Towel Day / The answer is 42 / Douglas Adams

morning babble / Tuesday 05-25-21

Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honor. Adams wrote the classic sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This day was organized in memory of him after he suffered a sudden heart attack at the age of 49. His fans wanted to find a way to commemorate his life’s work, and after having one towel day, its success made it a yearly event. Within Chapter 3 of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s all explained.

What is 42? A computer, called Deep Thought, gets to answer the universe’s ultimate question: “What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?”, and in response to this question Deep Thought gives a very simple answer: “42”. Yes – this is a part of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as well.

“If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else.” – by Douglas Adams

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