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Things to do when you're bored - a bumper list of pointless timewasters

Things you can do for absolutely nothing when bored Things you can do for very little when bored Things you can do with someone else when you're bored Things to do when you're bored - the videos


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Still really, really bored? With a friend?
Grab a friend and help stave off the boredom with these pointless time wasters
(© urban75, 1996-2011)


Have a water gargling contest
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
Put a glassful of water in your mouth and see how long you can keep gargling for. Award yourself extra points for loud and amusing gargling noises, and minus points if you laugh.

Stare at the back of someone's head until they turn around
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes)
This works on the "I have the feeling I'm being watched" principle. Conduct an experiment-does this really work?

Have a "Who is less competitive" competition
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
Trying to win at this will make you lose. Trying to lose makes you win which makes you lose. Not trying at all makes you lose which makes you win which makes you lose.

Pick up a dog so it can see things from your point of view
(Amusement Potential: 3-5 minutes)
Think about it: your dog has only seen the house from a viewpoint from 6" to 2' high (15 to 60 cm for all you metric fans). It's never seen the tops of counters, what you keep on your desk, the tops of shelves, etc. Try looking at things from its point of view, too.

Pull out a hair, stick in someone's ear
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
Best done to sleeping people. Added challenge in having no one else around, because then you can't blame it on anyone else. Try to beat your record number of times before the person catches on.

Pour water in hand, make sneeze noise, throw water on back of person's neck
(Amusement Potential: 5-15 minutes)
Always a good gag. For an even bigger reaction out of the person, act like you're not sorry at all for what they think you did. Comment instead on how big that sneeze was or about how there was a lot of mucus in that one.

Can you out-hum your friend?
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
This is quite a tough one - and as many friends as you like can join in.
Sit opposite your friends, and then start humming to yourself as loud as you can. The winner is the person who can keep the straightest face the longest - anyone who laughs is disqualified.
Tip: try varying the tone of your hum to put off your opponent!


PART FOUR: Bored? Watch the videos! »

DISCLAIMER: Obviously, a lot of these suggestions are really dumb things to do, so don't take them seriously.

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