Fun to Be Boring And Bumming

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By Frank Ahrens
Sunday, November 12, 2006

Hard-core Web users are constantly fighting unfair stereotypes:

They're boring. Too much time on their hands.

More interested in chatting with friends than getting a job.

Cheapo slackers always cruising the Net for a deal.

Here at Web Watch, we seek to inform and enlighten, not pander to stereotypes. We would never do that.

With this in mind, let's look at http://dullmen.com/ and http://couchsurfing.com/ .

We at Web Watch think dullness is underrated. Dull is good. If you date a dull man, he's a lot less likely to, say, take his paycheck and put it on Lucky Eddie in the fifth. Waaay too much risk of excitement.

The motto of the Dull Men's Club is: "A place -- in cyberspace -- where Dull Men can share thoughts and experiences, free from pressures to be in and trendy, free instead to enjoy the simple, ordinary things of everyday life." Being aggressively anti-hipster, we're down with that.

Here are some high times on the Dull Men's Web site: a survey of world airport baggage carousels, tallying how many rotate clockwise and how many rotate counterclockwise. The Dull Men's Club has correspondents. One writes:

"Having recently had the chance to travel to Bergen in Norway, I would like to report that the airport carousels at Bergen Fleseland airport rotate in both the clockwise and counterclockwise direction (two of each). It was most interesting. I am going to have a nap now."

We would introduce the Dull Men to the couch-surfers, but we're pretty sure that the couch-surfers would be too rambunctious for them. I mean, Dull Men like to sit on their own couches in their own homes.

Couch-surfers, by contrast, live the wacky life of globe-trotting free spirits, always in search of the next adventure, the next foreigner they'll be super-amazing best friends with for two days, the next soul-changing all-night conversation, the next free place to flop.


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