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Aug National Waffle Day

National Waffle Day

According to reports, waffles began in ancient Greece when flat cakes were cooked between two metal plates held over burning embers. When we first heard today is National Waffle Day we thought it may have something to do with the presidential campaigns going on now. We the Dull Men’s Club like … [Read More...]

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From Norway — more hardcore Slow TV — migrating reindeer

Dear DMC: I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it: "Norway: Reindeer migration 'slow TV' event planned." From Steve Reszetniak, Enfield, North London. ——— Thanks for the good news Steve. We certainly enjoyed NRK's broadcasts of the seven hour train journey and the knitting … [Read More...]

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Not everyone appreciates Colin’s snaps like we do

[warning: there are two exclamation marks below:] From The Spectator, where's there's more great stuff like this … [Read More...]

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Warren Buffett’s biggest (and boring) deal

From The Guardian "Kipper Williams on Warren Buffett's biggest deal yet" Thanks to Steve Reszetniak for passing this on to us … [Read More...]

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Radio ham in shed talks to space station

When we read about ham radio operator Adrian Lane in Gloustershire chatting for 50 seconds with American astronaut flying over the UK we thought Adrian might be too exciting of a guy to write about on our blog. But then we saw the words "he admitted that it was a mundane conversation." He … [Read More...]

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August is Napping Month

August -- the month when many take vacations -- brings a special opportunity for Dull Men. They can indulge in one of their favorite pastimes -- napping. Proper vacation planning is the key. Pick a spot that provides good napping facilities. Avoid exciting, noisy locations. When you nap, you'll be … [Read More...]

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Roundabouts catching on in US

"As Americans Figure Out the Roundabout, It Spreads Across the U.S.", an article in this weekend's International New York Times, reports on the … [Read More...]

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Today: birth anniversary of inventor of Tupperware, Earl Tupper

Earl Silas Tupper – inventor of Tupperware — born July 28, 1907 An exciting biography about Earl is on Wikipedia — click here The Smithsonian in Washinton DC has Tupperware — click here Tupperware is also in a museum at Syracuse University — click here Tupperware Appreciation Society — on … [Read More...]

July Intl Cheese Awards Emmi

starts today: International Cheese Awards

July 28 and 29, 2015 — Nantwich, Cheshire [England] — annually last Tuesday and Wednesday of July Two-day event. Tuesday is judging day. Wednesday: announcement of awards and then the 40,000 attendees sample and buy cheese. There are 260 categories of cheese. Approximately 4,000 cheeses are … [Read More...]

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Today: 29th annual World Championships Cardboard Boat Races

29th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races July 25, 2015 — Heber Springs, Arkansas Dam Site Park — racing starts at 10:00 a.,m. Awards: •  Pride of the Fleet Award for the engineering marvel •  Captain’s Award for the most creative team and boat. •  Titanic Award for the most … [Read More...]

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This week: Royal Swan Upping on the Thames

The Royal Swan Upping is a census taking and a health check of swans on the Thames. It occurs ever year in the third week of July. The swans on portions of the river that go through Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire Surrey, and Middlesex are owned by the Queen. It began in the 12th … [Read More...]

July get out of dog house day

Today has been Get Out of Dog House Day

Third Monday of July every year But are DMC members ever in the dog house? We're so nice, how could we ever end up there? Can anyone think of a reason why a dull man would end up in the dog house? Because it's pouring rain outside? Info about the … [Read More...]

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Today is International Chess Day

The day is sponsored by the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs — "FIDE"). Here is their announcement about it [warning; it has several exclamation points]: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/6324-international-chess-day.html   … [Read More...]

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Breaking news from Washington: Goat Map released

There were 2,621,514 goats in the US as of 2012 according to the most recent goat census released released the other day by the Department of Agriculture. If goats were a state, in terms of population that state would be bigger than Wyoming, Vermont, D.C., and North Dakota combined. It appears … [Read More...]

July Nat Ice Cream Day

Today: National Ice Cream Day (USA)

A day to celebrate ice cream, especially our favorite flavor — vanilla. The day began in 1984 when President Reagan proclaimed National Ice Cream Day to be held each year on the third Sunday (Sundae?) of July. He also proclaimed July to be National Ice Cream Month. Free ice … [Read More...]

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Breaking news from Melbourne: trees receiving emails

Melbourne city officials assigned ID numbers and email addresses to trees in 2013 for people to report problems like dangerous hanging branches. An unintended and surprising consequence: people do more than report problems, they also write directly to the trees. “The email interactions reveal … [Read More...]

July pea shooting

Today: World Pea Shooting Championships

July 11, 2015 . . . [second Saturday in July every year] . . . Village Green in Witcham, Cambridgeshire Competitors and spectators come not only from all parts of the UK but also from Europe, New Zealand, and the U.S. The championships began in 1971 as a fundraiser for the new Village Hall. John … [Read More...]

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Tickertape Parade today in New York – actually it’s a Confetti Parade

Today's parade of the US Women's Soccer Team in the Canyon of Heroes in Downtown Manhattan is called a Tickertape Parade. But ticker tape is no longer available in our digital age. Instead the parade uses confetti. How and where do parade watchers get their confetti? The New York Times supplies the … [Read More...]

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Confederate Flag – now causing more excitement than

dull men can tolerate: … [Read More...]

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Running of the Bulls? – how about Running of the Sheep instead?

How about Running of the Sheep instead?: Jorge and the Running of the Sheep July 8, 2015 … [Read More...]

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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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