Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

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Wiccan of Darkness

1,342 posts

21 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Right ho, I really have to vent my spleen over this one. Had the radio on in the car for some ambient background noise to disguise any rumblings from the car. Negotiating a busy roundabout when there's an almighty crash, crunch and the sound of car horns blaring.

Holy st, what the fk just happened - I nailed the brakes, aware that the car behind was flashing his lights - then another massive crunch, bang and more car horns sounding.

T'was thus I regained my faculties and, after realising apart from having exuded a small pellet of faecal matter no cataclysmic collision had occurred, I realised the aforementioned cacaphony was in fact an advert on the radio, using car crash sounds to illustrate some scenario as to what would happen if the listener didn't buy an extended warranty or whatever bullst was being advertised.

Now... I can laugh at myself when "in the zone" watching TV and the phone rings, picking up the phone to be met with a dial tone and the person on the tv commences a conversation on the phone. That I can deal with, that irritation causes no grief.

But considering how many people listen to the radio in the car, what fking level of fkwittery did it take for the clueless cockwombles in some tin pot fktard outfit of an advertising agency thought it would be a good idea to include fking car horns and car crash sound effects in an advert. Stupid advertising really roasts my pelican at the best of times, but this was on another level of insanity.

Here's an idea, why not advertise a new weight loss product called 'flatlines' and include the sound effect of an ECG monitor flatlining with the long beeeeeeep noise - great idea for hospital radio. Yeah, that won't upset grandma's relatives, will it? Or daytime TV advert for Dettol (o/t but I successfully got a Dettol advert banned a few years back) that starts with a small child screaming after a hideous accident, making every stay-at-home mum's hearts jump in their throats inbetween the inane clucking on loose women.

Is anybody capable of the process of independent thought any more, or do ad agencies recruit the lowest common denominator?

fk this all for a game of soldiers, this really has made my ocular fluid fizz. Unless today was delayed karma for a really stty prank I pulled on a mate at uni (Involved creating a CD that was silent for 5 minutes then very loud sound effects of a car engine ingesting itself and sharting the valves out the exhaust, inserting in his car CD player and pissing ourselves laughing as the car returned a few hours later on the back of a flatbed. Granted, he refused to speak to me for the 2 weeks it took for the bruise around my eye to disappear, but was well worth it for the sts and giggles)

I'm so angry I could write to the daily mail.


kowalski655

7,922 posts

81 months

Wednesday 9th January
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clapclapclap
Top rant
Agree about the stupid noises on radio,you are never sure if it was the radio, just a glitch, or a disaster about to happen
But we need to know about the Dettol ad! What had they done to piss you off?

loafer123

7,859 posts

153 months

Wednesday 9th January
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People talking and eating noisily in the theatre.

I went to see a West End musical (Matilda - excellent) and there was a group of Americans behind us talking and eating crisps (CRISPS FFS) during the performance.

Now, it is certainly possible they were a Special Needs Group, they certainly behaved like it, but why the hell can they, and people like them, not sit quiet and still for the length of a performance?!

Dicks.

yellowjack

11,257 posts

104 months

Wednesday 9th January
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kowalski655 said:
clapclapclap
Top rant
Agree about the stupid noises on radio,you are never sure if it was the radio, just a glitch, or a disaster about to happen
But we need to know about the Dettol ad! What had they done to piss you off?
See also musical numbers played by the disc jockey which contain sound effect samples of emergency service vehicle sirens. Cue lots of head-swivelling while I try to assess where the siren is coming from, and how best to assist the driver, only to realise that it's a sample embedded into one of the latest hit records in the popular music chart...

Grrr!

rage

Wiccan of Darkness

1,342 posts

21 months

Wednesday 9th January
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yellowjack said:
kowalski655 said:
clapclapclap
Top rant
Agree about the stupid noises on radio,you are never sure if it was the radio, just a glitch, or a disaster about to happen
But we need to know about the Dettol ad! What had they done to piss you off?
See also musical numbers played by the disc jockey which contain sound effect samples of emergency service vehicle sirens. Cue lots of head-swivelling while I try to assess where the siren is coming from, and how best to assist the driver, only to realise that it's a sample embedded into one of the latest hit records in the popular music chart...

Grrr!

rage
Oh hell yeah, that scrapes my scrotum too.

The Dettol ad was the one about a kitchen chopping board harbouring more germs than your loo seat; the ad went all grey and screechy, implying your chopping board had more poo bugs than the bog seat; the way it was portrayed used extremely emotive imagery and sound effects, my complaint was upheld. I swear the makers of dettol would have ended up making an advert showing babies dying and the tagline 'are you a parent who murders your children by not using our product, this is what will happen if you don't use dettol' and dead kids in a morgue. I didn't like the extremely emotive and somewhat inaccurate way the product was being marketed and the ASA agreed. It did need to be nipped in the bud, Dettol's adverts had been becoming increasingly alarmist.

