continuous yawning reported is by a 15-year-old female patient in 1888
who yawned continuously for 5 weeks.
Alive—Other Times Bored
survey found that the average adult spends about one-third of his waking
economist Stuart Chase once sat down to figure the calendar of his days.
There is, he said, an ascending scale of human values and somewhere on
it there is a line between living and mere existing. In how many hours
of the week, he asked himself, had he truly and intensively lived? In
how many had he just existed? Out of the 168 hours of the week he found
that he had been “alive” only 40, or about 25% of the total time!
~ The Doldrums
Nothing was so
feared by seamen in the days when ocean vessels were driven by wind and
sail as the doldrums. The doldrums is a part of the ocean near the
equator, abounding calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds. There the
weather is hot and extremely dispiriting. The old sailing vessels, when
caught in doldrums, would lie helpless for days and weeks, waiting for
the wind to begin to blow.
~ Bored To Murder
Humphries of Houston, Texas, was only a sixteen-year-old pretty blonde,
but the routine of everyday living left her tired, wearied, and bored.
To “escape the boredom” she ambushed and killed her
fourteen-year-old brother Robert with a . 22 rifle. And the reason?
“Because nothing exciting ever happens around here,” she sobbed. She
planned also to kill her father, mother, and herself—all to end the
“always-tired” routine of the family life.
After 46 years
of service as lighthouse keepers in New England, Joseph and Charlotte
Hindley have retired. Their observation after all those years: It was
all pretty boring. About the biggest problem was learning to live with
the foghorn. “You just talked between the blasts,” Mrs. Hindley
—The Calgary Herald
~ Doubling Away
the late 19th century, the small towns of America had grown tired of
seeing Uncle Tom’s Cabin dramatized for over 40 years. To
revive interest and instead of adopting a new play, the various Tom
Companies just doubled the cast, having two Uncle Toms, two Little Evas,
two Simon Legrees, and two sets of bloodhounds.
firehouses of Norman Rockwell’s bucolic America, fireman passed the
hours between alarms playing checkers and showing off the polished brass
and bright-red trucks to wide-eyed young visitors. But for the volunteer
firemen of Genoa, Texas, in suburban Houston, that was not enough.
In the past
three years, eight bored Genoa firemen have set about 40 fires in
abandoned buildings and grass fields. As soon as the blazes were going,
the arsonists would dash back to the firehouse and rush off to put out
their own fires.
firemen were quite busy until they made the mistake of setting fire to a
barn owned by the brother of a Houston fire department official. An
investigation of the blaze led to the Genoa firehouse, and the overeager
fire fighters were exposed. Explained one of the firemen charged with
arson: “We’d hang around the station on the night shift without a
thing to do. We just wanted to get the red light flashing and the bells
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