towel Olympics". Nijmegen (Netherlands) is the last stop before reaching the final destination: the small town of Turku (Finland), location of the oldest bad poetry contest. Join them on Facebook.

More is coming up. Know something we don't? Mail us!


What happened on Towel Day 2014?

ONLINE

  • Stephen Fry, actor and Twitter god, tweeted "Happy #towelday everyone — never was a towel more needed. towelday.org"
  • The Bingwa Towel Day photo contest started on May 24th and lasted 5 days. "What are you planning to do to pay tribute to Douglas Adams? A private party? Maybe a concert? Or do you rather preffer grabbing your towel and lay on the beach? Whatever you'll do, take a picture from you and your friends carrying a towel and submit it to the TOWEL DAY contest in BINGWA PHOTO CONTEST (for Android). You can see and rate pictures from other participants and the three top ones will get a great gift: A hotel night in (almost) anywhere in the world and 30€ in Amazon Gift Card! Come on! Have a nice day... and don't panic... it's TOTALLY FREE!" You can practice by participating in other contests, that way you'll get used to the app. They publish three or more contests every day! Homepage - App
  • GBtimes published a brilliant article, "Don't panic, it's only Towel Day", explaining Towel Day to the world. A must read! Many thanks to author Asa Butcher and interviewees Mark Roberts and David Haddock, you are awesome.
  • At BT.com, Chas Early wrote "A non-hitchhiker’s guide to Towel Day", a great read that highlights some of the more extraordinary celebrations that you froods out there have come up with. Thank you very much, mr Early, you really know where your towel is!
  • Bustle.com published Don't panic! 18 indispensable life lessons from 'The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy' series", by Allyson Gronowitz.
  • The annual Towel Day Ambassador contest has ended. We have two winners! Jesus is Towel Day Ambassador for Canada and Joel will represent Earth as Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador. Congrats to the winners and thank you for your efforts to inform the world about Douglas Adams and Towel Day!
  • Jonathan Mahood drew a special Bleeker comic about Towel Day 2014!
  • Italian composer and Douglas Adams fan Alessandro Sbrogiò wrote a music piece to celebrate Towel Day 2014. Download it for free here.
  • Bags of love, maker of customized gifts, was back with a Towel design competition. Win your very own customised towel! And here are the winners. Brilliant designs, congratulations to all!
  • Bohemia Apartments was running a Towel Day 2014 Photo Contest. The prize was a weekend stay in their apartments in Prague, Czech Republic! Details here.
  • Radical Tea Towel Company was giving away a free carbon footprint tea towel (commemorating the Earth's destruction to make way for a hyperspace bypass) to the 100th person who tweets using #towelday after 12pm GMT (7am EDT) on 25th May. The winner was a certain Twitter user by the name of... Arthur Dent!
  • On radio show The Witching Hour on 4ZzZ in Australia, host Nyx Fullmoon broadcasted her live show as a tribute to Douglas Adams and h2g2 at 10-12pm Sat night on the eve of Towel Day (time wise it was one of the first places in the world to be celebrating it!). Available to listen to at any time on demand, for free, from anywhere in the world at http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/the-witching-hour
  • USvsTH3M published "Don’t Panic, Douglas Adams fans, but this Sunday is TOWEL DAY", an article that mentions an interesting theory on how towels became important in Adams' work. We've heard other explanations, this is new to us.
  • BBC America ran an article by Fraser McAlpine called "Happy Towel Day: Six Life Lessons From Marvin The Paranoid Android".
  • Softballinside.com publishes CASA BASE, a weekly comic strip dedicated to baseball. On Towel Day 2014, they published a special Towel Day comic. (thank you, Italian froods Fabio Borselli and Sauro Pasquini!)
  • Pillar International Publishing, an infinitesimally small Irish publisher, presented a free sneak-peak of their DNA-inspired release "The Unbearable Sheitness of Being" by Thaddeus Lovecraft & Nick Faulder. It was available for free download in eBook and PDF form at www.IndiePillar.com on the 25th of May.
  • A special episode of the Wow! Signal Podcast was released on Towel Day, featuring a roundtable discussion of the ideas and influences of Douglas Adams. Paul Carr was joined by philosopher Nicholas Joll, comedy writer Jeremy Hunsberger, former Douglas Adams FAW maintainer Ben Brockert, astronaut teacher Mike Mongo, and mild mannered physicist Jim Cavera. There also featured a hitchhiker themed song. wowsignalpodcast.com
  • David Morrese (D.L. Morrese), author of humorous science fiction, offered all his books as free ebook downloads. This promotion ran through Friday, 30 May 2014. For a fun read, check Marvin's Towel Day Present.
