1000 Irritating Things

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253 - Video game controls not doing what you want

I know, I know, a bad workman blames his tools so a bad video game player blames the controller. But my God it can be so frustrating sometimes when what happens on the screen seems somewhat removed from what you’re pressing on your controller.

My best case in point of this is Assassin’s Creed which has the sprint and climb things actions initiated by the same button press. So if you’re sprinting after someone and you get a bit too close to a wall your character may inexplicably climb it thus letting the person you’re sprinting after get away. It’s enough to make you want to throw a controller.

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252 - Bad fake film driving

Filming people driving without them actually driving doesn’t bother me, even with all that dodgy background stuff you get in old movies. Nowadays I think it’s normally done with lots of cameras attached and follow cars or on the back of trailers or on green screen. Whatever way is fine except when someone is over steering, constantly fiddling with the wheel. 

I drive quite a bit and I spend most of my time not doing much with the steering wheel, I don’t cruise along roads twitching it from left to right. Why some actors feel the need to do it when they’re acting at driving is beyond me.

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251 - Overly sticky price labels

I understand the need to display a price on a product in a shop it’s a pretty obvious need really. However there’s no need to attach it with some ridiculously strong glue. How long people must have spent running products under warm water hoping it’ll help take the off the last bit of the paper that’s stuck there.

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250 - The washing up bowl lucky dip

You’ve kindly decided to let the wife / girlfriend have a sit down and offered to do the washing up. The bowl is steaming and full of washing up liquid and forthy bubbles so in goes all the dirty stuff and now we realise that may have been a mistake and have to play lucky dip. Will the next thing you grab as you swill your hand around the bowl be a nice safe spoon? Or are you about to find the pointy end of a fork or a nice sharp pairing knife?

Me and you both know it’s most likely to be that knife isn’t it.

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249 - That original idea that turns out to be not so original

We all have that Eureka moment and the following excitement before Google crushes our excitement by showing us that it’s not as original as we thought - I’m sorry man who launched 1000irritatingthings.com but I beat you to it. This is a site that I’ve only just noticed, I guess I’m too busy thinking of irritating things to Google for them!

Still you get a link from me and good luck in your posting to 1000, I’m still way off.

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248 - Cars stopped on motorway bridges

I’m not sure if this is only in the UK or elsewhere but police often park up on motorway bridges over the carriageway and set up speed cameras. Which is why when I see a car parked in a similar spot I immediately get worried and check my speedometer, not that I’m speeding of course.

It’s damn annoying - stop parking there.

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247 - New year party expectations

Happy new year to you all, I had a good night, I think a house party is certainly the best option for new year. However the one thing that bugs me about new year is the sky high expectations, as one person in the newspaper referred to it this week “forced joviality”. Often it doesn’t live up to the hype but I guess over the years you learn to manage your expectations and quietly hope this will be the new year with the killer party.

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246 - Dropping stuff by the side of the car seat

There’s that little gap between the seat and the console, or down by the door, right where you can see the rails the seat is on. It’s like a magnet for small coins or bits of wrapper and it’s difficult to get stuff out of. Sliding the seat back and forth hoping to dislodge it or make a bigger gap to get the offending litter.

Still I guess it can be seen as a way of saving money for later.

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245 - Sparkling water

The title is so misleading - “Sparkling water” makes it sound like some amazing magical water - not some horrible gassy monstrosity.

The amount of times I’ve accidentally picked up a bottle without checking simply because I wouldn’t expect anyone to sell an abomination such as carbonated water is ridiculous. The solution is quite clearly not for me to be more careful but for people to stop selling sparkling water.

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244 - YouTube slideshows

Stop posting slideshows to YouTube, or if you do at least write “slideshow” in the title. It’s a video website, if I see a title on YouTube I assume it’s going to be a video with motion and everything, not a stream of pictures with a crappy bit of music over the top. Even if you do that pan around the picture thing and nice fades in and out it still doesn’t make up for it or disguise the whole charade.