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The Most Annoying Sounds...


Volunteers and Scientist worked very hard together and devised a list of the most annoying sounds.  They came up with 74, but here are the five worst.
5. Nails on a Blackboard
4. Ruler on a bottle
3. Chalk on a blackboard
2. Fork on a glass
1. Knife on a bottle

Slacker freaks out about the sound of Styrofoam.  He’ll even get the to-go box from a restaurant, bring it home, open it carefully, and dump the food on a plate so he doesn’t have to hear his silverware on the Styrofoam.  Steve used to get so annoyed when he’d hear the sound of a car trying to get started when it’s already on.

What sound drives you insane?

For me it’s a mixture of sound and texture.  But when Velcro is being pulled apart I want to scream and gag a little bit every single time!

Intern Kelly
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10/11/2012 6:22PM
The Most Annoying Sounds...
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10/14/2012 9:28PM
my most annoying sound
I CAN NOT stand the music ice cream trucks play.It drives me INSANE.I don't see how people can stand.I mean OMG!!!
10/30/2012 6:21AM
Thank You
Dear Slacker and Steve Yi! Ever since this aired my day has been a craptastic melody of sounds I never noticed before. From teeth scraping forks to spoons scraping bowls and the old man next to me at Panera Bread slurping his soup and then readjusting his dentures repeatedly... But I must say by far tonight has been the longest and most disgusting to my ears. I sometimes stay at my brothers house to help him and his wife out with their 2 daughters. They have a German Shepard and hard wood floors this combined with nails that need to be trimmed and a need to pace around the house at 4 am are incredibly annoying but I have yet to decide what is worse the pacing or the cleaning himself for an hour! I have never noticed these annoyances or just plain gross sounds until now and I can't make my ears turn them off... Your sleepy and irritated yet loyal fan, Alia
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