I hate misue of the word "literally." People use it to add emphasis but they just look like idiots.
Case in point: Oprah had this guy on the show (not that I watch Oprah or anything) who was describing a particularly sad situation he had gone through. In response, many fans of the show mailed him letters offering their condolences and encouragement. Oprah was praising the fans, whose letters "literally lifted him up" when he was feeling hopeless and alone.
Really? So, someone fashioned a rudimentary paper harness out of all the letters which they then used to dangle the guy in the air? Weird thing to do for a guy...
Bullshit stories about physicists really annoy me. You mostly hear Einstein stories. Like how Einstein was supposedly bad in school or people arguing about his religious beliefs as if it has some sort of relevance to the debate or people who say he was somehow sub par in math (He definitely wasn't one of the great mathematicians of his day however he was still very very good at math, including in his teen years. You really do have to be very good at math to be a physicist even if you aren't "great")
Richard Feynman is probably number 2 in the bullshit stories department. If you really wanna know who he was read Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman, fantastic book.
I have quite a few pet peeves but I won't list every single 1.
~ Closed minded people.
~ People who love to give advice but never take their own when they need it.
~ Bad drivers (People who, talk on a cellphone/drink/eat/put make up on, while driving).
~ Lack of progress on the space program.
~ People who are cruel to animals and humans.
~ People who litter.
~ Nationalism (or Patriotism, same difference).
The last 1 is best described by Albert Einstein.
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
"Nationalism, in my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression."