People were asked, "What topics instantly get you started on an old man rant?" From shopping carts left in parking spaces, to litterbugs, and bad drivers there is no shortage of annoying little things that people do that deserve a rant or two.
Source list available at the end.
1. Mental Health Myths
People who claim mental illnesses aren't real. Yeah, because I bet saying, "Get over it" for the twentieth time will really help that person get out of their depression.
2. Generation Stereotypes
The whole concept of "generations" really, and the constant misuse of it. "Millennials" aren't a thing. Neither are "Gen X", "Gen Y", or "Gen Whatever-You-Want-To-Call-Them." Those who use those terms are trying to push all of society (with all of it's marvellous little differences) under the cover of one grand narrative- and that's because that narrative is just a tool for making a certain point, not the result of curious inquiry into society itself.
3. Stolen Pumpkin
I grew pumpkins in my back garden this summer. They covered the entire space, but only one of the flowers turned into an actual pumpkin. I've cared for that one pumpkin for two months by turning it occasionally, brushing off the dirt from rainstorms, and just generally enjoying watching it grow. It has since turned into a beautiful, perfect pumpkin.
Yesterday morning, as I was heading off to work, I noticed that it was gone. Someone had obviously stolen it. Who does that? I can understand if there were ten pumpkins- and you take one, but there was just ONE. What kind of monster takes someone's ONLY pumpkin. They probably smashed it on the curb, but I'll pretend they're making a nice pie out of it right now. So long, sweet prince.
4. Social Media Celebrities
Under 20 and early 20-somethings that are apparently "famous" somehow for just posting every 15 minutes about whatever blows through their empty vapid heads, while their followers retweet or like it to gain attention (which starts the cycle all over again).
The rich teenage kids who pretend to be gangster. It has become like some kind of an epidemic around me, and I don't like or get it. I mean your name Tristan, your dad works at a bank, and you live in a gated community. Stop with all of this, "I grew up in the hood" nonsense.
6. Pac-Mac Problems
Last night, the topic of arcades came up because we were talking about the first thing that Pac-Man eats in the game. My son said it was a cherry. Then, someone said, "No, the first that he eats is a pellet." I argued that the first thing Pac-Man ate was your quarter. Then, we started talking about how arcades are regularly charging $1 or MORE to play games. I got upset and started with, "It's awful! You used to go to the arcade with a pocket of quarters, and you KNEW how many games you could play. Sure, there were some that cost more, but that's because they had something unique and special about them."
Then, I realized that I'd had a similar conversation when I was a kid with my grandfather, and he argued that he didn't want to buy me a $0.80 soda because they used to be $0.10, and it was ridiculous how much they had raised the price since then."
7. Airport Baggage Claims
If you stand back about 10 feet away from the carousel then everyone has the room to see their bags. You should only step up to the carousel when you're picking up your bag, but inevitably a group of people always stand right up against the carousel while waiting for their bag. So congratulations, you're now in everyone else's way.
8. Put Your Phone Down
People who record an entire musical gig or performance on their iPhones. The band is right in front of you. So, watch the band and not your 5" screen for 50 minutes. Nobody is going to ever go home and rewatch the hole gig with terrible sound quality on their phones anyway.
9. Abandoned Shopping Carts
People who leave their shopping carts in random spots in the parking lot. I'm glad you had enough energy to push it around the entire store and to your car while it was full. But that extra 30 feet while it's empty is just too much, eh?
10. Trashy Behavior
Litter. This town is already trashy enough without people throwing their garbage all over it.
11. Freddo Chocolate Bars
The price of a Freddo bar (which is Cadbury's famous chocolate frog in the U.K.) It has gone up from £5 pounds to £25. That's five times the price that they were in the early 2000s, which is just plain ridiculous. It's a 20 gram piece of chocolate for christ sakes.
12. Turn Signals
As a pedestrian, drivers who don't indicate when they want to turn.
13. Lining Up
I basically lose it when there's a large, undefined mob of people pushing their way to the the line at the airport when they are boarding in the first group. If your ticket says Group 4, why the hell are you standing up while they are boarding priority class?
Also, at my local stadium, they do not use ropes to wrap the lines around at the concessions. Instead, all of the lines go directly out into the concourse, which then blocks the people who are walking in the perpendicular direction. It's a multi-million dollar stadium, PAY FOR SOME ROPE LINES AND GET OFF MY LAWN!
Microtransactions in video games that aren't free to play. Also, any game that comes out with a multiple version (gold/premium/ultimate) where you don't get access to all of the content unless you pay more.
15. Women's Pant Sizes
Sizing on women's pants. What the heck is up with all of these random numbers that literally don't even correspond with anything. They aren't even consistent when you go from brand to brand, so you can never just grab a pair of pants and go. You have to grab like 3 different sizes to see which one will fit you in that particular brand. Men's pants are just measured by waist size, which is super efficient and consistent. It baffles me why we can't do the same for women's.
16. Over-The-Top Desserts
The shakes that come in hipster mugs, and they've got sprinkles, whipped cream, and DONUTS on the SIDE of the jar.
Like how in the actual fuck are you meant to eat that? It looks ridiculous and messy, and they're triple the price of a normal shake (when it's just a DONUT ON THE SIDE OF YOUR JAM JAR).
17. Pay Attention
People who do not have any situational awareness or a sense of their immediate surroundings. I especially hate having to dodge oblivious individuals who are on their phones with earbuds in, etc.
18. Loud Chewers
People who chew with their mouth opened.
19. Entitlement Issues
"Kids these days."/"Parents these days."
I work in a middle school. Parents always think that ALL life skills should to be taught in school, on top of, the curriculum. But when the teachers have any issues with student behavior, kids not doing their work, or any other general problems the parents don't back up the teachers. They are literally creating tiny, entitled children who think they can do whatever they want, wherever they want. Why? Well, because mommy and daddy will make sure the school allows it.
20. College Sports
The obsession people have with college sports while tuition rates balloon, and here I am thinking that we should be spending more money on education at institutions of learning.
21. Password Policies
There is no reason for your website to restrict what characters I can use in my password or set up a maximum password length of less than a kilobyte. If you do these things, I'm not trusting you with any of the information that I care about.
To be clear, I'm not complaining about passwords that require a certain length or having a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Those are annoying to end users, but they increase password strength. My problem is with password policies that won't let you have a password longer than eight or twelve characters or won't let you use certain characters like quotes or ampersands. Those things decrease password complexity and are general indicators that the website is not following good password storage practices on the backend.
22. Stay in Your Lane
People who drive in the middle of a country lane just because there are no road markings, and then they almost crash when something comes round a blind corner. Basically, bad drivers get me going. Although, I'm trying not to rant too often.
23. Empty Protests
"I refuse to vote. It's a protest."
This is literally the worst form of protesting. You are actively excluding yourself from making any sort of a difference.
24. Systems of Measurement
The fact that the U.S. still isn't on the metric system. As an engineer, I have to design with two standards and it gets frustrating.
Post are edited for clarity.