“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” —Douglas Adams
It's the 12th annual Towel Day on May 25th, and any good frood knows it’s the one day a year you can’t leave home without a towel. Towel Day, for the uninitiated, is an international holiday celebrating sci-fi author and generally awesome human being Douglas Adams. I wrote my college entrance essay on how Adams changed my life, so Towel Day is a pretty big deal around these parts. (Here's a primer on why towels are so important to any interstellar hitchhiker.)
Adams tragically passed of a heart attack at age 49 on May 11, 2001. His fans took two weeks to get the word out about a wake, deciding to designate the 25th of May as a day of memorial. The date stuck and now every year, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy diehards around the world dress up, bring out their towels and celebrate the man who gave them this absurd amazing world.
To love Douglas Adams is to be part of a club of weirdos, and what better place than the Internet for us to gather, our thumbs held high? In honor of Towel Day, check out the 42 most awesome Douglas Adams-related things on the web.
Don’t panic. It’s all mostly harmless.
1) Darth Towel
Photo by andyduc/Flickr
2) HG2G Fan Ready for Towel Day 2013
3) Thumbs Up!
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4) Ford Bearfect
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5) Game of Towels
6) Ford Prefect Towel Swag
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7) Douglas Adams Lectures on Parrots, the Universe and Everything
8) There’s a Frood Who Always Knows Where His Towel Is
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9) So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
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10) Want This Book Purse, Please
Photo via NovelCreations/Etsy
11) Join Team Adams!
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12) Grab a Towel... or Two
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13) Traverse the Universe in These Kicks
Photo via YellowReason/Etsy
14) Fancy Fish
Photo via ThePressingPigeon/Etsy
Photo via ArtByCholeena/Etsy
16) Drink Up That Janx Spirit in These
Photo via CyberGlassware/Etsy
17) Cute Babelfish Crochet
Photo via YamPaint/Etsy
18) Don’t Panic—Relax on This Pillow
Photo via SaucyArathusa/Etsy
19) Speaking of Janx Spirit…
Photo via CreativeEtching/Etsy
20) Paranoid Android
Photo via BombsNamedF/Etsy
21) Time Is an Illusion
Photo via SnarkyLittleStitcher/Etsy
22) Don’t Panic Pocket Journal
Photo via WordsIGiveBy/Etsy
23) Everything You Need to Remember
Photo via SpaceMonsterTees/Etsy
24) Happy Birthday to the Ground
Photo via Nannyems/Etsy
25) This Is All Going to End in Tears
Photo via MyMothersHeritage/Etsy
26) Inspirational Wall Hanging
Photo via AshleyNicoleDesign/Etsy
27) Can You Tell I Really Like Marvin?
Photo via JooSweetie/Etsy
28) Stamp Out Panic!
Photo via WeTheSciencey/Etsy
Photo via IvyMoonDesigns/Etsy
30) Hoppy Tats, Frood!
Photo via LiveForFilms
31) At Any Rate...
Photo via Faraley/Photobucket
32) The Dolphins’ Last Words
Photo via RJdecalking/Etsy
33) Zaphod Booblebrox
Photo via Palm Beach Post
34) Flying Is Learning How to Throw Yourself at the Ground Wall Decal
Photo via GreatWallsofFire/Etsy
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36) Deadlines Woosh By
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37) Glassblown DNA Necklace (Douglas Adams’ initials were DNA, which has become a nickname for the beloved author.)
Photo via GeekOUTlet/Etsy
38) This Tattoo Took 42 Hours (JKJK)
Photo via Geeky Tattoos
39) Speaking of Tattoo Ideas...
Photo via CatScratchings/Etsy
40) Widely Regarded as a Bad Move
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41) Cufflinks for Wear at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe
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42) The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything Is, as We All Suspected, Cookies
Photo via LindasEdibleArt/Etsy
Illustration by Jason Reed
Correction: An early version of this article misstated the year of Douglas Adams's death.