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World Sauntering Day — Monday, June 19

June 19 — [same date every year] Sauntering: walking along slowly, aimlessly, happily World Sauntering Day began in 1979 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the hotel with the world's longest porch — 660 feet long. W.T. Rabe, the hotel's public relations director, started the day … [Read More...]

20th London Open Garden Squares Weekend — 17-18 June

Have you ever wondered what's behind those hedges and locked gates that keep riffraff out of the many private garden squares in London? If so, then this special weekend is what you've been waiting for — they will be open to the public — tickets range from £12 to £15. Here's an amazing list of … [Read More...]

Park Bench with only half a back — High Street, Winchester

An incomplete bench? That's what it looks like. Only half of it has a back. Why? Perhaps the reason for the no back portion is extra room to accommodate certain people. The market stall in the background — the word "taste" on its back wall — is my favourite place for olives. Some are too … [Read More...]

Donald Duck’s 83rd birthday — June 9

Born June 9, 1934 — Donald turns 83 today Donald is thought to be in second place compared to Micky Mouse — Donald doesn't mind — like we dull men, he sees benefits in second place:   Donald Duck trivia — what is Donald's middle name? (be a hit at parties with … [Read More...]

National Yo-Yo Day [USA] — June 6

June 6 — same date every year Yo-yos date back at least as far as ancient Greece. A Greek vase painting from 500 BC shows a boy playing with a yo-yo. Yo-yos were made popular in America when Donald F. Duncan manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. National Yo-Yo Day is celebrated on … [Read More...]

Dull men not immune from terrorist attacks

We are appalled and distressed at recent terrorist attacks. Even though we rarely go to big concerts, sporting events, or night clubs, we certainly hope people who go to them can do that without fear of attacks. We’re not completely immune ourselves, however, from being where terrorists might … [Read More...]

International Clothesline Week — begins Saturday, June 3

June 3-10, 2017 — International Clothesline Week — [held annually starting first Saturday of June] Use clotheslines instead of dryers: It's free Clothes end up smelling much better Less ironing needed It's a good stretching exercise, as shown in the picture above Fun to watch … [Read More...]

National Donut Day [USA] — Friday, June 2

Friday, June 2, 2017 — first Friday of June every year Free Donuts Today is your day for free donuts. Local, independent donut shops as well as national donut chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme are handing out free donuts. Money magazine: "How to Get Free Donuts on Friday for National … [Read More...]

Invitation to DMC BBQ — Friday June 16 — Northborough Massachusetts — 4th annual meetup of 4 local DMCs

BBQ 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp-FC_EQYyw Click here to read article "Self-proclaimed 'dull men' celebrate the ordinary at senior centers" BBQ 2014: Click here to read article "DMC BBQ in Massachusetts – in the news" … [Read More...]

“Dullfies”

If a dull man takes a selfie, what is it — a "dullfie"? … [Read More...]

Submarine Racing — very suspenseful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3ZP-z51xHc&feature=youtu.be 28 May 2017 Today it's Monaco Grand Prix, tomorrow it's Indy 500 — these races too exciting for you ? If so, here's something you might think is less exciting — although you may find it to be more suspenseful: … [Read More...]

World’s 1st Telegraph Message Sent – May 24, 1844

May 24, 1844 Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first telegraph message from the Capitol in Washington to Baltimore on May 24, 1844. The words sent were "What hath God wrought?" Listening to Morse Code Websites where you can enjoy listening to Morse … [Read More...]

World Turtle Day

May 23 — same date every year — 2017 is its 17th year American Tortoise Rescue The American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) says on its website tortoise.com the day was created to celebrate the world's oldest creatures — turtles and tortoises have been around for 200,000,000 years — and a day to … [Read More...]

Ordinary People: focus honours system on them rather than overpaid TV celebrities?

“Focus the honour system on local heroes, ordinary people, rather than overpaid TV celebrities” was the best idea Teresa May put forth in an interview in The Sunday Telegraph, according to Andrew Marr yesterday on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show. … [Read More...]

Rhubarb Festival — 33rd year — Intercourse, Pennsylvania

May 19-20, 2017 Are you surprised to see rhubarb and intercourse in the same sentence? We were. But there’s no other way to describe this festival since it celebrates rubarb and takes place in Intercourse, a town in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish Country — a celebration of rhubarb that began … [Read More...]

Our book doubles as a children’s book?

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British Sandwich Week — May 14-20

A week to celebrate sandwiches, one of Britain’s favourite foods and one of its greatest exports. Sponsored by the British Sandwich Association (BSA). According to BSA, “From France to Japan and everywhere else around the globe the British sandwich is establishing itself as one of the great foods … [Read More...]

Jane Austin knew about us?

“It is an increasingly acknowledged truth that a man with a seemingly dull life can be a happier man” —Pride and Prejudice … [Read More...]

Mothers

A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, "I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have … [Read More...]

Pun-Off World Championships — May 13 — Austin, Texas

Links Main page from the organizers of the event, click here NPR article, click here Wikipedia, click here Groaners We think groaners are an overlooked source of laughter. Click here to get to our collection of groaners. Do you have some you'd like to email to us to … [Read More...]

National Windmill Day (Holland) — May 13 & 14

The second Saturday and Sunday in May is National Windmill Day in Holland. 950 windmills open their doors to visitors. For centuries, these mills have played an important role in reclaiming land, processing raw materials, and manufacturing products. Although they have little production value … [Read More...]

Breaking news in Kidderminster, Worcestershire — “Noisy Gate Replaced”

  Worcestershire County Council installed a gate, replacing a low barrier that walkers stepped over, but a few days later removed it due to complaints it was too noisy. The gate is on the footpath to Captains Pool in Spennells. 'It's becoming difficult to please walkers, an … [Read More...]

No complaints so far about this detour

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Rochester Lilac Festival — starts May 12 — Rochester, New York

May 12 - 21, 2017. It began in 1898. When thinking of Rochester, "Kodak" comes to mind. But did you know there's more? Rochester is also famous for being "Lilac Capital of the World." Camera manufacturing comes and goes but it looks like lilacs will be in Rochester forever. An art, music, … [Read More...]

National Receptionists Day — May 10

National Receptionists Day [USA] — May 10, 2017 — second Wednesday of May every year å Sponsored by the National Receptionists Association as a day to recognize the valuable contribution receptionists make. A receptionist is Director of First Impression.   … [Read More...]

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