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Happy Towel Day, Hoopy Froods!

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Today is Towel Day, when we celebrate the life and work of author Douglas Adams. There are lots of ways to celebrate, but these are my favorites:

Play an Updated HHGTTG Text Adventure Online

Head on over to BBC Radio 4 to play a 30th anniversary edition of the Infocom game The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's free, it's arguably better than the 20th anniversary edition, and it's brutal. From the How to Play page:

Note: The game will kill you frequently. If in doubt, before you make a move please save your game by typing "Save" then enter. You can then restore your game by typing "Restore" then enter. This should make it slightly less annoying getting killed as you can go back to where you were before it happened.

So go and play, if you dare!

Watch His Famous Lecture

Just days before his death, Adams delivered a fantastic lecture on Lemurs, Monkeys, Parrots, the Universe, and Everything. It is very much worth your time...but as always, you should have your towel handy.

You Tell Me!

How will you celebrate Towel Day? Perhaps by reading about The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson?

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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Watch Astronauts Assemble Pizza in Space
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Most everyone enjoys a good pizza party: Even astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

As this video from NASA shows, assembling pizza in zero gravity is not only possible, it also has delicious results. The inspiration for the pizza feast came from Paolo Nespoli, an Italian astronaut who was craving one of his home country’s national dishes while working on the ISS. NASA’s program manager for the space station, Kirk Shireman, sympathized with his colleague and ordered pizzas to be delivered to the station.

NASA took a little longer responding to the request than your typical corner pizzeria might. The pizzas were delivered via the Orbital ATK capsule, and once they arrived, the ingredients had to be assembled by hand. The components didn’t differ too much from regular pizzas on Earth: Flatbread, tomato sauce, and cheese served as the base, and pepperoni, pesto, olives, and anchovy paste made up the toppings. Before heating them up, the astronauts had some fun with their creations, twirling them around like "flying saucers of the edible kind,” according to astronaut Randy Bresnik.

In case the pizza party wasn’t already a success, it also coincided with movie night on the International Space Station.

[h/t KHQ Q6]

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