Today Google is celebrating the life and legacy of the famous Douglas Adams, he was a British Writer and Philosopher.
His best work was “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” which today have cultist status. This is likely because of his forward thinking and going where no man has gone before, his vision for technology was outstanding, if you look at the gadgets in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe”. Some of the gadgets in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” may have seemed silly at the time, but as we start to integrate technology into products like Clothing, Glasses, Smart Phones and Home Appliances the things Douglas Adams have thought up in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” are not so absurd anymore.
If you look at one of the things a Hitchhiker cannot live without “A Towel” it suddenly make sense that Douglas Adams have had the thought of making it an almost magical item. In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe a towel is not just a towel.
A towel: This is, according to Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels (and movies, TV series, radio plays, stage adaptations, video game spinoffs, novelty towels, etc., etc.) “About the massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” By Douglas Adams
The Towel in the Hitchhikers guide to the Universe
“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 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 mind-bogglingly 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 stag (stag: 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 stag 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 stag 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 clearly a man to be reckoned with.” Quotation from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
If you look closely in the Google Doodle today about Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe you will see the towel to the left of the window, behind the tab.
Douglas Adams and Apple
According to several sources Douglas Adams had a big love for Apple, and loved the Apple Company and their technology. It is clearly that Douglas Adams thought a lot about technology and seems like he was obsessed with science fiction. In the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” the actors had a “Tablet” type of device long before Apple, Microsoft or Samsung have even thought of such a device. It is interesting how our generation gets to see some of the Technologies in movies like “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”, “Back to the Future” and “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” are becoming available as everyday products, and not as advanced as it seemed in these movies.
If you have seen “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” you will recognize more objects within the Google Doodle that a Hitchhiker have to have when traveling the Universe. There is a cup of tea a signature of the character in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” who could never find a decent cup of tea in his travels. There is also the Babel Fish, which is mandatory to have if you need to communicate with people in different languages, in the movie if you stick it in your ear, the fish translates the words for you and you can understand all languages.
One can also see the number 42 in the Douglas Adams Google Doodle, according to the movie the number 42 was the ultimate answer to all questions the Universe has to offer.
The paranoid Android also makes its appearance if you click on the door…
All in all we loved the Douglas Adams Google Doodle and think that the Doodler who designed the Douglas Adams Google Doodle did a stunning job!
Douglas Adams and Rhino Poaching
As we did some research for the Article about Douglas Adams we discovered that he also had a passion for Rhino’s. Rhinos are currently being slaughtered in South Africa and face extinction. Douglas Adams was one of the founders of the “Save the Rhino” campaign and had a great passion to rescue Rhino’s from extinction.
For more about Douglas Adams passion for Rhino’s you can read an article which we wrote earlier about Douglas Adams and his passion for Rhino’s