Wednesday, March 02, 2005

120 Annoyances

101. The insane difficulty of the average text adventure.

102. The black Chuckle.

103. Someone walking in front of you - just fast enough that you can't overtake them, just slow enough that you can't get into a comfortable gait.

104. "Professional driver, closed course."

105. People who use the "[sic]" convention of preserving a misspelling within a quote for no reason except to belittle the author of the quote. So often in printed debate you see someone quoting their opponent and throwing in the "[sic]" like it's some kind of sophisticated riposte. If pointing out someone's spelling mistake is important enough to be included in your argument, then you're on weak ground, in my opinion.

106. The FBI Warning

107. An ice cold, unspreadable chunk of cream cheese.

108. Edutainment

109. Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates.

110. Children in a video arcade who desperately, pathetically try to glean a sliver of enjoyment by pretending to control a demo screen. I don't know why this angers me. I just want to smack them.

111. Fusion cuisine. Why are the portions so small?

112. Rhyming jail with bail. Also mad, bad, sad, and glad.

113. When you drop something - a paper clip, a quarter, a matchbook - and it's just gone. You look around, you look under the chair - everywhere, but it is just not there.

114. Fighting a losing battle for armrest real estate with a big guy on a plane.

115. When your loud turn signal really messes up the good part of the song.

116. Businesses with phone numbers that make you hunt around on your phone for the letters of the alphabet, and especially those whose spelled-out numbers exceed the 7-digit maximum. By the time you've realized it was a total waste of time to find the "E" and the "R", you've already done it.

117. Poetry in a foreign language that suspiciously still rhymes in English when it's translated. I'm no expert on poetry, but how can preserving the rhyme structure of a translated poem possibly be considered more important than preserving the authenticity of the text?

118. Warm, wet, spongy, undercooked pepperoni - the result of some pizzarias' moronic policy to cook the toppings under the cheese.

119. Eraserhead, Begotten and Tetsuo the Iron Man.

120. When you get on a really long line, and as you progress through it, no one gets in line behind you.

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