Born to Be Boring? There's a Place for You in Cyberspace

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Enjoy watching grass grow?

Dying to know more about the rotation of baggage carousels?

Harboring an insatiable desire to familiarize yourself with the origin of soap?

There's a place for you in cyberspace. It's called the Dull Men's Club. may be the only place on the Web that strives to be boring. Boasting "no violence or scary scenes," instead provides the kind of material normally welcomed by those needing a nap, Reuters reports.

"Many people — corporate executives and celebrities I've heard about — enjoy doing the dull things," the site's author Lee Carlson told Reuters.

"It's an ordinary subject taken to extremes. Here's one: Take a bucket, fill it with water, put in some wood and watch it warp."

Just how boring is boring? November is fig month at

"Figs are good for you. High fibre and high nutritional value ... fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free ... not to mention the great taste. And they are portable," the site says.

If that doesn't get you going, you could always learn more about safety razors or the Jerusalem Tax Museum.

"One of the museum's purposes was to be a place to learn about the routine work of the tax department. Wow ... it doesn't get much better than that," the site says.

But sorry, ladies — boring babes aren't invited. Women are excluded from membership in the site's host society, the National Council of Dull Men, Washington, D.C.

"Our view is that women are not dull. Women are exciting. Moreover, we think women would be offended if we said they were dull ... that it would be politically incorrect to refer to women as being dull," the site says.

Watch Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work ... Breaking Up a Food Fight

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Is a burrito a sandwich?

The Panera Bread Co. bakery-and-cafe chain says yes. But a judge said no, ruling against Panera in its bid to prevent a Mexican restaurant from moving into the same shopping mall.

Panera has a clause in its lease that prevents the White City Shopping Center in Shrewsbury from renting to another sandwich shop. Panera tried to invoke that clause to stop the opening of an Qdoba Mexican Grill.

But Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke cited Webster's Dictionary as well as testimony from a chef and a former high-ranking federal agriculture official in ruling that Qdoba's burritos and other offerings are not sandwiches.

The difference, the judge ruled, comes down to two slices of bread versus one tortilla.

"A sandwich is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos and quesadillas, which are typically made with a single tortilla and stuffed with a choice filling of meat, rice, and beans," Locke wrote in a decision released last week.

In court papers, Panera, a St. Louis-based chain of more than 900 cafes, argued for a broad definition of a sandwich, saying that a flour tortilla is bread and that a food product with bread and a filling is a sandwich.

Qdoba, owned by San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., called food experts to testify on its behalf.

Among them was Cambridge chef Chris Schlesinger, who said in an affidavit: "I know of no chef or culinary historian who would call a burrito a sandwich. Indeed, the notion would be absurd to any credible chef or culinary historian."

Hugs Not Drugs, People!

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The owner of a Northwest Philadelphia deli and two employees are under arrest for selling pot to customers who knew the secret code.

Police say Wyncote Mini-Deli in the city's West Oak Lane neighborhood sold marijuana over the counter, along with food.

Patrons in the know would get two Hugs soft drinks from the freezer, take it to the cashier and hand over $25.

Owner Gerald Bolt, a 52-year-old wheelchair-bound Jamaican native, Richard Reilly, 39, and Nardy Jones, 48, were arrested earlier this week.

Police searched the deli and two other properties owned by Bolt. They recovered 22 pounds of marijuana worth over $100,000, $15,000 in cash and four guns.

Drugs were imported from the Caribbean.

This Just in From the ... Uh ... 'I'm a Rocket Man' Department

LONDON (AP) — A 22-year-old man suffered internal injuries after lighting a small firecracker he had inserted into his buttocks, paramedics said.

The incident took place when Britain celebrated Bonfire Night, traditionally marked with fireworks to celebrate the Guy Fawkes' gunpowder plot to blow up Parliament in the 17th century.

The man suffered burns and other unspecified internal injuries in the incident in Sunderland, 275 miles north of London.

Katherine Shenton, a spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service, said a caller had phoned in that the victim was bleeding after the firecracker exploded.

Several of the man's friends recorded the incident on a mobile phone. The blurry images show a man bent over with his pants down and a white flash as the firecracker explodes.

The Times newspaper reported the man is a soldier who recently returned from Iraq.

Thanks to Out There reader Tracy M.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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