Me too! And I agree with the rest of your comments about them.
That said, I must confess that I still occasionally lose the argument against using them with some clients.
As recently as 18 months ago a particular client absolutely insisted that his site (for his Pub) incorporated a series of animated beer-taps as accents for his main menu links, and would not be dissuaded. My refusing to do them almost became a deal breaker.
I finally relented and put them on his site, and he absolutely loves them, and says his customers like them too! Go figure! :s