  • @pasteyh2g2, Digital Lead at the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, wrote about Ford's New Towel.
  • EruDani from Argentina created a Towel Day playlist that we're listening to while updating towelday.org: Towel Day Mix.
  • Kitty Cataclysm made a playlist with music for Towel Day, reading the books and using the infinite improbability drive: Towel Day Mix.
  • Rangewoman Inc got together some contacts from Facebook and Twitter for an online event:
    • Adam posted about Towel Day on Twitter and Facebook.
    • Clive Johnson, author of the Dica series, wrote the short story "In celebration of the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series broadcast"
    • David Morrese, author of humorous science fiction, posted "Marvin’s Towel Day Present" and offers all his books as a free download.
    • Liz Young celebrated Towel Day on her Facebook page.
    • Shano just turned 42. Read his about his adventures in the U.K. "Three Pints And a Towel pleas...".
    • Stephen Dunkley, fantasy author of Endangered Creatures, wrote the short story ""Ford's New Towel".
    • Tammy from Rabid Reader’s Reviews reviewed the book "Don’t Panic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Guide" by Neil Gaiman. She also took the time and effort to post "42 book recommendations for Towel Day 2014".
    • Etc.
    If you want to get in touch with any of these authors, check Rangewoman Inc's full post.
  • Matty Millard posted some Vogon poetry.
  • Bucklemonster made a YouTube video, that we decided to feature at the bottom of this page.
  • On Mentalfloss.com, Chris Higgins posted "Happy Towel Day, Hoopy Froods!".
  • Inquisitr.com published "Happy Towel Day! Here Are 25 Douglas Adams Quotes Worth Incorporating In Your Life".
  • Tellyspotting.org was a bit late to the party, but still posted "Don’t Panic – only 364 days until Towel Day 2015!". Thank you, Bill Young!
  • On CBSlocal, Luke McKinney wrote an entertaining article called "Celebrate Towel Day with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet".
ARGENTINA
  • In Buenos Aires, people with towels met at Harvest Bar and celebrating with beers and peanuts, and ate hamburgers (not made from perfectly normal beasts, but tasty anyway). Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In Cordoba, there was a picnic in a small but comfy park. The organizers hoped people would join them for a nice Sunday afternoon full of hoopy froods, towels and great home made food! RSVP and details on Facebook. They have a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
  • In Rosario, Pablo and Rosana once again had a Towel Day party with some friends and family at home, just a private gathering, and as usual, plenty of Towels, fun and food.
AUSTRALIA
  • On radio show The Witching Hour on 4ZzZ in Australia, host Nyx Fullmoon broadcasted her live show as a tribute to Douglas Adams and h2g2 at 10-12pm Sat night on the eve of Towel Day (time wise it was one of the first places in the world to be celebrating it!). Available to listen to at any time on demand, for free, from anywhere in the world at http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/the-witching-hour
  • In Warrnambool (Victoria), to mark Towel day this year, the Warrnambool Ukulele Group invaded the local shopping centre (Gateway Plaza) at 1pm. They confused the masses by singing all those old favourite towel orientated songs that we have all grown to love such as the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheating Towel" and evergreen Irish standard "Towel Me Ma" al whilst carrying towels! oh and Ukuleles if they remembered. More information on their website.
  • In Sydney, the University of New South Wales' Doctor Who Society (DocSoc) planned a large, exciting party to celebrate Towel Day... on May 26th (!) from 5:30 - 9:30pm. They showed the H2G2 film and an episode of Doctor Who written by Douglas Adams, viz. The Pirate Planet, and there were food and (alcoholic) drinks. Locals were invited to participate. Admission: $6 for Arc members, $12 for public entry (booking fee applies for online sales). Bookings could be made here until all tickets are… exterminated! More info: unswdocsoc AT gmail DOT com.
  • In Adelaide (South Australia), hoopy froods were called to meet outside Dillon's bookshop on the Parade, Norwood. From Noon till late, towel-bearers could gather for deep philosophical thinking about 42, tea drinking and various other related activities.
  • Also in Adelaide (South Australia), you could join the Towel Day pub crawl. These were the locations: 1.00pm Seven Stars, 187 Angas Street Adelaide; 3.00pm Coopers Ale House, cnr Pulteney and Carrington St; 5.00pm The Saracens Head, 82 Carrington Street. All had food (as well as drink). BYO towel.
AUSTRIA
