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DON’T PANIC…Be Ready for Towel Day!
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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.”

Winners:

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

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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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