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Dutch Turn To Bug Zappers To Avoid Teenagers, Fail Extravagantly

Suburbia_spheeris I am here to talk about Dutch teenagers. DO NOT RUN AWAY, the Dutch have teenagers too. Holland's government has instituted something called "Mosquitoes" which are not disease ridden insects, (that's how you get malaria, as proven by the BOOK Little House on the Prairie, and yes, I looked that up, stop shaking your head at me like that) but a piercing sound-emitting device designed to annoy teens enough to keep them away from loitering hangouts.

So here's the dealio. They are employing what amount to bug zappers outside of hangouts, emitting what people are calling, and contain your laughter,"a pitch mostly heard by people under 25," which leads me to assume that the pitch strongly resembles that of a parent telling a young person to "get a job,"  "break up with that drummer," or "clean your damn room, you're a voting adult."

Oh WHEN will people learn that teenagers are stronger than cockroaches, much less mosquitoes?

When will people learn that teenagers are here to stay? That no matter what grown people do, the dreaded teenager is worse than the common cold? No vaccine is going to get rid of them, and please, please don't insist on forcing me to make a swine flu reference, because I absolutely refuse.

Needless to say, teenagers are unimpressed.


"It hurts my ears, but I've grown used to it. We're still here," says one person who is part of a group of older kids willing to comment on the issue. "It's like swimming underwater, but we're used to it," says another.


Even law enforcement officers are totally unimpressed. PEOPLE. NO ONE is going to get rid of loitering kids. NO ONE. When I was a wee lass, we sat in the mall or outside the diner or coffee shop for eleventy million hours a night and no one, NO ONE was going to make us move. That's what teenagers do. They loiter. Would you rather they all have sex with each other in the parking lot of the local playground, 'cause you can get in trouble for that, I mean, oops, NEVER MIND, HI MOM. But seriously. Loitering means no visible drugs, no sex, no violence. They're right there in front of you, for Jeebus' sake. I get that Holland doesn't want the great unwashed outside for all to see, but...they're there for all to see. Not committing crimes.

And seriously, any kid who's been to a concert has ringing in their ears anyway. Be grateful it's not due to Nickelback, and leave those kids alone. There's a hell of a lot of crime that I DIDN'T commit because of loitering. And a bug zapper certainly wasn't gonna stop me.

BZZ! Oh please.

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Becki

Agreed. No body likes teenagers...even teenagers. It's best just to go with the flow and enjoy their ridiculous and occasionally hilarious graffati.

heidi

I have to say that my old 38 year old ears are greatly bothered by this noise. The kids love to spring it on me all unexpected like. Doesn't bother them. Just me. And the kids here use it as a ringtone as most of the teachers can't hear it.

bd

Most of those kids have the mosquito ring tone for their ring tone so the teachers cant hear it in class anyway.

bd

Restate:

Most of those kids have the mosquito ring tone so that their teachers cant hear their phone ringing in class anyway.

shine (the artist formerly known as meshealle)

This is the most ridiculous idea I've ever heard. Teenagers are all selectively deaf anyway, right? I never did hear my mom tell me to clean my room when I was a teenager. No matter how many times she said it.

helenel

It gets worse? My four year old is doing this ALREADY.

Wallydraigle

It's also inane because a LOT of people who are over 25 can still hear the thing; my hearing goes up to 17kHz. I'm 26 and can hear them even though I have terrible hearing. I know 40 year-olds who can hear them. Idiots.

This is a hearing check for high frequency hearing; you roll the mouse over the button to start it.

http://audiocheck.net/audiotests_frequencycheckhigh.php

Britt

You don't need to go as far as Holland. They use the same system where I live - New Westminster, a suburb of Vancouver: http://www.mosquitogroup.com/mosquito-nanaimo-press-coverage-1.html

April

It's so awesome you used a Suburbia picture for this! Hee!




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