  • In Bregenz, after the Flashmob with yellow Caterpillar in 2012, and "The Paula Nancy Millstone-Jennings Poetry-Slam" 2013... you could get ready for... "The whoooshing Sound"! One favourite Douglas Adams quote is about deadlines: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Our Deadline (25th May) is nearly here. Participants met at the lake and celebrated with beer, peanuts und petunias. More Information on http://towelday.wordpress.com and you can join the event on Facebook.
  • In Innsbruck, where Douglas Adams first had the idea to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, hackerspace IT-Syndikat organised its traditional Don't Panic Party. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
BRASIL
  • In Brasília-DF, Brazil, for the third consecutive year, Towel Day was celebrated in style! Due to the success of last years celebration, it was again hosted at CLN 409, and the festivities started at 3pm (BRT) (On May 25th of course!). In a joint venture with Vincent Casa de Ché, Grote Markt Cervejas Especiais and our newest Towel Day partner "Hamburgueria do Francês", Omninerdia has prepared many fun activities to celebrate this very important date, such as a "Vogon Poetry Contest, a "Costume Contest (towels are mandatory) and even a ""lecture" on "The many uses of a towel"! RSVP and details on Facebook or learn more about the event at the Omninerdia website (portuguese only).
  • In Curitiba (PR) Lambda 42 organized a Towel Walk ("Caminhada da Toalha") in the Barigui Park ending with a Picnic at the End of the Universe ("Piquenique no Fim do Universo"). There is a lake in the park with a living Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, so attendees were advised carry a towel for safety! RSVP and details for the Towel Walk and the Picnic on Facebook.
  • In Recife, there was the "Annual Recife Towel Day at Cultura Bookstore". Activities and surprise attractions were scheduled between 10am and 9pm. All you needed to attend is a towel and 1 kilo of non-perishable food, to be donated later (just the food, of course - everybody kept their towels). The address: Livraria Cultura, Rua Madre de Deus, s/n, Recife Antigo, Recife - PE, 50030-110. More info: (81) 8704.5450 & 97366045. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Rio de Janeiro, ON SATURDAY MAY 24TH, starting at 3pm, there was a Hitchhiker's Guide movie screening, followed by a debate and ending with a raffle. "Come in costume if you want to, but most of all, don't forget your towel!" RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Rio de Janeiro, Loja "Universo 42", a rather special store, was celebrating Towel Day from 10am of May 24th to 10am of May 25th. The program included: a quiz with questions on the "nerd universe", a treasure hunt, card game tournaments and a contest for best towel! People who proudly showed their towel got free admittance, though those who couldn't or didn't want to stay overnight for the proper Towel Day celebration didn't have to pay anything. The address where all this madness took place: Loja Universo 42, Rua Francisco Real n°1950, loja 222, Rio de Janeiro. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • Also in Rio de Janeiro, our friend Pedro and friends organized on a little trekking tour in Tijuca Forest (Floresta da Tijuca). They planned to go up one of the mountains or go to one of the many natural viewpoints to enjoy a privileged view of the forest and how it interacts with the city. Up there they could sit down, enjoy the view, have a picnic and wave their towels to the other ape descendants down there going about in their cars. They met at Praça do Alto da Boa Vista, near the entrance to the Park, at 10 am. The address: Parque Nacional da Tijucan, Estrada da Cascatinha, 850 - Alto da Boa Vista. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In São Vicente, stranded hitchhikers planned on doing a 30 minute walk together from Roberto Mério Santini Municipal Park (also known as "Emissário Quebra Mar Santos" or simply "Quebra Mar") to Fonte do Sapo, a beautiful fountain near Aparecida Beach (Praia da Aparecida). They asked people to bring their towels (of course), a bottle of water for the walk and also books and memorabilia related to The Hitchhiker's or other fantasy/science fiction works. Oh, and they said that Time Lords, Jedis, wizards, demigods and nerds in general were also welcome. The walk was scheduled to start at 2pm. The address is Av. Embaixador Pedro de Toledo, São Vicente, SP. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In São Paolo, the blog obrigadopelospeixes.com and GIBI Cultura Geek organized an event to bring hitchhikers together to drink beer and eat peanuts before the world ends. RSVP and details on Facebook.
CANADA
