Towels are generally pieces of cloth intended to dry people, pets or items after cleaning. Towels come in different sizes, fabrics, colors, absorbencies and textures.
To "throw in the towel" is to say that you quit.
Towels come in a wide variety of sizes: hand, bath, bath sheet, etc.
A bath towel is usually about 2 1/2 by 5 feet. Larger towels are bath sheets or beach towels. Smaller towels are useful in the kitchen or for hand towels.
In households with multiple people using a bathroom, color coding can allow each person to have their own towel and reuse it. Each person has their own color towels.
Keep some of your older towels for messier jobs, like drying off the dog after she rolls in the mud, or drying up a water leak in the basement. Use older towels as insulation or padding for a dog house. Old towels can be useful as cleaning rags. They can be used as material to make stuffed animals.
A large towel that is damaged, but only in some parts, can be cut up and hemmed to make multiple small towels or washcloths.
Towels can provide entertainment. They can be folded similar to origami or napkins. With a few minor additions, they can be simple puppets. Or they can provide a quick curtain to hide behind for a game of peek-a-boo.
A rolled towel can block air flow under a door or a temporary block for a badly fitting window. This can be useful for blocking cold air in the winter or in an emergency during a fire, a damp towel can provide a way to slow the spread of a fire or block the smoke from coming under a door. There are better solutions for these things, but temporarily or in an emergency a towel can be helpful.
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A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker 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 mini raft 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 (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); 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.