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...]


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...]

International Compost Awareness Week — May 7-13

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is a week of activities, events, and publicity to improve awareness about using organic waste as a resource to produce compost. Master Composters will be out and about answering composting questions and encouraging those who don’t already compost to … [Read More...]

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National Doughnut Week (UK) — May 6-12

May 6 - 13, 2017 — National Doughnut Week Bakers throughout the UK sell doughnuts to raise dough (pun intended) for The Children’s Trust, a charity that provides care, therapy, and education for children with disabilities and health needs. Participating bakeries sell special doughnuts during this … [Read More...]

Stilton Cheese Rolling — 1 May, bank holiday Monday

 May 1, 2017 — Stilton, Cambridgeshire —  91st year for this event — held every Early May bank holiday Cheese rolling has been an annual event in Stilton since 1926. Hundreds of villagers and visitors line the racecourse that begins at The Bell Inn and ends at the bottom of Fen Street and Church … [Read More...]

North Carolina Pickle Festival — today, Saturday, April 29

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in “Waitrose Weekend” — Stuart Searle and his backyard rail station

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Watching Paint Dry — victim of “fake news”?

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Today is World Penguin Day

April 25 — same date every year How will you celebrate? — walk with a waddle? go for a swim? wear a tuxedo? Why April 25? — Penguin Geek answers this: On the 25th of April every year, the Adelie penguins in the Antarctic begin their annual northward migration. The … [Read More...]

Today is “Hug a Plumber Day”

April 25 — same date every year Most of us take plumbing for granted. It works so well we never think about it. That's no accident. It's a testament to America’s hardworking, highly-skilled plumbers. Plumbing requires training and experience. And hard work: on hands and knees in filthy crawl … [Read More...]

Grandpa’s pants

What to think of grandpa's pants? Dull men do not try to be in-and-trendy, are not fashionistas. Is grandpa one of us? … [Read More...]

Barbwire Show — April 7 — Devil’s Rope Museum, Route 66

      Devil's Rope Museum is where Jacky Smith, from Dorset, encountered barbwire collecting. Jacky and her husband, when traveling along Route 66, came across the museum. Jacky is in our Dull Men's Club Calendar—Great Britain—2017: … [Read More...]

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