Brexit: little if any affect on ability of dull men to “Celebrate the Ordinary” in UK

When we heard the UK will be out of the EU, we wondered whether we should be concerned. After a quick assessment (quicker than we normally do things, we don't like to rush), we think we will be OK. We can continue to do things we like to do. It will still be OK to be dull. By looking into this, … [Read More...]

Starts today: National Marble Championships, Wildwood New Jersey

92nd Annual National Marbles Tournament — June 22-23, 2016 June 20, 2016 The marbles tournament will be held this year for four days, June 20-23. "Mibsters"(marble shooters) compete for national honors, college scholarships, and other prizes and awards. They will play 1,200 or more games over … [Read More...]

Today: 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...]

Starts today: London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend

Have you ever 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 … [Read More...]

Duck Tape Festival — Avon Ohio — June 17-19

Avon's Duck Tape Festival takes place Father's Day Weekend every year. Avon, a suburb of Cleveland, is known as the "Duck Tape Capital of the World." A major duck tape manufacture is located there. "Duck Tape" or "Duct Tape"? — a facinating topic for dull men to discuss. Could it be that both … [Read More...]


Although Brexit appears is dominating news in the UK, there are other things happening. One of these is of great interest to dull men: reforming escalator riding. The words above on the subject line, which were on the front page of the International New York Times a few days ago, caught our … [Read More...]

Garages of Chervonograd (Ukraine)

Hello [exclamation point removed] What could be duller than Russian garages? This might amuse you and our Dull friends. It comes from the web-site of Anatolia Babiychuk: http://www.babiychuk.com/projects/garages/ Anatolia has a book coming out, The Garages of Chervonograd — brilliantly … [Read More...]

Royal Bun Throwing on Queen’s Birthday – Abingdon’s 255 year-old tradition coinciding with royal events

12 June 2016 Dear DMC, Check out my video on BBC South Today news. It shows some of yesterday's 'Bun Throwing' in Abingdon to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday: https://t.co/pTVqVJoMZJ starting at the 4 minute 35 second mark; after that link has expired, go … [Read More...]

Trooping the Colour – “Celebrating the Orderly” – safe excitement for us but not for everyone

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Queen’s 90th birthday picnic on The Mall — “very British”

Three key British ingredients: queuing, hampers, rain … [Read More...]

Today is National Yo-Yo Day in America

June 6 — same day 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. Duncan Yo-Yos are on display in … [Read More...]

Father’s Day gift ideas

  Books Boredom: A Lively History by Professor Peter Toohey The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good by Sandi Mann How to Be Bored by Eva Hoffman Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting Dull Men of Great Britain: … [Read More...]

Grave Digging Championships in Hungary

June 4, 2016 Dozens of gravediggers worked to bury their competition yesterday at a national contest in Debrecen, Hungary, plot 37A. The winning team goes to a tournament coming up in November at Trencin, Slovakia against Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Eighteen two-men teams used … [Read More...]

Today: 78th annual National Donut Day in America

Friday, June 3, 2016 — 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...]

Most exciting news from Switzerland so far this year: world’s longest tunnel opens

57 km (37 miles) long, 2.3 km (1.4 miles) under the ground. Planning began in 1947. Due to bureaucratic delays, construction did not begin until 1999. 17 years to build. Cost: $12 billion. The tunnel provides a duller way to travel. Before the tunnel, the only route was a zigzagging, undulating … [Read More...]

Breaking news: Marks & Spencer turns off its Muzak

Daily Mail: "Peace at last... Marks & Spencer vows to cut out in-store piped music after new boss decides to 'change the record' and scrap playlists" Telegraph: "M&S turns off music in stores as ageing customers complain about the noise"     … [Read More...]

Today: 172nd anniversary of first telegraph message

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

Tortoise in baby carriage in Central Park

A fitting bit of news from Reuters on World Turtle Day: "Tortoise in a baby stroller a novelty even for New Yorkers" … [Read More...]

today is World Turtle Day

May 23 — same date every year — 2016 is the event's 16th year American Tortoise Rescue The American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), the event's sponsors, states on its website tortoise.com the day was created to celebrate the world's oldest creatures — turtles and tortoises have been around for … [Read More...]

today is National Miniature Golf Day in the UK

National Miniature Golf Day in the UK takes place on the second Saturday in May every year. 14 May this year. Website: national-miniature-golf-day-second-saturday-in-may/ There' day for this sport, Miniature Golf Day, that is celebrated worldwide on September 21. … [Read More...]

today is National Windmill Day – in Holland

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 if any production … [Read More...]

Breaking news from Washington: “Flower Thief Nabbed”

Police arrest a man they believe has been stealing flowers from front yards for years from gardens of Cleveland Park, Georgetown and other Northwest, D.C. neighborhoods  From WTOP: "D.C. gardens safe once again after arrest of ‘Flower Thief'.’' … [Read More...]

“Celebrating the Ordinary – The Advantages of Being Dull” by Prof Peter Toohey

We were delighted — about as delighted as dull men ever get — when Professor Toohey told us he liked our book and asked whether would it be OK if he wrote a review of it for his blog on Psychology Today's website. We said "yes" of course. Although we generally like to ponder before making decisions, … [Read More...]

This is “International Compost Awareness Week”

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 at … [Read More...]

Today: 90th annual Stilton Cheese Rolling

 May 2, 2016 — Stilton, Cambridgeshire Cheese rolling is 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 Street. Contestants group together in teams of four. Click here to … [Read More...]

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