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Thursday, October 1, 1998 Published at 07:21 GMT 08:21 UK


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Where is the most boring place on earth? Your reaction

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The most boring place in the world is London. I hate it.
Hazza, UK

I agree Telford is extremely dull but it is positively lively compared to Milton Keynes with all the straight roads and roundabouts. Has anyone ever heard a Milton Keynes accent?
Guy Rogers, England

The most boring place in the world is anywhere where I don't want to be: bus stops, waiting rooms, the office, conferences, supermarkets, Workington.
Rod Maxwell, Scotland

One determines by oneself where one is bored to death. If one has something interesting to do, it does not matter where one lives or works - one will have a joyful life even in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
Felix Polianski, Latvia

Abbotsford, BC tops the list for the most boring place in which to be incarcerated. Having spent 22 years in this city has been a complete waste of a third of my lifetime.
Pat Doyle, Canada

My vote goes to the town of Canby in the state of Oregon, USA. Perhaps it's different now, but as a child I visited there and found it far less inspiring than many tiny villages in Mexico, which I had also been through on a recent trip by car while on the way to Mexico City. A close runner-up would be most of the state of Texas!
Doug, USA

I tend to agree that the grass is always greener etc. Having lived on several continents and travelled to the "four corners" I have to agree that on the whole the USA is, if not the most boring, certainly one of the most boring places in the universe. This is not because the US doesn't have anything to offer, it's because the US is the king of kitsch and obsessed with the material. Also everyone in the US wants to be from somewhere else, hence, millions of Italian/Greek/Irish Americans but absolutely no American Americans.
Geoff, USA

The House of Representatives in Washington, DC, 50 minutes into a Clinton State of the Union address.
Elizabeth Miller, California, USA

Washington has to be the most boring place on earth. Every day it's the same old corruption and the same old speeches from the people that we've learned to distrust. Nothing ever changes in Washington.
L Dotson, USA

Perth, Western Australia is just sooooooooooooo dull! As the locals will tell you: 'It's not the end of the earth, but it sure as hell has the same zip code'.
B Loganski, Australia

The most boring inhabited area on the planet (parts of the Australian Outback came first to mind, but that's too easy) is the North American region that encompasses North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, southern Manitoba and the western half of Minnesota. Flat as a pancake for as far as the eye can see, with a declining population that for the most part still adheres to ultra-provincial attitudes. There's snow on the ground for up to six or seven months a year, which only serves to make the flat, monotonous, mostly treeless landscape look even bleaker.
Brett Fechheimer, USA

Bellows Falls, Vermont is tied with Claremont, New Hampshire.
Alan Murphy, USA

The most boring place on earth is in front of the television.
Bart Gruzalski, Northern California

BASINGSTOKE! Without any doubt, this is the most boring place on the planet. Reading, Berkshire, would run a close second, followed by Koln in Germany, third.
I don't like being negative, so here is a list, in descending order, of the least boring places: Fremantle (Australia), Swindon (UK), and, rather oddly, Portsmouth (UK).
John Cox, Perth, Australia

When I was living and working in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, someone in a more advanced state of boredom at work than me had looked up the slang word 'dullsville' in a standard American dictionary, or maybe they had been idly reading the dictionary. Anyhow, the word-use example following the word definition said something like, '...dullsville, as in Huntsville.' Someone really bored could drive over to Huntsville, Texas and see if that Huntsville was the one intended by the dictionary. Nah, that would be too boring.
Ben Harman, USA

Definitely Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I've lived here almost twenty years and I'm dying of sensory deprivation. It's a company town, where almost everybody is a right wing, reactionary clone of the other guy, and what little culture there is, is cliquey and incestuous. All of the friends I've known here have left (as well as those I'd have liked to get to know) and I'm starting to see the writing on the wall too. The winters are obscene; the streets are rarely cleared of snow because people don't want to pay more taxes. And everybody's into line dancing and swing music.
Stephen Gilmour, Canada

