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My Pet Peeves - I Have A List As Long As My Arm
I have list of My Pet Peeves that is as long as your arm. It has grown over the years as I have found a lot of things that irritate and annoy me. I thought that I would share them here so you could see if you also get irritated by the same things that I do.
So what is a Pet Peeve anyway?
My Pet Peeves are those little things in life that really annoy or frustrate you. It can be things that aren't designed or made correctly, or things that people do that just frustrate the heck out of you. So what drives you crazy?
Cell phone users are one of the biggest pet peeves that many people have these days. So many people are either loud and rude on their cell phones in public, or use them while driving. And why do some people insist on trying to eat a meal on a plate with a fork while driving too! The world is going crazy - and it's driving the rest of us crazy at the same time.
Driving! Now that's another Pet Peeve! There are so many bad drivers around. We have all seen them, maybe even been one at some point...
How about benefit scroungers? We all love to hate those people who choose to live off the state rather than work for a living (as distinct to those who are unemployed for no fault of their own).
To let people know your Pet Peeves, just add to the list further down the page. As well as adding your Pet Peeves, be sure to vote for the most annoying things on the list. And tell your friends if you like this page too so that they can add their's to the list.
So go on, tell us what gets on your goat. It can be something serious, or something really funny. We could all do with some more laughter, so please add your Pet Peeve to the list.
My Personal Pet Peeves
Ok, so what really truly annoys and frustrates me so much that I have to get on my soapbox and shout about it....
These are in no particular order, just the order that I thought of them in....
People who drive using their cell phones and are oblivious to the traffic around them. If they are not wavering out of their lane, they are driving so slow compared to the traffic in front, that cars are forced to go around them in order to catch up.
People who talk during Movies or Concerts. This really gets to me, especially at a concert, where they should be paying attention to the artist who is performing. I went to one concert last year and had 4 people in the row in front who did nothing but yap yap yap solidly through the whole performance. They weren't even watching the performer. It was so annoying.
On the subject of Squidoo, lenses that are just a list of links and nothing more. There are so many opportunities to create good lenses, that it saddens me to find those that are nothing more than a 3 line introduction and hundreds of eBay and Amazon links, and dozens of Flickr images. Such a shame, especially if it's supposed to be a tribute lens, in which case there is so much background to write about.
Drivers who don't indicate properly. This really gets to me. Only last night I was going to pull out of a side road and there was a truck coming towards me but indicating that he was going to turn into my road. Good job I didn't pull out, because he just kept on driving straight and would have gone straight into me. Conversely I get mad at those drivers who feel it necessary to indicate when and only when they have already begun to turn. I'm sorry but what's the point of doing it then?
People Who Park Crooked. Oh yes - you know who you are... So you drive up to park, it's a busy day, few free spaces, and there is this car parked almost diagonally across 2 spaces. I feel like doing something nasty to his mirrors or putting nails under the tires... Gggrrrrhhh....
Loud Music In Restaurants. Don't you just hate it when the noise is so loud that you can't hear yourself thing, can't hear your waiter, they can't hear you, and it's impossible to have a conversation. I am one of these people who finds it hard to focus on one specific sound if there is a lot of noise, so trying to understand what a person is saying to me is almost impossible. I often end up nodding and agreeing with them, yet I have no clue what they are talking about. Occasionally I get caught out when I realise they were asking me a question...
People Who Drive Without Their Lights On when it's raining heavily or foggy. Yes I know having your lights on doesn't help you see any better, but wouldn't you feel safer knowing that other drivers can at least see you? It's illegal in the UK to drive in bad weather without your lights on, but certainly many people in the USA, especially in South Florida don't seem to care. They must be some of the worst drivers I have seen anywhere.
People Who Leave Unrelevant Links On Guestbooks. A guestbook is for leaving comments related to a lens or any other web page. It really winds me up to see postings from people who do nothing more than leave a list of links in the guestbook to promote their own pages. It's tacky, trashy and just plain bad. I have all my guestbooks set to remove HTML, plus all comments are set to require approval. I love comments, but don't leave unrelated spam or you will get banned.
Well those are some of the things that really get my goat. I'm not really an angry young man (or old man), but sometimes, you know, things happen that just make you want to wring someone's neck...
