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Title: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on May 27, 2009, 08:27:31 PM
To quote from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker 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 vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft 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 to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); 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: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, 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 hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker 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.

Feel free to share your insights on the uses of a towel...
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on May 28, 2009, 10:37:56 PM
A cupholder.

Perhaps I used too little fabric softener in the wash, but I wrapped it around a cup and it held the shape when I took the cup out.

They're also useful as curtains, or to fan the heat out of a car that's been parked in the sun.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Donna on May 29, 2009, 11:48:48 PM
- Curtains
- Naptime mat for the kids
- Rolled up into a pillow
- bib

Having 2 small kids I always have a towel in the car.  Very useful tool, indeed.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on May 31, 2009, 10:27:11 PM
I can't remember the ID of the poster at kojv, but she had listed some interesting uses from her experiences as a soldier in Iraq (complete with towel day photo from Iraq).  The list included a tourniquet and something to bind up the hands of surrendered enemy combatants. 
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on June 06, 2009, 07:50:18 AM
A towel can make it easier to open a jar. It depends on the type of lid, but, yeah.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Teatime on September 17, 2009, 03:19:20 AM
When I was a breastfeeding counselor I always told new moms to tuck towels under the arm that's holding the baby to prop her up to a more comfortable level. A towel can also be used to catch spit up. For teething you can cut a washcloth (which is just a tiny towel) in half, wet it, roll it up, and pop it into the freezer for a bit and it becomes the right temperature and consistancy to sooth a baby's sore gums.

My kids use towels to wrap up treasures they find on hikes.

A while back my girls made a video about the uses of a towel. The audio isn't very good, but it's sort of cute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UGUOMhgWfQ
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on September 19, 2009, 06:18:16 AM
Awwwww. :D That's adorable.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on September 21, 2009, 04:07:27 PM
Kids are always good for coming up with uses for things that adults might not think about.  And with towels, the uses are potentially infinite.

Use #??? - Towels can be a handy measuring device.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on March 12, 2010, 10:18:28 PM
When was the last time you used a towel for a measuring device? ???

Use#???

Something you can hide behind when hiding from your friends/enemies
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on March 15, 2010, 06:58:31 AM
I used a towel to measure the size of computer monitor by comparing it to another monitor with an already known size.  A towel's uses as a measuring device are nearly infinite.  And given it's flexibility, it is very handy for measuring the perimeter of odd shaped areas, such as a police chalk outline of a dead body, if for some strange reason you happen to need one.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on March 15, 2010, 09:24:07 PM
Okay?
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on March 21, 2010, 10:43:45 PM
Oh, I can't believe I forgot this: if you forget your sunblock, you can wear your towel around your shoulders to prevent sunburn on the back of your neck.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: VogonGirl on May 20, 2010, 02:45:42 AM
You can use a towel as a weapen (I do it every year on towel day).
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on May 25, 2010, 05:22:46 PM
Blindfold - sort of a reversal of hiding from a Bugblatter Beast - (disclaimer - it is not recommended that you attempt to put a towel blindfold on a Bugblatter Beast, hiding behind your towel should be sufficient).
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Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Teatime on May 14, 2011, 07:00:37 PM
Kilman, don't delete the above SPAM. At least not for a while. It's too hilarious!  :D
Gotta love those translators!
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on May 14, 2011, 07:10:00 PM
Ok, I will leave it, but I did ban the account from further posting.  Sometimes I wonder if those are from a translator or simply random word assembly.  Maybe we get both kinds of spammers.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Teatime on May 14, 2011, 09:41:14 PM
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Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on August 16, 2012, 07:07:11 AM
My little sister got some hamsters, and the cage she got is fairly roomy, but the bars on the top are far enough apart for the hamsters to squeeze through. Luckily, if you lie a towel over the bars, the hamsters won't realize the gaps are there anymore.
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Teatime on August 17, 2012, 05:21:27 AM
Cool. That's a use I hadn't heard yet!  ;D
Title: Re: Uses of a towel
Post by: Kilman on August 22, 2012, 08:32:33 AM
Sounds like Hamsters are about as bright as bugblatter beasts.