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Strange (but Funny) Phobias

Updated on January 31, 2015

Strange but Funny Phobias

Who could be scared by this sweet face? Me.
Who could be scared by this sweet face? Me. | Source

Phobias are like opinions: Everybody has at least one. I have three:

  • Boogers (any type of nasal/oral musus) - Blennophobia
  • June Bugs - Entophobia
  • Clowns - Coulrophobia

These things scare me from the most to the least, in that order, and each one has a story.

Every day, people around the world deal with all sorts of strange and sometimes life-inhibiting phobias. The symptoms often include: anxiety, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, nausea, and so on.

Below you will find a list of 50 different phobias in no particular order; some common, uncommon, and just downright funny. Which one belongs to you?

Fifty Strange Phobias

Are you afraid of Patrick Stewart? You may suffer from Peladophobia.
Are you afraid of Patrick Stewart? You may suffer from Peladophobia. | Source
  1. Peladophobia - Fear of bald people

  2. Pogonophobia - Fear of beards

  3. Defecaloesiophobia - Fear of bowel movements

  4. Alliumphobia - Fear of garlic

  5. Anablephobia - Fear of looking up

  6. Eisoptrophobia - Fear of mirrors or looking in a mirror

  7. Chrometophobia - Fear of money

  8. Pentheraphobia - Fear of mother-in-law (probably more common than you'd think)

  9. Arithmophobia - Fear of numbers

  10. Phronemophobia - Fear of thinking (I think I know a few people with this.)

  11. Cacophobia - Fear of ugliness

  12. Pteronophobia - Fear of being tickled by feathers

  13. Ergophobia - Fear of work

  14. Anuptaphobia - Fear of staying single

  15. Cyberphobia - Fear of computers (I think my Dad has this)

  16. Dutchphobia - Fear of Dutch people

  17. Ephebiphobia - Fear of teenagers

  18. Gymnophobia - Fear of nudity

  19. Hobophobia - Fear of bums

  20. Kathisophobia - Fear of sitting down

  21. Leukophobia - Fear of the color white

  22. Mnemophobia - Fear of memories

  23. Novercaphobia - Fear of stepmother (Not to be confused with Pentheraphobia)

  24. Octophobia - Fear of the figure 8

  25. Rectophobia - Fear of rectal disease

  26. Somniphobia - Fear of sleep

  27. Sesquipedalophobia - Fear of long words

  28. Symmetrophobia - Fear of symmetry

  29. Asymmetriphobia - Fear of asymmetrical things

  30. Xerophobia - Fear of dryness

  31. Euphobia - Fear of good news

  32. Dendrophobia - Fear of trees

  33. Heliophobia - Fear of the sun

  34. Anthrophobia - Fear of flowers

  35. Hydrophobia - Fear of water

  36. Papyrophobia - Fear of paper

  37. Consecotaleophobia - Fear of chop sticks

  38. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - Fear of the number "666"

39. Emetophobia - Fear of vomiting

40. Osmophobia - Fear of smells

41. Tetraphobia - Fear of the number four

42. Acerophobia - Fear of sourness

43. Agyrophobia - Fear of crossing the street

44. Amnesiphobia - Fear of amnesia

45. Ataxophobia - Fear of untidiness

46. Aulophobia - Fear of flutes

47. Athazagoraphobia - Fear of being forgotten

48. Arachibutyrophobia - Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

49. Anthropophobia - Fear of people

And my personal favorite . . .

50. Phobophobia - The fear of developing a phobia :)

What are you afraid of?

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      saanvi banerjee 5 weeks ago

      im terrified of leprechauns

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      Gabethegamefreak 21 months ago

      I have Automatonophobia! The fear of inanimate objects coming to life. Five nights at Freddy's much?

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      Celeste 2 years ago

      And they really aren't like opinions at all. But I get that this post is a joke. Just saying.

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      Celeste 2 years ago

      Ya I second this^

      Phobias are not "fears". They are irrational, debilitating aversions to something. They are a psychological handicap.

