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RLDavies
762788.  Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:10 am Reply with quote

It was reported in today's Telegraph that a researcher has discovered the most boring date in history.

The Daily Telegraph wrote:
April 11, 1954: The most boring day on record

Sunday, April 11, 1954 is a day that will go down in history for all the wrong reasons.

Cambridge scientist William Tunstall-Pedoe has decreed it the most boring day since records began. He came to his lofty conclusion after feeding a computer program 300 million headline-making facts about "people, places, business, and events".

On that day a general election was held in Belgium, a Turkish academic was born, and an Oldham Athletic footballer died. And that's it.

Of course, this raises the question: Does the fact that it's the most boring date make it inherently interesting, and therefore not boring any more?

 
mckeonj
762801.  Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:09 am Reply with quote

Surely the most boring day in history was Sunday 30th October 4004 BC?

 
Starfish13
762802.  Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:11 am Reply with quote

It was my Granny's 21st birthday. They'd have been painting the streets (sorry, street) of Achnacarry red. Albeit with strict disapproval of anyone having fun or dancing, or other such sins.

 
djgordy
762805.  Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:16 am Reply with quote

I rather think that the phrase "since records began" is a bit vague. I suspect that he means "since newspapers began". There may have been days in the 14th century that were even less eventful.

Also, on April 18th 1930 the BBC (supposedly) announced "Good evening, today is Good Friday, there is no news". "

 
Sparkyweasel
762963.  Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:39 pm Reply with quote

Various reports seems about evenly split between "since records began", "in history" and similar but Mr Tunstall-Pedoe, after stating "in history" goes on to say "since 1900" in the explanation here;

http://blog.trueknowledge.com/2010/11/most-boring-day-in-history.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Ftrue_knowledge+%28The+Official+True+Knowledge+Blog%29

Did he not know that Kirk Douglas' father died that day? Or is that not interesting enough?

 
hassan el kebir
763022.  Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:41 am Reply with quote

It was 25 years before the birth of my daughter, that was pretty unexciting

 
NinOfEden
763085.  Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:50 am Reply with quote

...William Tunstall-WHO?! o_@

 
Gavin
883293.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:56 am Reply with quote

My birthday is April 11. But I was not born in 1954.

 
mckeonj
883304.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:03 am Reply with quote

That was the day that I invented sex.

 
Efros
883313.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:02 am Reply with quote

Shurely any of the days between Wednesday September 2, 1752, and Thursday September 14, 1752 would qualify, seeing as how they didn't happen.

 
Jenny
883500.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:08 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
That was the day that I invented sex.


No I'm sorry but it can't have been. We all know that sexual intercourse began in 1963.

 
AlmondFacialBar
883502.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:15 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
mckeonj wrote:
That was the day that I invented sex.


No I'm sorry but it can't have been. We all know that sexual intercourse began in 1963.


No, in 1962, because that's when TV came to Ireland. According to this gentleman at any rate:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_J._Flanagan

Because before TV the Irish of course procreated by sprouting...

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Zebra57
883504.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:16 pm Reply with quote

Isn't sex on the television dangerous?

 
Jenny
883519.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:36 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Isn't sex on the television dangerous?


Only if you fall off.

 
Moosh
883532.  Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:04 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Isn't sex on the television dangerous?

Much more so since the increased popularity of flat-screens.

 

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