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Boring and Dull Day
"All tartan research and no play makes Deborah a dull girl."
~ Traditional (semi-autobiographical)
Ah well, we can't all be free climbers, parkour traceurs, or kilted sky divers ... . For those who leave dragon-taming to their more thrill-seeking acquaintances and cultivate quieter pursuits, such as videos of carpet cleaning (highly recommended), there is a most ironically vivid namesake tartan suitable for today, Boring and Dull Day! Please direct your sleepy attention to the pairing of two most unexceptionally named cities - Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland. And if that isn't enough to convince you to take a nap, the Australian town of Bland opted for twinning with these two cities to form The League of Extraordinary Communities! Boring and dull enthusiasts grudgingly exert themselves for the annual Boring Conference, usually held during the summer months in London. Conference lecture topics have included : IBM tills, the sounds made by vending machines, the Shipping Forecast, barcodes, yellow lines, London shop fronts, and the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard. Actually, there's a lot to be said for the boring and dull good old days. Here's to a nostalgic Ho hum .... followed by a virtual yawn ... 🥱
Believe it or not, there is a tartan for this pairing of most unexceptionally named cities, Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland.
Elizabeth Leighton of Aberfeldy, Scotland, proposed the town's pairing with the village of Dull, Scotland, while passing through Boring, Oregon on a cycling holiday. In June 2012, Boring accepted the proposal of Dull to "pair" their municipalities, in an effort to promote tourism in both places.
The tartan blends red, white, and blue colours together, celebrating the USA connection, while the saltire is shown throughout the tartan.
After their pairing, August 9 was declared by the State of Oregon as "Boring and Dull Day" across the state. Celebrations are held annually in Boring with a piper and a barbershop quartet for entertainment. Dull celebrations are held later in October.
In 2013, the rural Australian town of Bland also twinned with the two cities.
Although it is not known why August 9th was chosen for this non-auspicious day, there are other days vying for equal unimportance.
According to BBC Radio, April 18, 1930, was the dullest day of the 20th century after an announcer informed the nation at the 6:30 p.m. bulletin: ‘There is no news.’
Another day, Sunday, April 11, 1954 has been identified by experts as the most boring day of the 20th century – a day when nothing of note happened - no major events, and only one notable birth of a Turkish academic.
For boring and dull enthusiasts, the annual Boring Conference is held during the summer months in London.
From their website:
"This is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked; subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating."
Conference lecture topics have included the subjects of: sneezing, toast, IBM tills, the sounds made by vending machines, the Shipping Forecast, barcodes, yellow lines, London shop fronts, and the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard.
If you are even semi-enthused about attending, click the Dull road sign to learn more from their appropriately boring, dull grey website.