Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Late for Towel Day

But better late than never! Here is my polymer tribute to the late, great comic genius that was Douglas Adams.

Towel Day Necklace
Towel Necklace for Hoopy Froods

A towel, as we all should know, is the single most important item we can have as we hitchhike the universe:

A towel, [the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe] 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 vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft 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 avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); 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-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker 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 hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker 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.

Fans of Douglas Adams celebrate Towel Day as a way to remember Mr. Adams, and also because carrying a towel around is simply a darn good idea! Some of us, however, are not in a position where we can carry a towel, and so this little polymer charm is the perfect alternative.

I might make accompanying earrings, or maybe shrink plastic 42 charms.

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