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June 15, 2010
It is torture to all ears George Diaz Orlando Sentinel I suppose there are a few other things in life that challenge our threshold for audial pain more than the buzzzzzz of the vuvuzelas during World Cup matches. A Jeff Van Gundy unfiltered mix tape. A musical tribute to the Baha Men, the visionary artists who gave us "Who Let The Dogs Out?" But who am I kidding? I would rather have Jack Bauer rip off all my fingernails than listen to the annoying drone of the vuvuzelas for an entire soccer match.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Those who have a habit of biting their lips may find that a small bluish bump has developed inside their mouth. It might disappear on its own or it might linger. Dr. Zaineb Hassan Makhzoumi, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said they are more annoying than dangerous. But those who suffer from them may want to have them removed by a doctor. How common are mucous cysts, and why do they form? Mucous cysts, also known as mucoceles, are quite common in the general population, usually occurring on the lower lip. The majority of cases (70 percent)
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FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | April 13, 1995
Do you know someone who talks like this? Someone who, no matter what point they're trying to make, has every sentence sound like a question?Like they'll say: "I was driving on the Beltway? And this guy in a blue Camaro? He cut me off? And I swerved into the other lane? And there was, like, this big truck there?"Doesn't that kind of talk drive you nuts?Isn't it, like, the most annoying thing you've ever heard?Don't you just want to grab them by the collar and shake them? Just shake them and shake them and scream, "What's wrong with you?
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Wherever Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler goes, he is followed by a 27-year-old former rocket scientist with a video camera and a tripod. Since April, Gansler has been tailed at news conferences and policy summits, along parade routes, at coffee shops, in restaurants and around college campuses. Every public comment and nearly every conversation afterward has been recorded by full-time political tracker Jeff Moring and sent back to the campaign headquarters of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Gansler's chief rival in the Democratic primary for governor.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | April 16, 2010
You used to be able to open your mail anywhere and not cause a scene. But now you might unknowingly dump a torrent of glittery stars or multicolored confetti onto your lap. I love this sort of surprise in an envelope, provided I am not at home or in my vehicle, in which case it is annoying because I know I will be vacuuming up these little tidbits for months to come. Then there are the musical cards, which you certainly don't dare open when you're early for a religious service or a standardized test or the theater, because people are going to shoot you nasty looks when the Commodores start belting out "Brick House."
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | March 17, 2009
"Body of work" popped up all of a sudden but then just as quickly became annoying. How many times did we hear that one during CBS' NCAA tournament selection show Sunday evening? ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ mediumwell)
SPORTS
December 21, 2005
"I don't know how he can be underrated. How do you underrate a guy who's had 1,500 yards two years in a row? With what he's meant to the team? He is certainly not underrated around here." Tom Coughlin New York Giants coach, on running back Tiki Barber (above) "He always is going to say something about the losing streak we have as far as the bowl game is concerned. Whenever he remembers, he comes and throws it at us. He's even thrown it at us when we're in the huddle sometimes." Darius Walker Notre Dame running back, on how coach Charlie Weis reminds the Irish about going 12 years without a bowl win "Annoying to you maybe, but now everyone in Little League is doing it."
FEATURES
By SARAH KICKLER KELBER | February 27, 2007
I chanced across a Real World: Denver catch-up show this past weekend, and how sad was that? A show that was once (albeit a long time ago now) about social interaction and people from different backgrounds learning to live with one another has degenerated into what feels like a zoo monitored by Webcams. This season seems to be about mating and fighting and screaming and drinking -- with a side of gossiping and back-stabbing that makes the show look like a psychological experiment a la Big Brother.
NEWS
By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 2004
LAST WEEK, I wrote that I found motorcycles annoying. Seth Mann responded. "What I don't understand is how [do] you find them annoying? Is it annoying to actually be able to see around and beyond us? Is it annoying to know that if you are involved in an accident with a motorcycle that you will most likely be unharmed? You can't say that about SUVs and many large cars," he said. No, indeed you can't. "Are they annoying because they get great fuel mileage, and you don't? Are they annoying because people actually have to drive more carefully because we are largely unprotected out there?
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | June 27, 1996
NOT LONG AGO, I was sitting in a restaurant with an old friend and his very pregnant wife when the man said to me: "Did I tell you we're videotaping the birth of our child?"I waited for his wife to crack him over the skull with the pepper grinder and say: "Over my dead body, sport."But instead she flashed this eerie, Kathie Lee Gifford-on-hashish smile and chirped: "Yes, it'll be so exciting!"And I thought: Can you believe this? My social life has declined to such an extent that I'm actually sitting in a cheap Mexican joint with a couple of nuts who view childbirth not as a wonderfully sacred experience to be savored quietly, but as a chance to fiddle with zoom lenses and make goofy faces at the camera.
