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Doing things when you're bored

After months of quarantine, you've probably broadcast all of your usual TV shows, cooked your favorite dishes, and spent more time staring aimlessly at your phone than you'd like to admit. Check out these 50 creative things to get bored when you're bored.

1. Note the prologue from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) about Sporcle.

After you were forced to memorize both Hamlet's monologue "To be or not to be" and Marc Antony The speech "Friends, Romans, Compatriots" for my English class, ninth grade. I decided that Galadriel's account of the history of Middle-earth since the beginning of Lord of the Rings: The next natural place for me was Fellowship of the Ring (2001

). The easiest way to do this is on Sporcle, where the prologue is split into Part One and Part Two. You will soon be playing it aloud in a dramatic imitation of Cate Blanchett's deep voice as you type. – Ellen Gutoskey, Staff Writer

2. Try to recreate a historical dish or meal from a movie.

If you are bored of constantly preparing your meals, take a break from making pasta and give your kitchen a dash of imagination. You can pretend you have traveled back in time with a historical recipe, or you can take a cup of Po-Tay-To onion soup or a steaming cup of butter beer to a more magical place. – Kerry Wolfe, HR Editor

3. Plan your dream restaurant.

Spend part of the time you spend indoors imagining the dream restaurant you'd like to open someday. You have full autonomy with regard to the menu, the decor and the taps – even which peppermint brand is highly valued in the toilets. And of course you have to have a funny name that goes with it – maybe Penne for Your Thoughts? Remember pizza is too boring for your imagination. So don't be afraid to find your ideal gastropub that only serves artisan casseroles and mead. – Jay Serafino, editor of special projects

4. Watch live streams of bird feeders on YouTube so you feel like you're actually out.

Weeks where you are locked in your house may make you want to hear birdsong. To observe nature in the Great Indoors, launch YouTube and watch live streams of birds gathering at bird feeders to nibble. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology operates feedercams at its headquarters in New York State, a back yard in Ontario and a rainforest in Panama. Many amateur bird watchers have connected GoPros to their feeders and share the action with the world. You never know what type will appear. – Kat Long, science editor

5. Or, if you have a garden, record the bird watching / squirrel in the garden.

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, take a break from staring at your screens and look outside. Get to know your animal neighbors – who knew squirrels were so playful? You will soon get to know your usual furry or feathered visitors. Take a pair of binoculars and a field guide and see how many different creatures you can identify. – K.W.

6. See the entire Monty Pythons Flying Circus .

There are a lot of great shows and movies you can watch on Netflix right now. However, if you're "looking for something completely different", see Monty Python's Flying Circus . The legendary British sketch show was broadcast in the late 1960s to early 1970s, and you can recognize the comedic group from their films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Flying Circus deals with topics ranging from the defense against fresh fruit to fish gossip. After a few episodes you will be a certified member of the "Ministry of Silly Walks" in no time. – Kristen Richard, co-editor

7. Learn how to play "I Saw a Tiger" on the guitar.

Netflix & # 39; Documentations Tiger King and the quirks of his larger-than-life topic Joe Exotic were the subject of quarantine. Joe – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage (née Schreibvogel) – had a number of big cats in his back yard zoo, yes. He also published a whole range of country music. He hasn't written or sung the songs, but you can amuse your friends and family by performing them (even if it's only at Zoom). I did it. It was a hit! The guitar chords for "I Saw A Tiger" can be found here. – Erin McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief

8. Watch the most popular movie from the year you were born.

Babies are adorable, but they're not exactly an enthusiastic audience. You really have no idea what's going on. Take a look at the state of the world when you got there by finding out the most popular movie in the year you were born. (Note: If it was Lady and the Tramp you are probably due for social security benefits.) – Jake Rossen, executive

9. Plan your dream trip.

Travel may be the last thing you think about, but just because you can't go on vacation this weekend doesn't mean you can't plan on it. Use your extra free time to fantasize about your ultimate dream vacation. And since you do the research part of travel planning with no commitments, you can see flights, hotels, and restaurants outside of your price range. Store all the photos and links you find in one place and return to them when you need to escape – or when it's finally time to book a real getaway. – Michelle Debczak, senior executive

10. Read a book you loved as a child.

Just as there are certain smells or sounds that can take us back in time, it can also be a transportation to take a book you loved as a child and to read it through the lens of adulthood. While the 2020 version of you may have trouble believing that a portal to a magical world full of friendly faunas and white witches is lurking somewhere in the back of your closet, or that a withdrawn candy maker will ever want to give you the keys to its chocolate-filled kingdom , the child in you has probably never stopped believing that something is possible. – Jennifer M. Wood, Editor-in-Chief

11. See how long you and your roommate can throw a ball without dropping it.

If you are looking for an activity that prevents you from returning to your fridge for the second or third lunch of the day, this might be the case. When Joey and Ross (and later Chandler and Monica) spent a good 24 hours throwing a ball back and forth in an episode of Friends in 1999, Joey missed a meal for the first time in his life . Just make sure that all of your roommates know in advance that a serious competition is taking place so that no one comes along and ruins your series (looking at you, Phoebe Buffay). – E.G.

