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DON’T PANIC…Be Ready for Towel Day!

Posted on | May 9, 2012 | 66 Comments

DON’T PANIC…Be Ready for Towel Day
May 25th is Towel Day, an international tribute to Douglas Adams, the late author of the iconic,
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Besides being a huge best-seller, The Hitchhikers Guide
is a treasure trove of pop culture quotes. One of our favorites is “A towel is about the most
massively useful thing…” Of course, we at PeopleTowels couldn’t agree more. A personal
favorite, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” And of
course, “DON’T PANIC” (always upper case) has become the stuff of legends. Don’t we all
need that bit of advice from time to time?
What is less known about Adams is that he was also a committed environmentalist who devoted
a good portion of his post-Hitchhiker’s Guide career to increasing awareness about endangered
species. Adams was no ordinary activist. In keeping with his decidedly off-beat sense of
humor, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in a rhinoceros suit to raise money to save the black rhino.
Adams also traveled the world for his radio series, Last Chance to See, finding near-extinct
species like the mountain gorilla and the manatee, creatures his audience might never have
heard of, but suddenly found themselves wanting to preserve.
In honor of Douglas Adams, the man who made carrying a towel a badge of honor, and
environmentalism cool, PeopleTowels is celebrating Towel Day with a “DON’T PANIC and
CARRY A TOWEL” Contest and limited edition DON’T PANIC PeopleTowels.
How to win this
limited edition towel?
Simply add
your “DON’T
PANIC..I had a Towel Story” to this blog. The story can be a PeopleTowels to the rescue or a
just a regular every-day towel story. In
keeping with the
spirit of The
Hitchhiker’s Guide,
it doesn’t even have to be real. Use your imagination. And remember,
Douglas Adams was a very clever humorist. Points will be given for the funniest stories.
Every day from May 14th through Towel Day, May 25th, we’re giving free DON’T PANIC AND
CARRY A TOWEL PeopleTowels to the funniest and best stories. If we get a lot of entries,
we’ll give away a lot of PeopleTowels – every day. Post more than one story—the more entries
the better chance to win. Add your story now and don’t forget to B.Y.O.Towel™. Adams, a
staunch atheist, will applaud you from the other side, though “he hoped and prayed there wasn’t
an afterlife.”

May 25th is Towel Day, an international tribute to Douglas Adams, the late author of the iconic, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  Besides being a huge best-seller, The Hitchhikers Guide is a treasure trove of pop culture quotes.  One of our favorites is “A towel is about the most massively useful thing…”  Of course, we at PeopleTowels couldn’t agree more.  A personal favorite, “I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”  And of course, “DON’T PANIC” (always upper case) has become the stuff of legends.  Don’t we all need that bit of advice from time to time?

What is less known about Adams is that he was also a committed environmentalist who devoted a good portion of his post-Hitchhiker’s Guide career to increasing awareness about endangered species.  Adams was no ordinary activist.  In keeping with his decidedly off-beat sense of humor, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in a rhinoceros suit to raise money to save the black rhino.  Adams also traveled the world for his radio series, Last Chance to See, finding near-extinct species like the mountain gorilla and the manatee, creatures his audience might never have heard of, but suddenly found themselves wanting to preserve.

In honor of Douglas Adams, the man who made carrying a towel a badge of honor, and environmentalism cool, PeopleTowels is celebrating Towel Day with a “DON’T PANIC and CARRY A TOWEL” Contest and limited edition DON’T PANIC PeopleTowels.

How to win this limited edition towel?

Simply add your “DON’T PANIC… I had a Towel Story” to this blog.  The story can be  “PeopleTowels to the rescue” or a just a regular every-day towel story. In keeping with the spirit of The Hitchhiker’s Guide, it doesn’t even have to be real.  Use your imagination.  And remember, Douglas Adams was a very clever humorist.  Points will be given for the funniest stories.

Every day from May 14th through Towel Day, May 25th, we’re giving free DON’T PANIC AND CARRY A TOWEL PeopleTowels to the funniest and best stories.  If we get a lot of entries, we’ll give away a lot of PeopleTowels – every day.  Post more than one story—the more entries the better chance to win.

Add your story now and don’t forget to B.Y.O.Towel™.  Adams, a staunch atheist, will applaud you from the other side, though “he hoped and prayed there wasn’t an afterlife.”


May 14th – Jen B, Ferrah G, Jeannine S, Valerie R, Dana S, & Jessica K

May 15th – Chanti, Jamie V, Beth M, Jessica Ann R, Mechele J, Kristin T

May 16th – Heather B, Joe P

May 17th – Amanda R, Jenni, Emily P

May 18th – Kristen T, Mary W, Harvin

May 19th – Neha D, Harvin

May 20th – Ellie J, Lisa L

May 21st – Yvonne T, Amy S, Pamela

May 22nd – Kristen T, Stephanie V

May 23rd – Mary Jo C, Theresa S, Olga L, Laurel A

May 24th – Rachel R, Heidi M, Nikki S

May 25th – Spencer D, Kristin T, Rebecca H, Mary H, Malisa V



66 Comments so far

  1. DON’T PANIC..My Towel Saved the Day when I was BBQ and tired of the paper stuff breaking. These work so much better for wipe ups of spills.

