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We found 42 geeky towels to celebrate Towel Day

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

Feb 29, 2020, 6:26 am*

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Lisa Granshaw

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

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22) Pokémon eevolution hand towels

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23) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beach towel

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24) Alice in Wonderland towel

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25) Dragon Ball Z towel

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26) Jurassic Park beach towel

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27) Spider-Man beach towel

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28) Game of Thrones tea towels

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29) Nebula HEIC beach towel

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30) Final Fantasy XIV towel

I got my towel prize from the #FFXIVChocoboRace, Nim already claimed it. Thanks @FFXIV_NEWS_EN! #FFXIV

— Sindo (@sindo_pants) August 24, 2015

31) D20 towel

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32) Kiki’s Delivery Service towel

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33) Disney villains beach towel

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34) World of Warcraft Horde towel 

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35) Pi kitchen towel

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36) The Hobbit tea towel

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37) One Piece towel 

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38) Phases of the moon towel

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39) Sailor Moon towel

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40) Star Wars towel

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41) Super Mario Bros. hand towel

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42) 42 beach towel

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*First Published: May 25, 2016, 10:45 am

Lisa Granshaw

Lisa Granshaw reports on pop culture and geek fashion and is the founder of GeekFold. You can find her work on Syfy, Boing Boing, and Geek and Sundry.

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