Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Towel Day, You Hoopy Froods!

Happy Towel Day, you Hoopy Froods!



There's a photo of the towel I knitted specifically for Towel Day a couple of years ago. It's still hanging in my bathroom, and will be worn with pride later today.

If you haven't read The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I can't begin to explain it here, but I heartily recommend that you do read it. It's the most insane look at modern life on this planet that you'll find anywhere. There are also two different DVDs of the story available. The first Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is pretty close to the book. This is the version that Robin bought me for my birthday a few years ago, and it's been a favorite ever since I first saw it on TV. It was originally a TV series.

What you should understand about the newer version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is that Douglas Adams didn't believe in letting a story lie. He revised and polished it with each telling, so each version is kind of like an alternate history version of the same story. This version has the advantage of having been done after all the Hitchhiker books were written, so it doesn't cut off after the first three books, although it doesn't include Mostly Harmless.

Here are some ideas for how to celebrate Towel Day. For the more scholastic among you, here's the Wikipedia description, and it includes an excerpt from the first book explaining the significance of the towel. There is more on the internet about Towel Day if you consult a search engine, too.
If you don't get the ultimate guide version, here are the books in order:

  1. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  2. Restaurant at the end of the Universe
  3. Life, the Universe and Everything
  4. So Long and Thanks for all the Fish
  5. Mostly Harmless

There is also a short story called Young Zaphod Plays it Safe, which is almost a prequel, but is not included in the individual books. You'll have to buy a copy of the complete set to get that. Or, of course, the leather bound version.

And then, there are all the books about the books. Don't Panic by Neil Gaiman, And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer. There may be more. And I haven't even mentioned the radio shows.

Anyway, have a happy Towel Day!


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