Towel Day 2008

Emily Horn and Milan Ilnyckyj with towels

It is Towel Day, once again. Those truly wishing to pay their respects to the comic genius of Douglas Adams should consider reading his relatively little known but excellent book Last Chance to See.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

2 thoughts on “Towel Day 2008”

  1. RIP Douglas Adams…

    I appreciate how your towel is tossed carelessly over the art supplies behind you. It gives you a debonaire air. (Am I allowed to use those two words in succession??

    Just did. Too bad.)

    We rock the party that rocks the towels in honour of wise and witty writers.

  2. “A towel, it 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-bogglingly 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.

    More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some
    reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch
    hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is
    also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of
    biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather
    gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily
    lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the
    hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think
    is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy,
    rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and
    still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”

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