Recreational Boredom

This is a fascinating swing of the pendulum. The WSJ has published a piece entitled, "Boredom Enthusiasts Discover the Pleasures of Understimulation:"

To get to the conference, Jo Lee took an hour’s train ride from the seaside town of Brighton. She said it was worth it because her own idea of fun is to take photographs of random marks left on walls and of chewing gum stuck under desks.

"We’re all overstimulated," said Ms. Lee. "I think it’s important to stop all that for a while and see what several hours of being bored really feels like."

She will have her chance again next year, when Mr. Ward plans to play host to Boring 2011. He hopes to include a talk that didn’t make it on the roster this year entitled "The Ease of Extracting Electricity From Municipal Buildings and Beyond: A Comparison."

It’s about electric sockets.

What a strange culture we are.

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, transplanted to Pennsylvania...lived and taught in Eastern Europe for six years…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth.
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2 Responses to Recreational Boredom

  1. Corrie Giffone says:

    I thought it was from the onion. Hilarious. Maybe we should host one.

    • thinkhardthinkwell says:

      I saw it was the WSJ–but then I checked to make sure the story wasn’t dated April 1.

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