    Comment by Christopher Sorel — May 10, 2012 @ 5:08 am

  2. My favourite PeopleTowel story: Last summer, I was roadtripping to Calgary in a van with 7 other women. Every one of us was equipped with our own PeopleTowels. We stopped along the way at a very popular Canadian coffee chain and all squished into the little bathroom to wash up before lunch. As we each washed and then whipped out our PeopleTowels to dry our hands, we noticed a teenaged girl standing amidst us watching amazed. As we all left, she said she’d never seen people bring their own towels before and we were the “coolest adults” she’d ever seen! We loved that as in our daily lives as moms, teachers, etc….we don’t get told that very often!

    Comment by Ferrah — May 10, 2012 @ 5:50 am

  3. I have three kids is in varying ages. I had to take all three with me to my oldest daughter’s dentist app. My toddler had a little bag with her sippy cup and stuffed monkey in it that she carries everywhere. In the course of traveling the sippy cup had popped openand spilled on the bottom of the tote and the monkey. As my toddler start freaking out I told her not to worry that mommy had a people towel in her purse. I dried off the monkey and handed it back to her. Apparently that was not enough as the monkey was cold from being wet(her words) so we had to wrap the monkey in the people towel. She carried the monkey wrapped in the people towel for more then half the day.

    Comment by jeannine s — May 10, 2012 @ 5:56 am

  4. I’m grateful that I try to make it a habit to carry both paper and reusable towels around. Especially when one of the 3 of us has used the bathroom – only to find out the stall is outof paper. Carry a towel. Or two.

    Comment by monique — May 10, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  5. When driving thru town one sunny afternoon, I opened the (usually overloaded) glove box to grab my sunglasses. Low and behold, a nest of baby mice started falling out – little pinkies dropping out one by one. Now I don’t get too hysterical about such things being a country gal, but it was unexpected. I was in the intersection at this point, and pulled over ASAP. I remembered I’d stuffed a couple of People Towels under the seat, so collected the mice and nest materials, folded up all four corners and neatly disposed of it. Wash the towel, and it’s all ready for the next mess. People Towels – just because ya never know!

    Comment by Valerie Rogers — May 10, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  6. People towels has saved the day for me. When my husband and I completely ran out of regular towels that cost a lot to keep and use, we immediately went to the people towels. Now we are saving money becasue of it, and we don’t have to worry about buying a lot in bulk, but we can use these people towels over and over again. I’m so thankful that people towels saved the day for us, and I am so glad I came across this company. Blessings.

    Comment by Elizabeth Mattke — May 10, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  7. We won tickets to attend our very first Major League Baseball game last year. After a 4 hour bus ride with some very rowdy fans we pulled up in front of the stadium…SWEET!! But…as soon as we stepped off the bus it began to rain. It rained hard for about 45mins. Once the rain stopped we arrived at our seats to find them soaked…everyone was either standing around not sure of what to do or just sitting in the water. I however had the situation under control with my PEOPLE TOWEL! I pulled it out of my purse and wiped down both of our seats. It soaked up so much water I had to wring it out before hanging it back on my purse…we were very impressed and so were all the jealous people around us with wet backsides!! :0)

    Comment by Dana Shade — May 10, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

  8. Last year on Towel Day, but I didn’t know that it was towel day, I went to work at 8 AM and one of my clients with a developmental disabitity was sitting on the bench with a plastic bag waiting for his bus. I asked him what was in th bag. He showed me….it was a towel. I asked him why he needed a towel at work…he shrugged. The bus pulls up and I ask the driver if they need towels at work for some reason…bus driver said nope, you can leave it at home, so he did. Later, my husband tells me it was towel day, darn, should have trusted my client….he somehow knew what he needed!

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 11, 2012 @ 7:49 am

  9. Heavens to Alpha Centaria, the summer I was traveling with Zaphod I was really fraggle-brocked about not getting to see Slartibartfast at the Disaster Area concert. In a fit, I spilled my pan galactic gargle blaster all over myself and the ship controls. Fortunately, I had my People’s Towel Don’t Panic towel with me and was able to clean up the mess before the Heart of Gold went into random overdrive for the fifth time. Only one petunia was killed.

    Comment by Jessica K — May 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  10. I am the designated “den mother” in my house. My family thinks I’m crazy because I plan for every possible mishap when we leave the house for an outing. The cry is “We’re only going to the park!!!” But they are all soooooo thankful when they spill something and I whip out my People’s Towel. PEOPLE’S TOWEL TO THE RESCUE!!!!!

