|Swap Coordinator:||blagh (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Random Items Bath & Body Accessories|
|Number of people in swap:||12|
|Last day to signup/drop:||May 18, 2009|
|Date items must be sent by:||May 25, 2009|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
A simple swap - send a towel to your partner. It can be any kind of towel - small or large, bar or bath. For hearts, it can have some Hitchhiker-y theme (for example, the number '42', or genuine souvenir from the Restaurant at the End of the Universe).
Newbies are welcome, but must have filled-out profiles. Other swappers should have at least a 4.8, but you can message me about any unfair ratings.
For the uninitiated, Towel Day celebrates the most useful invention in the universe - the towel. Noted Towel Scholar Douglas Adams famously wrote:
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 vapors; 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-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); 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.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)
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