But so far today is a good day :)
How To Irritate People - This is a great Monty Python clip, absolutely hilarious.
Movies About Annoying People - Nobody likes annoying people, but when they make a story about annoying people into a movie, it very often becomes a classic. Her
Do Grievances Make People Violent? - Do people who get on your nerves make you want to fly off into a rage?
Do you think that those repetitive things that really annoy us are a factor in some people being violent? For example seeing the same commercial every 5 minutes during a football game, or people abusing the lanes in traffic at the same spot every day. Let's have your view on things...
Do Pet Peeves Add To Instances Of Violence?
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Ten Pet Peeves That Dogs Have About Humans
Life from a dog's point of view...
1) Blaming your farts on me... not funny... not funny at all!!
2) Yelling at me for barking. I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG!
3) Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?
4) Any good that involves balancing food on my nose, stop it!
5) Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.
6) The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whooooooooo Hoooooooooo - what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.
7) Taking me to the vet for 'the big snip', then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!
8) Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.
9) Dog sweaters. Hello??? Have you noticed the fur??
10) How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth... You're just jealous.
Now lay off me on some of these things. We both know who's boss here! You don't see me picking up your poop do you?
Thanks very much to Pennybuckets for sending this to me.
My Pet Peeves On Amazon
Really Irritating People - I Wish To Report A Burglary - One Of Those Classic Monty Python Sketches
People Who Use Cell Phones While Driving
If you want to use your phone while driving get a hands free phone
This is a pet peeve of mine, but mostly if the driver is a bad one and oblivious to the world around them.
I know that it is dangerous to drive while on the phone, especially if you are holding the phone, and I do admit to driving a lot these days while being on the phone, which is legal in Florida as it is in much of the USA. However I do drive an automatic - if I needed to constantly use my hand to change gear, I would not be wanting to hold the phone.
I wouldn't mind at all if they made it illegal to hold your phone while driving, but I do definitely think people need to be able to communicate while they are on the move, and there is no reason these days why anyone cannot use a headset or other hands free device. Most phones these days include Bluetooth, so you don't even need to attach a cable to the phone to make calls. A woman can leave the phone in her purse, or a man the phone on his belt and still make calls. In addition many phones allow voice dialling, so you don't even need to use the phone to dial.
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One big NO NO though is texting while driving. Are you crazy? Just how you think you can read text messages at the same time as keeping your eyes on the road, or even worse typing while driving... Some people are just waiting for accidents to happen...
Bluetooth Hands Free Accessories - If you must use your phone while you are driving, use it with a Bluetooth hands-free headset so you can keep both hands on th
If you are one of those people mentioned above who holds the phone while driving, just consider how much safer it would be if you used a headset. Not just while driving, you will find a Bluetooth headset handy in all sorts of situations.
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Top Ten Hates Of UK Motorists - As Published In The Bournemouth Echo
A new survery by engine oil manufacturer Castrol, as reported in the Bournemouth Echo, shows that the most hated traits among UK motorists are Lane Hogging and Tailgating.
Here is the full list. I think that most of us can identify with these pet hates on the road.
- Lane-hogging/middle lane slow driving
- Changing lanes without indicating
- Erratic or unnecessary braking
- Talking on a mobile phone without hands-free
- Cutting across lanes due to lack of preparation for junction
- Drivers not letting you join the motorway from the slip road
- Vehicles weaving in and out of slow-moving traffic
Publicly Funded Modern "Art"
A rant by Darren Koobs on how public money is spent on the arts
This article was originally published on Associated Content from Yahoo!
I went on a field trip once to see a modern art exhibit. It was in a museum that displayed publicly funded work of people with names like Bartholomew Filbert Howlysmurf III.
I commented that one modern art entry didn't resemble anything at all. A girl standing next to me said, "You're not supposed to see it for what it is. Feel what it means; let it speak to you."
After a few moments of staring at this thing, I grinned and said, "Wow! It's speaking to me!"
"What's it saying?" she asked excitedly.
"It's saying, 'Help me! I'm a metal pile of crap!'"
She didn't laugh.
