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10:24 am
Tue April 26, 2011

The Science Of Annoying

You’re on the train, listening to only one half of somebody else’s inane conversation.  That is so annoying!

What else annoys you?  Lip-smacking at the dinner table, slow drivers in the left lane, someone singing (ever so slightly) off key.  Let’s see, I’ve gotten some of these from people: Close talkers, crying kids on a plane, the toilet seat left up (sorry ladies), texting during a movie (or during dinner, or during an important conversation)...

The smallest things can be as annoying and offensive as fingernails on a blackboard.   NPR Science correspondent, Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman, multimedia editor for NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, explore the why in their new book, ANNOYING: The Science of What Bugs Us.  

From buzzing Flies to Public radio pledge drives, call us with your pet peeves and we’ll try to find the explanation for what gets under your skin.

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