The Interesting Most Boring Man in the World

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People often said that Thierry Boyle was the most boring man in the world. Thierry didn’t know why people thought he was so boring. Thierry thought he was quite interesting. After all, he collected stamps. What could be more interesting than stamps? It was true that he didn’t have any other hobbies or interests, but that didn’t matter for Thierry. He had his job, after all. He had a very interesting job. At least Thierry thought it was interesting. Everybody else said that his job was boring. But he was an accountant! Why do people think that accountants are boring? thought Thierry. Thierry thought his job was fascinating. Everyday, he went to his office, switched on his computer and spent seven and a half hours looking at spreadsheets, and moving numbers around on them. What could be more interesting than that?

But Thierry was unhappy. He was unhappy because people thought he was boring. He didn’t want to be boring. He wanted people to think that he was a very interesting person. He tried to talk to people about his stamp collection. But every time he talked about his stamp collection he saw that people were bored. Because people were bored when he talked about his stamp collection, he talked about his job instead. He thought people would be very interested when he talked about his job, but no. People thought his job was even more boring than his stamp collection. Sometimes, people even went to sleep when he talked to them.

Thierry thought about how to make himself more interesting. He decided that he needed to be famous for something. He thought about his stamp collection, and decided that perhaps his stamp collection could make him famous. Perhaps he had the biggest stamp collection in the world, or perhaps he had a very valuable stamp. Yes, this was it, he decided.

He wrote a letter to a local newspaper, and asked them if they wanted to come and write an article about a local man with the biggest stamp collection in the world. The local newspaper wrote a letter back to Thierry telling him that actually the Queen of England had the biggest stamp collection in the world. Thierry was very sad to learn this, but wrote back to the newspaper telling them that he thought he had the most valuable stamp in the world. The newspaper wrote back to him telling him that the most valuable stamp in the world cost 2, 240, 000 dollars, and asking him if he was sure that he had it. Thierry wasn’t sure that he had it. In fact, he was sure that he didn’t have it. Perhaps his whole collection was very valuable though…
“Is it worth 10 million dollars?” asked the man from the newspaper on the telephone when Thierry called him.
“Erm, no, I don’t think so…”
“Forget it then” said the man from the newspaper.

Thierry thought about other things to make himself famous. Perhaps he could be the best accountant in the world! Yes, this was it, he decided. He told a friend that he was the best accountant in the world.
“How do you know?” asked his friend.
“Well” thought Thierry, “I have a good job, I like it …it’s very interesting … spreadsheets … numbers … taxes … finance …” He saw his friend going to sleep. “Hmmm” he thought.  “Perhaps I’m not the best or the most interesting accountant in the world.”

“Listen Thierry” said his friend when he woke up again. “Perhaps you don’t have the biggest or the most valuable stamp collection in the world. Perhaps you aren’t the best or the most interesting accountant in the world. But there is one thing – Thierry, you are probably the most boring man in the world.”

Yes!  Of course! This was it. Thierry could be famous because he was the most boring man in the world. Now he saw that his friends were right. He phoned the newspaper again.
“Hello!” he said. “Would you like to do an interview with the most boring man in the world?”
“The most boring man in the world…?” said the man from the newspaper. “Now that’s interesting!”

Next week there was a big article in the newspaper. “The Most Boring Man in the World!” There was a picture of Thierry in his office. There was a picture of Thierry with his stamp collection. There was an interview with Thierry, and interviews with his friends. His friends said they went to sleep when Thierry talked about his job or his stamp collection.

The next day the BBC and CNN called Thierry. They wanted stories about the most boring man in the world. “The most boring man in the world!” they said. “That’s so interesting!”

And so, finally, Thierry Boyle, became the official Most Boring Man in the World. You won’t find his name in the Guinness Book of Records, because they said that it was impossible to decide exactly how boring somebody is, but it was no problem for Thierry. Now he was famous, now he was so boring that he was interesting.

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24 комментариев к “The Interesting Most Boring Man in the World
  1. Жасмин

    Так держать, гордится своей проблемой. Класс!

  2. Otabek Uzbek

    Interesting about boring

  3. WRXy

    V kajdom 4eloveke est` svoi plusi i minusi….

  4. Гулиза

    I think I am boring girl too

  5. Supanast

    Zamechatelnye rasskazy! Chitat ih — bolshoe udovolstvie! Spasibo!!! Jdem poyavleniya novyh

  6. super

    super

  7. Zinaida

    I have to say if you have a hobby you are lucky because your life becomes more interesting.

  8. михаил

    Всё это конечно интересно , спасибо за ваш труд.
    Но у меня вопрос: вот я изучаю самостоятельно (ну или пытаюсь) по компьютеру лет
    эдак 5 , каждый день по несколько часов , сколько времени нужно заниматься английским чтобы понимать радио BBC? Иностранные языки никогда и нигде не изучал прежде , то есть начинал с нуля
    Уровень элементарный — я понимаю почти на 90-95%

    • Марина Борисова

      Всё целиком зависит от того, как заниматься. Можно за несколько месяцев интенсивных занятий научиться более или менее свободно говорить и понимать по-английски, а можно и за несколько лет не продвинуться дальше чтения простых текстов. Важно уделять внимание всем аспектам языка: не только читать или смотреть фильмы с субтитрами, но и слушать аудио, обязательно говорить, изучать грамматику. Сравнительно немногие действительно могут выучить иностранный язык полностью самостоятельно, это сложно.

    • Feruza

      Михаил, у меня та же ситуация с изучением языка.Мне 50 и я учу самостоятельно,в интернете 4 года.Я нашла очень хорошую программу по изучению.Называется puzzle english.com.Среди всего,что я смотрела и учила,вот эта более эффективна для изучения самостоятельно.Удачи!!!

  9. максим

    ужасная озвучка! очень быстро и слова съедает!

  10. Эльвина

    Спасибо за Ваш блог и такие классные тексты! Они интересные, содержательные, оптимального объема. По ним очень удобно заниматься! Еще раз спасибо

    • Марина Борисова

      Спасибо, что читаете!

  11. Юлия

    Огромное спасибо Мариночка за Ваш труд!

  12. Марина

    Thank you

  13. Ulyana

    Марина, спасибо вам большое за такие рассказы!
    Я прочитала много рассказов, и почти все из прочитанных пересказала.
    Еще раз спасибо за то, что трудитесь, пишете статьи.

    • Марина Борисова

      Спасибо за добрые слова, мне очень приятно!

  14. Максим

    Если вы учити английский 5 лет и не можите не то что говорить , а понимать на слух , вы не правильно учите , язык это такая штука его можно учить 20 лет и не говорить а можно через 2 года все понимать говорить читать писать , вам надо или хорошую статью на эту тему найти как правильно учить или спросить меня ) я учу язык 1,5 года с нуля, читаю такие тексты одинакого как руский , понимаю на слух ,свободно изъясняюсь.
    моя почта zouil@yandex.ru

  15. Аноним

    Hello.I found your site yesterday.There are many interesting stories. I like it. Thank you very very much.

    • Марина Борисова

      Thank you!

  16. Oleg

    Haha, the most boring man in the world. I really really was laughing when i read it. Thx a lot for your work. In fact, i expected that when he will have become the most famoust, all newspapers and tv will be invite him, and after he will have lost his trait and it will be a lesson for him)

  17. Жупар

    У меня не выходит перевод слова, при нажатии на слове дважды. Почему?

    • Марина Борисова

      Возможно, закончился лимит словаря на день (он большой, но ограниченный). Тогда завтра можно будет снова им пользоваться. Или словарь вообще не виден?

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