12. Zoom karaoke.

If you love karaoke, you may think that singing along with some of your closest friends is forbidden during the Corona Virus period – but you would be wrong. It's not quite the same as booking a private room and equipping Celine Dion ("Now everything is coming back to me" is my traffic jam), but you can set up a virtual karaoke session via Zoom and the Watch2Gether app. Instructions can be found here. A hairbrush microphone is recommended – and depending on how loud you sing, an apology may be given to your neighbors. – E.M.

13. Go to a random mail order catalog page and order what is cheapest.

Ordering online took a lot of spontaneity out of shopping. Simulate an impulse purchase by browsing an online or print catalog, opening a random page and buying the cheapest offer. The more useless it is, the more fun it will be to justify the purchase. – J.R.

14. Make a meal with the items that have been in the back of your pantry / freezer for months.

Being stuck at home is a good excuse to eat the items that have been in your pantry for months or years. Remove the oldest crates and cans from your shelves, make sure they haven't expired, and use them for dinner. You can cook with other products in your kitchen, but the last meal must contain all the ingredients that you started with. Think of it as a little hacked challenge. If you live with other people, invite them to take part in the competition (or judge your dish if they are not in the mood to cook). – M. D.

15. Actually clean up your inbox.

We all know that a person who reads emails as soon as they arrive in their inbox and immediately deletes unwanted messages. But for the rest of us, there are probably a lot of unread marketing emails, and maybe even a few unopened chain emails from before, when they were still in purgatory. If you have some free time, clean up any unopened email and make room for the messages you actually want to read. – K.R.

16. Transcribe historical documents.

Whether you are a lifelong history lover or just looking for a way to connect more directly with people, places and events before 2020, transcribing historical documents is a great way to do more than just support cultural institutions that preserve our history but feel part of it. The Library of Congress is an organization that always needs volunteers. In recent years, they have offered the ability to transfer everything from Abraham Lincoln's personal papers to Walt Whitman's poems to the personal papers of the leaders of the women's rights movement, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Zooniverse is another great resource for finding projects that need your help. – J. M. W.

17. Experiment with baking chemistry.

Baking can be a great stress reliever, but it's also an easy opportunity to do chemistry experiments that you can eat. You can put out various ingredients to see how they affect your baked goods. For example: baking soda that is basic needs an acid with which it can react. It's basically a slow-motion version of a scientifically fair volcano that your cookies can bake on. So adding brown sugar to your recipe will result in a puffy biscuit, while changing white sugar will result in a flatter, distributed end product. So make the eighth batch of chocolate chip cookies. You know … for science. – Jon Mayer, chief video producer

18. Master a cocktail to make your signature drink when you have parties in the future …

Why should you be the jack of all generic blends when you can specialize in a signature cocktail that everyone remembers ? So pick a drink that speaks to you and confuse, shake and pour until every glass you make is flawless by pure muscle memory. Don't worry about getting too complex either – a first class martini or Manhattan is a respectable business card like any other. – J. S.

19. … or invent your own cocktail.

The cocktail hour reappeared during the quarantine for several reasons. And while we should all be careful about falling into unhealthy habits, now is a good time to experiment a little with mixology. The necessity is the mother of the invention. If you have a button of ginger and some sugar, you are only a few minutes away from an infused simple syrup. Use a little citrus peel, add a dash of seltzer and add some herbs. There are no rules and no one will reject your attitude to (please forgive us) quarantine. – J.M.

20. Go down a rabbit hole with strange pictures from Google Street View.

Named after the nine lenses of the in-car cameras from Google, every image has appeared on 9-eyes.com in Google Street View. The artist Jon Rafman searched the app to find the most striking, intimate, and bizarre images that are hidden under the usual shots of public places. If you've ever spent hours browsing Street View, this collection will definitely catch your eye. – M. D.

21. Search for and perfect 10 words that you mispronounce or misspell.

Everyone has a handful of words that they regularly reliably mispronounce or mispronounce. (For me, it's "misspellings.") Take some time to access the dictionary and practice writing or repeating words that are causing you problems. – J.R.

