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The Terrible Towel: Don't Leave Home Without It

Written by Dan Gigler on .

A fun video sent in by George and Ann Frantti, a retired couple from Clifton Park, New York (near Saratoga Springs) who take the old American Express slogan to heart when it comes to their Terrible Towel. The couple, both 64, embarked on a 10-month journey last year across the globe that spanned five continents, 13 countries and 60+ cities, all with their Terrible Towel in tow.   

Ann Frantti explains:

"George grew up in Penn Hills and was a Steelers fan since the Bobby Layne days. I grew up in Port Allegany Pa. Our son Travis grew up wearing Black and Gold -- a dieheard Steelers fan forever. We took the TERRIBLE TOWEL around the world with us because we never leave home without it...!!

"We were in mainly non-English speaking countries. People were incredibly friendly [they] pointed and laughed while the Terrible Towel twirled around.

"In Morocco, a snake charmer wanted to charge $100 US to let us take a picture of the Terrible Towel with his cobra (would not negotiate)

"In China, a group of school kids laughed at me trying to twirl the towel on the Great Wall. You can tell from the video that I am twirling-impaired.

"In South Africa, George was horrified when I used the Terrible Towel to chase away a group of velvet monkeys. If it were between losing me or the Terrible Towel -- not a clear choice."

While in England, George can be spotted waving the Towel in front of ... Big Ben. Obviously. Fittingly the video ends with shots of their trip to Pittsburgh on October for the Steelers game at Heinz Field against ... the Ravens.

"George's mother and two brothers live in Pittsburgh. We were lucky enough to go to the first Steelers/Ravens game in October. (Thanks to the Post Gazette for letting us know that a limited amount of tickets were going on sale. George grabbed them as soon as they went online).

"Cannot wait until the Steelers beat the Ravens this weekend and the Terrible Towels are out! Go Steelers!"

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