Pazartesi, Mayıs 25, 2015

Paniğe mahal yok

Bugün evrensel Havlu Günü. Efsane yazar Douglas Adams'ın Otostopçunun Galaksi Rehberi'ne gönderme olarak başlayan gün 2001 yılından bu yana dünyada ve muhtemelen uzayda her yıl 25 Mayıs'ta kutlanıyor. Peki neden mi havlu. Faydaları aslında saymakla bitmez. Ben burada saymak hiç uğraşmayacağım. Faydalarını en güzel Adams anlatıyor. Onun sözleri ile:

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 hitchhiker 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.)

Bugün her tarafta Havlu Günü'ne yönelik etkinlikler düzenleniyor. Paylaşımlar, partiler, resimler vs vs. Örnek vermek gerekirse aşağıda geçen yıl Dresden'de yapılan kutlama var.

Bugün Havlu Günü. Havlunuzu yanınıza alın ve işiniz rast gitsin. Galaktik otoyolun ne zaman sizin gezegeninizden geçeği belli olmaz. Paniğe mahal yok!

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