    Comment by Penny Turk — May 11, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  11. My neighbor wanted a new kitty for her kids…couldn’t find one locally, so my daughter, who lives 4 hours away, found one for her. Daughter kept kitten in DORM room – NOT allowed – for 2 weeks. We met almost halfway, and my daughter made sure that she brought the “kitty blankie” with, so the kitten wouldn’t feel uncomfortable in the car. When the kitty wasn’t poking it’s head and paws out of the holes of the box he was in, he was snuggled up on his blankie! It’s just a piece of flannel, but I feel like PEOPLE TOWELS would have worked just as well! I’ve never used them before, but would sure like to try them!!

    Comment by Jana Wall — May 12, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  12. If I could I would carry a towel in every purse I owned (I have a little OCD.. ok ok..I have like a BIG OCD!) – well I don’t have that many small cloth towels (you know they are reusable..) to begin with.. or maybe I have more purses than I should have..? anyways! so.. as you might have guessed I do carry a towel with me where ever I go.. (And my friends think I am little crazy.. but thats what my friends are always thinking anyways..)..SO this might seem obvious that I would have a towel in my car!and thank God I did.. because one fine day when I reached this club where I was going to go swimming.. as soon as I parked my car this little kid walking past my car and who was apparently trying to break loose from his mommy’s clutches (her hands), got a cut from the bracelet of his mom.. on his tiny fingers while being successful at what he was trying to do.. the mother panicked and so I quickly rushed to the back seat-took out the clean towel and some antiseptic lotion I had and came forward to help..they thanked me later and I sent this kid home with his mommy hand-in-hand smiling :) .. So it felt realllly good inside! ..oh by the way I believe in going green/living as green as I can.. and so are reusable towels are always a plus.. so Poeple Towels, please make me a part of the giveaway and team and give me one to try! I promise to use it well.. and I always do B.M.O.T. 😉


    Comment by Neha Dalmia — May 12, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  13. I have a 3 year old and a 7 month old so the messes are endless. Right now I am using (gasp!) paper towels :( I hope I win a People Towel so I can post a good story next time! When we do have a big spill I grab for our dishtowels but they don’t absorb very well!

    Comment by Stacy G — May 14, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  14. My son and I are HUGE Douglas Adams fans. He is SERIOUS about carrying a towel around. Once at a family gathering he opened a Dr. Pepper and it showered over him like a waterfall! He pulled out his handy towel and dried right off. : ) That towel has gotten him out of many an awkward moment.

    Comment by Jen — May 14, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  15. There once was box for lunch
    3 children eager to munch
    Yogurt and strawberries got drippy
    Not to mention the mess making me lippy
    Out came their PeopleTowels in a neat little square
    Go without we would not dare!

    Comment by Chanti — May 14, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  16. So the kids and I are zooming along Hwy 70 in the Sierra Nevadas, meandering in and out of loopty-loops and cave tunnels, speeding along at about a cool 65 mph…when BAM! Not one, but BOTH kids start puking up a storm! Who’da thunk both of my little ones would have inherited that pesky little “motion sickness” from their mother?? Yikes, right??! DON’T PANIC–I had a PeopleTowel! I tossed it to my oldest in the backseat and lo and behold, she was able to clean up a majority of the “mess”…thank goodness, because I’m a terrible multi-tasker!!

    Comment by Neva — May 15, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  17. When my 1 year old makes a mess Don’t Panic! I have a nice travel size towel ready to wipe, no running around trying to find a paper towel. I could use more though 😉

    Comment by Lydia — May 15, 2012 @ 11:11 am

  18. My 3 year old LOVES going to the park. One day, my husband and I took him to a local park and he was just about to head down the slide when I realized there was a huge puddle of rainwater at the bottom from last night’s storm. Butt hit the slide. Insert the slow-motion “NNNNOOOOOO!” Hands leave the rail, putting him in motion down the corkscrew slide. I whip out my towel. He cheers as his butt twists around the curves. I swipe the puddle at the end of the slide. His feet come into view. I fold the towel over and wipe the remaining water inches ahead of his butt. Another mommy crisis averted.

    Comment by Jamie V. — May 15, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  19. Milford the mouse was the biggest kleptomaniac in his town of Paper Towel Galaxy. Everyone that knew him knew to stay far, far away for their treasured items would be swiped. One night, he was creeping through Old Mr. Grover house (everyone knew to leave Grumpy, Old Grover alone—but Milford was feeling a little bit risky). As he was tip-toeing through the well-kept house, Grover’s cat (who might I add, was trained to kill mice) was on the prowl. Frightened, Milford tried to find his way back out but stumbled upon a lego replica of the Star Wars’ Death Star. The intricately built ship was crashing down, alarming Grover’s cat. Milford ran for his life, using every ounce of his might to make it through his mouse hole. Once in, he exhaled a breath of relief.. but, it wasn’t over; Grover’s cat was one of those naked cats and her arm could fit into the mouse hole. She paw was rifling through the room feeling for a panicky mouse. Milford’s daughter was awaken by all of the ruckus and said: “Don’t worry Daddy, here’s the PeopleTowel you stole from Ernie the Environmentalist.” Relieved, he plugged the mouse hole shut using Ernie’s towel. The end!

