COLD-CALLERS and caravans have beaten queue-jumpers and celebrities in a new poll of the things most likely to make our blood boil.
Unwanted phone calls or knocks on the front door by pushy salesmen topped the list, closely followed by getting stuck behind a caravan on a busy motorway.
Celebrities named in the top 10 include singer James Blunt at No 4 and Big Brother couple Chantelle and Pres- ton, who were ranked as the eighth most annoying thing about contemporary life.
Cultural historian Professor Peter Stead said cold-calling is offensive because the home should remain sacrosanct from unwanted intrusions.
He said, "They always seem to call at an awkward time, such as in the early evening when you're making plans.
"I feel sorry for the people who have to do these jobs for their work but it's grossly insulting because a person's home should remain sacrosanct.
"Advertising is necessary in open, commercial societies but there must be a degree of control on that."
Nikki Nichol, spokesperson for the Caravan Club, said prejudices against mobile homes are based on outdated perceptions of caravans as being "beige and basic".
"People's perception of caravans are stuck in the '70s - they haven't updated their knowledge since then and the media perpetuates it.
"People see them as beige and basic but now they come with all mod-cons - fridge-freezers,CD players, power showers and flushing toilets. They're very luxurious."
Mrs Nichol said caravanning is the most popular way to take a UK holiday after staying with relatives or friends.
Also, motorists are more likely to get stuck behind a slow-moving car than a caravan, she said.
"Motorists cannot see what is in front of the caravan holding it up.
"There are 500,000 caravans on the roads as opposed to 33m cars, so you're more likely to be held up by a slow-moving vehicle.
"Caravans get blamed because they're so visible. When you've got a caravan, every Friday night can be a holiday and the people who haven't got them are just jealous they cannot go on holiday every week."
Pop star James Blunt has been a phenomenal success since he burst onto the music scene last year.
However, the former Army officer has faced a backlash recently and was banned by radio station Essex FM last month following what it claimed was listener pressure.
The singer defended his music at an awards ceremony in May by telling his critics to switch over if they didn't like his songs.
However, the new poll of 2,000 people places Blunt ahead of the likes of traffic wardens and celebrity couple Chantelle and Preston.
The list of 100 pet hates, commissioned by Lactofree, also includes ex-smokers in ninth place, Carol Vorderman at 12, and Americans at 46.
Lactofree's Louise Barton said, "It's the little things that are beyond our control which annoy us the most, like novelty ring-tones and noisy eaters."
The study also revealed that women are easier to annoy than men, with more than 80% admitting that little things wind them up easily.
Women are also more likely to lash out and lose their temper when their stress levels increase, with 73% admitting to it.
The survey also suggested the Victor Meldrew-type will not die out, with 33% of men claiming that the older they got, the more irritable, and irritating, they became.
The London Tube irritated people but only enough to secure a place at 54 behind Abi Titmuss, men in flip-flops, Big Brother 5 and novelty ring-tones.
The top ten most annoying things are...
4) James Blunt
5) Traffic wardens
8) Chantelle and Preston
10) Noisy neighbours
12) Carol Vorderman
13) Loud mobile-phone users
14) Men in flip-flops
23) Rude shop assistants
24) People who read over your shoulder
25) People who complain they are fat when they are skinny
26) Stepping in dog poo
28) Big Brother 5
34) Novelty ring-tones
40) Running out of loo roll
48) David Blaine
95) Craig David