22. Scan old family photos and share them with your relatives.

Decrypt and preserve family memories at the same time by scanning your boxes with old photos. If you want, you can correct faded colors or lighten pictures and share the digital copies with friends and family. And if you don't recognize everyone at previous unpleasant holiday gatherings, send the picture to your email list and see if other family members can help with identification. – K.L.

23. Paint or paper a room.

Even if you don't personally believe in the concept of color psychology or in the idea that color can affect your mood, a change of scene will help you. Especially if you're stuck inside and have stared at the boring white color of the eggshell that covers every inch of wall space in your house for the past two months. Beautify your living space by adding a little or a lot of color that you love, whether you are coloring your entire kitchen in bright orange (which is considered a "happy color") or creating a really dreamy room by putting the wall behind you cover bed with cloud-filled wallpaper. – J. M. W.

24. Watch a classic film from a genre that you generally don't like.

Do you like action films but not horror? Comedies, but not foreign films? Take a break from the ordinary and watch a prestigious movie in a genre you don't normally like. You may be surprised at what you find. – J.R.

25. Make a point to learn a fun fact every day.

If your zoom meetings or Google Hangouts get a bit boring, try spicing them up and impressing your friends with a funny fact. For example, did you know that bats give birth upside down and catch babies in their wings? Check out Mental Floss' Amazing Fact Generator to get you started. – K.R.

26. Learn how to draw a thing really well.

If you write your name in bubble letters or write Rorschach-like blobs on the edges of your notebook, you may be kept awake during a meeting, but they may not have the same sense of achievement as actually drawing something – for people with no appreciable artistic ability can seem a little out of reach. Make your goal realistic by not focusing on learning to draw in general, but instead learning how to draw a certain thing. Here's a list of tutorials, including one for a cute baby fox and one for a horrible winged monkey, bared teeth, and everything. – E.G.

27. Press flowers.

Are you looking for a creative way to preserve pieces of this unusual spring? Cut your favorite flowers, slide them between two pieces of paper, and then clip them into the pages of a book buried under heavier books for a week or two. When the petals become papery, you can frame them, put them in the pages of your diary, or paste them into letters you send to loved ones. – K.W.

28. Kill time with Googlewhacks, two-word searches that return exactly one result.

There are millions of websites on the Internet and very few contain information that has not been repeated elsewhere. Such pages are the source of "Googlewhacks" two-word searches that get exactly one hit on Google. The two words must be in the dictionary and must not be put in quotation marks. After trying every combination of words imaginable, it is much more exciting to see "1 result" at the top of your search page than it should be. – M. D.

29. Create a stop motion movie.

Stop motion is a relatively simple method of creating animations, which is otherwise a medium with a fairly high entry barrier. Aside from the time, all you need is a camera (your phone should work) and a way to keep it stable (a tripod is great, but you can also carefully set up books, boxes, or do any settings that would make the MacGyver proud) . . You can make characters out of clay, grab your old action figures, or even use simple paper clippings. Just take a photo, make a slight change, and try again. About 12 photos per second is a good base, which means that even a one-minute movie takes hours to produce. If someone questions your new hobby, you can quote Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation : “Do you think a depressed person could do this? No. "- JM

30. Try to actually beat an old Nintendo game as an adult.

There is hard and then there is" Nintendo hard ", a term that means uses the incredibly difficult NES games from the 1980s and 1990s, and if you were a childhood fan of the original Nintendo and are now an adult who wants to kill the demons from your past, check out titles like Ghosts & # 39; n Goblins Gradius . And Zelda II to see if you can do some of the toughest games of the 8-bit era. If you have a switch, report it Just go to Nintendo Switch Online to get all of these and more titles right on your console – JS

31. Track your family tree online.

Ancestry.com is the most complete Resource to track your family tree online he monthly memberships are expensive. If you'd rather stick to your money, websites like FindMyPast.com and RootsFinder.com offer free records and user-generated genealogy information. They are a great starting point to immerse yourself in digitized encyclopedias, archive sources and library holdings in search of your past. – K.L.

32. Learn the dance moves to legendary music videos from the 80s and 90s.

Were you obsessed with Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys as a teenager? Then use your quarantine to teach yourself a few new (old) movements (I would suggest the chair dance choreographed by Fatima Robinson that BSB performed in the music video "As long as you love me"). Not only is it a fun way to get active, it also puts a smile on your face. It's also a fun party trick when we can have parties again. (Pro tip: Old episodes of Making the Video on YouTube will be really useful here.) – E.M.

