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Uses of a towel

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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...

Grate Oracle Lewot:
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.

- 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.

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. 

Grate Oracle Lewot:
A towel can make it easier to open a jar. It depends on the type of lid, but, yeah.


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