Things To Do When You're Bored
The amusement potential for each activity is denoted.
- Push your eyes for interesting light show
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes) See a variety of blobs,
and flashes. Try to make out things-is your subconscience trying
to send you a message? Can you control what you see by pressing
different areas with different forces? Would it be possible to
somehow see the same effects on TV?
- See how long you can hold your breath
(Amusement Potential: 4-20 minutes) Not that much fun, but it
sure passes the time. Play with a friend, or try to beat your own
personal best. Some tips: hyperventilate before hand, and stay as
still as possible. My personal best is 2:00 (exactly).
- Try to not think about polar bears
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes) This is especially hard,
because by trying too much, you remember what you were trying to
avoid thinking of. If you try too little, you end up thinking
about polar bears anyway.
- Scratch yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) Go ahead, scratch
now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn't that feel pretty
- Hurt yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) What is pain? Why
unpleasant? There's nothing physical about it - it's all in your
mind. Plus, after pinching yourself for awhile, boredom will seem
nice next to being in pain.
- Try to swallow your tongue
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) There's not much to say about
this one. It is possible.
- Look at something for awhile, shut eyes, study after image
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes) Another great time waster. It
takes about 30 seconds of staring to create an after image, and
the image is then viewable for about the same length of time. Fun
to combine this one with pushing on your eyes.
- Get yourself as nauseated as possible
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes) Best achieved by looking
straight up and spinning around. Try to be so dizzy you can't
even stand up. This is also entertaining due to the "makes
boredom seem a lot better" effect (see "Hurt Yourself").
- See what's in your neighbor's trash
(Amusement Potential: 20-30 minutes) You can learn a lot about
people by what they throw out. You might uncover some dark secret
about them. Plus, they might be throwing out something with value
that still works, like a VCR.
- Watch TV, repeat everything said in Italian accent
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes) Sort of entertaining. Fun to
pretend the people on the screen are actually talking that way.
- Call up people who write editorials you disagree with
(Amusement Potential: 15-60 minutes) I'm surprised no one has
thought of this before. Unleash your fury on the person who had
the nerve to write a letter like that! I'm pretty sure it doesn't
qualify as a prank phone call, too.
- Make prank phone calls
(Amusement Potential: 20-60 minutes) Very entertaining, but
requires discipline. Remember - vulgarities don't make a call
funny, but getting the other person to believe a ridiculous story
will. Even more fun if you get a bunch of people on the line
using a Wonderphone and take turns making the calls. One to get
you started off: Call McDonalds, try to make reservations.
- Pretend all humans will die except for people in room with you
(Amusement Potential: 10-20 minutes) What would you do if
really happened? Would the group stay together, or would there be
factions? Who would join what group? Remember, there would only
be power for a few days before the plants ran out of fuel or
broke. To travel, you would always have to be near cars to siphon
gas out of. Best to do with people you know.
- Step off a curb with eyes shut, imagine it's a cliff
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes) To get any benefit out
one, you have to have a good imagination. Don't step off
immediately, build up to the jump. Study the ravine below. Feel
the winds at that altitude. Step off and...AHHHHHH!!!!!
- Burn things with a magnifying glass
(Amusement Potential: 5-30 minutes) Ants are always fun to use
for this, but burning the face of someone you don't like, under
some circumstances, can be just as entertaining.
- Have a water drinking contest
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes) While the
competition is fun,
you probably won't feel too good afterward. To give your event an
old western theme, slam the cups upside down on the tables after
you have emptied them.
- 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
- 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
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
(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
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This joke is rated: PG