33. Learn how to read quickly.

The advantages of quick reading are rather controversial. Some people argue that the understanding you lose by flying through a text neutralizes the benefit of saving time to the end. Reading even faster could make a big difference when it comes to tackling this precariously large stack of books to read. You can upload your own ebooks or choose from classics in the built-in library with the outread app, which your brain uses to speed up by highlighting or blinking words on your screen. E.G.

34. Play The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyds Dark Side Moon at the same time.

You don't have to live in a dormitory to enjoy it. When you play the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon via The Wizard of Oz the two very different media seem to be dubiously synchronized. Clare Torry's lamentations in "The Great Gig in the Sky" hit the tornado scene; The cash register bell at the beginning of "Money" signals the change of the film to the color. and "Brain Damage" introduces the scarecrow. According to the members of Pink Floyd, the "Dark Side of the Rainbow" phenomenon was not intended – but that doesn't make it any less interesting to see. – M. D.

35. Organize everything.

Now that we are all spending more time at home, it is important that we feel more comfortable in our rooms. Think about whether you want to convert this time at home into things that you may have moved, e.g. For example, sorting (and throwing away) old make-up, rearranging cupboards, unloading drawers and putting clothes from your cupboard into a storage / donation pile. Trust us, you will feel complete and happy afterwards. Check out this list of Curbed's eco-friendly organizational ideas, which includes some great tips for organizing without buying a few new containers. – E.M.

36. Make a vision board.

Make yourself comfortable and clear out your stack of decades-old magazines by building a vision board. You can be as creative as you like – just cut out pictures and words that match your theme and dream of life after quarantine. – K.W.

37. Complete a paint-by-numbers kit.

With Paint-by-Numbers kits, you can create a art object without composing a scene, drawing well, or having to be artistic in any way. All it takes is the ability to paint within the lines and match colors with numbers – that's about all my brain can handle under quarantine. – K.L.

38. Take a free online course.

From graphic design to history, there's pretty much an online course for everything you want to learn. And if you have some free time, you have the opportunity to study a new subject. If you're looking for ideas, here's a list of 40 classes offered by Ivy League schools that you can attend online for free. – K.R.

39. Take a Wikipedia rabbit burrow trip.

The best way to learn this is to explore. In the quarantine era, one of the easiest ways to do this is to lower a Wikipedia rabbit hole. Simply select a page to get started – it could be a president, a city, or a movie – and keep clicking on the links it contains to go deeper into what the online encyclopedia has to offer. For example, only four random clicks are required to get from Woodrow Wilson to Tony the Tiger. There you learn that the sugary cereal mascot has a son named Tony Jr., a daughter named Antoinette, and a woman named Mrs. Tony. And just like that you get better in trivia. – J. S.

40. Read a book that you should read (but never read) at school.

If you wrote a sublime 10-page analysis by Gabriel García Márquez & # 39; Love in the Cholera Period in 12th grade Without reading the book and looking back over the past eight Having felt guilty for years is now your chance to repent. I can't vouch for how good this book is (for obvious reasons), but I can speak to F. Scott's Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird and Jane Austen's pride and prejudice . You are good! – E.G.

41. Do digital interference suppression too.

Interference suppression is not only intended for physical spaces. After cleaning up your email, consider the other digital projects you may have postponed, such as: For example, organizing years' worth of photos on your external hard drive that also serve as a nice trip back in time, or deleting old files you no longer need. – E.M.

42. Try your hand at backyard wildlife photography.

Taking pictures is a great way to get to know your local wildlife. Squat down near a window or in a quiet place in your garden, or go to a park (if it is safe and allowed near you). Make sure that you don't get too close to the creatures or in any way disturb them. If you want to take glamorous close-up pictures of your animal models, use a camera with zoom lens or put a telephoto lens on your phone. Further suggestions for nature protection equipment for the garden can be found here. – K.W.

43. Turn aerobic routines into exercise videos from the 1980s.

While many of us have time to exercise, finding the energy to do it is not that easy. So why not have a little bit of fun while getting your daily dose of cardio and going old school with your workouts? Several versions of Jane Fonda's training videos can be rented (or bought) from Amazon Prime. Leg warmers and leotards not included. – J. M. W.

44. Watch a really bad sequel to a really good movie.

Skip Jaws: The Revenge when it came out in 1987 was a smart move; The film, the fourth in the Jaws franchise, has a big old goose egg for criticism from critics of Rotten Tomatoes, and the Los Angeles Times called it "incredibly stupid". Now, however, seems to be a good time to fish the next flop in the sea. Other ideas include American Psycho 2 (19459006) from 2002 (19459006) with Mila Kunis; 2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (about which the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "I saw audits that were more exciting"); and 1988 Caddyshack II . – E.G.

