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信不信:无聊大会受热捧

来源:学习之家 作者:xuexi110 人气: 发布时间:2016-06-08
摘要:Most conferences tend to be boring, although not intentionally so. But there is one event that is deliberately dedicated to all things dull and tedious the 'Boring Conference' hosted every year at London. Believe it or not, it's a sell-out

Most conferences tend to be boring, although not intentionally so. But there is one event that is deliberately dedicated to all things dull and tedious – the 'Boring Conference' hosted every year at London. Believe it or not, it's a sell-out event where attendees are treated to talks on all sorts of boring things like paper bags, toilet roll quality control, lamp posts, and bricks.
大多数会议往往都很无聊,尽管这并不是组织者的本意。但是有人故意组织一场会议,说的都是全然无趣又乏味的事物,那就是每年在伦敦举办的“无聊大会”。信不信由你,这个活动非常卖座,与会者能听到的就是关于各种各样无聊事情的讲话,比如纸袋、卷筒卫生纸的质量控制、灯柱,和砖块。

How did such a thing as a Boring Conference come to exist, you ask? Well, it all started in 2010, when the man in charge of organizing an event called the Interesting Conference canceled the whole thing, saying that he was too busy. James Ward, an English book author and marketer, replied to the announcement, saying that he liked boring things and that they should be celebrated too. His social media post got a lot of people interested in a possible event about boring things and he started getting questions about where to buy tickets for it. That year, Ward organized the world's first Boring Conference.
你要问了,像“无聊会议”这样的活动是怎么发展起来的呢?是这样的,它起步于2010年,当时负责组织一个叫做“趣味大会”的人说他太忙了,就取消了那次活动。詹姆斯•沃德是一位英文图书作者兼营销人员,他在社交媒体上发帖回应这一声明说,他喜欢无聊的事,无聊的事也应该庆祝。他的帖子引发了许多人对这个可能会存在的关于无聊事情的活动的兴趣,于是人们开始问他在哪里能买到这种活动的票。那一年,沃德组织了世界上第一场“无聊大会”。

信不信:无聊大会受热捧

This year's Boring Conference, held at London's Conway Hall on 7 May, was the sixth consecutive event in the last six years and all 425 tickets were sold out in just a few days. Ward always opens up the event himself, because he likes to "set the bar low". If people start with poor expectations, then the show can only improve, he says. Last year, he spoke about postcard photos of the old Post Office Tower.
今年的无聊大会于5月7日在伦敦康威会堂举办,这是过去六年来连续举办的第六次活动,一共425张票,短短几天就卖光了。沃德总是第一个讲话,因为他想把“目标设低”。他说如果人们一开始就不抱什么期望的话,演出就只会越来越好。去年他讲的是明信片上老邮政大楼的照片。

According to the event's website, "The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked; subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating."
根据此活动的网站,“无聊大会为期一天,是一场庆祝平凡普通、显而易见却又容易被忽略的事物的活动;那些经常被视作微不足道、毫无意义的事物,一旦更仔细地审视它们,就会发现其中深藏的魅力。”

Past topics of discussion at the Boring Conference have included – sneezing, IBM tills, toast, vending machine sounds, barcodes, the Shipping Forecast and other such topics of no interest to anyone. This year's event had 20 speakers cover similar snoozeworthy subjects – such as the domestic inkjet printers of 1999, German film titles, cooking elaborate meals with hotel room equipment, and the similarities between the world’s national anthems – in 10-minute slots.

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