    Comment by Juliette R. — May 15, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  20. The automatic paper towel dispenser at my work has a mind of its own. It often jams or stops reading the input. I can’t say how many times I stood in front of it, waving my dripping hand like a maniac, only to give up and awkwardly try to dry my hands on the inside of my shirt. That is, until I learned about People Towels. Now, I never have to deal with it; now I DON’T PANIC. A couple weeks ago, it even spit out a paper towel at me for no apparent reason–I think it feels neglected, but I’m perfectly ok with that!

    Comment by Beth M. — May 15, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  21. Bartholomew the Boa was a janitor at one of the country’s largest malls. Bart (for short) worked everyday for 24 years, he never requested a sick or personal day. Some saw him as a very hard worker, others saw him a frail old snake that needed a break. The one thing people wondered was how he cleaned anything up—he had no hands to grip onto brooms or mops. What most people didn’t know about Bart was that he was a magical snake. When no one was around, he concentrated and shape-shifted into a snake made of cloth towels. By the time he was finished mopping up, he was the size of a kiddie train (because he absorbed all of the spilled liquid).

    Comment by Lizianne A. — May 15, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  22. Koa the puppy gets terribly car sick. His stomach rumbles and grumbles, while his chest heaves and BEHOLD a lake of vomit pours onto the car seat. Relieved, Koa finally relaxes as he lays down beside his reeking masterpiece. As I drive to my destination, I can’t help but think about Bob Marley’s song “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” I replace the words, “Don’t panic, about a thing. ‘Cause every little drip will be all cleaned up. With my peopletowel, with my peopletowel.” Sadly, this is a true story.

    Comment by Jen Garcia — May 15, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  23. My People Towel saved the day when I left to go grocery shopping and forgot my daughter’s extra cloth diapers I had sitting on the table to go. I panicked!!!! I found the People towel in the car that my son had brought the day before to eat his breakfast on the go, I folded it up and put it in her diaper cover and it held up for the entire shopping trip and drive home! You rock People Towels and you should consider going into the cloth diaper business as well!

    Comment by Mechele Johnson — May 15, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

  24. It looked like an army of penguins were standing guard, but if you looked closer each penguin had a large egg nestled in between his legs. The proud mamas were out hunting and gathering fish for her family. Each second, a baby penguin would hatch out of its egg, fascinated by the new world. The baby penguins grew fast and quickly formed cliques. Everyone wanted to be a part of the “cool” clique because they would belly-slide down slopes of snow. The not-so-cool group stumbled upon a square towel. Unsure about what it was, one penguin threw his belly on it and slid down the steepest slope! With the help of the towel, the penguin was able to reach unthinkable speeds that made the “cool” penguins blush with embarrassment. Before you knew it, everyone was talking to the uncool penguins asking to borrow the towel for their turn down the slope. The uncool penguins became the cool penguins and everyone was allowed to borrow their towel. The moral of the story: sharing is caring!

    Comment by Jessica Ann R. — May 15, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  25. Every long car trip gets portable oatmeal to go and of course People Towels for the crumbs (and lots of coffee too, who am I fooling). Heading out on Friday for a 3 hour car ride to metro for theatre and Spring Comic Con. People Towels will be with us for each and every mile.

    Portable Oatmeal: blender 2 cups oats, 1 t cinnamon, 3/4 t baking soda, and 1/2 cup chopped dates. dump into bowl. add chocolate chips. blender 4 ripe bananas. Mix wet with dry. Scoop 12 biscuits onto baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes at 350.

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 15, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  26. I was on my way to work one day, a rainy day, a very rainy day. My tires were bald, like racing slicks. I assumed that when my car got sqirmy it was due to the conditions. I hoped I didn’t have to stop and hurried to get to my destination. I arrived and immediately checked the wheels. Flat! Dead flat! So I went in to work at a little elementary school. I knew when it was time to go that I had quite the task before me. No worries! I know how to change a tire. I was actually looking forward to all the women gasping and asking if I need them to call someone. Nope, I got this! And I did – no problem, well, except that rain mixed with dirty tires and greasy lugs = dirty hands, very dirty hands. I thought, I looked, I knew – no napkins, no paper. What would I do? I couldn’t wipe my hands on my fancy (very soaked) work clothes. DON’T PANIC, I have a towel! A people towel! It did the job and did it well. Thanks you people towels. I shall never be without a towel again!

