About Local 42
International Wenches Local 42 was started in 2000 and has since grown in membership every year. Click here to view our Charter. In fact the demand to join has exceeded the number of pins that can be made available at Lundegaards that we now offer 2 types of temporary pins.
What's with the pins??
Wench In Waiting
This pin was made for the aspiring Wench waiting for the opportune time so she can order her pin for membership from Lundegaard's. This pin is given only with the understanding that she will order her official pin once one is available. Once an order has been actually placed, that pin is replaced with the...
Wench In Postage
This pin is worn until the official pin arrives in the mail. Both the WIP and WIW pins are returned so another new wench may use them.
When given the WIP pin it will have ribbons representing the colors of the states of Maryland and Virginia (red, yellow, black, blue, and white) hanging from it. These ribbons are moved to the official pin. You can always tell a member of your local by the colors of her ribbons.
For more information about joining the International Wenches Guild Local 42, Send us a Smooch!
The local number was taken from the novel "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. In the story, a "simple answer" to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is requested from the computer Deep Thought, specifically built for this purpose.
It takes Deep Thought 7 and a half million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. Unfortunately, the exact wording of The Ultimate Question is unknown, and as The Ultimate Answer doesn't make much sense without it, another computer is built to find the question, which forms the basis for the rest of the book.
Therefore, since we are Local 42, "We ARE the Answer!"
Where is your Towel?
The significance of a towel can also be found in "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy". It describes the towel as "about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have", partly because it has so many practical uses; as a bed, a tent, a sail, clothing - what have you.
In fact, in the Hitch Hiker's movie, you can see Ford Prefect, the consummate interstellar hitch hiker, readying his towel as a weapon whenever danger arises.
However, the main value of hanging onto a towel, says the Guide, is psychological. Anyone who can "hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where their towel is" is clearly someone to be reckoned with.