Spring is just around the corner?

Wonderful day today in Washington DC. 70 F (21 C). Spring is just around the corner? That's what its looks like:   … [Read More...]

Dulled-down Valentine’s Day card

Too much red in the cards you see for Valentine's Day? How about sending one we designed — in gray? … [Read More...]

Breaking news in Daily Mail — boring lunches — ham sandwich every day for 20 years

"One in six workers admit eating the same thing every day for two years" — Daily Mail A study of 2,000 people revealed that 81% were bored by their lunch choices. The study was conducted by New Covent Garden Soup. More than 75% had not varied their lunch for nine months. One had stayed loyal to … [Read More...]

Postboxes of Lancaster

An amazing 6.5 minute film posted by the Postbox Collection https://www.facebook.com/postboxcollection/videos/1620286194945381/?autoplay_reason=gatekeeper&video_container_type=0&video_creator_product_type=2&app_id=2392950137&live_video_guests=0 … [Read More...]

FT Magazine: Mark Leigh, lost glove photographer

This weekend's FT Magazine, page 8 — great article by Hattie Garlick about DMC member Mark Leigh and his unique hobby of photographing lost gloves. Mark has a stunning collection of photographs he's taken of 200 lost gloves. 'No glove is too boring', Mark says. 'I will take a photo of it … [Read More...]

Ketchup — fierce debate sparked — cupboard or fridge ?

Where do you store your ketchup? You might think there are more important issues nowadays, but the Great Ketchup Debate has reared its head again. Asda is conducing a poll of shoppers’ views on where they store their ketchup. The poll at the time news articles were written indicates 53% for … [Read More...]

Orangutans — now have their own dating app

Orangutans, using a touch screen, can now indicate their preference for a  prospective mate at a Dutch zoo. "Animals have to like each other,” says biologist Thomas Bionda. “Having apes check out images on a screen will help determine the compatibility of a prospective couple. Read more: … [Read More...]

Today is “Setsubun”- Bean throwing festivals throughout Japan

February 3 http://www.topics-mag.com/internatl/holidays/japan/setsubun-bean-throwing.htm \ … [Read More...]

Dull Man in training?

  Sandi knows a thing or two about dulldom. She's author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good: Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA … [Read More...]

pop . . . pop . . . pop . . . today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Origin of Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day The last Monday of January was designated Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day after Spirit 95 Radio, a radio station in Bloomington, Indiana, received a package of microphones wrapped in bubble wrap. Sounds of bubble wrap popping as the package was being unwrapped … [Read More...]

Underway now — 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch — “It’s for the birds?”

28-30 January 2017 — 38th annual Big Garden   Birdwatch — (last weekend of January every year)  Count the birds in your garden as part of the world's biggest survey of birds. More than 519,000 people participated last year. They counted 8,262,662 birds.  Information: The Royal Society for … [Read More...]

Signing White House guest book

Although we don’t get out much, when we dull men travel, if we’re staying at a B&B, we like to read their guest book. … [Read More...]

100 potholes — most potholed roundabout in Britain?

"Is this Britain's most potholed roundabout? Motorists are being driven round the bend by junction with over 100 craters"  Daily Mail It’s in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire. The county council says the roundabout won't be resurfaced until summer. “Even if it were resurfaced now we would … [Read More...]

Boredom: valid defense when arrested for shoplifting?

Great-grandmother, 76, shoplifted because she was 'bored of being old' — The Telegraph Over and over again, store detectives would catch her red handed. But she always went out shoplifting again. In court, her defense was boredom. She claimed she only did it to relieve her boredom, bored of … [Read More...]

how’s this for proofreading?

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door handle obviously not installed by a dull man

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January 26 – date Franklin sent letter about turkey instead of eagle for national bird

January 26, 1784 — Ben Franklin wanted turkey instead of eagle for America's National Bird. On January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin sent a letter to his daugher in which he expressed his displeasure with the choice of the eagle for the symbol of America. Franklin wanted the turkey. We agree … [Read More...]

National Pie Day [USA]

January 23 . . . [same date every year] "Grab a Slice of Life" — information from American Pie Council Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. •  Romans spread pies throughout … [Read More...]

National Handwriting Day [USA]

  National Handwriting Day is celebrated on January 23, birthday of John Hancock, American revolutionary, first to sign U.S. Declaration of Independence. Peggy Post, great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post, writes in Time "Why Handwriting Matters in a Digital World": "I’m all for … [Read More...]

Breaking news from Vienna: straßenbahn hijacked

A Tram Thief Took a Short Joyride in Austria — from Atlas Obscura  Excerpt: "Around 8 a.m. this past Saturday, a tram driver on the 60 line in Vienna stopped in Rodaun for a bathroom break. He locked up his tram, and went off to take care of business. But when he returned shortly after, he was … [Read More...]

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day is a day to enjoy watching the tree climbing, nut gathering squirrels in your neighborhood. By January they run low on food they squirreled away in the fall so treat them to nuts leftover from the holidays. Squirrel Appreciation Day was started by Christy Hargrove, a … [Read More...]

Breaking News from Washington — umbrellas now allowed at inauguration — but only short ones

Why the change in policy about umbrellas? It's raining. Why not long ones? They might be rifles. What about shorts ones being pistols? Read more: Umbrellas Will Be Allowed at Trump Inauguration — but Only Certain Kinds — Wall Street Journal … [Read More...]

Breaking News from Norfolk — “The” being might be deleted from street names

Breckland Council in Norfolk is studying whether ‘The” should no longer be used in its street names. When ‘the’ is included in an address, such as ‘The Walk’, valuable time is lost when writing addresses. The recommendation is for new street names only; retrospective changes will not be … [Read More...]

Gravedigging Championships — Central Europe

A team of two brothers, Ladislav and Csaba Skladan from Slovakia, have been crowned the fastest gravediggers in Central Europe — Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. The championships were held in Trecin, Slovakia. Ten teams competed. Contestants were judged on time and neatness. The Skladan … [Read More...]

Today: National Nothing Day — what will you not be doing?

    January 16 — [same date every year] What will you not be doing to celebrate National Nothing Day? The day was created in 1973 by San Francisco Examiner columnist Harry Pullman Coffin to be the ultimate unevent that would "provide Americans with one national day when they … [Read More...]

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