    Comment by heather b. — May 15, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  27. My dad is a very careful man. He never leaves the house without being completely prepared. So, one day we are driving in his car when a huge rainstorm begins. I’m not just talking about any rainstorm; I am talking about one of the largest flash-floods to ever hit Indiana. Before we know it, the roads are flooded and closed and we have to take a strange detour. Halfway through this detour the roads become so bad we have to pull over and get off of the roads.

    We pull over to an empty parking lot when my dad says “get the umbrella, we have to make a run for it to that gas station over there. Once we are inside we can get some food and a map.”

    So I look and look for the umbrella that is ALWAYS under the seat but I can’t find it. Instead, I find a few packs of People Towels. So, my dad and I run in the drenching, thunderous storm each carrying packs of Towels. Once we get to the Gas Station we are soaking wet. But of course, the day was saved as we opened up the packs of towels and dried ourselves off.

    Comment by Joe P. — May 15, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  28. I carry my People Towels in my diaper bag, cause my little girl love to eat cheese balls and she has the cheese crumbs every where; so the towels make it easy to clean her up on the go.

    Comment by Amanda Redden — May 15, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  29. My boyfriend is the drop-stuff-in-his-lap type, so I always carry a few People Towels in my purse. Ever since our very first date when he dropped a fruit cup in his lap and turned beet-red, I knew I was madly in love and I had to be prepared! Of course, yesterday when I spilled root beer in my lap while out to dinner I was prepared too :-)

    Comment by Jenni — May 15, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

  30. I was making dinner when I realized I’d forgotten to buy a key ingredient (pasta sauce). So I scooped up my 10 month old daughter and headed to the grocery store. I didn’t bring her diaper bag because I knew it would be a fast trip. At the grocery store they were offering free samples of canteloupe when we walked in. I accepted one and absent-mindedly let my daughter take a bite of the chunk as we raced to get the pasta sauce. Next thing I knew she was spitting bits of chewed melon, and then some, onto my chest! I panicked, went to put my keys in my jacket pocket so I’d have a free hand, and was dumbfounded and extremely relieved to pull it back out with a people towel in hand!! I had forgotten that I’d put it in there for another quick trip the week before. It was a lifesaver, the mess could’ve ended up so much worse. I had never before or since been so happy to see my people towel:) Thank you!!

    Comment by Emily Palmieri — May 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am

  31. My friend Peter loves books and loves to write and loves being a librarian and loves turning folks onto good books and loves Douglas Adams. I would love to win a People Don’t Panic Carry a Towel for him. Peace.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. Douglas Adams

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 17, 2012 @ 10:50 am

  32. I am an avid runner and my PeopleTowel is always with me on my runs and races. I loop the handy hangtag over my thumb or index finger to sop up the sweat, rain drops or wipe my runny nose. On long runs, my PeopleTowel dries as I go so I can continue to use it over and over.

    Comment by Mary — May 18, 2012 @ 5:45 am

  33. Everything I can say about PeopleTowels ends the same way: they’re always so reliable! So I’ve decided to sum up my PeopleTowel experience with a haiku:

    A People Towel–
    Always there to dry your hands
    through thick (wet) and thin!

    Comment by Harvin — May 18, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  34. A People Towel a day keeps dirt, mess and spills away!

    Comment by Neha Dalmia — May 18, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  35. I use a PeopleTowel like a coaster at work so my desk doesn’t get wet rings from my water glass and coffee mug. This past week, I had one of those impossible to replicate moments where my chair got stuck as my hand got tangled up in my headphone cord which got wrapped around my full glass–and water spilled everywhere! All was soaked: my desk, my chair, the floor and myself. The PeopleTowel coaster cushioned the fall of my glass and kept it from rolling away, as well as absorbed enough water for me to use the other PeopleTowels in my drawer to dry up the river before it reached my keyboard. While being soaked wasn’t fun, I was happy (and so was my company) that my computer wasn’t drowned by my clumsiness.

    Comment by Harvin — May 19, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  36. A few years ago I was travelling back home from a trip with my parents and my dog. Everything was going swimmingly; parents in the front, dog and myself (along with half the luggage) in the back, listening to the beautiful sounds of Pink Floyd’s legendary Wall album.
    I believe it was just as “One of my Turns” was reaching its dramatic crescendo that my dog, who had up until this point been sleeping, looked up at me with an odd expression on his face. He began to shift about and, although it may be hard to imagine, I swear the colour drained from his cheeks.
    It wasn’t until the first wretch that the penny dropped. With a clunk.
    I was instantly thrown into action mode, eyes darting everywhere for some kind of protection from what I knew was inevitable. Just as I was beginning to fear that the only escape would be to leap from the car itself I spotted it. Poking from the corner of the not quite fully zipped up suitcase. My towel.
    In an instant I grabbed at its corner, pulling it free from its confinements, and threw it in front of and around my dog.
    Not a moment too soon.
    The next moment the poor thing was throwing up a rather ridiculous amount of dog biscuits that would have, if it weren’t for my towel, covered both myself and the car.
    Thank you towel. I’m sorry we had to throw you away, but truly, you were a loyal friend.

