The Humble Towel's Important Place in Pop Culture History

The Humble Towel's Important Place in Pop Culture History

December 11, 2017
  Beach Towels

The towel is actually pretty iconic. 

People don't always think about towels, however, when they are thinking about awesome items. Whether it's logo beach towels turning heads on the shore or the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have, towels deserve all the high praise. 

Here are some of the most iconic towels throughout popular culture history: 

Towelie from South Park

Although he might be the laziest towel on this list, we still have to give credit where credit is due. Towelie has been warming our hearts and drying up wet spots for 17 years. The kids of South Park, Colorado would be completely lost without his wisdom. From having "no idea what's going on" to executing the perfect "Funky Town" melody on a key code, Towelie is one of the most unforgettable towels in history. 

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

May 25 is a special day because of a towel. Thanks to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Towel Day is now celebrated across the universe. Still aren't convinced that towels are great? Let Adams give you just a few reasons why they most certainly are: 

"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... 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." 

Rocky's Towel

Here's a 10-minute Youtube video of Tony Duke Evers (Tony Burton) screaming to Rocky to "throw the damn towel." Enjoy. 

Frank Zappa's Towel Thievery

Frank Zappa wrote a surrealist comedy called 200 Motels which included the not-at-all-a-classic noise rock song, "I'm Stealing the Towels." Is that not the coolest sentence in history? 

Keep in mind, however, that custom beach towels found in hotels cost money and should never be stolen -- but Zappa sure can sing about it. 

The next time you're at the beach, reading (48% of beachgoers prefer to read, by the way) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, listening to Zappa, thinking about Rocky, or doing your best Towelie impression, make sure you're showing your appreciation for logo beach towels across the beach, world, and universe. 

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