The Towns Of 'Dull' And 'Boring' Forge An 'Exciting' Alliance

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How do you add a little excitement to your life if you lived in a town called 'Dull'? By forging an alliance with one called 'Boring' of course!

The idea for the partnership began when Scottish resident Elizabeth Leighton was bicycling in Oregon and came across the town of Boring. When she returned home, she mentioned it to a friend who lives in the small Scottish town of Dull, Perthshire, who in turn contacted Boring's officials to see if they would be interested in becoming 'twin' towns. They agreed immediately and the two even came up with an 'exciting' marketing tagline - 'Boring and Dull - A Pair For All Ages'.

Turns out that new twin towns have a lot more in common besides their unusual names. Both get lost of snow and rain each year, have close knit communities and are known for well - Not much!

Dull, which derives its name from the Gaelic word for 'meadow' and has less than 200 residents is completely rural, with not a single shop - Just two chalets that are rented out to the few tourists that stumble upon it, every year.

With about 8,000 residents, Boring, which was named after homesteader William H. Boring, is a little bigger, and does have a few historical homes that attract the occasional tourist. But as Bob Boring, the grandson succinctly sums it - 'There's not a lot that goes on'!

Since the towns are so different in size, the alliance cannot be made official, but neither cares. They just want to have some fun and plan to add signs and even print t-shirts with the new tagline. What's next for these two towns? Maybe a three-way alliance with the city of Bland, Missouri?

Resources: huffingtonpost.com, telegraph.co.uk, oregonlive.com

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131 Comments
  • leap411
    leap411Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm
    That is strange and rare!
    • itzyaboi
      itzyaboiThursday, February 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm
      that sounds awesome. i agree with you jayc
      • swordfight
        swordfightThursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm
        wow that's aweosme
        • Shoo-ShooTuesday, October 7, 2014 at 1:16 am
          And there is no town called "Exciting"?
          • nikukyu
            nikukyuThursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm
            But there is a country called Hangry!! (maybe wrong spelling) no offense though! Great country!
          • cool_girl101
            cool_girl101Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm
            That is cool boring and weird at the same time.
            • otter
              otterMonday, February 17, 2014 at 6:51 am
              That just makes me glad I live somewhere with a name that doesn't mean anything!
              • nikukyu
                nikukyuThursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm
                Me too!
              • humpday
                humpdayFriday, November 8, 2013 at 7:44 am
                lol that is so funny!
                • hyper_monkey
                  hyper_monkeySunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:36 am
                  Seriously?
                  • xgispzx
                    xgispzxTuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:49 am
                    dull and boring? lol those are some funny names!
                    • UnknownMonday, February 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm
                      This is a boring article!It is dull like the town