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Similar to a "red herring" a "warm towel" is a ruse to distract someones attention.

Etymology: From an environmental movement called Tidowave's events. It is recommended to members that a warm towel be brought - this implies, without stating, that Direct Action will be in effect at the event.
Margaret: "Did you find Randy or find out what happened to Teddy?"

Jamie: "Nah, it was a warm towel."
by m0r1arty December 12, 2007
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