Boom! Strike one for the little guy....

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V8mate

41,675 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th January
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loafer123 said:
People ... eating noisily
If anything could drive me to commit murder...

Big Nanas

61 posts

22 months

Thursday 10th January
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Wiccan of Darkness said:
...rant...

Is anybody capable of the process of independent thought any more, or do ad agencies recruit the lowest common denominator?

...extra rantings..
Top rant smile
I used to work for a number of ad agencies, and on many occasions the idea for a campaign comes from the client, and in some cases the client's, chairman's wife.

And they were always terrible.

glenrobbo

13,391 posts

88 months

Thursday 10th January
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Wiccan of Darkness said:
...rant...

...Stupid advertising really roasts my pelican at the best of times, but this was on another level of insanity.

...extra rantings..
My dear Wiccan,

I agree with Bananaman, top rant smile

But I also feel duty bound to report you to the National Pelican Protection Society Enforcement Officer, who will not be at all happy with your disgraceful treatment of our beloved Pelicans nono
He has a formidable weapon and he's not afraid to use it.
You have been warned...

Yours etc,

Disgruntled of Trivton


Clockwork Cupcake

58,696 posts

210 months

Thursday 10th January
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What a wonderful bird is the pelican; its beak can hold more than its belly can.

silly

captain_cynic

4,116 posts

33 months

Thursday 10th January
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Wiccan of Darkness said:
Is anybody capable of the process of independent thought any more, or do ad agencies recruit the lowest common denominator?
Advertisers target the lowest common denominator. I thought that was common knowledge by now. The more annoying they can make the advertisement, the more effective they are.

I responded by not listening to the radio, especially commercial radio. Same with TV.

It'll only get worse as fewer and fewer people are listening to the radio, ironically because advertisements are becoming more and more aggressive.

toppstuff

13,294 posts

185 months

Thursday 10th January
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Wiccan of Darkness said:
yellowjack said:
kowalski655 said:
clapclapclap
Top rant
Agree about the stupid noises on radio,you are never sure if it was the radio, just a glitch, or a disaster about to happen
But we need to know about the Dettol ad! What had they done to piss you off?
See also musical numbers played by the disc jockey which contain sound effect samples of emergency service vehicle sirens. Cue lots of head-swivelling while I try to assess where the siren is coming from, and how best to assist the driver, only to realise that it's a sample embedded into one of the latest hit records in the popular music chart...

Grrr!

rage
Oh hell yeah, that scrapes my scrotum too.

The Dettol ad was the one about a kitchen chopping board harbouring more germs than your loo seat; the ad went all grey and screechy, implying your chopping board had more poo bugs than the bog seat; the way it was portrayed used extremely emotive imagery and sound effects, my complaint was upheld. I swear the makers of dettol would have ended up making an advert showing babies dying and the tagline 'are you a parent who murders your children by not using our product, this is what will happen if you don't use dettol' and dead kids in a morgue. I didn't like the extremely emotive and somewhat inaccurate way the product was being marketed and the ASA agreed. It did need to be nipped in the bud, Dettol's adverts had been becoming increasingly alarmist.

Boom! Strike one for the little guy....
All of the above I reasons why I refuse to listen to commercial radio when driving.

Why the hell do I want to listen to ads every few minutes and the same song on rotation every hour? Commercial radio is dire.

Play music or talk radio / radio 4 / 5 live. At least learn something if you aren't playing your favourite tunes.

In fact, the more I think about this, the more I realise that commercial radio ( Heart FM, I am talking to you ) is a clear and present danger to the nation and threatens to make us all terminally stupid. I hate it. Maybe I should post this in the unpopular opinions thread.

Langweilig

3,250 posts

149 months

Thursday 10th January
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I consider myself fortunate enough to get an appointment with my GP. I went to the surgery and I had to queue up to see the receptionist.

But...BUT! Oh dear me! There was some stupid git in front of me who insisted upon causing a delay for myself and others with his seemingly unending conversation with the receptionist.

Conversation topics as follows -

Lanzarote.

Weather.

Rip tides.

Beer.

Lousy service.

Crusty pizzas.

Had a great time.

Bye now!

CLEAR OFF YOU IDIOT! YOU'RE WASTING EVERYBODY'S TIME!

Well, that's my blood pressure through the roof!

dartissimus

652 posts

112 months

Thursday 10th January
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Family members leaving the front door locked with the key left in the lock on the inside

yellowjack

11,257 posts

104 months

Thursday 10th January
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dartissimus said:
Family members leaving the front door locked with the key left in the lock on the inside
Would these be the same family members who then retire to listen to music or play online video games through headphones, or simply fall into a sleep so deep it could rival the tale of Sleeping Beauty?

