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  • Poemhunter Moderator (5/25/2012 12:59:00 AM) Post reply
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    Today is Towel Day. Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author, as referred to in Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams' death on 11 May 2001.

    The original quotation that explained the importance of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams' work The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    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 vapours; 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-bogglingly 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: 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.

    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.)
    —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Rookie Kelsi Brockway (5/4/2012 11:14:00 AM) Post reply

    Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Fabulous piece of literature.

  • Rookie - 3 Points Calico Jack (4/20/2012 1:10:00 PM) Post reply

    Paranoia by Joseph Finder blew my socks off. Seriously, right off my feet! It was remarkable.

  • Rookie Emmanuelle Fasbender (3/31/2012 9:18:00 AM) Post reply

    ; D Modelland by Tyra Banks may or may not be a bestseller but I know for sure that this is in the top ten list off best books in the world. I even love the author cuz she leaves an important message crafted into a well written book. I would recommend all girls who ever felt ashamed of their looks, should definely read this book and see the magical world of Modelland.; D

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/26/2012 4:17:00 AM) Post reply

    The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Dystopian fiction is more popular than it has been in more than 50 years.

    To mark the movie release of the most popular of this new wave of books, The Hunger Games, GoodReads examined the history of the dystopian genre to see how it has evolved and why it's so popular today.

    http://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/351-the-dystopian-timeline-to-the-hunger-games-infographic

  • Rookie Stella Mary (3/15/2012 8:24:00 AM) Post reply

    I think that Harry Potter is the best bestselling book in the history of the world. I haven't read Hunger Games. But Artemis Fowl and Twilight is good too.

  • Rookie Alicia Meyers (3/13/2012 6:07:00 PM) Post reply

    My two favorite books that got me into writing is the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I'm hoping to be a bestseller author, as well. I'm writing books such as my upcoming series called Secret series with Masked Secrets and my new one that I'm writing called Undercover Secrets. If you want, you can check out my page on facebook; Alicia M. Meyers's Author page where I write these novels. http://www.facebook.com/#! /pages/Alicia-M-Meyerss-Author-page/265786996799463 Thank you. (:

  • Rookie RUSTiC POET (2/28/2012 8:13:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Stephen King has fantastic books and movies if your into horror and spooky. HE IS my favorite author.

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  • Rookie Adriana Martin (2/5/2012 7:16:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    any one read the hunger games.great book. can't wait for the movie to come out!

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    • Rookie Kelsi Brockway (5/4/2012 11:16:00 AM) Post reply

      read all three and watched the movie! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! OBSESSED! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! PEETA!

  • Rookie Lauren Love (12/24/2011 10:49:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I think the Vampire Acadmey Series, written by Richelle Mead, is a top bestseller.

    Her writing just puts you in the character's body like you are the person experiencing everything.

    I'm already the series the 3rd time because I love it that much.

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