    Comment by Ellie Jordan — May 19, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  37. I packed a couple people towels in my bag yesterday for Spring Comic Con at the Minnesota Fairgrounds (just in case of emergency towel needs). It was 98 degrees out and 1000 fanboys, fangirls, comic geeks, and super heroes packed into the space under the grandstand. People towels came in handy for wiping the sweat off our faces and out of our eyes, so we could shop, browse, and meet the authors and artists! Thanks People Towels.

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 20, 2012 @ 5:15 am

  38. I love to set the an example of sustainable living for my students at school. People towels seem like a logical place to go.

    Comment by Joshua Kraus — May 20, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  39. I wash my hands a lot. I realized I was going through 5 or six paper towels just making dinner. I felt so wasteful! When I saw PeopleTowels at the Container Store I knew I found a perfect solution. Now I always have a towel hanging next to my sink. PeopleTowels don’t just save the day, they also save my conscience!

    Comment by Lisa — May 20, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  40. Washed and Dried my People Towels from the Weekend….see above. Finius the Orange (one year old little rescue kitty from the Human Society) helped me fold…sort of…picture posted on People Towels Facebook page.

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 21, 2012 @ 4:37 am

  41. I decided to cut back on buying paper towels because to me they are such a waste. Well my husband thinks differently. I told him “DON’T PANIC” Just think our parents never had paper towels. He sees things differently now. And saving money too.

    Comment by Yvonne Teel — May 21, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  42. I always keep a towel in my car since having a child. A towel means never having to say no to a jump in a puddle! A towel means you are free to explore, it is never too messy!

    Comment by Lisa L — May 21, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  43. This morning at the breakfast table my Five year old and I were talking. I forget what about, but we were moving our arms as we spoke. Next thing I knew, her bowl of granola was hitting the floor and all over her clothes. DON’T PANIC was how I played it because the mess was already made. I grabbed a cloth napkin and started cleaning her up. Motherhood is mellowing me. There’s no reason to yell (or cry) over spilled granola (and milk.)

    Comment by Amy S — May 21, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  44. I don’t have a People Towel yet..but I carry my own towel (dish towel) around everywhere. It saves the day often, and I have told my mother often Don’t Panic I can clean that up..lol. Off to look at People Towels..

    Comment by Pamela — May 21, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  45. I am always catching myself wiping my hands on my shirt while cooking. I need a People Towel ‘utility belt’ to loop on several People Towels to use while making delicious food for family and friends. See proto-type photos on your facebook page. Peace!

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 22, 2012 @ 7:59 am

  46. Have you considered creating People Towel’s Brand aprons, children’s bibs, &/or adult meal clothing protector items!?

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 22, 2012 @ 8:11 am

  47. Honestly, I really cannot think of the last time I purchased napkins and/ or paper towels. An environmentalist at heart and also poor, I’ve always thought of paper products (except toilet paper) a waste. Luckily, my dear hubby would bring home bar towels from his bar and that is what we use. I’m sure we’ve had them around the house for over 7 years! Same towels!! And now our kiddos, 2 and 4 y.o., know to grab them when it’s chow time. Two more budding environmentalists in action. Love it!

    Comment by Amber in Weaverville — May 22, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  48. My son has GERD so he spits up about 100 times more than your average baby. My house is typically littered with towels and I don’t dare leave home without a couple! One time I was feeding my son a bottle and near the end he pushed it away, sat up, and… I was about to be covered! I could hear the gurgling rising up… but I didn’t panic because I had a towel! Just in time I slid it into place and was spared a mid-day wardrobe change! Because my son spits up so much and we are always shoving a towel under his chin or wiping his face with it he has taken to carrying the towels around like a security blanket! Towels… good for cleaning and snuggling!

    Comment by Stephanie VanHoose — May 22, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  49. I may not have a People Towel yet but I do have a towel in my purse at all times. You never know when you might need one. Especially in my side job – I’m a Ghostbuster, and it helps to have a towel to wipe off the slime before getting in the Ecto!

    Comment by Mary Jo Chrabasz — May 22, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  50. What a clever idea! For a long time now I’ve carried a towel in the car…just in case. But thought it would be too bulkly to carry one with me. Do you know how many times I’ve let my nieces and nephews dry their hands on my clothing because the mall or movie theatre restroom was out of paper towels? I didn’t panic, but I wish I had a towel!

