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The Most Boring Day Ever
Was April 11, 1954, the dullest day in the last hundred years? Yawn.
How was your day on Monday? Did anything exciting happen? Probably not much—except the anniversary of the most boring day ever.
A computer programmer in Cambridge, England, says that he’s figured out what was the most boring day of the past century. After analyzing more than 300 million facts on a search engine he invented, William Tunstall-Pedoe concluded that the dullest day since 1900 was April 11, 1954.
“This particular day was extremely notable for having almost nothing happen,” he says.
On any given day, many events may occur that later become historically significant. Wars begin and end, laws are signed, and inventions get invented. People who will become famous are born, and people who are famous die. But very few of these kinds of events happened on April 11, 1954.
There was an election in Belgium on that day. People raced in small boats called dinghies in Larchmont, New York. There was even an exhibition baseball game between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians—yawn.
“It’s not that nothing happened. It’s that it was spectacularly un-notable in terms of the events that happened that day,” Tunstall-Pedoe explains. “So it was the most boring day in recent history.”
But since Tunstall-Pedoe made his announcement, many TV shows, magazines, and Web sites have talked about April 11, 1954’s famous new reputation. Does becoming the most boring day in history make that day less boring?