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Old 11-09-13, 01:23 AM   #1
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Is watching paint dry the most boring activity in the world?

Mythbusters didn't bother taking this up, so it's up to us foobusters to figure this out.
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im painting i dont watch the paint dry i do wonder how i get more paint on me then the wall im trully a white guy now used to be off white
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Watching paint dry is infinitely more exciting than watching the continents drift, or watching Neptune revolve around the sun.
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I painted some grass so I could watch it grow and dry at the same time. The effect was not additive.
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Watching some shows on History will put you to sleep faster than any other cure for insomnia
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Old 11-09-13, 08:51 AM   #6
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Watching golf or poker on TV is WAY up there in my book.

In fact with the exception of cycling most televised games and sports are boring.
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Watching paint dry is infinitely more exciting than watching the continents drift, or watching Neptune revolve around the sun.
Those of us into Competitive Paint Drying agree. Look for CPDtv soon, brought to us by the same folks that broadcast The Golf Channel and CSPAN.
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Those of us into Competitive Paint Drying agree. Look for CPDtv soon, brought to us by the same folks that broadcast The Golf Channel and CSPAN.
The Paint Channel. What a concept. Sports, Home Decorating, Arts, History(Home decor in Pompeii, ancient Greece and Egypt, Hitler's bunker, etc.), Travel, Food and all on one channel.
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Like Darth Lefty noted about painting grass and watching it grow and dry at the same time, I'm not sure all of that would be additive.

Now if you put good looking women in bikinis in the mix I might give a try.
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Watching golf or poker on TV is WAY up there in my book.

In fact with the exception of cycling most televised games and sports are boring.
this is incredibly subjective.
i am a golfer, and i love watching golf. i also love playing cards, so watching poker is kind of fun too. maybe not EXCITING, but its not boring.

and anyway your entire statement is easily disproved by two simple words: March. Madness.

also, if there was more Rugby on TV in the US instead of Football, it'd be a lot more exciting.
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Depends. Wall paint...very boring. Sports Illustrated body paint....not so boring.

In the same vein, I've heard people say, "The neatest thing since sliced bread." What was the neatest thing before sliced bread?
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Most boring thing is watching fishing on TV; in second place is watching the TdF bicycle racing on TV; except for the sprint crashing at the finish fine. Long pelotons and traffic jams of cars and motorcycles intermixed, ZZZZZ!
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nascar.

watching rednecks burn countless thousands of gallons of imported energy while traveling in a circle in ugly cars disguised as detergent boxes is a fate worse than that of sisyphus.
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Like Darth Lefty noted about painting grass and watching it grow and dry at the same time, I'm not sure all of that would be additive.

Now if you put good looking women in bikinis in the mix I might give a try.
The Paint Channel is there. Women in bikinis demonstrating proper roller techniques; buff guys in speedos offering spackling tips.
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Old 11-09-13, 03:39 PM   #15
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if there was more Rugby on TV in the US instead of Football, it'd be a lot more exciting.
According to the Wall Street Journal, football games have 11 minutes of action in a 3 hour broadcast.
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nascar.

watching rednecks burn countless thousands of gallons of imported energy while traveling in a circle in ugly cars disguised as detergent boxes is a fate worse than that of sisyphus.
And then have it narrated by Ben Stein. With the same even, monotone voice he used for his visine commercials. If that doesn't bore you enough to make you want off yourself, I don't know what would.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, football games have 11 minutes of action in a 3 hour broadcast.
yup.
also as soon as something starts to happen they stop the play. oh no he fell down! everyone stop!!
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this is incredibly subjective.
Of course it is.

I was called in to consult with a contractor at the Kennedy Space Center one day years ago. The Orbiter was retrieving this big ass can like thing that had been in orbit for a year or so. This big ass can thing had maybe 60 different materials arrayed on it's surface and the idea was to see how those materials held up or not in outer space.

So there's a smallish auditorium packed with these NASA guys watching the live feed of this i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.y. s.l.o.w. arm reaching out to grab this big ass can thing.

These guys were totally focused on this i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.y. s.l.o.w. procedure for hours! My contact was walking me back to his office to show me his problem and we stopped by for maybe 3 minutes to watch "the action" with the standing overflow at the door. After I showed this guy what his problem was and how to fix it he gave me a tour of the big hangar where the Orbiters were prepped for the next mission. This tour lasted about and hour and we went back to his office. Stopped by that auditorium again. Still packed full of these guys totally focused on what appeared to me the same scene I saw an hour and a half ago. Maybe the arm had moved three feet. Nobody had moved. The tension was palpable.

Now to me that looked incredibly boring. To the guys in that room though this was intense video, evidentially.
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^ yawn.
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Yup.
Also, as soon as something starts to happen they stop the play. oh no he fell down! everyone stop!!
In prep school, we managed to decimate the football team by about 50%. We were on the soccer team and our practices were in the same season as football. We made fun of how they would run ten feet and stop, whereas we on the soccer team had to basically run for an hour without stopping. That appeal was too macho for them to resist and the next year's soccer recruitment was wildly successful.
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PowerPoint presentations. Even if the presenter makes the words dance onto the screen, they're still boring.
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Having been to over 100 xc mtb races in my life, I can honestly say that watching paint dry is JUST ABOUT as boring.
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Oh, baby! Just wait til you see My Power Point! It's got more bullets than WW2 and it's flashier than Times Square! Your gonna <3 it!
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