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      Kat 2 years ago

      I'm 16 years old. I feel like most of the people who have commented here and are saying they have some of these phobias are saying it in a very lighthearted sense (and I'm not saying everyone here isn't serious, just a lot).

      Phobias are very real, and a lot of them are irrational. I have a fear of beetles, specifically June bugs. I acknowledge how incredibly irrational my fear is, but I can't help it.

      When I hear a June bug, I flail and run and have this weird primal /need/ to get as far away as humanly possible. One time my step-dad put one in my hair because he thought it would be "funny."

      It was not funny.

      I screamed and it got caught in my hair, buzzing and whatnot, and I fell to the ground and started hyperventilating and for a few terrifying seconds, I could not breathe.

      When there are June bugs on the porch when we come home, someone has to open the door so that I can stand far away and then run as fast as I can through the door.

      I cannot explain what it feels like to have an irrational fear like this, and if you don't have one then I doubt you'll ever experience the hopeless kind of panic and fear that I (or others with similar irrational phobias) do.

      And probably the worst part is trying to explain it to people who don't believe you. People who don't share your fear will NEVER understand. My mother doesn't believe or comprehend my June bug fear. She thinks that I'm "just being silly" and that "I need to get over it because they're harmless."

      WELL DUH I KNOW THEY'RE HARMLESS! That's part of why it's an IRRATIONAL fear!

      One time I refused to go outside with the family and eat dinner, because there were a bunch of the beetles buzzing around the table. I absolutely refused to take a step outside. My mother thought that I was just being a little snooty, and she got real mad at me. She yelled at me, thinking that I just wanted to stay inside and play my video games. I cried afterwards, utterly hopeless because I couldn't (and still can't) explain to her how very real this phobia is.

      So yes, some of these phobias might seem strange to you, but for the people who have them it's very, very real. That said, try not to laugh too much, and don't carelessly toss around the phobias. Just because you don't like work, that doesn't mean you're afraid of doing it. And in some cases, it can almost be offensive (I know I'd be a little miffed if someone flicked a June bug off themselves and said, "yuck! I'm so scared of these things!" and then casually went about business. Because in my case, there would be no intelligible words, just shrieks and flailing arms.)

      If it helps for anyone reading this, I'm a girl, have a recorded IQ of 141 (so smart people have fears too, you know), and have been recently diagnosed with situational depression.

      I know this thread is really old, but I just wanted to put my share of opinion here haha.

      (Also please disregard typos, as I am typing from my phone. Thanks.)

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      Olivia  2 years ago

      I have a fear of people pushing their nose up and clowns and creepy dolls. Don't judge.......

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      E.M.P. 2 years ago

      Im afraid of falling from heights which is acrophobia

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      lolurafgt 2 years ago

      lol u guize suk don't worry be happy #420blazeit #getrektm8

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      Wow 2 years ago

      If you have a fear of homeless people kill yourself now

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      Alaalooe 4 years ago

      Mirrors... I hate them, and the clock because I'm afraid when I look at it somethign bad will happen, and getting a call on my phone and hearing only static or some really creepy voice at the end

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      whispersofautumnspast 4 years ago

      I'm debilitated by my fear of the homeless, and do not want to go anywhere where it is possible they might be. I scratch my skin until it bleeds, have passed out, and have horrible panic attacks. I'm looking for someone with this problem. message me at whispersofautumnspast.tumblr.com

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      peeper 4 years ago

      i've got necrophobia is a fear of death

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      duygu perende 4 years ago

      wow! its very super

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      Rue 4 years ago

      This is so cool!!!!! my favorite one is Ephebiphobia - Fear of teenagers I think I have this one!

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      blank 4 years ago

      i don't have relly have eney phobias besides not knowing how to spall stuff

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      bob 4 years ago

      OH MY GOD

      COMPUTERS

      SCARE ME!!!!!

      WHY AM I ON THIS COMPUTER!!

      OH MY GOD!!

      HELP!!!

