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.