Towel Day is observed every year on May 25 to honor famous author Douglas Adams' science fiction series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

The first Towel Day was celebrated on May 25, 2001, two weeks after the death of Adams Douglas as a tribute to his works. On Towel Day, fans of the author carry a towel with them everywhere they go.

The importance of towels was first introduced in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in its original radio series in 1978. The follow-up book by the author also explained the importance of towels.

“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have,” Adams wrote in his book.

People across the world now celebrate Towel Day by posting pictures of their towels with a #TowelDay hashtag on social media. Some fans of the author go to work with their towels, host parties and serve drinks as described in the Hitchhiker series.

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On this Towel Day in 2021, here are 10 best lines from Adams Douglas for you to commemorate his life and works:

  1. “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
  2. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
  3. “The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied.”
  4. “There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath.”
  5. “He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.”
  6. “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”
  7. “In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
  8. “All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place.”
  9. “Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.”
  10. “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”