    Comment by Theresa S — May 22, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  51. My 6 y.o. is an avid artist. Last Saturday I had to pick her up after her Art class. After washing all paint from her hands she turned to towel holder in the bathroom (kudos to Art class people – they have REAL towels in the bathroom, not paper ones), but her smile disappeared really fast: the REAL towel was EXTREMELY dirty (our Art class is a late afternoon one)! My poor girl turned to me with wet hands all frustrated and asked me what to do… I smiled and pulled my People Towel out of my pocket!!! She was so happy and thankful! That is how People Towel saved our day.

    Comment by Olga Lenchenkova — May 23, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  52. This Memorial weekend is our 10th annual Peep Roasting cookout. Our small group of 4 adults and 2 kids has grown over the years to 11 adults and 8 kids. I have learned the hard way how sticky and messy campfire melted Peeps can become….but this year, I am planning ahead and packing People Towels to help with the pink, yellow, blue, green, orange, and purple mess. Poor little Peep bunnies and chicks! The looks on their faces is terrible, but we do have great fun and the kids talk about it all summer. I will post a picture on your facebook page…..

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 23, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  53. Back in the 80s I was an astronaut in the Russian Space Program. It was the Cold War and the other astronauts–all Russian–were not happy to be traveling into space with an American. The spacecraft was small and hot, and the journey began to seem long; the Russians were unbearable quiet–only speaking infrequently (in Russian)–amongst themselves. Whenever I tried to join in (I speak fluent Russian) they glared at me unforgivably–as if I could never be cool enough to be one of them. There was one particularly tense moment when I accidentally pressed the anti-gravity button–causing Head Astronaut Ivan Sergiohonobroski to spill his freeze-dried ice cream all over himself. I was certain Ivan would thrust my body out far into space, but quickly told myself “DON’T PANIC” and pulled out my PeopleTowel; but just as I was about to come to Ivan’s rescue, I saw he already had his own PeopleTowel in hand and was nearly finished cleaning up! At that moment I realized something: We are all one People, and we all need a Towel! From that moment on the Russians gave me no trouble, and I became a true member of their space exploration team. In fact, I am convinced my PeopleTowel is solely responsible for the end of the Cold War!

    Comment by laurel — May 23, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  54. Everyday around my house is a “don’t worry I have a towel day” but one day that tuggs on my heartstring hard happened 8 years ago. Our cat got very ill and had to be rushed to the after hours vet. After waiting a long few minutes the vet came out to tell us that our poor Cuddles caught himself a very nasty UTI and he had to have a cathader put in because he was not urinating on his own. We said okay with no hessitation. Little did we know the mess our poor boy would leave for us on the floor the next morning. My husband and I couldn’t believe it. Thankfully, I had a lot towels for it! After many days of drying up pee with our wonderful towels, Cuddles was healthy enough to go to the vet and have his cath removed. Today 8 years later he is a healthy 12 year old cat that loves to play with his other siblings. The only signs that he has from his brush with death is that he is no longer able to go outside and he’s on a prescription C/D for the rest of his life. Those towels saved my floor and the vet saved my cat..Thank God!

    Comment by Rachel Ralston — May 23, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  55. Just a few weeks ago, I did an informal waste audit for my daughter’s parent participation preschool class… 20 kids and 20 parents wash hands at least twice within 2.5 hours once per week…there are about 8 of these classes per week…that’s over 300 paper towels per week in our one little school. Not only are the towels a cost for the class, but we fill up 3 small classroom garbage cans that have to be emptied after each class (wasting another plastic bag or two). After making the statement to the class about how paper towels was the most tossed item, my friend Margie who lived in Japan for 5 years told me about the Japanese tradition of carrying a towel. I did a web search that night and landed on PeopleTowels. Low and behold the webpage listed a vendor in my city (Mountain View, CA), so the next day I bought a towel to try out. I was so excited about this new-to-me waste prevention concept! Today I carried a towel to preschool and remembered to use it twice! Now I just need to practice and get everyone else in on the secret. Thank you PeopleTowels (and Margie)!

    I’ve got a little towel
    It’s handy, no doubt
    Keep it in my pocket
    Use it when I’m out

    Comment by Heidi Melander — May 24, 2012 @ 1:32 am

  56. I actually keep a towel with the number 42 on it in my car or in my purse…it fits because its a golf towel but its still a towel. One time I got out of my car at work and there was this pigeon sitting on the stoop which I expected to fly away. It didn’t. The closer I got the closer it backed itself into the door. So I pulled out my towel from my purse, wrapped the pigeon in it and took it inside, gave it water and ended up keeping her wrapped in that towel over night in a cat carrier. The next morning I opened the carrier on my porch and she walked out…walked around my porch for a minute then flew off. Also I keep regular towels in the trunk and one time a girlfriend and I were driving down the highway and there looked like a dog laying on an exit ramp…so we went to the next exit turned around and came back, got the dog wrapped in towels and carried it into my car and got it to the local vets. By the way, I am a Vet Tech, so I keep a towel on me at ALL times. But my having a towel has saved 2 lives for sure so far!

