25/04/2012 05:37 BST

Dull, Scotland To Twin With Boring, Oregon

Dull is a tiny village of 60 or so people situated on Tay valley near Aberfeldy, Scotland. Boring is town of 13,000 or so people in Clackamas County, Oregon, south east of Portland.

Both, you might say, have quite 'uninteresting' names - but when you think about it, that couldn't be further than the truth. 'Newham' is an unremarkable name, but 'Dull' or 'Boring'? Most remarkable indeed.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the two communities have decided to formally twin themselves to each other, meaning that when you pass the sign for Dull it'll say, 'Dull, twinned with Boring.'

If that doesn't get the tourists in, we don't know what will. It's that or gymnastic bears, to be honest.

Anyway, this whole situation was the brainchild of Scottish cyclist Elizabeth Leighton, who happened to be riding through Oregon when she discovered Boring and had a brainwave.

And as for why these towns are called what they're called, well, that's because Boring was named after William H. Boring, an early resident of the area, and Dull's name comes from a Gaelic word for either 'meadow' or 'snare', notes the BBC.

Of course, these aren't the only towns will silly names - as our oddly named town picture gallery proves beyond a shadow of a doubt.