Things I like that no one else does:
Daylight savings time: I love the idea of capturing an hour in the spring and releasing it into the fall; that that extra hour, whenever you play it, has something special to it. I am also very light sensitive so I naturally wake up an hour earlier, which always feels productive.
Humidity: Telling me that “it’s a dry heat” does not endear me to Arizona or 100 degree temperatures. The main summertime activity for my coworkers at my last job seemed to be to complain about the humidity as if it was a yearly surprise that we lived near a giant lake. I will kill for fog and am constantly tempted to move to San Francisco or Seattle, but I would miss the snow too much.
Snow: it’s prettier than grey or mud, it’s less wet than rain, and it can’t happen when it’s super cold. Also snowmen.
Things I assumed that people knew about until I learned they didn’t:
Milking a cow: okay not so much your Manhattanite or Angelino, but didn’t most people go on school field trips to farms, complete with cow milking? See also, making your own whipped cream at home.
Sewing a button back onto something: really?
How the non-fiction section of the library works: again, school field trips? The existence of (card) catalogs? I once had someone ask me how to find something at a place where I did not work, then bitch me out as if I was Melvile Dewey himself. Side note: BS is the Library of Congress designation for the Bible.
Random technical mistakes that irrationally bother me:
Use of the term “second world” country outside of discussing the Soviet Bloc: I will accept it for ex-Soviet countries or countries that are currently Communist, but Spain? Spain is not a second world country, no matter how bad its economy.
Faulting politicians for saying a recession is over while the economy still sucks: it’s just about GDP growth as determined by NBER though granted, not all that useful. Can’t CNN/Fox News/the internet teach us that so we can move on from this point? Isn’t it more important to talk about the actual (sucky) economy?
That people over-use apostrophes rather than under use them: I, like many, wince at all the random apostrophes wandering around, although I try to not be overly snobby about it. What actually bothers me is that are too many rather than too few. Why is that?
Things that tickle me:
Typos in books: particularly if they’re funny in their own right. While reading The Alienist last night, I saw both “yolk” for “yoke,” which took me a second, and “pain” for “paint.”
Pens: in all types and shades, particularly fine point and multi-color. Bic has a fine point, four-color pen that I adore. The only place I know to get them in Chicago is the bookstore at the downtown location of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At one point in my life they recognized me on sight and automatically went pawing through the back looking for the damn things.
Footnotes: I once received a love poem with footnotes; if I had been the least bit interested or attracted to him, and if he didn’t treat me like an idiot, dear reader, I would have slept with him.