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Toy Box – would it have made a difference?

I wonder whether I would have turned out differently had my parents given me a box like this, fully loaded with anti-boredon toys, when I was growing up? … [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...]

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“Adventures in Stationery” ——— new book that’s right up our alley

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case, by James Ward I received my pre-ordered copy yesterday, the day this book was released. The book lives up to my expectations. It truly epitomizes "Celebrate the Ordinary," the motto of our Dull Men's Club. I've enjoyed stationery … [Read More...]

Bee in city

Breaking News from Oxfordshire ––– Bees prefer cities over countryside

  Bumblebees prefer the buzz of cities instead of quiet countryside, according to a finding of a "citizens' science" study under the auspices of the Center foe Ecology & Hydrology ("CEH"), Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Participants in the study, 30,000 people, mostly children, took notes about … [Read More...]

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Warning labels ––– remove them?

What would our DMC members think if labels were removed from stuff we buy? We like to read labels. Some of us even file them away along with instructions and receipts for the stuff we buy. When you think about it, many of these labels are not needed. Do we really need to be warned that a cup of … [Read More...]

Submarine racing

Submarine Racing ––– more exciting than watching tide

When we're at the ocean, even we dull men sometimes tire of watching the tide going out and then coming back in. or vice versa. So we liven things up a bit by watching submarines race. … [Read More...]

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DMC BBQ in Massachusetts – in the news

Adults in charge of the three DMCs in Massachusetts as shown in the Community Advocate Al Radin–Pembroke, Bill Harrington–Southborough, Bernie Gillon–Northborough You wouldn't expect surf and turf, would you? You're right. The BBQ's menu was in line with the DMC's "Celebrating the Ordinary" motto: … [Read More...]

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Big day today in Ontario — Binder Twine Festival

http://bindertwine.ca/about/ The highlight of September in Kleinburg, Ontario is their their annual Binder Twine Festival. The festival began in the 1800s when farmers came to the Kleinburg to buy twine to bind sheaves of wheat. The hardware store owner, Charlie Shaw, provided food and … [Read More...]

Sept Binder Twine Fest sign

Big day today in Ontario: Binder Twine Festival

http://bindertwine.ca/about/ The highlight of September in Kleinburg, Ontario is their their annual Binder Twine Festival. The festival began in the 1800s when farmers came to the Kleinburg to buy twine to bind sheaves of wheat. The hardware store owner, Charlie Shaw, provided food and … [Read More...]

B women different

Commas: more proof that women are so different from men

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Green Eyeshade

Starting Friday: annual conference of Society of Indexers (UK)

5-7 September 2014 Click here for conference webpage Conference Topics: Indexes as Hypertext Introduction to XML, HTML, and linked index in ebooks Occupational therapy Working in isolation Making Google Behave Indexing the past Wheatley Medal   Awarded for an … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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