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      hello 4 years ago

      i have emetophobia

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      I love chocolate 4 years ago

      these are really weird phobias

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      a gurl 4 years ago

      i love these!!! especially hippopotomonstrosisquippideliophobia: the fear of long words, luposlipaphobia: the fear of being chased by wolves, wearing socks on a newly waxed floor, anatidaephobia: the fear of a duck stalking you LIKE A NINJA from afar =], and a bunch of others!!!!!! i couldn't stop loling nd my mom got really freaked out!!! maybe she has the fear of laughing. and my dad deffinately has ataxophobia: the fear of untidiness. lawlz XD

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      gimme datt cheeseball 4 years ago

      i am scared of nothing apart from cars, big rocks, clowns, hieghts, my sisters dog... the list goes on

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      Doctorwhofans8 4 years ago

      Scoliophobia is a fear of school

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      someone 5 years ago

      I have Necro Entophobia, the fear of dead bugs, i don't know why, i guess its just the life less bodies lying there, plus ther're legs stick up strait in the air

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      samuelthompson 5 years ago

      Corporophobia is the fear of toilets.

      I've been scared that this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZO2miEzfjo will happen to me.

      Something could easily come out and get me. It seems like a pretty vulnerable spot to get attacked..... with your pants down! In jurassic park, this dude gets ripped right off the toilet and that freaked me out! I try to use the bathroom as fast as possible. Fast poops!

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      HEY!!! 5 years ago

      HIPPOTOMONTROSASCUPIDALIOPHOBIA: FEAR OF LONG WORDS

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      ihybvsjuyhbasuj 5 years ago

      Hexiotrofudgadrophobia is the fear of pie

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      madiha 5 years ago

      I have fear of Lizards :( even I can't see them they look so filthy

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      juggalo 5 years ago

      i have a severe phobia of people wearing masks aspecially through long nosed opera ones or beeks its simply called maskaphobia.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      Fear of people..I could understand that when it comes to society's like this..

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      Moon 5 years ago

      MY brother has a phobia of toes, every time he stubs his toe he rolls around on the floor and feels sick. When he was younger he refused to wear flip flops or any kind of open toed shoes. I have no idea what it's called. Does anybody?

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      max 5 years ago

      my cousin was diagnosed with 'arachibutyrophobia' .. which is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth!

      He can't eat anything sticky ..

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      alicia 5 years ago

      i have two phobias

      bananaphobia: fear of bananas

      turophobia: fear of cheese

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      qwertyuiop 5 years ago

      Fear of holes, trypophobia :)

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      Trinity 5 years ago

      I have Mephobia Google it

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      Winter Haze 5 years ago

      * Anatidaephobia – the fictional fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.

      Luposlipaphobia – fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor

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      Pansy 5 years ago

      funny!!!

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      Brian 5 years ago

      my top phobia is deff luposlipaphobia - fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table whilst wearing socks on a newly waxed floor

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      Dayla 5 years ago

      I have a fear of flying insects, falling from a high place, hobos, ugly people, orange and pink beside eachother ( im ok otherwise), and im afraid a train will crash through my bedroom window.

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      BethanyKay 5 years ago

      Anatidaephobia - The fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.

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      18sinesyd 5 years ago

      I have a phobia of someone coming into my house at night and killing my family. When i was little i remember crying myself to sleep because i didn't want to die. Im only 12 but i don't cry anymore...

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      18sinesyd 5 years ago

      Wow... this is so interesting...

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      Alexa Brndjar 5 years ago

      I have the weird fear of holes...they just creep me out like beehives....

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      Tara Pie-Eat-Yummy 5 years ago

      is there a phobia of dots and lines cuz i think my friends got it. But i don't mean fear of fall stops i mean all dots and lines. If there is a phibia for that what is it called?

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      isaac 5 years ago

      I have Somniphobia!1

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      Trolololola 5 years ago

      Schestremanophobia - the fear of Drawing on white boards while a pack of wolves are watching you in a tea party

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      HAUSofSOCKZ 5 years ago

      The fear of long words is actually: hippomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. It's also the longest word in the English language.

