“Quest for Loose Change” — interesting and gratifying way of celebrating the ordinary

"What I’ve Learned from My Quest for Loose Change" by Brian Hershberg in the Wall Street Journal Brian says it's been an adventure, kept him social, and, most important as I look at it, "a way to stay engaged with the world in an era of distraction.” We hear a lot about mindfulness now. Brian is … [Read More...]

Big Ben — history, workings, architecture

Hi Dull Men [exclamation mark removed] Thought you might be interested in our talks on the history, workings and architecture of the Elizabeth Tower.  (I’m sure all dull men know that Big Ben is the bell) They are taking place on the last Thursday of every month until the end of May at 10.30, … [Read More...]

Oatmeal Month

 Oatmeal Month National Oatmeal Month (USA) January is National Oatmeal Month. January is the month when the most oatmeal is bought. The Quaker Oats Company reports that: •  More oatmeal is eaten in January than in any other month of the year •  Most people add milk, sugar, fruit, or … [Read More...]

New Year’s Resolutions — do dull men need to make any?

Aren't we OK the way we are? Can we ignore posters like this?   … [Read More...]

Christmas Crackers — squirreling away soon for next year

It's almost time to squirrel away our Christmas Crackers for another year. Before we close the box, do you have any you'd like to put in it? If you do, please email to contactus@dullmensclub.com. Where to you go to weigh a whale? To a whale weigh station From  Steve Morton What's brown … [Read More...]

History of Wrapping Paper

The Atlantic ran a gripping article "Wrappers' Delight: A Brief History of Wrapping Paper" in 2012. The article credits two brothers, Joyce and Rollie Hall, with starting the use of decorative wrapping paper in the U.S. — in their stationery store in Kansas City Missouri in 1917. It started by … [Read More...]

12+ days of Christmas gifts — you have more?

Our list continues to grow —  gifts dull men will be receiving — you have more to add? — email your ideas to contactus@dullmensclub.com. Traditionally, 12 Days of Christmas was the opposite of how we think of it nowadays. It came after Christmas. Advent season begins … [Read More...]

Christmas Card — dulled down

Looking for a Christmas card that is not exciting like typical ones — no red or other bright colors? If so, download and use this card.     … [Read More...]

149th Anniversary of 1st traffic light in UK

ax December 9, 1868: the first traffic light in the UK was installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London. It controlled traffic at the intersection of  Bridge Street, Great George Street, and Parliament Street. It used gas lamps, not electric lights and was manually operated, not … [Read More...]

Dulled-down Christmas card

Looking for a Christmas card to send this year but the ones you're finding are too exciting, too much red and other loud colors? We've designed one you're likely to like — black, white, and gray. … [Read More...]

T-shirts available now on Amazon in US

DMC T-shirts have been restocked on Amazon US — click on size to order: Medium Large Extra Large Extra Extra Large $25.00. Regrettably, higher than before due to supplier's price increase and the use now of Amazon for distribution. And we were losing money before. We're hoping to get them up … [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving — 2017 — USA

We dullards are thankful for: Turkey — blandest of meats Boring conversations at Thanksgiving Dinners Bleak, dull weather has arrived — color gone from trees, shrubs, and grass Falling leaves — so much fun to rake Snow — so much fun to shovel Please add your … [Read More...]

Clocks changed in USA and Canada — leaving Daylight Saving Time

Although it's rare we stay up so late, last night many of us stayed up until 2:00 a.m. to change clocks at exactly the right time. Facinating topic for Dull Men to discuss: Daylight “Saving” or “Savings” Time? This is an excerpt … [Read More...]

Halloween Groaner

A man is walking home alone late one foggy Halloween night . . . all of a sudden he hears from behind: 
 "BUMP . . . 

BUMP . . . 

BUMP." Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog. He makes out the image of a casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him: "

BUMP . . . … [Read More...]

Volvo traktor — is member of band playing “Sweet Georgia Brown”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbN-jO11vKg We blogged the other day about Finns being practical: instructional video on how to open a door. Heading west across the Baltic Sea, we see that Swedes can also be practical. Watch the wonderful performance of "Sweet Georgia Brown" — percussion by Volvo … [Read More...]

No longer need to buy stuff — rent instead?

  With Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Scribd and Truo who needs to buy anything?       … [Read More...]

National Walk Your Dog Week — starts today

October is a beautiful time of year. Go outside, walk your dog. Walking your dog on a daily basis increases endorphins in your and your dog’s brains. It also furthers the bond between you and your dog. Colleen Paige, one of America's leading pet and family lifestyle experts, founded National Walk … [Read More...]

Pondering can be helpful (dull men like to ponder) — especially if there’s work in progress to ponder

Have you noticed when you are working on something and then step away from it for a while, your mind has not stopped thinking about? Percolating. Mulling over. Pondering (dull men like to ponder). New ideas about it keep popping into your mind. John McFee calls this activity "interstitial time" … [Read More...]

What if phone had been invented after email and texting?

Why do a surprising number of  people prefer typing to talking? It seems to me that talking on a phone is easier than typing. And often more efficient (quicker) and effective (brainstorming). Just think how exciting being able to finally talk on a phone instead of typing would have been if all we … [Read More...]

National Punctuation Day

September 24 — same date every year — this is the 14th year it's taken place nationalpunctuationday.com The first thing you see on the website for this important event are icons for punctuation marks. Clicking on an icon gets you to rules for the punctuation mark. We clicked on the website's … [Read More...]

“Dull, Boring Summit” — Tuesday 14 November — Preston, Lancashire

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. — Tuesday 14 November 2017 University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Fylde Road Preston PR1 2HE, UK Lancashire (Name of building for meeting room will be designated later) Agenda Welcome and Introduction: Leland Carlson, assistant vice president (the highest office) of the … [Read More...]

Just the right amounts on hand for breakfast — “lagom” in Swedish

I like it when things come out just right. Am at the end of a box of eggs and a package of bacon. Just the right amounts remain for this morning's breakfast. "Lagom": a word in Swedish for "just the right amount." I like that notion. It can apply to everything we do, espeically when it comes to … [Read More...]

coming up soon — next Saturday, 5 August — DMC get-together at Platform 5 Cheadle Hulme rail station (near Manchester)

A party on a train platform, perfect for the Dull Men's Club, right? 11:30 - 2:30 (or whenever), Saturday, 5 August. This will be not only for members of the DMC but also spouses and friends. Also for the Dull Club set up recently where both men and women belong. It will be interesting … [Read More...]

International Cheese Awards — underway now

July 25 and 26, 2017 — Nantwich, Cheshire — annually last Tuesday and Wednesday of July http://www.internationalcheeseawards.co.uk Two-day event. Tuesday is judging day. Wednesday: announcement of awards and then the 40,000 attendees sample and buy cheese. 260 categories of cheese, 5,000 … [Read More...]

“Baa Baa Land” — 8 hour movie starring sheep

  Yawn Award? Worthy of our highest award, five yawns?: Please comment, cast your vote, in the Speak Your Mind section at the end of this post. References Thanks to Lawrence Wolfe for posting a news article about this on our Facebook Group: "Filmmakers Set Out To … [Read More...]

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