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Crisis in Germany: pretzel bakers threaten strike for Oktoberfest

The labor union that represents 48,000 workers in Bavaria is demanding a 6.5% pay rise. Otherwise, they'll strike during the 181st Oktoberfest. Pretzels and bread rolls are at stake. "How could they? Have they no heart?," asks Steve Reszetniak  in his email to us with this breaking news. The … [Read More...]

B passion for egg cups?

Quiz: how boring are you?

Passion for egg cups? In The Guardian last Saturday "Quiz: how boring are you?" My score was 29. Here's what the scoring instruction say about this: "26 and above: you are so boring, it's actually quite fascinating, if a little unsettling." I'm chuffed. Grover Click … [Read More...]

Professor

Commas: more proof that women are so different from men

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James Ward

Fascinated with stationery, especially staplers

In today’s Guardian’s weekend magazine: “From stationery fiends to hand dryer enthusiasts . . . who are you calling boring” by James Ward. Ward says, "Over the past few years, I've been lucky enough to meet some of the most interesting boring people in the UK and find out what motivates … [Read More...]

Jphn Richards news

Apostrophe Protection Society’s founder to be “Mr. October” in Dull Men of Great Britain calendar

"John to be Mr October on ‘dull men’ calendar," article in Boston Standard The article reports: Mr Richards, of Vauxhall Road, said: “The word ‘dull’ is used only because some people might consider our interests dull or boring. “It does not mean we are dull, but just that one aspect of our life … [Read More...]

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Breaking news from Connecticut: corn thieves caught, clue was tassels in hair

"A Crime Where the Telltale Clue Is a Corn Tassel" in today's International New York Times … [Read More...]

Al-Gerba

Teacher arrested at airport . . . carrying weapons

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Boring jobs here

Dear Dull Men, I wonder if you have ever heard of Boring Business Systems of Lakeland FL. Yes, it exists and it is run by the Boring family. Dean Boring is CEO. See: www.Boring.com for details on the history of the company, etc. Staff photo in front of the building: Thanks … [Read More...]

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Monkey respond to U.S. Copyright Office

"A Statement from the Monkey" published in The New Yorker Excerpts — Monkey clear it up — not born yesterday — human law now, not law of jungle: "Monkey advised by counsel not to comment while issue being adjudicated, but now that ruling has been issued Monkey grateful to be able to speak out for … [Read More...]

Trainspotting 80 years older than thought

Breaking News: trainspotting 80 years older than previously thought

BBC News "Trainspotting hobby 80 years older than thought" A favorite museum of the DMC, the NationL Railway Museum in York, has found an record of trainspotting form 1861. The record was maintained by a 14 year old girl who was recording locomotive numbers traveling in and out of Paddington … [Read More...]

B Procrastination

Don’t do today what you can put off to tomorrow?

"It's amazing how long it takes to complete something when you're not working on it." –R.D. Clyde   … [Read More...]

U.S. federal government invents wine opener

U.S. federal government invents wine opener

Now we see what men in those boring government jobs have been doing. … [Read More...]

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New 007? ——— or at least 006.5?

David Cameron, unlike John Major, has never seriously been thought of as a candidate for honorary DMC membership. It looks now like he's distancing himself even further from this.   … [Read More...]

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Breaking News from Gibraltar: monkeys being deported, “too cheeky”

Monkeys, one of Gibraltar’s leading tourist attractions, live mostly live in mountains that overlook the city. But recently they’ve been coming down to the city, mainly to find food. Not only do they rummage through rubbish bins, they pester locals and jump into cars. Authorities have … [Read More...]

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Disappointment at Big Ben? — not really

Men cleaning Big Ben,  clock's been stopped at high noon (very high) so they can do this I went into London yesterday afternoon, to Parliament Square, to watch Big Ben being cleaned. But they had finished. "One door closes, another door opens": I remembered that the BBC news article about this … [Read More...]

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Watch Big Ben being cleaned

Post by Leland Carlson. … [Read More...]

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FAQs ——— updated

FAQs 1.  What is the Dull Men’s Club? It’s a place for dull men to feel at home, to be comfortable, free from pressure to be in-and-trendy. We avoid glitz and glam. We enjoy safe excitement. Our motto is “Celebrate the Ordinary.” We delight in ordinary things, things that many people think are … [Read More...]

Carrot clarinet

Clarinet made from carrot – great use made of something so ordinary

Dull men like carrots. They are healthy. And they help us to see in the dark. We had no idea, however, of their musical potential — until now. This video shows how to turn an ordinary carrot into a clarinet.  Thanks to Herbert Morais, McLean, Virginia, for sending this to us.   … [Read More...]

Whister Research

Master’s degree awarded for whisker research

  Some of our members grow whiskers — mustaches, sometimes even beards. We see now that they can be research material for a master's degree program at Manchester Metropolitan University. Read about this in "Blackpool zookeeper's MSc in sea lion whiskers," BBC News Lancashire. … [Read More...]

Eel

Sad day for Sweden: nation mourns passing of it’s oldest eel

A 155 year old eel, oldest in Europe, died at it home. Its home was a well in Brantevik, a town in Southern Sweden. It was found dead then the lid was taken off the well to show it to visitors. "Eel be missed" one of our DMC members commented. This is reported in: •  "Much mirth as Sweden … [Read More...]

Toll Collector

Man achieves goal of being a toll collector?

There are not many jobs duller than being a toll collector. We're wondering whether Mike Watts, who resides between Bath and Bristol, might be one of us dull men, that he's always wanted to be a toll collector. If this is the case, he's done an outstanding job of achieving his goal. He built the … [Read More...]

Intl Cheese Awards

Colston Bassett Stilton top winner at International Cheese Awards

200 judges sampled 4,500 cheeses. The Supreme Champion of the International Cheese Awards 2014 and proud new holder of The National Westminster Cup was announced as Colston Bassett Dairy for their Whole Blue Stilton. . Colston Bassett Stilton is a smooth and creamy Stilton with a mellow flavour, … [Read More...]

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Breaking news from Oregon: August 9 declared “Boring and Dull Day”

 Oregon's governor declares 9 August "Boring and Dull Day" to be celebrated all across the state every year This significant declaration was made on the first anniversary of the twinning of Boring, Oregon with Dull, Scotland. Boring will be celebrating with an ice cream social. Also … [Read More...]

Shed of Yr 2014

Breaking News: “Shed of the Year” announced

Crowned as Britain's Shed of the Year: a shed that takes the simple potting shed to a new level — a shed with an allotment on its roof. "The Allotment Roof Shed" was designed and built by Joel Bird, built from scratch from recycled materials. The roof's allotment grows a wide array of … [Read More...]

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Waiting for faucet to stop leaking

Don’t know if this has been already submitted or not: some safe excitement my Dad and I found over last weekend was waiting for a fixed leaky faucet that was fixed to stop dripping. Kent Burke --------------------------------------- Kent, No, we had not heard of this yet. Thanks for letting us … [Read More...]

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