The foundation commissioned the survey on what noises New Zealanders find most annoying and could be making them physically or mentally ill, in the lead-up to yesterday's inaugural Noise Awareness Day.Quite what the link is between 'annoying' and potentially illness-causing is left unclear. What's not unclear is the number one cause of annoying noise.
Persistent noise has been linked with increased stress levels, headaches, aggressive behaviour, loss of sleep and even heart disease and high blood pressure, the foundation said.
Also in the top 10: immigrants, 'PC gone mad' and the grinding of the gears of Nanny State. Honestly, I would be surprised if more than, say, 20 per cent of New Zealanders heard 'boy racers' on anything like a persistent basis - but then it's hard for me to know, coming from my secret underground news-bunker. I would have thought that, say, 'traffic' would be a more persistent problem. But then I suppose 100% of NZers who turn on a TV or pick up a newspaper can read about how 'boy racers' are more annoying and persistent than Hitler. Also, what kind of grinch finds whistling persistently annoying?
Boy-racers' exhausts were ranked as the number-one annoying noise in New Zealand, followed closely by dogs barking and car or house alarms.
Snoring, children crying, "body noises" such as chewing or whistling, and other people's mobile phones ringing also ranked in the top 10.
The foundation's executive manager, Marianne Schumacher, said the government should put in place controls to protect citizens from the adverse health effects resulting from long-term noise exposure.Oh yeah, let's immediately bring in a law to stop whistling - in fact, let's just immediately outlaw "body noises" of any kind. God damn Nanny State telling me what to hear...