Douglas Adams fans celebrate Towel Day

The anniversary of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy writer's death is celebrated globally

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Hitchhiker’s Guide author Douglas Adams died in May 2001 and today sees the tenth anniversary of the fan tribute that has become an international – perhaps intergalactic – Towel Day.

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Stephen Fry, who played the voice of the Guide in the film version, led the online tributes – tweeting: “Ooh, and don’t forget that today is Towel Day” – but there are also hundreds of real-life events.

In the UK, there’s a Vogon Poetry Slam in London, with performances in two categories: So-Bad-It’s-Good poems and geeky Nerdcore ones. A special tour of Douglas Adams-related places around Cambridge is being run. And in Worcester there’s a week-long reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Also in London, Daily Mail science editor Michael Hanlon is talking at the Royal Society of Chemistry about the science of the Guide.

A guide to events around the world is on the official Towel Day website. It’s an immense list of very varied events, befitting the towel that Adams said had many and immense practical uses, from using them at the beach right up to how you could wet a towel “for use in hand-to-hand combat”. 

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He concluded: “Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”