As if the Internet itself isn't enough of a distraction, opening a new tab in Chrome brings even more distractions with a noisy page filled with big colorful icons. Why, oh why?!
Anyway, banishing away this monstrosity is easy. I installed the Empty New Tab Page extension and it opens a blank page on every new tab. If you do not like this, there are many other extensions like this.
Tried with: Empty New Tab Page 1.1 and Google Chrome 20.0.1132.47