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Old August 28th, 2009, 03:24 PM
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Today I had to help someone try to find research on fruit phobia. Not just an adversion to fruit, but an honest-to-God phobia of fruit. And there are other people out there with the same thing.

So- I was wondering if anyone else had an unusual phobia.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 03:43 PM
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Yes, I have one against telephones. It has gotten increasingly worse in recent years and I now find myself almost incapable of using the things. Thank goodness for email!
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Old August 29th, 2009, 02:53 AM
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I'm afraid of balloons. Seriously. I can't stand to be around them. When I was in school and we'd have to do something with them, I'd go to the bathroom and hang out in there until class was over. If I went to a birthday party and there were balloons there, I'd make my mom take me home. Even now I put as much distance between myself and the creepy, creepy things and sort of keep my fingers by my chin, trying really hard to quell the impulse to stick them in my ears.

I won't blow them up either. Or touch them. Or even handle a bag of deflated ones. I think a balloon stomp would be one of my worst nightmares.

So there's my dirty little secret!
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Old August 29th, 2009, 03:41 AM
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So, SG, I couldn't have talked you into being my assistant during the casting session for balloon twisters?
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Old August 29th, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Big cockroaches.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Well actually, I am afraid of everything, but it's because I'm a wimp -- no real phobias. But fruit? Is this a fear of eating fruit? or touching it? Maybe I should be afraid of this, too.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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CLOWNS!!!!!!!
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Old August 29th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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Old August 29th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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I've always called it... "A fear of failure" but after reading Imperfection above, I think that's closer to the truth. I really have to push myself to start any new project and 'Just do it'.
Latest example: I have everything needed to wire in my outboard's electrical system, but haven't started doing it yet.

My wife, not really understanding, described me to a friend long ago saying, 'He's slow but good'. She was talking about a house project at the time.

I can actually get sick to the stomach sometimes over it. Oh well.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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CLOWNS!!!!!!!
You're not alone! I bought a vacuum cleaner cover that looks like a clown. So cute and so creative. It had a dual purpose in my old office. #1 was the obvious...it disguised the vacuum. But I chose the clown because I often audition children and I thought it was perfect to set next to the camera so the kids could direct the answers to my questions to the clown. For the most part it was a good idea but I had no clue that some kids have clown phobias! We quickly learned to ask the parents prior to the kids entering the studio!!! I, in no way, wanted to permanently scar a child's life due to clown karma!
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Old August 30th, 2009, 12:09 AM
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I don't have a phobia, but I DO NOT like clowns either! Yikes!
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Old August 30th, 2009, 12:44 AM
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Something you don't want to see while flying:



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Old August 30th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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Something you don't want to see while flying:
OMG! Not only is the bolt loose.... but the next sheet of metal is bent!!! Yikes, for sure! Glad you made it home.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 11:30 AM
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I was not on the plane... someone else's photo... Aloha Airlines.... 737-200.... those planes were old... fuel inefficient.... one of the factors causing the airline's demise.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Germs
Needles
Snakes
Milk
Heights
Crowds
Death
Lightning
Elevators
Mushrooms
Disorder
Dark
Enclosed spaces
Dirt
Spiders
Driving
Bullies
Fire
Puppets
Tap water
Noises
Touching
Feet
Flying
Beautiful women
Imperfection
Dogs
Cats
Rabbits
Monkeys
Bridges
Public speaking
Flies
Slime
Birds
Rivers
Tunnels
Caves
Soccer riots
Frogs
Hailstones
Wow! That is seriously a lot of phobias. I'm guessing you don't get out much?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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Wow! That is seriously a lot of phobias. I'm guessing you don't get out much?
I was just copying the long list of phobias of TV's Adrian Monk. I'm a hypochondriac and I don't like to fly. I'm also a bit neurotic. That's all!
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Old August 30th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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Yes, I have one against telephones. It has gotten increasingly worse in recent years and I now find myself almost incapable of using the things. Thank goodness for email!
Hopefully that's not from either:

A) Your mother or mother-in-law continuously calling you for no valid reason, but just because they have nothing better to do.

Or:

B) Your credit card company's collections department calling about an overdue payment.



I'm on the same plane with Mel regarding having a phobia for LOOSE RIVETS ON MY AIRPLANE'S WING! and 747-SIZED COCKROACHES!
Especially when them bomber-sized Cockroaches decide to go dive-bombing on you. {{{{{{{willies}}}}}}}
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Old August 30th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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I was just copying the long list of phobias of TV's Adrian Monk. I'm a hypochondriac and I don't like to fly. I'm also a bit neurotic. That's all!
Good to know! I was worried.....
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Old August 31st, 2009, 01:42 AM
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Something will crawl in my ear when I'm sleeping. How many dustmites are already in there?
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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:15 AM
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It's not a phobia if it happens to you, right?

15 years ago I was routing electrical cable to a new wall receptacle. I was squeezed all the way into a corner of the attic, with my head practically wedged against the bird holes and my body stretched at an angle across the trusses, drilling a hole into the wall's top plate.

When my drill bit broke through it disturbed the nest of carpenter ants, who came boiling up out of there like a horror movie. They weren't attacking, just crazed from the noise/vibration/light/disturbance and running everywhere, but I couldn't tell the difference from my perspective of having my eyeballs less than a foot away. With all the subsequent writhing and flailing (me, not the ants) it was a very lucky thing that I didn't just go through the floor of the attic down to the room below.

It wasn't the enclosed space as much as it was not being able to move fast enough to do anything about it. I still have nightmares about it.
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After reading your post, Nords, I am reminded of what my phobia is.

....being smothered. By anything.
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Old September 1st, 2009, 03:22 AM
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It's not a phobia if it happens to you, right?[...]
I hope you're right...otherwise I have a phobia!

Many years ago I was on location in Hilo. Production gave us a decent per diem so I chose to partake of the spa in our hotel. There was a special on body wraps and since I'd not tried that I went for it.

Sheets are soaked in...something! An herbal infused solution, I think. 'Spose to draw the toxins out of the body! While lying on a table I was asked to put my arms against my sides. I was also asked if I had claustrophobia! Nope...never experienced it. So the technician proceeded to wrap me from neck to toes. The warm sheets felt good and I'd planned to use the alone time to meditate. The technician starts to exit the room when I do a semi-freak-out (for me!). I desperately needed to free my arms. I'd not ever experienced anything like that feeling. Don't care to again, either!
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