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Today is a longer day, one second longer – how will you spend the extra time?

The last minute of today will be 61 seconds long. A "leap second” has been added to it to allow clocks to keep pace with the earth’s rotation, which is gradually slowing down. This will synchronize time with with sunrises and sunsets — days and nights. Stock and commodity trading floors, internet … [Read More...]

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Plastic Pink Flamingo’s creator passes away

Don Featherstone, creator of  the lovely plastic pink flamingos — phoenicopterus ruber plasticus — that grace many lawns died recently at his home in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He was 79. He had Lewy body dementia. He created a male/female pair of pink flamingos in 1957. He based them on flamingos … [Read More...]

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Breaking News from New York: musical turnstiles in subways

Reported in the New York Times: "New York Today: Restyled Turnstiles". Here's a demonstration video: http://subwaysymphony.heineken.com … [Read More...]

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Breaking news from Germany: shopkeeper thwarts robbery with vacuum cleaner hose

Reported by Reuters: "German robbers chased away by shopkeeper wielding vacuum cleaner" … [Read More...]

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This weekend’s highlight: 12th Annual Duck Tape Festival – in Ohio

Things to quack about Duck Tape Fashion Show: Duck Tape Parade: Schedule of all events: http://www.ducktapefestival.com/#events Home page: http://www.ducktapefestival.com … [Read More...]

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Today is World Sauntering Day

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...]

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Jeb’s exclamation point – will lose votes from our members?

We dull men avoid using exclamation points. We don't allow them on our website. What do we think of Jeb Bush's new logo? Here's one we like better — we chopped off the exclamation point: … [Read More...]

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Today: London Open Garden Squares Weekend

Have you wondered what's behind those hedges and locked gates that keep riff-raff 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 — for a cost of only £10 per ticket. Here's an amazing list of … [Read More...]

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Mystery bench – rustic one – where is it?

Rocky Mountains? Sierras? Adirondacks? … [Read More...]

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Yesterday, July 9, was Donald Duck’s 81st birthday

Born June 9, 1934 — Donald turns 80 today Celebrating worldwide "80 — that's anything to quack about?"   "With all due respect the other Donald, for many this will always be The Donald," commentators are saying The other Donald's gracefulness about the … [Read More...]

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Excitement at G7 Summit: Merkel singing”Sound of Music”

A favorite song of dull men on front stage at  G7 Summit. An exciting moment that no doubt livened up an otherwise dull economic summit. Read more: "That Time Obama and Angela Merkel's Conversation Turned Into a Scene From 'The Sound of Music' on ABC News … [Read More...]

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American Pharaoh wins Belmont but not Spelling Bee

Watching the race the race Saturday was exciting indeed, almost too exciting for a dull man. But if I only do it every 37 years, I suppose that'll be OK. We in the Dull Men's Club by and large prefer slower, less exciting races — races of snails, worms, turtles and tortoises, ferrets. But I must … [Read More...]

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‘Born to Be Mild’ in Brooklyn Film Festival

http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/festival/ Tonight showing at 10:30 p.m., unfortunately past the bedtime of dull men. Some of us will try to stay up later tonight to be there. Where: 300 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 We were at the screening Thursday night when it was shown at 6:00 at … [Read More...]

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Friday June 5 was National Donut Day

First Friday of June every year Free Donuts Today is your day to get a donut—for free. Local, independent donut shops as well as national donut chain stores are handing out free donuts. There are many news articles about Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme giving out free donuts today, click here … [Read More...]

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The other Breaking News from Switzerland: Swiss Cheese Holes Mystery Solved

"It's not my fault" Mice are relief, finally. For years they have been accused causing the holes from nibbling away inside  wheels of Swiss cheese. After 100 years of research, scientists at the Swiss laboratory Agroscope have announced they have discovered the real reason Swiss cheese has holes … [Read More...]

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3D Printing

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Breaking News from Australia: world’s first motorised cooler championships

Held yesterday in Port Douglas was what its organisers called “a quintessentially Australian event” — racing strophe coolers with wheels and motors attached at speeds up to 12 miles per hour. Competitors came from all around the world. Reported, with a video, in "World motorised cooler … [Read More...]

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Today, in 1844, the first telegraph message was sent

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?" Here are websites where you can enjoy the excitement of listening to Morse … [Read More...]

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Today is World Turtle Day

May 23 — same day every year — 2015 is the event's 15th year American Tortoise Rescue The American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), the event's sponsors, says on its website sortoise.com the day was created to celebrate the world's oldest creatures. Turtles and tortoises have existed for 200,000,000 … [Read More...]

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Learning curve and Help Desk from Middle Ages

Learning curves and help desks are nothing new; they have been around for ages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ … [Read More...]

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Shed of the Year 2015 — finanlists

'Shed Of The Year 2015: Finalists Revealed' in Yahoo News UK and Ireland   … [Read More...]

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“Still a dull boy”

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Dogs are helpful in so many ways

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Finding comfort in old technology

"People who still use old gadgets" in BBC News Dear DMC I'm a big fan of old technology and other non-tech things such as my Filofax organiser. Steve Morton Missé, France Thanks Steve. We should point out to readers that you and your old technology, your Filofax organiser, is in our … [Read More...]

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Churchill’s speeches – if metricated?

We hear parts from Churchill's speeches in the radio and TV reporting of VE Day remembrance celebrations. It's good the speeches were made 70 years ago. If made now, their richness would be lost. Should we, as dull men, like the speeches in metric better than the originals? Not really. When … [Read More...]

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