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42 things every interstellar hitchhiker should see on Towel Day

Don't panic, just celebrate the late, great Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams this May 25. 


Gaby Dunn

Internet Culture

Posted on May 24, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 3:00 pm CDT

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

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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

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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

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14) Fancy Fish

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15) Greetings! 

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16) Drink Up That Janx Spirit in These

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17) Cute Babelfish Crochet

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18) Don’t Panic—Relax on This Pillow

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19) Speaking of Janx Spirit…

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20) Paranoid Android

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21) Time Is an Illusion

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22) Don’t Panic Pocket Journal

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23) Everything You Need to Remember 

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24) Happy Birthday to the Ground

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25) This Is All Going to End in Tears

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26) Inspirational Wall Hanging 

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27) Can You Tell I Really Like Marvin?

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28) Stamp Out Panic!

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29) Humblebrag

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30) Hoppy Tats, Frood!

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31) At Any Rate…

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32) The Dolphins’ Last Words

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33) Zaphod Booblebrox

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34) Flying Is Learning How to Throw Yourself at the Ground Wall Decal

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35) Unhip-ster

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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.)

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38) This Tattoo Took 42 Hours (JKJK)

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39) Speaking of Tattoo Ideas…

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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

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Illustration by Jason Reed

Correction: An early version of this article misstated the year of Douglas Adams’s death.

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*First Published: May 24, 2013, 9:00 am CDT