Boredom has a variety of flavours. The most intolerable boredom associated with terror is sitting in a hospital emergency room awaiting the disposition of a loved one. Time lasts forever, and one cannot even gather the presence of mind to read a magazine; waiting for one's own impending emergency services when one is completely helpless is equally boring. For the most boring of the sleep inducing variety I think church services win hands down, but on the other hand it is a good place to practice sleeping with one's eyes open, a useful skill for judges and politicians.
Vermont, USA, America's leading slum with trees, I think qualifies behind Alaska, as it too is replete with binge drinking, unemployable wife beaters (highest rate in the country), thousands of jean-wearing, pistol waving, bearded, 12-step recovery, dropout ex-convicts per square yard, with over a dozen prison camps and work release programmes from which the convicted criminal tourist may choose. There is exactly one taxi cab service in the state capitol, and two movie theatres. The local amateur theatre troupe is equally delightful: I believe that they actually conducted a revival of (where is my revolver with a single bullet?) "The Fantasticks." It is worse than the old "Bob Newhart Show," and is the most boring all around place on earth.
Walt O'Brien, USA

My 13-year old son would say our house.
Brian Jenkins, USA

My kitchen.
Nilgun Graham, St Maarten

Exeter, England. And the people are the snottiest in all of the UK. They should move to Germany.
David Stein, Canada

It has to be the Isle of Man. Described as '70,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock', it's hard to hold a sober conversation. The only interesting thing to do is count your tax-free money.
Simon Mitchell, Australia

Without doubt the most boring place on earth, and I have travelled extensively around it, is Pinner in north west London. They have taken suburbia to its ultimate extreme and, like American cheese, have pasteurised and sanitised it to such an extent that it is bland, boring, disappointing and almost intolerable.
William Weinstein, USA

Limerick, Ireland, boring, boring, boring!
S Kenney, USA

Jackson, AL, and I challenge anyone to beat it. A dry county (no alcohol, legally), with a lot of hypocrites at that, two restaurants that are not "fast food", and you will not make a friend or get help from anyone if you weren't born there. I can document cases on that.
Cibby Krell, USA

Any location that's hosting a 'dry' wedding reception!
M W Dietrich, Pennsylvania, USA

There are no boring places - just boring people.
Emma Desell, USA

I lived for 6 months in a rural Virginian area (it wasn't even a town) that really had nothing going for it but some really potent "country air". My dad's apt comment when he visited was, "If I lived here I'd be drunk by noon!"
MA, USA

Mattoon, Illinois, USA, is the MOST boring place on the face of the planet. It is of interest to geologists because it is as flat as a pancake...geologists travel to marvel at the sheer dullness of the landscape. For variety and excitement, you can watch the soybeans grow. Once a year the city hosts the world's largest bagel breakfast, where they line tables up and down the main street and celebrate the fact that there is still one factory (the bagel plant) in town that hasn't shut down. Except for that one day a year, where the newspapers are full of the same quotes as the previous year ('Bagels are OK, but I'd rather have a donut') the flat countryside and the soybeans are basically as exciting as it gets.
Lynda Schemansky, USA

Sunderland is the most boring place in the world. Dreary and dismal, no life in the city and the inhabitants are miserable and rude.
James Murray, USA

I've only travelled within North America so I can only give my opinion on boring places within that continent. I am sure however that there are many places that are boring around the world which I have yet to enjoy. The most boring place I have been to in Canada would have to be Wawa, Ontario. This town, like hundreds of others, has absolutely no character to it. Life in this town revolves around your pickup truck, the mini-mall and Thursday evening TV. I'm sure that this occurs all over the place but Wawa stood out amongst the other lack-lustre towns that dot Canada. For the US I don't have a specific place to name. I think the generic "suburbia" of the US is mind-numbing. Mexico may seem like the most exciting place to me simply because it's so foreign to my culture.
Christopher Hutchinson, Canada

Anywhere in the USA!!! All there is, is a bunch of overpriced stuff crammed into malls!! Yuck! If I want to be ripped off I'll stay at home and buy a car.
Willa Bradshaw, Canada

Enough of the existentialist rubbish - Reading in England. Closely followed by Le Havre in Normandy, France. Some places are just intrinsically boring.
David Drum, USA/Ireland

The most boring place I've been to would definitely be Bakersfield, California (USA). The shopping mall is the only distinguishing feature in a town of 250,000 people. It's at least 2 hours away from any major city, basically near a big desert with not many places to go to. And yup it's hot.
Sandeep Sodhi, USA

I think New Zealand would be pretty boring, but having said that I've never been. But the only interests seem to be snow and sheep.
Larelle Read, Australia