  • In Toronto, the annual Towel day event was held at The Blue Goose Tavern (1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke) from noon to midnight. Plenty of beer and peanuts for pre-Intergalactic consumption. Bring your best towel! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Edmonton, the Edmonton New Technology Society was hosting an informal event. There was a not-quite-infinite improbability of tea and fairy cakes in the afternoon, as well as entertainment and/or activities of some sort. Perhaps there would be some remedial poetry lessons offered (e.g.,: "moon" does not rhyme with "May" unless a deadline has been missed), or perhaps would will be a round table discussion on the best methods of efficiently packing one's strag-borrowed toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. whilst hitching the length and breadth of the galaxy. Attendees were encouraged to share their best DNA memories and towel hacking tips.
  • In Kingston, Ontario, something was brewing... More here.
  • In Vancouver, there was a meetup at 10am at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island, in Vancouver, BC on the hill. These froods would be reading the book THGTTG with towels in hand. Along with a snack. Anyone who enjoys Douglas Adams was welcome. This would be very informal. If were pouring rain, they would be located at the Picnic Pavillion near the Water Park.
CHINA
  • In Shanghai, Ortin invited everyone from 15:00 to 19:00 on the Bund. "Bring a towel and water pistols!" :-) Here's a picture from 2013.
CROATIA
  • In Lovran, Towel day was celebrated at Hostel Link (Šetalište M. Tita 9). Fan gathering started at 5:42 pm with mini exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Douglas Adams. Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy his pieces, video presentation "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", board games and so on. Since the towel is the most important thing in the Galaxy, everyone had to bring his/her towel.
  • In Osijek, Towel Day was celebrated at cafe bar Kesten, starting at 19:30. There was a short Vogon poetry reading and some other intergalactic activities. Each person who came with a towel got a discount on beer. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Zagreb, all the good froods could meet at 5 o'clock in Krivi put bar (wrong way bar, savska 14, Zagreb, Croatia). Bring your towel! :-)
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Bohemia Apartments was running a Towel Day 2014 Photo Contest. The prize was a weekend stay in their apartments in Prague, Czech Republic! Details here.
  • In Prague, the yearly celebration was held as usual in "Zahradní restaurace Letná" (50°5'45.667"N, 14°25'32.558"E). They started meeting at 17:00 and recitation of Vogon poetry began at 18:00 (they speak English, Czech and 18 other languages, albeit some of them are just read from the web without proper pronounciation). The afterparty was in Cross club in Holešovice and there would hopefully be screening of Torchwood fanfilm "Prohibition day".
  • In Pardubice, there's a 4th meetup (flash mob event) for geocachers (not only) at the Pernstynske square in front of the Pardubice town hall at N 50° 02.315 E 015° 46.750, from 17:42-18:42 (CEST). Further instructions: Geocaching.com The previous edition was a big success, watch this great photo from 2013.
FINLAND
  • Poetic froods traveled again from near and far to Cosmic Comic Cafe in Turku, Finland to participate in the matinee of The Worst Poetry in the Universe. Unlike everywhere else, their poetry night was not a competition: anyone's and everyone's poem was recited immediately. You churn it up, they blurt it out! The poetry show started at 20 o'clock and repeated every hour till 23. DJ's Evil Twins played music between the shows, and the programme ended at midnight with the destruction of the whole universe - along with The Most Evil Laughter in the Universe competition. Froods carrying a towel got a discount on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. While waiting for the t-day, The Finnish Towel Day site published horrible poems daily dug up from last year's archive, and introducing Towel Day activities elsewhere in Finland and around the globe. Cosmic Comic Cafe's might be the first and oldest known ongoing worst poetry night on Towel Day, the first one being held already in 2006. Find Finnish Towel Day on Facebook.
FRANCE
  • In Paris, the GOS ("Grand Ordre de la Serviette") continued its tradition of grandiose Towel Day festivities. This time, they started a week before Towel Day! Several prominent members of ZZ9, the Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society attended. The GOS had a stand during the Geekopolis Festival on 17 and 18 May, where you could buy the GOS’ official Towel Day 2014 towel. They also sold their new book "42 nuances de rouge épisode 1 : Du sang dans les pétunias" by Tricia Peele ("42 shades of red part 1: blood on the petunias"). The author wasn’t present, so if you wanted her signature, you had to pre-order. Nevertheless, at Geekopolis you could get it autographed by the Grand Master and illustrator Simon Michel. The first edition was limited to only 150 copies.
    On Saturday the 17th, the GOS’ Grand Master led a conference on 42 and the fist part of the legendary Towel Olympics took place.

