When You’re Bored…

After last week’s feverish essay writing, I now find myself with a little more free time. Yet what should I do with this free time? Once again, Google held the answer for me.

Below is a list of things you can do when you have very little to hand yet you still need amusing for a few minutes. I haven’t tried them all yet but I have a feeling I won’t be bored again any time soon.

– Blink wildly and then close your eyes really tight for an interesting light show
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
You will see a variety of blobs, stars and flashes. Try to make out shapes and see if your subconscious is trying to send you a message.

– Try to not think about penguins
(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 penguins anyway.

– Use your secret mind power
(Amusement Potential: 5-20 minutes)
Pick a person passing by and try to use your mind power to command them do something, like drop their bag or knock into someone. The law of averages dictates that sooner or later one of your mind commands will come true, so you can convince yourself that you really have super human powers and waste even more time trying them out.

– Repeat the same word over and over until it loses its meaning
(Amusement Potential: 1-10 minutes)
Pick a random word out of a magazine and say it aloud to yourself until it becomes a meaningless set of noises.

– Hurt yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
What is pain? Why is it 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’s totally impossible but it makes a nice change from trying to lick your elbow. Though speaking of which…

– Pretend to be a car
(Amusement Potential: 1-10 minutes)
Make appropriate revving noises in your head as you walk along and add a racing commentary as you pass strangers. Use blinking eyes as indicators for extra authenticity. you’ll get weird looks but it’s so cool.

– 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 (also see "Hurt Yourself").

– Invent a weird twitch
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
Adopt a bizarre twitch (e.g. flicking your head irregularly, twitching with eye or busting out sporadic cough noises) and try it out when you go shopping.

– Make a low buzzing noise
(Amusement Potential: 15-30 minutes)
Hours of fun in libraries! Keeping a totally straight face and looking nonchalant, make a low pitch humming/buzzing noise and see who reacts.

– Watch TV, repeat everything said in a funny accent
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
I recommend attempting an Indian or a Chinese accent. Prepare to die laughing at yourself.

– Pretend all humans will die except for people in the room or building with you
(Amusement Potential: 10-20 minutes)
What would you do if this 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.
Write down a list of people you would need to eliminate in order to become king.

– 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?

– 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.

– Pour water into hand, make sneeze noise, throw the water on back of a 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.

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