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A little over 42 years ago, Douglas Adams introduced the world to his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HGTTG)—and the place hasn't been the same since. After the author's untimely death on May 11, 2001, his fans proposed a memorial to take place 2 weeks later, and Towel Day was born. It's initial success made it an annual event. Now, fans throughout the universe honor the legacy of Douglas Adams every May 25th. Don't panic—just read on for a multitude of fun, frivolous, and mostly harmless ways to celebrate Towel Day.[1]

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Sprinkle famous Adams quotes into conversation.

  1. Quote Adams to show your admiration for his work. Adams had quite the reputation for being a witty man, and there's no doubt his writing is hilarious. When the occasion presents itself, throw out one of these wise lines:[4]
    • "I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer."
    • "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."
    • "I'd rather be happy than right any day."
    • "Reality is frequently inaccurate."
    • "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."
    • "Life is wasted on the living."
    • You live and learn. At any rate, you live."
    • "A cup of tea would restore my normality."
    • "So long, and thanks for all the fish."
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Play the HGTTG video game.

  1. The original 1984 text-based game is free to play online. Channel your inner Arthur Dent with this fun throwback. You can play either a Java or Flash version of the game online, and best of all, you don't have to pay for the privilege.
    • The BBC's Flash version allows you to save games, so you can come back every year and try to beat your high score.
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Hang a banner that reads "DON'T PANIC."

  1. Fly your HGTTG flag proudly. Buy a banner and display it wherever you are on Towel Day. You could hang it outside your home or over your desk at the office. If you're having friends over, hang it in the room where you'll all be hanging out.

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Read HGTTG or another Douglas Adams book.

  1. Celebrate by reading if you prefer a more quiet day. If you're not really feeling like a party or being around a lot of people, curling up with a fresh copy of HGTTG is a great way to spend Towel Day. If you don't feel like reading HGTTG again, here are some other Adams titles you can try:[6]

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Watch the movie or TV series.

  1. Hold a viewing party or curl up and watch by yourself. Watching the movie or TV series is a calm, passive way to celebrate Towel Day if you feel more like taking it easy. If you don't want to buy your own copy, you can stream the 2005 movie through Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other streaming services.[7]
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Listen to the original BBC radio series.

  1. Go old-school with the radio broadcast that started it all. When HGTTG was first broadcast on BBC4 in 1978, the world was changed forever. What better way to spend Towel Day than to go back and relive those magical moments when it all began?[8]
    • The original radio series was the first radio comedy on the BBC to be broadcast in stereo.
    • When the book was first published in 1979, the last page featured a mail-order ad for an album version of the radio series. That album charted in its first year, selling more than 120,000 copies, despite not being sold in stores or played on the radio.[9]

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Help the needy with a towel donation.

  1. Participate in the annual towel drive held by Don't Panic Labs. If you happen to live in or near Lincoln, Nebraska, where the software company is headquartered, you can take your towels to one of the many public collection sites around the city. But if you live elsewhere, you can still donate through the company's website.[11]

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Attend a live event.

  1. Celebrate the day with a large group of Adams fans. Head on over to the official Towel Day website and check the listings—if a group near you has an official event, it will show up there. Join fan clubs to find out about events in advance or even help with the planning.[12]
    • You might also see posts about different events if you follow #towelday on social media.
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Dress in costume as a character from HGTTG.

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Get a tattoo inspired by HGTTG.

  1. A little ink is a permanent reminder of your love of HGTTG. It doesn't have to be big and fancy—you could just get the number "42" tattooed somewhere small and inconspicuous. Or you could always go wild with a photo-realistic portrait of your favorite character or Adams himself.[13]
    • A favorite quote from the series is also a popular choice.
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Take a trip to the UK or Europe.

  1. Spend Towel Day in Cambridge, England, where Adams was born. In Cambridge, you can spend time with the spirit of Adams himself. Stroll the streets of his youth, then head into a pub where Adams might've once raised a pint.[14]
    • Innsbruck, Austria, where Adams claimed he came up with the idea for HGTTG, also has a town-wide celebration of Towel Day every year.[15]

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