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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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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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