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Fears And Phobias

October 20, 2015
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Everybody has some kind of fear - be it imagined or real. For some folks, the fears are minor and for some, they are phobias. But when you start looking at fears and phobias, there are a wide variety of them, including some very bizarre and uncommon phobias that people actually have. Here are 25 of them for you to consider.

25 - Globophobia - Fear of balloons popping. I wonder if the sound of bubble wrap would be the same?

24 - Ombrophobia - Fear of rain. Not good if your work for the weather bureau.

23 Geniophobia - Fear of chins. Kirk Douglas the actor couldn't have suffered from this, could he?

22 Trypophobia - Fear of holes. Doug and Margaret Drost know this can't be real when it comes to cherry donut holes from Jaarsma's in Pella! YUM-YUM!

21 Pogonophobia - Fear of beards. They've never heard of this in the Robertson households, the Duck Dynasty folks, or the ZZ?Top band.

20 Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - Fear of long words. I think journalists all secretly have this fear.

19 Lipophobia - Fear of fats in foods. Let me have a couple of donut holes and think on this one....

18 Genuphobia - Fear of knees and/or kneeling. Not good if you're a catcher in baseball or softball.

17 Sanguivoriphobia - Fear of vampires. How timely - just before Halloween.

16 Ergophobia - Fear of work. Nope, not going there.

15 Emetophobia - Fear of vomiting. Not going there either.

14 Arachibutyrophobia - Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Especially super-chunky!

13 Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number 13. This one is totally legit, along with broken mirrors, black cats, etc.

12 Nomophobia - Fear of being out of mobile phone contact. I'd bet 90 percent of the population suffers from this, whether they realize it or not!

11 Ancraophobia - Fear of wind. After a couple of days this past week around here, it isn't fear, it's exhaustion.

10 Ephebiphobia - Fear of youth. Elementary education should not be a career choice for you.

9 Xanthophobia - Fear of the color yellow. Don't plan on selling lemonade to make money.

8 Myrmecophobia - Fear of ants. Picnic lunches would not be an attractive proposition, would they?

7 Turaphobia - Fear of cheese. Don't plan on living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ever.

6 Anthophobia - Fear of flowers. The florist industry shouldn't be a career choice.

5 Hylophobia - Fear of wood, forests, or trees. A job at a lumber yard could put you over the edge pretty easy.

4 Tetraphobia - Fear of the number 4. It would be tough to be a member of a quartet, wouldn't it?

3 Omphalophobia - Fear of belly buttons - Being a belly dancer is a very poor career choice.

2 Scriptophobia - Fear of writing in public. Give up that career as a graffiti artist.

1 Pentheraphobia - Fear of your mother in law. I'll leave that up to my married friends..



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