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Submission + - Towel Day is upon us! (towelday.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Douglas Adams died about ten years ago and fans have not forgotten about the beloved humorous science fiction author. On Towel Day (May 25th), they carry their best towel and organize events all over the planet.
Examples: a gladiator towel fight (France), concerts (Denmark & Russia), a march against Vogon Violence (Brazil), a talk on science in the Hitchhiker’s Guide (UK), guided tours (Germany & UK), etc. People are gathering in parks and bars, and there’s a lot of drinking, movie viewing, flashmobbing, hitchiking and creative work going on.

A Canadian group recently ran a contest to select an Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth. The winner was Ms Deena Roth of Tennessee, USA.

Submission + - Obama is sung to about WikiLeaks (sfgate.com)

xkr writes: Willie Brown, who was mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California State Assembly for 30 years, reports in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that Naomi Pitcairn got by the secret service in a private fundraiser to serenade President Obama, along with some other surprise protesters, with a long song protesting the imprisonment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the man accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. The president signaled the secret service to let them finish singing, then asked Nancy Pelosi, “Is this your gift to me?”

Submission + - GLOBE at Night Aims to Map Global Light Pollution (globeatnight.org) 1

Kilrah_il writes: Light pollution is a big problem this days, affecting not only astronomers and wild life, but also everyone else because of wasted energy. GLOBE at Night aims to raise awareness by urging people to go outside and find out how much light pollution there is in their area. "The campaign is easy and fun to do. First, you match the appearance of the constellation Orion in the first campaign (and Leo or Crux in the second campaign) with simple star maps of progressively fainter stars found. Then you submit your measurements, including the date, time, and location of your comparison. After all the campaign’s observations are submitted, the project’s organizers release a map of light-pollution levels worldwide."

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