Especially when the person locked out is sweaty from a fast-paced night-time MTB ride, and cooling fast under a cloudless, starlit, winter sky?

And when it would be annoying in the extreme to go banging on doors and yelling, because it's late and it'd disturb their neighbours' peaceful evening?

And when they are gaming/sleeping in a different room, often on a different floor, to where their mobile phone is plugged in to charge, and where the landline phone is kept?

Yeah, that can be REALLY annoying...

yes


...and easily avoided by pulling back the key just half a freakin' centimetre too!!!

V8mate

41,675 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th January
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yellowjack said:
dartissimus said:
Family members leaving the front door locked with the key left in the lock on the inside
Would these be the same family members who then retire to listen to music or play online video games through headphones, or simply fall into a sleep so deep it could rival the tale of Sleeping Beauty?

Especially when the person locked out is sweaty from a fast-paced night-time MTB ride, and cooling fast under a cloudless, starlit, winter sky?

And when it would be annoying in the extreme to go banging on doors and yelling, because it's late and it'd disturb their neighbours' peaceful evening?

And when they are gaming/sleeping in a different room, often on a different floor, to where their mobile phone is plugged in to charge, and where the landline phone is kept?

Yeah, that can be REALLY annoying...

yes


...and easily avoided by pulling back the key just half a freakin' centimetre too!!!
Only taking keys to one door out with you. Amateur.

MartG

13,624 posts

142 months

Thursday 10th January
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Ebay buyers who don't read the description in the ad - which part of "items are manufactured to order and may take up to 3 weeks to dispatch" is difficult to understand ? E-mail received from buyer after 3 days asking why their purchase hadn't arrived yet...

Ebay buyers who seem to think the Post Office is open 24/7 - purchase made Saturday evening, complaint received Monday afternoon that it hadn't arrived...

yellowjack

11,257 posts

104 months

Thursday 10th January
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MartG said:
Ebay buyers who don't read the description in the ad - which part of "items are manufactured to order and may take up to 3 weeks to dispatch" is difficult to understand ? E-mail received from buyer after 3 days asking why their purchase hadn't arrived yet...

Ebay buyers who seem to think the Post Office is open 24/7 - purchase made Saturday evening, complaint received Monday afternoon that it hadn't arrived...
Ebay buyers who stick a speculative bid on an item based on a brief look at the pictures in the listing, then win the item. Only then they find out that the item, which is a bicycle and listed as "collection only", is located in a town in Essex, a 250 mile round trip away, and not in a similar-sounding village just up the road.

Luckily for the seller, that idiot ebay buyer (Me!) sucked up his error and drove to Essex to pick up the (£53) bargain bicycle. He then drove it home and spent another £168 tarting it up so it rode nice. Still, it's turned out OK as it's a load of fun out on the byways and bridleways I bought it for. I even took it racing last Spring...

It's not bad at all, for a bike that's at least 25 years old. smile

MartG

13,624 posts

142 months

Thursday 10th January
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yellowjack said:
MartG said:
Ebay buyers who don't read the description in the ad - which part of "items are manufactured to order and may take up to 3 weeks to dispatch" is difficult to understand ? E-mail received from buyer after 3 days asking why their purchase hadn't arrived yet...

Ebay buyers who seem to think the Post Office is open 24/7 - purchase made Saturday evening, complaint received Monday afternoon that it hadn't arrived...
Ebay buyers who stick a speculative bid on an item based on a brief look at the pictures in the listing, then win the item. Only then they find out that the item, which is a bicycle and listed as "collection only", is located in a town in Essex, a 250 mile round trip away, and not in a similar-sounding village just up the road.

Luckily for the seller, that idiot ebay buyer (Me!) sucked up his error and drove to Essex to pick up the (£53) bargain bicycle. He then drove it home and spent another £168 tarting it up so it rode nice. Still, it's turned out OK as it's a load of fun out on the byways and bridleways I bought it for. I even took it racing last Spring...

It's not bad at all, for a bike that's at least 25 years old. smile
rofl

Kudos for sucking up your error thumbup

V8mate

41,675 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th January
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MartG said:
Ebay buyers who seem to think the Post Office is open 24/7 - purchase made Saturday evening, complaint received Monday afternoon that it hadn't arrived...
When I place an order with Amazon on a Saturday, it arrives Sunday lunchtime. You need to get your logistics sorted out hehe

glenrobbo

13,391 posts

88 months

Thursday 10th January
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dartissimus said:
Family members leaving the front door locked with the key left in the lock on the inside
scratchchin Perhaps they are trying to tell you something?