45. Check out reviews of military MREs on YouTube.

Die Dulcet-Töne von YouTuber Steve Thomas haben eine hypnotische Qualität, wenn er auf seinem Kanal Steve1989MREinfo militärische MREs ("Essen, bereit zu essen" für Sie Zivilisten) isst und bewertet. Ob er eine Schachtel litauischer Überlebensrationen aus dem Jahr 2018 aufschlägt, in gebratenen Schinken aus dem Vietnamkrieg eintaucht oder den Hardtack aus der Zeit des Bürgerkriegs testet, Thomas betrachtet jede von der Regierung ausgestellte Gabel sorgfältig als ob ein James Beard Award vergeben wäre die Linie. Sie könnten Stunden damit verlieren, sich auf seine scheinbar endlose Sammlung von Rezensionen einzulassen, und Sie wären nicht allein – seine Videos verzeichnen regelmäßig jeweils mehr als 1 Million Aufrufe. – J. S.

46. Machen Sie ein Multiplikationsarbeitsblatt für die Grundschule.

Sicher, Sie könnten die Antworten auf "12 x 7", "9 x 8" und den Rest Ihrer Multiplikationspläne notieren können, ohne auch nur eine Sekunde zu zögern. aber wie schnell kannst du es jetzt tun? Hier ist ein druckbares Blatt [PDF] mit 100 Multiplikationsfragen mit den Zahlen zwei bis 12 (Nullen und Einsen sind selbst für einen bisher zu einfach), und Sie können die Zeit mit Tonnen anderer mathematischer Arbeitsblätter auf Math-Drills.com vertreiben . – E. G.

47. Lernen Sie ein paar fremde Phrasen und Slang für alltägliche Konversationen.

Egal, ob Sie britischen Slang fallen lassen, französische Phrasen eingeben oder verheerende deutsche Beleidigungen liefern – fremde Phrasen sind eine todsichere Möglichkeit, die alltäglichen Konversationen aufzupeppen. Als Bonus können Sie versuchen, einige viktorianische Slang-Begriffe zu verwenden, wenn Sie die Morbs haben. – E. M.

48. Bringen Sie sich ein anderes Alphabet bei.

Vielleicht haben Sie keine Zeit, sich Deutsch oder Arabisch beizubringen, während Sie mit der Arbeit von zu Hause aus und anderen Aufgaben jonglieren. Sie können in kürzerer Zeit ein Alphabet mit nicht-lateinischen Zeichen wie Kyrillisch, Griechisch oder Cherokee lernen und gleichzeitig ein rudimentäres Verständnis einer neuen Sprache erlangen. – K. L.

49. Sehen Sie sich die erste und / oder letzte Folge einer TV-Show an, die Sie noch nie gesehen haben und die Sie nie sehen wollten.

Seien Sie ehrlich: Die Chancen, dass Sie 100 Stunden Ihres Erwachsenenlebens dem Highlander [widmen TV-Serien in ihrer Gesamtheit sind ziemlich schlank – egal wie sehr Sie (normalerweise) die Meinungen dieses Kollegen respektieren, der zufällig ein Superfan ist. Aber als Konsument der Popkultur ist es immer interessant, auch nur einen Vorgeschmack auf eine Fernsehserie zu erleben, die es Jahrzehnte nach dem Start geschafft hat, irgendeine Art von Fandom aufrechtzuerhalten (und lange nachdem Pferdeschwänze auf Typen und Lederstaubtüchern nicht mehr attraktiv waren) Zubehör). Wenn Sie sich den Piloten und das Finale einer Serie ansehen, werden sicherlich viele fehlende Informationen dazwischen zurückbleiben. Zumindest wissen Sie, wie sie beginnen und enden. Und wer weiß – vielleicht wird Sie die kitschige Anziehungskraft der Spezialeffekte der frühen 90er Jahre davon überzeugen, dass diese 100 Stunden die Investition doch wert sein könnten. – J. M. W.

50. Lernen Sie, Snap, Crackle und Pop auf einer Schachtel Rice Krispies zu identifizieren.

Es gibt keinen schnelleren Weg, um am Frühstückstisch an Glaubwürdigkeit zu verlieren, als Snap, Crackle und Pop, die berühmten Maskottchen auf Schachteln von, nicht zu nennen Reis Krispies. Lernen Sie währenddessen die Namen anderer beliebter Getreidefiguren. (Der Vogel auf der Cocoa Puffs-Box heißt Sonny.) J. R.

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