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      Lydia 5 years ago

      hahaha this is amazing, but fear of clowns isn't irrational, you never know who (or what) is under that makeup. Have you ever heard of Lupislipophobia? It's the fear of being chased by timber wolves around a kitchen table on a newly waxed floor while wearing socks.

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Anyone know what kinda phobia relates to driving in the dark?

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      Kendra Ferguson 5 years ago

      @Jonathan Actually, I was just looking through the dictiopnmary when i was bored i saw that the longest word in the English dictionary is..... umm.. its not that but its too long to type.. :3 But you posted 2 years ago . lol

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      billeigh(: 5 years ago

      x_b_x wats ur weirdest phobia ten??!x

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      phobioytic 5 years ago

      ik som1 with the fear of earlobes... another person with the fear of feet. i have the fear of people touching my legs. i flip out wen people ilk kick me or accidentally touch my legs

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      x_b_x 5 years ago

      I have the wierdest phobia ever... Not even kidding -_-

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      heyyy(: 5 years ago

      i have the fear of blood not sure what its called ...

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      its me! 5 years ago

      lol these are funny....i accually have some, and me and my sister's bffl have #38, the fear of....THAT number....her's is HORRIBLE, i also have a fear of vomiting, and a really bad one, whenever i do it i cant stop crying, also i have a fear of clowns, and don't laugh, but i have a slight fear that an angry duck is watching me like a ninja...waiting to strike.......XD

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      britany 5 years ago

      How can you be afraid of long words. I mean realy

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      BKEB EJ 5 years ago

      Someone said they 'think' they have the fear of THINKing. Hmm.

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      a person 5 years ago

      i don't have any of these phobias but i could not stop laughing while reading them!! so funny :)

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      Jax 5 years ago

      I can honestly say i have Arachibutyrophobia - Fear of Peanut Butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. I also have Anuptaphobia - Fear of staying single

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I have to admit, I have a fear of bubbles. Its like really bad, I can't go anywhere near a bubble bath. Apparently its called ebulliophobia.

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      Ogcep 5 years ago

      To shayla it's called aichurophobia I no because I have it. When I went to the hospital they had to inject me with a sleep drug but I went unconscious at the sight of the needle but it saved the dr's a lot of time.

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      Shayla 5 years ago

      I actually am super afraid of needles, last time I passed out. And it was just a flu shot. :$ Anyone know what that is?

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      Chosen One 5 years ago

      Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words. Not sesquippedalophobia. I just hate it when people mess up my favorite phobia.

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      phobos 5 years ago

      i have no fear or at least have not found something to fear

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      Awesome 5 years ago

      aaaaaaaaaa

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      jamie 5 years ago

      Anatidaephobia is that duck phobia BTW

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      jamie 5 years ago

      i love the irony in the fact that Sesquipedalophobia - Fear of long words is a long word ;p

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      dont want u to no dont want to get made fun of 5 years ago

      i have acousticophobio=the fear of noisse

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      olan suwandee 5 years ago

      I fair every thing unkown

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      cdconor 5 years ago

      did you know there is a fear of absolutely everything

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      Haha 5 years ago

      Anatidaephobia – the fictional fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you. I know it's not on the list, but it's funny! :D

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      Rhytjytjhyhtyhtyjtyjtyjtyjytjytjtyjyhty 5 years ago

      Anon u r funny

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      Haha 5 years ago

      These were all very very funny and interesting. Thanks for the info! my favorite was 38.Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - Fear of the number "666" and one i found in the coments, hippopotomonstrosisquippidaliophobia

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      Anon 5 years ago

      So, does a fear of good news mean someone is always living a bad life?

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      Anon 5 years ago

      A fear of your mother in law? Lmao. I wonder how they come up with this shit. A fear of bowel movements? People don't poop now? Let me guess, that would lead to a fear of being unhealthy right, lol. A fear of staying single sounds like someone can't get enough sex in their life.