    Comment by Nikki Scarlet — May 24, 2012 @ 7:23 am

  57. The three little owls, they lost their towels,
    And they began to cry,
    “Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear,
    That we have lost our towels.”
    “What! Lost your towels, you naughty owls!
    Then you shall have no pie.”
    “Hoo, hoo, hoo.”
    “Then you shall have no pie.”

    The three little owls, they found their towels,
    And they began to cry,
    “Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
    For we have found our towels.”
    “Use your towels, you silly owls,
    And you shall have some pie.”
    “Hoo, hoo, hoo.”
    Oh, let us have some pie.”

    The three little owls used their towels,
    And soon ate up the pie,
    “Oh, mother dear, we greatly fear,
    That we have soiled our towels.”
    “What, soiled your towels, you naughty owls!”
    Then they began to sigh,
    “Hoo, hoo, hoo,”
    Then they began to sigh.

    The three little owls, they washed their towels,
    And hung them out to dry,
    “Oh, mother dear, do you not hear,
    That we have washed our towels?”
    “What, washed your towels, then you’re good owls,
    But I smell a rat close by.”
    “Hoo, hoo, hoo,
    We smell a rat close by.”

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 24, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  58. my towel saved the day when we spilled milk all over the floor. don’t cry, over spilled milk! :)

    Comment by dave — May 24, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  59. I would love to win a People Towel to take to work and use instead of all those paper towels and napkins. Then I could just wash it at the end of the week!

    Comment by Michelle — May 24, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  60. My towel is my friend… that is to say I haven’t always had the same towel, nor do I talk to my towel. But I use my towel everyday, and every day millions of towels get used. I could keep the same towel for a very long time because they are in fact washing machine-safe. I do like some towels more then others, the softer ones for after shower usage, the bigger ones to lie down on at the beach, and the smaller, thinner towels for drying dishes. If some beer spills on the floor and you don’t want the dog to get drunk from licking it up, DON’T PANIC! There’s a towel nearby to soak it up. If you’re helping your vampire friend escape the authorities during daylight hours, DON’T PANIC! A towel will keep the sunlight off his skin. A defabricater fell out of space and time to leave you in your birthday suit? DON’T PANIC! A towel will cover your bare parts. So all towels can be friends, for all friends help you when you’re in need.

    Comment by Suzan Stocker — May 24, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  61. It was one of those ‘nice’ weekends we sometimes have in Britain and wouldnt you know it, the garden really needed some attention. My daughter was popping down the town and i asked ‘nicely’ if she could get me something from one of those home and gardeny type shops nearby. She returned many hours later and gave me a big squashy bag. “What’s this?” i exclaimed. “A nice big towel, just like you asked.” she said. “Trowel. T-r-ow-el! thats what i wanted.” i said. “oh well. A nice towel is much more useful” she said. Couldnt argue with that.

    Comment by Spencer Douglass — May 25, 2012 @ 5:37 am

  62. I know where my towel is! Husband just chose one from the stack to take to work. He picked an orange beach towel with big colorful circles all over it that I got from my summer camp’s lost & found end of summer 1989….score! Happy Towel Day to you People Towels and RIP Doug, 1952-2001.

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 25, 2012 @ 5:44 am

  63. I have always been known as a towel junkie. If I see towels in Target, Salvation army etc I’m always checking them out. I find towels that have been around since the 70’s have a beautiful feel and texture. I always feel a sorrow when I have to realize that a towel has reached it’s lifespan. I have to quickly chuck in the compost pile/garbage and briskly walk away. Towels are functionary in so many situations how can one ever have enough?

    Comment by Rebecca — May 25, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  64. Could an idea be more elegantly simple or more simply excellent? I am returning to Japan (after too long an absence) to help with recovery and rebuilding in the tsunami-damaged area! The strong, beautiful and practical Japaneses people are known for having a hanky, cloth or towel handy. Still, I would love to “win” a few of these towels to give as gifts to our hosts and my fellow volunteers. Would you help me in this? …choosing not to panic, maryhh

    Comment by maryhh — May 25, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  65. This year towel day is May 25, 2012 or 5+25+12=42 which is the answer to life, universe and everything!

    Comment by Kristin Troska — May 25, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  66. Celebrating Towel Day today…and what an amazing day it was (for rain that is…) Thankfully I had my “Don’t Panic” towel! Not only was I able to shelter myself from the deluge (thus preventing me from melting) and clear flecks of water from my glasses (reducing both pedestrian and vehicular accidents I might cause) but I was also able to elicit smiles from many a face while explaining “Towel Day”…
    So you see, towels not only save lives – but they bring happiness as well! Hooray for towels!

    Comment by Malisa V. — May 25, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

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