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Every interstellar hitchhiker needs a towel, so why not make it a geeky one?

Every year on May 25, fans of the late author Douglas Adams celebrate what is called Towel Day

The holiday in honor of Adams is a reference to multiple points in his famous The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy novel about the importance of towels. 

A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] 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-boggingly 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.

Since a towel is "about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have," fans carry around towels each year on this date as part of observing the holiday.

What type of towel should you carry? The Towel Day website states that any towel will do, so don't panic! May 25 is also Geek Pride Day, so it seems only fitting to consider some nerdy options. Whether you love Star Wars or Star Trek, math or science, there are numerous geek-inspired towels for you to choose from that are available in a variety of sizes from beach towels to tea towels.

Here are 42 geeky towels you should consider grabbing this Towel Day.

1) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy hand towel

2) Captain America: Civil War swim towel

3) Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 beach towel

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4) Star Trek Enterprise towel

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5) My Neighbor Totoro mini towel

6) The periodic table of elements beach towel 

7) Adventure Time towel

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8) Batman beach towel

9) Lord of the Rings tea towel

10) Doctor Who and Star Wars mashup towel

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11) World of Warcraft Alliance towel

12) Harry Potter kitchen towels

13) Wonder Woman beach towel


 14) Math dish towel

15) Attack on Titan Scout Regiment beach towel

16) Batman vs. Superman beach towel

17) The Walking Dead beach towel

18) The Goonies towel

19) Mass Effect N7 towel

20) Doctor Who TARDIS beach towel

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21) Bob's Burgers beach towel

22) Pokémon eevolution hand towels

23) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beach towel

24) Alice in Wonderland towel

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25) Dragon Ball Z towel

26) Jurassic Park beach towel

27) Spider-Man beach towel

28) Game of Thrones tea towels

29) Nebula HEIC beach towel

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30) Final Fantasy XIV towel

31) D20 towel

32) Kiki’s Delivery Service towel

33) Disney villains beach towel

34) World of Warcraft Horde towel 

35) Pi kitchen towel

36) The Hobbit tea towel

37) One Piece towel 

38) Phases of the moon towel

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39) Sailor Moon towel

40) Star Wars towel

41) Super Mario Bros. hand towel

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42) 42 beach towel


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