That screechy rasp on top of the salt container

August 1, 2009 - 7:13am ||| 5 Comments | Add new

Probably not the biggest pet peeve I have, but the most recently encountered: I cringe at the sound my Morton's salt container makes when I need to pull up its metal tab embedded at the top of the cylinder. I pulls open with such a rough, high-pitched squeak sound that the hair raises on my arms and my back teeth ache.  Why can't they make just a normal, embedded plastic tab opener?

Fingernails on a chalkboard are only slightly worse. 

It's funny, the different sounds that bother people. One of my brothers can't stand the sound of fingernails being filed. I didn't know this —he must have developed the aversion as an adult — until one day at a family get together he yelled out in an anguished voice from the living room, "Can you please do that somewhere else?"

My sister and I, talking at the kitchen table in the next room, couldn't figure out what we were doing that was bothering him so until he said "Someone in there is filing their nails, I can't stand it!" I looked at the emery board in my hand … so innocent, yet capable of inflicting so much pain, apparently. Of course, as a sister, later that day I had to casually walk up behind the couch and start filing my nails once inch from his ear.

My Mom can't stand the sound of two terry cloth towels rubbing together. Someone I know (can't remember who) runs out of the room in fear and agony if you rub two balloons together. None of these sounds bother me in the slightest. Just the salt thing.


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1 August 2, 2009 - 4:35pm by Anonymous (not verified):
2 August 3, 2009 - 10:59am by Sher (not verified):
I can’t stand the sound of people clipping their nails. It makes me cringe.
3 November 28, 2009 - 11:58pm by adam (not verified):

actually, i kinda like the sound of the Morten salt tab :-P

4 February 17, 2010 - 12:06pm by 3Lokk3r (not verified):

I thought it was just me. I found this page because I wanted to see if anyone out there had the same problem. I CAN’T STAND the sound of the Morton Salt tab when it opens. I mean Holy Crap… I’m a 31 yr old man but it makes me cringe like a little girl locked in the basement with a toothless dirty old man…lol.

The only other thing that bothers me is the feeling of cotton balls. Sheesh, that just gives me the Heebee Geebees.

5 January 4, 2011 - 5:19pm by Anonymous (not verified):

it’s a toss-up between the sound of a former coworker/cube mate flossing his teeth at his at his desk or the sound of my husband biting his nails

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