Towel-Day

Var har du din handduk? Extra viktigt att veta idag!

För att hylla den extraordinära engelske författaren Douglas Adams har dagen två veckor efter hans dödsdag utsetts till Towel Day - Handduksdagen. Denna dag inträffar varje år den 25 maj och firas av glada liftare i hela det kända universum som visar sin respekt för författaren genom att alltid ha med sig en handduk. Douglas Adams skrev flera ofantligt populära och kända böcker, bl.a. fem stycken i en triologi (! ;) ) som började med “Liftarens guide till galaxen”. Han har också skrivit två böcker om den holistiske privatdetektiven Dirk Gently. Flera biografier om Adams har berättat hur han alltid sköt upp sitt skrivande till sista minuten. En förläggare gick så långt för att få honom att skriva att han låste in och bevakade honom i ett hotellrum tills manuset var färdigt. Adams ska ha sagt “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Douglas Adams dog 49 år gammal i november 2001.

Du kan läsa mer om det (på engelska) här.

From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value — you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase which has passed into hitch hiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)

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