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      Anon 5 years ago

      Doesn't all this seem funny? Like, really. It almost sounds like people are coming up with excuses for everyday life, hahahaha. A fear of full stops? What is that? You can't take your foot off the gas? So, if you hit a child when driving you think your phobia of full stops is gonna be used as an excuse in court?

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      Marie-Lynn 5 years ago

      Hahahahha lmfao xD

      I have a phobia, but not like these o.o

      It's

      Helminthophobia: fear of worms; fear of being infested by them.

      The fear of good news and smells sound funny but strange o.o

      yet i keep thinking how the fear of step mom has something to do with fear of mother-in-law.

      Oh well.

      Nice ones, plus, your dad's fear is not so weird, people were not used to computers back :]

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      sanj 5 years ago

      thanks a lot guys! this really helped me in a speech i was preparing for my public speaking class which i don't really like that much! :P

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      wilko202 5 years ago

      hippopotomonstrosisquippidaliophobia is fear of long words!!!!!!!!

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      my name 5 years ago

      u forgot about Anatidaephobia!!! its the fear that somewhere somehow a duck is watching you

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      true canadian 5 years ago

      i have a phobia of flying and elevators!

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      Ms. psychology 5 years ago

      Happy LATE birthday G.G :) I think that Cypridophobia is a pretty funny one, The fear of prostitutes! Also geniophobia, a fear of chins(: I have yet to meet anyone with either of these phobias, but one that I have realized is very common is Agoraphobia, Which is the fear of leaving a safe place, fear of being in large open spaces, and a lot of times patients with Agoraphobia also have a fear of Panic attacks, or a panic disorder.

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      G.G 5 years ago

      P.S.

      IT'S MY SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY!!! :D

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      G.G 5 years ago

      I have the fear of being late, fear of clowns, fear of waterbugs, fear of zombies (even though i love them so much!), fear of being hated, fear of wild hogs, fear of speaking in public, fear of blood, fear of birds, fear of being alone, fear of wanting something i know i'll never have :D *shrugs* i have many fears thank goodness for friends!! they help me a lot it would be weird to fear that duck thing

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      Mr. Me 5 years ago

      I think another good one to add would be Metrophobia, the fear of poetry

      Or Geliophobia, fear of laughter

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      kate 5 years ago

      Luposlipaphobia - fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor.

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      Chethan 6 years ago

      Trisaikekophobia - Fear of 13

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      Surina 6 years ago

      I have a phobia of full stops

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      geet 6 years ago

      fear of beauty.........

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      Sebastian 6 years ago

      Oh my god I have a huge phobia of frogs! When I see one I get all tense, and I can't move and I started hyperventilating. lol

      Also I didn't see this one (but maybe it was there):

      Anatidaephobia, the fear that you're being watched by a duck.

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      just me* 6 years ago

      I have the fear of opening canned biscuits. -sounds silly I know, but the sudden pop scares the crap out of me. :P

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      6 years ago

      Whoever named the fear of long words knew someone with that and didn't like them lol!!!

      I might have a phobia of public speaking.

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      wizard of os 6 years ago

      my friend has a fear of homeless ppl1 i have a fear of falling!!!! anyone know what that is called?

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      Mr.Funky. 6 years ago

      Boogiemonstrosityphobia- The phobia....f the BoogieMan.

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      britty 6 years ago

      honestly i am terrified of homeless people.

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      Names? We don't need names where we're going! 6 years ago

      Doug, are the werewolves wearing the person's socks or is the person with the fear wearing them?

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      lalalalalla 6 years ago

      so lol my step bro has the fear of working

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      not telling 6 years ago

      melon - I have that!

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      Peter 6 years ago

      haunifiostiphobia// fear of this website

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      DOUG 6 years ago

      YA i am going to be the last comment for a while

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      DOUG 6 years ago

      AWESOME but you don't have the fear of wear wolves chasing you in your socks on a newly waxed floor :(

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      melonie 6 years ago

      emma and cassie hmm. i've heard those names. my ex friends from 5th and 6th grade. my real name is kalie. and i have Sesquipedalophobia