Dull town and Boring town find common cause

The town of Dull, Scotland has become a sister community with the Oregon town of Boring. They have joined forces to promote their inherent interestingness. Alexandra Topping writes in The Guardian:

Before long Dull and Weem community council was in – presumably interminable – talks with Steve Bates, chairman of the Boring community planning organisation, to discuss the possibility of twinning the communities. But while Dull – thought to have derived its name from the Pictish word for fields – has a mere 84 residents, Boring – named after William H Boring, an early resident of the area – has a population of more than 10,000, scuppering chances of the two being officially twinned.

Determined to cement the links forged by the two names, the places have now become "sister communities", and could carry signs such as "Dull, in association with Boring" or "Dull, in sisterhood with Boring". Residents of both places wait with bated breath as officials in Boring, which is six hours behind the UK, voted on whether they could be officially linked. Any fears were quickly assuaged though as the Boring Community Planning Organisation in Oregon voted to make the two communities "a pair for the ages".

Dull and Boring? Not any more for Scottish village and US town

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  1. Dull – thought to have derived its name from the Pictish word for fields – has a mere 84 residents, Boring – named after William H Boring, an early resident of the area – has a population of more than 10,000, scuppering chances of the two being officially twinned.

    If I didn’t want to visit both Dull and Boring already they’ve become even more interesting to me both because of the mention of the Picts and the use of the word “scuppering”. “Scupper”, like “flummox” and “xenial”, is one of those words that just doesn’t get used often enough.

  2. If you want to visit us here in Boring, let you beware and let it be known:
    > The Boring Tavern closed a while back (odd, with a catchy name like that…)
    > There’s the Boring Farmer’s Market every Caturday with organic produce and handmade doodads for sale.
    > We just got rid of paying $600k in taxes yearly for a regional government’s bus to come through town twice a day, so rent a car or a bike.
    > We are the birthplace of the SlingShot, the smartphone video stabilizer (http://woxom.net) that I designed while sitting right here at this very desk where I am right now.  
    > The Springwater Trail runs through Boring, which is a series of old railroad beds turned into walking/biking trails that’ll take you all the way into Portland, 20 miles away.
    All in all, Boring is a nice little place to live.
    Cheers!
    Charles

  3. Sure, it’s nice to see Boring in the news, but nearby Wankers Corner gets no respect…

  4. I rode my bike to Boring once. I ate an egg salad sandwich there and then rode home.

  5. Now that Dull and Boring are interesting we need to find some new dull and boring towns to visit. Keep us posted on Boing Boing.

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