Whistle While You Work (unless you’re sitting next to me)

December 2, 2009

I hate whistling. It’s my biggest pet peeve in the world. I don’t know why, but I actually have a physical reaction to the sound. Not the whistling where you try to get someone’s attention, or whistling in a soda bottle, but like the dwarves whistling a happy tune in Sleeping Beauty.  Watch it and tell me honestly that you don’t cringe, even just a little?

The physical reaction begins as just a minor annoyance, like an insect buzzing a little to closely to one’s ear. It then moves to the hair on the arms which quickly stand to attention, followed by a slow-moving tension that begins at the shoulders and slowly but surely causes them to make their way towards the ears. If the whistling hasn’t subsided by that point, I will actually plug my ears, and if necessary, begin humming or singing “la la la” to cover up the sound (sadly enough, this actually happened recently at a Byerly’s grocery store). 

It seems that I’ve instilled a sense of fear in my co-workers about whistling to the point that if anyone whistles in the office, one of my co-workers will actually bring it to the pied piper’s attention before I do, perhaps in hopes of saving them from the wrath of daggered looks and snide comments from me. I don’t think of myself as a scary person, but in this instance it’s better for everyone involved if people are aware of and sensitive to my unfortunate plight.  

I might be the only person I know who has such a strong reaction to a pet peeve, but I’m certainly not the only one who has them. For example, there Get Annoyed boasts the world’s largest list of annoyances, a few of which I found amusing or agreed such as:

  • Drivers who don’t use a turn signal.
  • People who read out loud what they’re typing in an email or letter.
  • Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side.
  • Noisy eaters.
  • Whenever anyone says “Ya know what I’m sayin’…”
  • Roadmaps that aren’t folded correctly.
  • Double negatives.
  • Being asked for a telephone number/account number AFTER I already entered it using the keypad on my phone. I thought I was supposed enter that info to “better assist me.”
  • The noise people make when they rub their fingers on balloons.
  • Celebrities claiming to be environmentalists.
  • Tapping.
  • People who write “Noone” instead of “No one”.
  • Chasing after a ping pong ball.
  • People who style their hair during Mass.
  • Women who wear too much perfume.
  • Skinny jeans on men.
  • Conversational High-Fives: High-fiving at any time other than when one is actively playing a sport.

It’s dangerous to share one’s pet peeve with the world, as it could be used against you, but I’d love to know that I’m not the only one who has adverse reactions to the stupidest things. Is anyone brave enough to share?