Yikes, this may not go down too well, but Canada is a rather boring place. I used to think that Canadians were wrong when they complained that this country had no identity of its own, but they have since convinced me! Strip Plazas and Shopping Malls. Straight roads and traffic jams. Night life is very limited and theater culture is the latest musical. The people are hard pressed to understand a well turned phrase and the "sitcom" is king of prime time. If I hear one more DJ hack out more forced laughter, I'm going to break my radio. They cannot go from the stupid to the sublime, because there is no sublime in Canada, it all went south, where it got shot trying to buy a six pack in a late night smoke shop. All I want is a decent chat in a decent pub with a decent beer. I'll forget the theater, but how about a windy road and a car with some soul. I'll trade the content for a well turned phrase. I'll burn the malls for a wet high street and a decent bakers.
Roy Mayer, Canada - Ex Pat Brit

The most boring place is anywhere you've been too long.
R Ball, UK

Any Suburban area in the US. Strip malls, multiplexes, chain-coffee shops, greeting card stores, ...no character at all.
Philip Herold, USA

In my experience people seem to find wherever they come from the most boring place - a case of the grass being greener on the other side?
Andrew Wilson, UK / USA

Any place can be at the same time the most exciting or the most boring on earth... the difference between them is the answer to this question: how do you feel?
Diógenes Braga, Brazil

The most boring place on Earth has got to be highway I-64 which connects Chicago to Kentucky, it's a five hour drive and from Indianapolis to Chicago you've got 3.5 hours of nothing but cornfields and lorries. Not very inspiring!
Justin Craib-Cox, USA

Washington DC gets my vote. The Monica affair and the reams of paper and endless blather is enough to put anyone to sleep. My runner up would be Ottawa and endless constitutional wrangling with Quebec.
Vanesta Kaltiainen, Canada

The most boring place on earth has to be Provo, Utah, here in the United States. A place of ignorant people, as well as a place with nothing to do. It is a place where fun is something illegal. If you try to practice it, you will, without a doubt be charged with some kind of insane misdemeanor.
Neil Armstrong, USA

Woodstrock, New Brunwick, Canada - no library, no bookstore, one restaurant, no movie theatre, one radio station with emphasis on country and western, lots of churches but no tolerance!
B. Morris, Canada

Radstock, England. Ugh!
Alex Bayley, UK

No place is intrinsically boring, it's what we make of it. I believe that boredom comes from our unwillingness to take advantage of the place we are. Everywhere has something to offer but how much of it we accept decides our boredom. You may be interested to know that there is a place called Boring in Oregon but I'm told it is not the most boring.
Dave MacLurg, USA

Hatfield in Hertforshire is easily the most boring place in the Universe!
Chris Packham, UK

Your own dormitory in college, no doubt about it.
Kenneth Lee, USA

I'll go have a look at the collection of comments in a minute, but I just thought I'd express my opinion that boredom is a state of mind not a place; there is something of interest to be found everywhere! So there!
Doug Roberts, Australia

Telford (England) is the most boring place on earth. It is devoid of character - but great if you like shopping complexes and car show rooms. This place should be levelled and a huge forest should be planted there.
Iwan ap Dafydd, Wales

Last Fall Break on my aunt's repeated insistence (she practically forced me into going to see her by sending me an aeroplane ticket), I went to visit her for four days in this God forsaken little town, Cavalier, North Dakota.
Yes it was a traumatic experience for me. There is a total of 2000 people in that town (I think they were exaggerating) and the closest "city" (NOTE: their idea of what a city is, is a scary thought) was about 2 hours away. It hadn't even been a couple of hours of arriving there that it began to feel claustrophobic. Needless to say I spent most of my time sleeping, making conversation with my aunt, her husband, and their two children. Meanwhile every other kid in town was hanging out in the local convenience store. Just thinking about it sends chills though my body, uuuuuuugghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
Maryam Kamal, USA

The entire US would have to qualify in my opinion. Over here the only thing going on is presidential scandals, which nobody even cares about. One particular spot is the state of Indiana, where I am from. Our state has to be the dullest place this side of the Andromeda galaxy, if that place even exists. There is nothing but corn and soybeans here. Personally, I would rather be in London!
JK, USA

There is nowhere more boring than the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. It is just a run down dump. Everything there epitomises all that is parochial and poor quality. Go there and see it in all its shocking mundanity - you will not be disappointed!
Jeremy Mackinlay, UK

Characterless theme pubs and multiplex cinemas - sounds just like Stevenage (UK), the embodiment of dullness on earth. Any one scared of dying should live out the rest of their lives there - 12 months can and does seem like an eternity.
Peter Morgan, UK

No question - Lords.
Bill Davies, Canada

To an uneducated person, the most boring place in the universe is...the universe. To an educated person, there are no boring places.
Frank Wilhoit, USA




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