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Stoics? . . . are we dull men stoic?

Epictetus, 55-135 AD, philosopher (born a slave, studied philosophy, became a freeman), wrote Art of Living We dull men are sometimes described at stoic — we typically are quiet, don't complain much, don't wear our feelings out there on our sleeves. "Keeping a stiff upper lip," as the English … [Read More...]

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Wife with problem: husband reading her emails

Here's some "Dear Abby" advice that wouldn't work for a dull man as we love reading instructions manuals. "Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?" "A: Rename the email folder 'Instruction Manuals'" … [Read More...]

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Housework-challenged husband

An email making the rounds is from a wife complaining about her husband. Apparently she thinks he’s not all that bright. We’re quite certain he’s not one of us. We know all about instructions. We like to read them; we follow them. Last night my housework-challenged husband decided to wash a … [Read More...]

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Administrative Professionals Week

Quite a few of our members work as "administrative professionals." This is a week they can celebrate. Let's hope it'll not be too exciting for them. There are more than 4.1 million administrative assistants and secretaries and 8.9 million more working in other administrative support roles in the … [Read More...]

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Cemeteries people not dying to get into

Iconic British phone booths now put out to pasture as shown in this display of unique cemeteries around the world, found in an email that is making the rounds. 1. Phone Booth Graveyard , UK Graveyard of decommissioned booths, hundreds of them, that have been replaced by new modern ones is … [Read More...]

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Do we need Zebra Crossings for deer?

  What do you think? Please let us know your opinion on this vital topic. … [Read More...]

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Grey – - colour of the decade

According to the Guardian, grey (gray if you prefer) is the colour of the decade. So there is probably no need for us to paint the town grey just yet. "People are becoming braver with gutsy neutrals". That might mean the same thing. I am not … [Read More...]

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Today is McDonald’s Anniversary

April 15, 1955 McDonald’s Corporation dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc at 400 North Lee Street, Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 15, 1955. Kroc got the idea for this from a hamburger place at San Bernardino, CA that was owned and operated the McDonald … [Read More...]

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Today is Rubber Eraser Day

April 15, 1770 — Joseph Priestley recorded his discovery of a item made from rubber imported from Brazil that would erase — “rub out” — pencil marks. Priestly wrote, “I have seen a substance excellently adapted to the purpose of wiping from paper the mark of black led pencil.” Priestly called his … [Read More...]

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Inside the growing tiny house movement

  I am not sure I could fit into a tiny house, but some of our members might be interested. I saw this story on the BBC News iPad App and thought they should see it: "Americans construct tiny houses – and new lives" "More and more Americans are building tiny houses, drawn to the prospect of … [Read More...]

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Would this provide relief from boredom?

I received an email that had an interesting picture. The description caught my eye because I saw the word “bored” in it. I wondered, however, whether the description was right for the photo. The description was: RETIRED & BORED? TRY THIS Sometimes being retired is not very … [Read More...]

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“Love at first sight”

This video, even though it’s about romance, is safe for dull men to watch … [Read More...]

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Obnoxious coffee snobs

Do you, like many of us dull men do, get fed up with the way some people order and carry on at Starbucks and other coffee bars? … [Read More...]

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“Accent Tour of U.K.”

by Andrew Jack . . . professional accent and dialect coach . . . who effortlessly switches among all of the many accents throughout the U.K. … [Read More...]

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Riding thru car wash: scary for toddler

One of the forms of safe excitement we dull men often enjoy is riding in our car while it's going through a car wash. But riding through a car wash was not fun for the boy in the picture above — to watch, click on the picture or here: youtube.com/watch?v=vtCDcAm4mFo . This was shown on NBC's … [Read More...]

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Riding through car wash: safe excitement for us

Riding through a car wash is exciting for us Equipment needed •  Car •  Carwash •  Coins or credit card •  Chamois or towel Season Any time of year. Preparation To prepare for this experience, to make sure you won't get scared when doing the real thing, click here to watch a video … [Read More...]

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Today is National PB&J Day

April 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day It's the day after April Fool's Day. It's a day to return to seriousness. What better way to do that than making and enjoying a PB&J sandwich. PB&J's Origins The most likely story according to our research is that the sandwich was … [Read More...]

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“I love green grass” says House Speaker Boehner as he mows lawn

click here to watch video Eligible for DMC membership? … [Read More...]

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German Potato Museum – - refreshing break from Germany’s usual glitz and glam

Dear DMC A highlight of our recent trip to Munich was a visit to the Potato Museum kartoffelmuseum.de. It is located in an office building close to the Ostbahnhof and celebrates the potato in German history and culture.Happily, there are no loud noises, interactive exhibits or … [Read More...]

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U.S. government could save millions each year by using different font

  Teenager Suvir Mirchandani, from Pittsburgh, claimed the US government could save millions by using a typeface that consumed less ink. This breaking news is reported in: •  "Which typefaces use the least ink?" in BBC News •  "Can a font change save the government $234 million?" in the … [Read More...]

Slow Walk Backwards across France

Slow TV again – - in France this time – - 9 hour walk across the country – - backwards

Slow TV. First it was Norway. Now has spread to France. Is this TV dull enough for you? Click here to view: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-26820572   … [Read More...]

Google Naps

Google Naps, wonderful new maps for best places to nap

Google has announced a new app for napping that we are excited about (as excited as dull men ever get). We like to nap. We don't mind traveling anywhere as long as we can find good places to nap once we get there.  We celebrate August as Napping Month. Example of Google Naps — where to … [Read More...]

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A boring activity is irritating you? Then call it “meditation”

http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2013/03/7-tips-to-fight-the-deadly-feeling-of-boredom/ 7 Tips To Fight the Deadly Feeling of Boredom.   … [Read More...]

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April 1 – - jokes

Dull men are practical—practical, reliable, safe. April 1—you can rely on them to pull off practical jokes—safe ones. Watching Paint Dry — paint that never drys Watching Paint That Never Dries Mixing motor oil with paint prevents the paint from drying. Invite fellow dull men over to your … [Read More...]

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Engineering for successful popping popcorn

Watching popcorn popping is a type of safe excitement that dull men enjoy. To learn about the engineering behind successfully producing popcorn for popping, click on this to watch a video from the Discovery Channel: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/how-stuff-works-popcorn.htm … [Read More...]

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