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Every night after work, New York Times reporter Ian Urbina found his pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pillaged by an unidentified roommate. He tried the normal tactics: hiding the goods way in the back of the freezer, clearly marking his name across the lid with masking tape and a Sharpie. Nothing worked. Finally, the angry got creative, and the creative got…salt. “I set the bait. It was a newly opened container of Cookies and Cream, a quarter inch skimmed off the top, capped by a thin but solid layer of salt. To test the invisibility of my trap, I stood at the freezer, spoon in hand, and adjusted the lighting to various levels. It was foolproof.” Urbina compiles nearly 70 other tales of revenge in his book, Life’s Little Annoyances, a wet dream of retribution against all of the tiny daily chafes that incrementally yet unequivocally diminish one’s quality of life. One woman spray paints dog poo gold and sticks a small flag in it reading “Pick Up Your Shit”; another tells cashiers that his last name is Dhatsghabyfaird-Johnson when they ask him for personal information. The book’s solutions to pet peeves span from genius to downright mean, but most are worth at least a chuckle. Commiserate with Urbina as he reads at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Rachel Beckman)