Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Towel Day!

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 vapours; 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 hitchhiker 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.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)[3]

I know I know its Saturday, and for some of you school is out already (lucky). But who can resist a little Edible Geekery? I sure can't. So I grabbed my towel (What? There is one in the kitchen) and prepped lunch for me :). No matter where you might end up, don't panic, and always remember your towel.

 In this lunch :
  • Towel - ham
  • Hitchhiker's hand - provolone cheese
  • Improbability flower pot - broccoli and carrots
  • Spinach and kale salad greens
  • Restaurant at the end of the universe - cauliflower, broccoli and provolone
  • Almonds and pistachios
Here's a look back at how we celebrated Mr. Douglas Adam's Birthday and a Geeky Valentine : Click for lunch details and original posts.

Don't Panic!

So long and thanks for all the fish!

If you are up for the adventure, add your own Douglas Adams inspired creations to our Edible Geekery linky below.


  1. Marvin is amazing. Happy towel day

  2. The ham towel is nothing short of awesome...truly brilliant lunch. <3

  3. Love it! The towel and flower pot are so clever!