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sexta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2015

Don’t panic… and always know where your towel is!

I am at home. I am sick. I’ve got some terrible flu. It was due to the crazy weather in Florianopolis. Sometimes, it rains and then it gets very cold and suddenly it gets warmer then again, it gets hot and then cold and so on and so forth. Ok… ok…  Don’t panic…
It might be due to El ninõ, La niña, Global Warming or whatever. The fact is that the climate on earth, or at least the weather is messy. I mean crazy! Ok… ok…  Don’t panic…

Some people love holidays, I usually don’t. I mean, I love travelling, for instance, but a bank holiday for me is really painful. I have nothing to do, so I usually grab a book and read it for hours. That’s pretty much the way I have been spending my bank holidays in Santa Catarina. Ok… ok…  Don’t panic…
 As I had nothing more interesting to do right now, I decided to search for crazy or unusual stuff on the internet. I ended up finding this Towel Day. But what is this Towel Day after all?  The Towel Day is
celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans carry a towel with them, as described in Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held two weeks after Adams' death on 11 May 2001” (Wikipedia).
Have you guys heard of this “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”? Well, probably in Portuguese (O Guia do Mochileiro das Galáxias), right? Many people mention it when talking about holidays (vacations in American English).

Just like you know that every 25th May fans of Douglas Adams celebrate Towel Day by carrying a towel. 

I don’t have a lot to say today, so I just selected some pictures about the Towel Day.
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Where does this idea come from anyway?
The original quotation that explained the importance of towels can be found in Chapter 3 (see below)
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 — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); 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. —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 Don’t panic… and always know where your towel is!

  Don’t panic… and always know where your towel is!
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