    Here's the full program:

    Saturday 17 May
    • 15.30 Conference on 42
    • 17.00 Towel Olympics, part one

    Sunday 25 May
    • 10.00-14.00 City Of Death Tour (with Gallifrance): guided tour of places where the famous Dr Who episode “City of Death”, written by Douglas Adams, was filmed. The tour ended with a picnic.
    • 15.00-18.00 Towel Olympics, part two, at the Arènes de Lutèce
    • 19.00 H2G2-night at the Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde

    RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • ZZ9, the official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society (JOIN HERE!) was slouching in Paris on Towel Day! They attended the highly reputed Paris Towel Day celebrations, were planning to have a towel picnic (weather permitting) au bord de la Seine, visit Le Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde and possibly wander past other geeky places. Non-members were welcome to attend the slouch and meet these wonderful beings. Here's the Facebook group and the Facebook event (first join the group, then you'll be able to acces the event page).
GERMANY
  • Marko and Berit got married in Neuroppin, and posed with a large "42 Don't Panic" towel. Congratulations!
  • In Backnang, for the sixth time, Towel Day was celebrated in bar "Das Wohzimmer". They started at 19:40. There were special meaningless decoration, totally silly contests, absurd schnapps called "antifreeze", an insane cocktail called "Pangalaktischer Donnergurgler" and a hitchpiker Package. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • In Baden-Württemberg, geocachers met at 14:00. Details on Geocaching.com.
  • In Bayern, geocachers made a 6km walk and an extensive picnic (bring your own food). Details on Geocaching.com.
  • In Berlin, there was the traditional flash mob at the Alexanderplatz. Details.
  • In Frankfurt am Main, geocachers met from 19:42 until 20:42 at Brunnen zwischen Hauptwache und Konstabler, höhe Zeil 71. At the end a group photo was taken. Details on Geocaching.com.
  • In Hamburg, at 19:30 in the Planetarium, actor Tommaso Cacciapuoti read from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Details.
  • In Saarbruecken, a BarCamp ("Saarcamp") took place. BarCamps are open conferences about things like technology and the web, a reaction to the invitation-only event Foo Camp. The sweets table was full of Hitchhiker's guide themed sweets: photo. In 2013 they also celebrated Towel Day, as you can see on this photo.
HUNGARY
  • In Budapest, hoopy froods continued their tradition to pay tribute to Douglas Adams on May 25th. There were flash mobs, a Vogon poetry slam, gratitude was expressed to the Vogons for not having destroyed the Earth so far, the number 42 was be formed with towels laid on the ground, a towel beauty contest was held, pan galactic gargle blasters could be consumed at a friendly pub, and beer, and peanuts, towels were collected for those in need (so please bring spare towels, new or used), the brave could try hitching an intergalactical ride (at their own risk)... RSVP and details on Facebook
  • Also in Budapest, at 9am at Boraros ter (ter means square), there was a hitchhiking competition. At the destination city everyone would eat and drink beer together, return to Budapest by train and join to the Towel Day program at Erzsebet ter.
  • In Debrecen, local froods did their usual flash mob. Hitchhiking in the middle of our city. Read some Vogon poetry. And not sing So long and thanks for all the fish, because after hearing their own voice on video, they decided never again. Ever.
  • In Zalaegerszeg, the place to be was Players Cafe, from 18:30. RSVP and details on Facebook.
INDIA
  • Interaction Live, a company from Bangalore, who made a cool Towel Day website last year, updated it and moved it to www.towelday.in.
INDONESIA
  • In Bali, from 6pm, the faithful Indonesian bunch invited all hoopy froods visiting Bali on Towel Day to join them in their celebrations at The Bali Pub, on Sanur's main street. A place popular with visitors and ex-pats. For those who turned up shouldering a largish towel there was a free Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster drink on arrival and nibbles for Nerds. Banners adorned the front of the Bali Pub to indicate where the DNA fans are. The regular resident singers were there, performing under the, one off, name for the evening, "The Dented Ford Duo"
ISRAEL ITALY
  • Near Rome, in Colleferro, Towel Day celebrations were held at Il Porco Rosso. During the evening, lots of games were organized, with prizes in Galactic Pints, including:
    (warning, horrible Google Translation)
    • - Most galactic towel
    • - Most spectacular way to wear the towel
    • - Worst poetry in the universe
    • - Towel throwing
    • .. and much more!
    Don't forget your Towel! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Parma, Towel Day was celebrated for the fourth time. Hitchhikers gathered with their towels at 8.30 pm in G. Garibaldi Square. For more details, find Alfredo here.
  • In Milan, some froods got together. (switch to Italian to see review)
MEXICO
  • For the third year in a row, Esteban Cisneros, who teaches Spanish and Literature to seventh and eight graders at the Albanta "University for Kids", organized Towel Day celebrations. "We are celebrating Towel Day on Monday, with vogon poetry readings (the students, seventh to ninth graders, will have to attempt their worst to make a poem and read it aloud.) Last week, on Wednesday we had a balloon war and on Friday we read some passages of the first book, as well as some from Eoin Colfer's 'And Another Thing...' A screening of the 2005 film is planned sometime in the near future. And, of course, on Sunday a bunch of hitchhiker's will be attending my place for food and drinks. We'll be chatting about our trips to the galaxy in a very frood atmosphere." Here are some pictures.
NETHERLANDS
  • In Nijmegen, on the Friday before Towel Day, the stage inside Café Weerlicht was set for live music, comedy, literature and science lectures. They had a few returning acts, and plenty of new faces. Towels were mandatory, and pan galactic gargle blasters were served. Radiant and green. Towel Day Nijmegen has an active Facebook group.
  • In Gelderland, geocachers organized a flash event beginning at 12:00 and ending at 12:15. The author wrote "I've picked the highest point around here in the hope that we can flag down a passing Vogon spaceship before the earth is destroyed at lunchtime." Details on Geocaching.com.
NORWAY
  • Like last year, public transport company Kolumbus celebrated Towel Day in a most original and hoopy way... People in Stavanger, limited offer, could stop by their customer center in Stavanger and pick up a green rfid-equipped towel that let them travel for free on Sunday. These special towels are collectors items!
  • In Bergen, Douglas Adams fans were invited to meet at Finnegans Irish Pub, from 19:00. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
ROMANIA
  • In Timisoara, Romania, the couchsurfing community organized their third Towel Day event. RSVP and details on Couchsurfing.org.
RUSSIA
  • In Saint-Petersburg, Russia, there was a movie viewing in pub "KLЮTCH" at 17-00. More info on VK.com
SLOVAKIA
  • Martinus, the biggest online book retailer in Slovakia kept up its annual tradition of celebrating Towel Day. They offered discounts and special gifts for everyone who visits one of their bookshops with a towel and ran a special online contest on their blog and Facebook page.
  • In Košický kraj, geocachers gathered at 14:00. Towels and space travel objects were mandatory. Details on Geocaching.com.
SLOVENIA
  • Iztok Čurči organized a celebration in Slovenia. If you were be in that country on May 25th, you could go here to find out more.
SPAIN
  • Froods at Daivoon dive centre in Lanzarote go diving with towels every year to honour towel day. Last year they even went diving with their pajamas! They sent us this picture.
  • In Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), combined festivities were held to mark Towel Day and the VIII Lusophile and Reintegrationist Pride Day.