But really, what are they thinking at the National Endowment for the Arts? They support publicly funded creations that back ends of cows can create. And although I'm not a modern art expert, I do know about cow leavings. Having worked in a dairy farm I know more about manure than anyone would want to. And seeing hundreds of millions of dollars spent on essentially the same thing is puzzling. If what the NEA finances truly is art, then I fertilized acres of farmland with modern art publicly funded by cows
But this isn't what bothers me, as troubling as it is. What's upsetting is that for decades we have been downsizing art education in our schools. Many districts have removed whole arts departments while publicly funded modern art continues to publicly poop in cities across America.
If the NEA chooses to keep the equivalent of dookie publicly funded, that's ok. But it should not be funded ahead of education in the arts. First teach our children how to use the tools of art and how to express themselves through different mediums. Or at worst arts education can be publicly funded equally with the metal crap piles. At least be fair.
Darren Koobs writes for Associated Content from Yahoo! Click on the link to read more humorous articles by this talented author.
My Pet Peeves From Stand-Up-And-Sling
Parents Who Give Their Children Silly Names
Doesn't it make you both mad and sad when you hear of a parent who gave their child a ridiculous name?
Celebrities are notorious for it... For example Bob Geldorf named his daughters Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom and Pixie. David Bowie named his son Zowie. The weird and wonderful Frank Zappa named his children Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Rodan and Diva.
How weird is that! But it gets even weirder...
This is part of an article from the BBC about a recent ruling in New Zealand...
A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated - Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Judge Rob Murfitt said that the name embarrassed the nine-year-old and could expose her to teasing.
He attacked a trend of giving children bizarre names, citing several examples.
Officials had blocked Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Yeah Detroit, he said, but Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Midnight Chardonnay had been allowed.
One mother wanted to name her child O.crnia using text language, but was later persuaded to use Oceania, he said.
I think you will have to agree that some people have no thoughts for how their children will be treated when they grow up. If you would like to read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE
Roundabout Challenged People
Roundabouts are common in the UK, indeed in Europe, Australia, let's face it, in most countries in the world.
So why is it in the USA that so many drivers are Roundabout Challenged?
I agree that in much of the USA there aren't that many roundabouts, but here in South Florida there are quite a few, and I would say that 90% of motorists down here either ignore roundabouts completely, or drive around them the wrong way.
There is a small roundabout close to where I work, on the junction of 3 roads. Most people approach it from the east, then turn to the left and head south. And that's exactly what they do - they don't go around the roundabout by driving to the right of it, they just turn left. And god help anyone coming out of the road on the left at the same time. At least twice I have nearly got hit doing that.
Then, even worse, you get people coming out of the road on the north side and wanting to go south. The distance around the roundabout in either direction is the same, but do they go around it in an anti-clockwise direction? No! They drive around it as if they were driving on the left of the road.
I have even seen the police cars down here driving the wrong way around the roundabouts - so even if you wanted to report anyone, who do you report it to?
Just excuse me for a few minutes while I go to the soundproof padded room, scream and bang my head...
Save Our Green Belt - Don't think about building more houses - think about how to have fewer people
It really irks me when the news in the UK is filled with stories about legislation to prevent or allow new housing developments to be built on what is currently designated as "Green Belt" land.
For those who are not aware of what a "Green Belt" is, it's areas of land around cities, towns and villages that has never been built on and that has been designated to remain so, to stop the urban sprawl that leads to settlements eventually joining up with each other.
Lately in the UK due to a shortage of homes, there have been plans to try to build on some of England's green spaces, which would destroy forever the beautiful views and in many cases also destroy the way of life in what are currently small villages, not to mention putting a strain on the local roads.
My Pet Peeve is that the Government can't see an alternative to building more houses in what is an already overcrowded island. Why can't they look at some way to reduce the population, by putting in some form of incentive for families to have fewer children, and to lower immigration rates.
Right now families get benefits for every child that they have, and some who live on benefits have more children just so they can claim more money, not because they want more children, which is also wrong. Maybe I had better stop here before I REALLY get on my soapbox...
How Do You Feel About Population Growth?
Do you think the Governments ought to look at ways to build more housing and to keep expanding towns and villages, or do you think it's time to look at ways to prevent the population from increasing further?
More people means more demand for housing. What should the Governments do?
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