It happens to us all. Stuck inside on a rainy day, slow day at work, or being on a particularly long ride with nothing to do. Boredom sets in. It can drive people crazy, but it can also make them very creative. Here are some unusual things to do when the boredom gets real. Some people turn into geniuses with just the right push.

“There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever.” - Viggo Mortensen

Fantastic Etch-a-sketch

A classic toy and now a modern art form.
Never been able to do that on an Etch-a-sketch. Source: Wikipedia

Sometimes you have to stare at something for a while, the only question in your mind being “How did someone do that?” Followed very closely with “And how much time did that take?” Most people don’t have that level of artistic skill on paper, never mind an Etch-a-sketch.

Projectile Launch that Boredom

The slingshot approach to boredom
Perfect for office boredom and annoying coworkers. Source: Diply

Slingshots, catapults, trebuchets, it’s odd that one gigantic cure for boredom regardless of where you are located is to devise a way to hit stuff with other stuff. This is usually the case in the classroom or office, where construction materials and ammo are both plentiful. The effects of boredom in school have been well documented, and who hasn’t been bored at work?

No need to bolt across the room from boredom
The true purpose of office supplies. Source: Lifehack

Here’s another way to beat boredom in the classroom or office. The good old fashioned crossbow. Nothing to fancy, and they tend to be fairly accurate.

Tetris Tater Tots

Delicious and plate friendly
You'll almost feel bad for eating them. Almost. Source: Rosanna Pansino

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term “playing with your food,” these delightful treats combine the tastinest of tater tots with the fun of Tetris.

The Pringle Ringle

Have you ever seen on in real life?
Do you have the patience to make one? Source: Food and wine

Sometimes there are negative effects of boredom. Sometimes, boredom can be a driving force for people. And sometimes, the accomplishment that boredom creates is silly and edible. But like all accomplishments, a person feels good about achieving something silly as long as it’s challenging enough and rewarding enough. And besides, who doesn’t want to see a Pringle ringle?

Having Waaaaaaay Too Much Time on Your Hands

It's amazing what boredom can create
A rainbow of life. Source: Lifebuzz

Yup, those are leaves. In a painstakingly artistic way to kill an afternoon, someone actually went through the trouble of arranging all those leaves according to color. It must’ve taken hours, but the end result is quite stunning.

The Post-it Prank

Not sure who Jim is but his day just got busier
Post-it notes can be very colorful. Source: Funlava

Poor Jim. The beauty of this prank is that nobody gets hurt, it just takes some time out of everyone’s day. Particularly noted is the color scheme and attention to detail. Neon is such an underused car color.

The ‘Ol Shopping Cart Forcefield

Be wary of parking like a jerk, lest the circle of carts gets you next.
Sealed in forever. Or until someone collects the carts. Source: Auto parts werehouse

Usually reserved for bad parking jobs, the shopping cart barricade takes a little bit of time, but the picture is so worth it. Equally priceless will be the reaction of the owner when they see what you’ve done to (or should we say around?) their car. Also a photo opportunity.


Even the pizza guys have a sense of humor
And now it's stuck in your head. Source: Know Your Meme

As mentioned before, sometimes just a little bit of boredom can make a person creative.

Now that's just funny
Curse you, autocorrect! Source: Imgur

Some people come up with solutions to boredom that can put a smile on people’s faces (and not get anyone in trouble). So we hope this article helped you find the balance between creative boredom and productivity. Just like hot sauce, just a little bit can make a dish better.

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