    PROGRAM (hours are in Spanish time, one less hour in Portugal)

    THURSDAY , MAY 15
    18.00 10 days before Towel Day, there was a meeting in Cervantes Square in order to pose for the photographer of the newspaper "La Voz de Galicia", which would include DdoOLeR in the report about the different events of May 25 that would publish on its supplement "YES" ("Ya Es Sábado") on Saturday 24.

    FRIDAY, MAY 23
    20.00 Couceiro Bookshop (Cervantes Square). Release of the book "DdoOLeR (2007-2014): 8 anos celebrando o Dia da Toalha na Galiza" ["DdoOLeR (2007-2014): 8 Years Celebrating Towel Day in Galicia", in galician-portuguese)].

    SUNDAY, MAY 25
    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 #ddooler2014 (for the Lusophone World) .
    From 9:00 a.m. to 20:00 Participate in European elections if you feel like. But don't forget your towel when you'll go to vote.
    17.00 Meeting in the Fageira Gate, "traditional entry of the Portuguese Way in the city of Santiago" and usual meeting point for every demonstration in Compostela (Alameda). Pilgrimage, by the final stretch of the Portuguese Way, to Obradoiro Square ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is the "Codex Calixtinus"; the St. James's Way is the Milky Way, our galaxy), previously passing by the statue of Carvalho Calero (R. Juan Carlos I) .
    19.00 Speech by the writer Séchu Sende, "godfather" of DdoOLeR'2014, in Obradoiro Square .