FEATURES
By Jamie Bacon, For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Throughout life, there are so many changes and stages. There are milestones such as graduating from schools, getting new jobs, buying houses, getting married, having babies and so on. However, it feels like people are always looking for the next thing in their life rather than really enjoying what they have in the moment.  When couples have been dating for a while, the questions people constantly ask are “Do you think he (or she) is the one?” or “When are you guys getting married?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Beth Aaltonen | February 14, 2013
It's "Survivor" time again, and, this time, we're in the Caramoan Islands. It's Fan Vs. Favorites this season, which means 10 regular contestants and 10 returning contestants. All of the promos I've seen for this season have played up the crazy, namely Brandon and Philip and a little bit of Cochran thrown in, but I have no idea who the rest of the Favorites are. Jeff spends a little time talking about the Fans, but really, we don't know them from a hole in the ground, so without much further ado, it's time for the Favorites.
NEWS
Marta H. Mossburg | October 9, 2012
Somewhere on his path to Washington Gov. Martin O'Malley tired of the little people. Nowhere was it more evident than last week when he berated Penn National Gaming CEO Peter Carlino for defending his business. He took particular exception to Mr. Carlino telling voters the truth: that tax dollars raised from a proposed sixth state casino will all but certainly not increase money for public schools. "I would have expected more from Mr. Carlino, but I guess there's enough money at stake that he has to run these falsehoods," he said at a press conference called to discuss the power grid.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
A lot of NFL players view training camp and the preseason as a necessary evil and welcome the beginning of the regular season. But Ravens tight end Ed Dickson - who is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason after spraining his right shoulder Thursday night - is not happy about joining Dennis Pitta (broken bone in right hand) as an observer until the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10. “It's very frustrating because these reps in camp, that's where you gel,” Dickson said in the locker room at one end of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis after Sunday's practice.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 23, 2012
I'll tell you what annoys me: the supermarket that sells fresh salmon by the piece instead of by the pound. I uncovered this deception recently. The sign in the seafood case at my favorite supermarket said, "Salmon $4.49," and, of course, I assumed that was by the pound, because salmon has been sold that way ever since the Yupiks brought the first chinook to Fairbanks for sale to the Lower 48. But turns out, the salmon was being sold by the 6-ounce piece. That means three pieces of salmon, or 18 ounces, cost $13.47.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | April 25, 2012
I'll tell you what annoys me: the buy-one-get-one-free deal on strawberries at the supermarket. First of all, you must have the store's bonus card to get the deal. Plus, they really don't want you to know the price of the first item, so they print it so small on a card so far across the produce bin that you need a drone with advanced optics to fly over and read it. Since we're on the subject, I'll tell you what else annoys me: •Seven dollars for a medium-size bag of popcorn at the movies in Hunt Valley.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1995
Spring is a wonderful time of year, except it also means the streets are once again filling with mimes, who are surely the most annoying people on the planet.If you want to deal in cold, hard statistics, there are only about three dozen people in the entire country who think mimes are funny, and these are mostly shut-ins, preschoolers from disadvantaged homes and victims of industrial accidents in which severe head trauma has occurred.For the rest of us, the sight of a mime triggers an immediate tightening of the stomach and fight-or-flight response, with most people reporting the overwhelming urge to get a poke in at the mime if at all possible.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | April 12, 1996
Spy -- the most talked-about magazine in America once upon a time (like, seven years ago) -- is still published. (I mention this because a lot of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers might have moved on to hipper magazines, believing Spy had spun out of style -- and jokes -- by now.)But just to let us know it's still out there -- and I'm glad it is -- Spy has come up with one of those surveys magazines publish to stir up the provinces. This time, it's a survey of the "most annoying states" in America.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | January 9, 2012
Presidential elections have shoehorned their way onto a list that includes Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween: treasured national events that have become irritating, if not down right offensive, by how early they start and how long they last. (This list does not include tax season or bathing-suit season, both of which would be unpleasant no matter when they started or how long they lasted.) If you are like me, you have the sense that we have been sorting among possible Republican candidates since March of last year - and the election is still almost 11 months away.
NEWS
By Hugo Martin, Tribune Newspapers | November 23, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of the Transportation Security Administration, a new survey has found that the airport screening process remains among the top frustrations for most air travelers. The security procedures yielded four of the top five annoyances of passengers asked to list their top frustrations with air travel. The findings came from an online survey by the U.S. Travel Association, the nation's largest travel trade group. It was released to mark the 10th anniversary of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created the TSA in November 2001.
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