10/18/2013 08:19 am ET Updated Dec 18, 2013

17 Ridiculous 'First-World Problems'

Here is a whine - "Ugh, I'm sick again."

And here is a White Whine - "Ugh, every time I go to Paris I get sick."

The difference is subtle, but it's there. To be a White Whiner your complaint must convey, simultaneously, that you are both fortunate and irritated. Nothing gets people whining more than flying to an exotic location so they don't lose their vacation time at the end of the year. Here are a few examples of mishaps and disappointments that could happen to you this holiday travel season:

Excerpted from White Whine: A Study of First-World Problems Copyright © 2013 by Streeter Seidell and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Without further ado: 17 ridiculous White Whines:

17 Ridiculous 'First-World Problems'

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