    More info on the DdoOLeR'2014 blog (under construction) and on Facebook

SWEDEN
  • In Göteborg, at 2pm, there was a big geek pride / Towel Day / Glorious 25th celebration with a parade and all. It was organized by the SF Bookshop. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Gävle (200 km north of Stockholm), "Gefle Science-Fiction" did a photo event (Towels are mandatory) at the main square (Stortorget) at 19:00. Beer and peanuts were later on consumed at a nearby pub. Check them on Facebook.
  • In Stockholm, some friends planned a Towel Day picnic at around 3 pm at Brunkebergstorg, and invited any friends of Douglas Adams to join. RSPV and details on Facebook.
SWITZERLAND
  • In Zurich, Towel Day was celebrated for the 5th time! Meeting place was once again the Polyterrasse of ETH Zurich, this time at 4:42 pm. Don't forget your towel! Details on towelday.ch
TURKEY
  • Eshevar and Dilara organized a gathering for those who carry their towel! At the time of writing, 22 hoopy froods were planning to attend. RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • Emir Hepoğlu sent us lots of pictures of people celebrating Towel Day in Turkey... here's an album. If you want to celebrate in 2015 or want to get to know these hoopy individuals, join them at facebook.com/toweldayturkey
UNITED KINGDOM
  • The National Space Centre (Leicester) celebrated Towel Day with special guests, displays, talks, workshops and something for everybody to enjoy. (10.00-17.00) We heard you can could meet Marvin, visual effects designer Mike Tucket (Doctor Who) and director Kevin Davies who worked on the animations in the TV series. The event raised funds for Save the Rhino, that Douglas Adams was a spokesperson of. Details
  • In Horsham, Ken Nicholas organized the Fifth Annual Horsham Acturial and friends Towel day picnic. As in previous years, they held a sit in in Horsham park at midday, protesting the building of hyperspace byways.
  • In Northern Scotland, geocachers were invited to come along for a cuppa / lunch and "a blether about our caching universe". And there might be a new cache or three published aswell! Where: The Old Pantry, Aberlour. When: from 12 noon 'til about 13:30 ish. Don't forget your towel! Details on Geocaching.com.
  • YHA youth hostel in Cambridge had Douglas Adams featured in their Scholars Cafe & Bar, among other great men and women. They sent a picture of Laura and Emily, two of their receptionists, with some guests ready with their towels. It just so happened that Hitchhikers’ was one of these guests’ favourite books!
  • Stephen Fry, actor and Twitter god, tweeted "Happy #towelday everyone — never was a towel more needed. towelday.org"
  • Sue Adams, Douglas' sister, tweeted "Happy #towelday all you hoopy froods. Remember to take your towel with you today. #douglasadams"
  • Polly Adams, Douglas' daughter, tweeted "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. #towelday pic.twitter.com/uIA8Ok64k6"
  • James Thrift, Douglas' half brother, tweeted "Do you know where your towel is? #towelday"
  • Dirk Maggs, director, producer and person with excellent hair, tweeted"At the National Space Centre, Leicester for Towel Day tomorrow with Marvin and er ... Marvin pic.twitter.com/xqNpJVQttm"
  • Mike Hall posted a really cool Towel Day picture that looks like it was taken on an oil rig!
UNITED STATES
  • In Cupertino, the Agnostic Community at Apple had a Towel Day event on May 23rd. (Douglas Adams was a huge Apple fan) "Not feeling quite right this morning? did your dream project get bulldozed? Just saw a pig fly? Are the Vogons about to blow up your planet? DON'T PANIC! Your day has come... Towel Day 2014. Friday May 23rd at 4:30pm De Anza 3 Theatre (Food, drink and fun stuff will be providedand don't forget to bring a towel) Dress up as your favourite Adams character then drop by the Big Bang Burger Bar and Milliways to try our Ameglion Major Cow Sliders or get your mind blown with a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (or two or three). Afterwards sit back and enjoy a screening of BBC's television adaptation, Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (show starts at 5:30). Later watch the Universe will explode for your entertainment... Hosted by the Agnostic Community at Apple" Source
  • In Kenilworth (NY), on Friday May 23rd, from 1 2pm - 8 pm, the Branch Library of the Buffalo & Erie County Library System celebrated it's first Towel Day celebration (a couple of days early). Visitors to the library could expect the following:
    • The finest Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy themed display that $42 dollars can provide
