In several days we will all be enjoying our month-long winter vacation, and I’m sure we’re all thankful for this much-needed break. This article deals with 10 things that most of us could probably do without, and find extremely annoying. Back by popular demand, it’s “Ten More Annoying Things.”
1. Florida voters- They can play 15 bingo cards at once, but they can’t vote for the correct candidate? Sure, the ballot was a little confusing, but as a result of this the next president of the United States will be …
2. George W. Bush- Dubya’s incompetency goes far beyond the world of politics. As owner of the Texas Rangers in the late 1980s, his first move was to trade a young outfielder named Sammy Sosa, along with two other players to the Chicago White Sox for Harold Baines. Not surprisingly, the Rangers never won a playoff series while Bush was owner. Coincidence?
3. The wind-chill factor- What is it? Who invented it? Why? Yet another meaningless weather statistic that nobody really cares about, like the dew point and the heat index.
4. TV timeouts during football games- Sure, it’s great for the viewer at home to go get a snack, but what about the fans at the game freezing themselves to death? (The two-minute warning also belongs in this category).
5. The local news during “sweeps” month- It happens every November. Local news stations save their best investigative reporting story ideas until this time and run a countless number of ads promoting a story that really interests you. You stay up late and they run the story three minutes before they go off the air. The story lasts only two minutes and you receive no new information about the subject and end up being grossly disappointed.
6. The weeks proceeding “finals week”-This is annoying because teachers make almost all of their essays due during this period, plus they expect you to find time to study for their exams. In many cases, more than half of your final grade is determined during this period. Some teachers even give final exams before “finals week,” which only adds to the heavy workload.
7. Daylight Savings Time- Besides farmers, who actually benefits from this?
8. Pop-up internet ads- They take up a huge portion of your computer screen, and as soon as you click on an ad to close it up, it seems like another ad appears in its place immediately. Some computers end up crashing because so many windows are open at one particular time, giving me less of a desire to purchase a product than before I saw the ad in the first place. And speaking of annoying graphics, how about those…
9. Thunderstorm warnings that always seem to interrupt your favorite TV show- It isn’t enough for television stations to run a message at the bottom of the screen telling you which counties are in danger during a storm. No, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, they are now able to accompany this message with a map of the affected counties. Unfortunately, the map always seems to take up at least 50% of your TV screen and as a result, you likely end up missing one key scene in the show.
10. The 34 cent stamp- Can’t we go several years without a stamp increase? The U.S. Postal Service says the increase in postage for first-class mail is for “improving service.” Funny, but I don’t remember service improving the last several times they raised the price. Suggestion: Make stamps 40 cents and never change the price again.