Boring meets Dull in international partnership

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Boring: Meet Dull.

That’s what happened when two small towns, one in the U.S. state of Oregon and the other in Scotland, decided to get together and become sister communities.

The Oregonian reports that the idea came from a Scottish tourist, Elizabeth Leighton, who traveled this year through the Oregon town in Clackamas County that was named after homesteader William H. Boring.

The unofficial partnership means that the towns can use their collectively descriptive names to promote tourism. Officials in the Oregon town plan to sell T-shirts that say “Boring and Dull.”

Boring has a population of 8,000. Dull has a population of 84 and possibly gets its name from a Gaelic word meaning meadow or snare.

Bob Boring, the 72-year-old great grandson of the town’s namesake, likes to think the area lives by a saying his father often employed: It’s just a name, not a condition. “There’s not a lot that goes on,” said Boring, “but it’s not that boring, either.”

In 2009, Boring faced off against Normal, Ill., in a contest of videos that also showcased the towns, with online voters eventually preferring Normal over Boring.