    • Copies of the guide given away free until supplies run out (or the world ends whichever comes first)
    • Complimentary emergency towels provided, in case you don't know where you left yours
    • Many confused looks from the unsuspecting public.
    The reading of Vogon poetry was not encouraged, but if you had to, they'd just have to put up with it. Pan Galactic gargle blasters would not be served (apparently there's a law forbidding beverages that have the effect of having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick in public spaces!) However,the recipes were handed out to any one willing to sign a waiver.
  • In New York (NY), the ZZ9 USA froods invited you to celebrate Towel Day at The Way Station with a screening of the 1981 BBC television series Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The Way Station is the infamous bar with the Blue Box that is smaller on the outside. (Yes The Way Station has a TARDIS for those unfamiliar with the bar) The Way Station opened at 3pm. 683 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11238 http://waystationbk.com/ The screening of the 1981 BBC television series Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy began at 4pm. Additionally, they had two drink specials: the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and a Gin and Tonix. Happy Hour till 8pm with $4 draft and well drinks and $1 off everything else. Details on Facebook
  • In St. Louis, MO, anime store Animeggroll did their third towel drive. Donate a towel or roll of paper towels and save 20% on any item! This year the towel drive benefited the local animal shelter in White Cliff Park, in Crestwood. It was formally run by the city of Crestwood until this year when they eliminated Crestwood Animal Control. The shelter is now run by Friends of Animal Control.
  • In Tallahassee (FL), Lofty Pursuits presented a whole day of celebrations:
    • Discounts if you brought your towel
    • Vogon Poetry slam
    • Display of the owner's autographed copies of the Hitchhikers Guide
    • Special Babel Fish Sundae from their soda fountain made with our hand made candied Babel Fish
  • Dr. Adolf Maas/ZooVet Consulting in Seattle has been a believer in the Hitchhiker's philosophy for 35 years... He can always be found to have a towel in his possession whether at the computer, on a house-call or while bathing his tortoises in preparation for the destruction of the Earth. Gin and Tonic is always available for any house guest... In honor of Douglas Adams and all that he put forth in "Last Chance to See", any client that made an appointment for the two weeks following Towel Day and asked him "where his towel is" got either a $20 discount or $20 donated to a wildlife rescue, and also got his secret recipe for a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster that is surely able to peel your socks.
  • In Barium Springs (NC), to help provide Barium Springs Home for Children and in celebration of Towel Day, the computer geeks at Shared Resources Technology Solutions conducted a Towel Drive. Barium Springs Home for Children provides a safe home for children through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption program.
  • In Delanson (NY), In Your Face Wrestling held its 42nd professional wrestling event on May 17th, at the Duanesburg Area Community Center, 221 Victoria Ave, Delanson, NY. The show was titled "Show #42: Life, The Universe & Everything". One of the featured matches was a "Throw In The Towel Match", with Good Lord Willing facing Prince Ashul-Naul. Tickets could be pre-ordered and more information was available here.
  • In Los Angeles (CA), Tim hosted a Towel Day party at his home. "Bring vino, pangalactic gargleblasters, and towels. Timothy will DJ. No Vogon poetry will be read aloud." RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In West Palm Beach (FL), an invite only party called the Bulmer Experience Towel Day Celebration took place. According to our source, "almost 200 of us" would be meeting at Peanut Island there. They would have a few boats and lots of beverages for an annual Memorial Day/Towel Day get together to honor Douglas Adams. There would be several hitchhiker thumb and towel photos, lots of themed games... and plenty of panicking.
  • In Atlanta, GA, it was Christina's husband's 42nd birthday and they threw a Hitchhiker's Guide themed party, and of course asked everyone to bring a towel. They had a Vogon Poetry Slam at the party, and a contest for the best recipe for Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!
  • Purdue University IT celebrated Towel Day on Friday 5/23 with lunch, snacks, appropriate quotes and further hilarity.





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