Posts tagged "fears"

10 New Weirdest, Worst Fears Inspired By The Porcupine That Fell On A Woman’s Head

A big thank you to Sandra Nabucco, the Brazilian woman who reminds us that our weirdest worst fears can come true. While the 52-year-old was out walking her dog, a porcupine fell off a telephone wire and landed on her head, leaving 200 quills in Nabucco's scalp. "It was a huge shock. I felt a…

By: The Frisky / January 24, 2014

10 Simple Rules For Spiders Who Insist On Living In My House

Dear Any And All Spiders Currently Residing In My Home, I recently saw one of you crawling along the hallway wall. It was fairly small, and I was feeling generous, so I decided to let it live. Later that afternoon, as I was checking my email and sipping a cup of boiling hot tea, thi…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 20, 2013

20 Things We Learned From Women’s Magazines That Scarred Us For Life

The other day, I realized that I always put on my underwear with such intense concentration and anxiety that you'd think it was some kind of perverted carnival game. Why? Because I read in Cosmopolitan like six years ago that if you let your feet touch the crotch part of your panties while you're putting…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 1, 2013

True Story: I Took A Flying Lesson (Even Though I’m Scared Of Flying)

For most of my life I've been extremely afraid of flying. Up until a couple years ago, it was not uncommon for me to dig my fingernails into the thighs of the innocent passengers sitting next to me during takeoff, scream "Goodbye cruel world!" at the first sign of turbulence, or load up on so…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

4 Seriously Dumb Things I’ve Done Because I’m Scared Of Bees

I went to a wedding this weekend at a beautiful farm outside of Portland. When it came time to eat, we all took our plates outside to sit at picnic tables under a small grove of trees. The sun was out, a pleasant breeze was blowing, horses were frolicking in an adjacent field, and I…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 12, 2012

Girl Talk: Confronting My Fear Of Being A Fraud

I think we all suffer from having secret fears about ourselves, that stunt our growth both personally and professionally. Since I graduated from college and became an "adult," I've struggled with feeling like a fraud in my career. I majored in acting in college, but before I studied it as a future profession, I did

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 7, 2012

Meet A Woman Afraid Of (Snow) Men

For poor Sharnie, a guest on clearly sadistic Brit TV program "This Morning," the holiday season is one of terror and horror. Rather than enjoy the winter wonderland, she's trapped in a never-ending nightmare -- the scourge of snowmen that pepper neighbor's yards and holiday decorations. And so her friends -- one of whom sports striking man-bangs -- bring i…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 23, 2011

Matt Damon Hates Snakes, Plus 15 Other Strange Celeb Phobias

Matt Damon and I are pretty much not alike at all, but one thing we could bond over: we both hate snakes. Apparently Damon was so squeamish around the reptiles on the set of his new movie "We Bought a Zoo," that his co-star Scarlett Johansson made fun of him.  "He was definitely sweating a…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 14, 2011

Meet A Grown-Ass Woman Who Is Scared Of Kittens

Hey, look, I don't like snakes. I don't like snakes because I fundamentally disagree with an animal that doesn't have legs. I just think that is WRONG, mmkay? But you know what? Live and let live. Sandra, as featured in Animal Planet's "My Extreme Animal Phobia," happens to think that kittens are the devil's work.

By: Julie Gerstein / November 28, 2011

Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: What Are Your Pre-Date Nerves?

Guys -- they're just like us! In this episode of "Thoughts From Guys On Our IM," the boys who make up our chat list confess what makes them nervous before and during a date. Yes, dudes get nervous. Shocking, I know. Read onward!

This Woman Is A Balloon-O-Phobe

Poor Yvonne is deathly afraid of balloons, so much so that she was homebound for 10 months due to her phobia. She doesn't trust the way they float, runs in fear at the sight of them, and believes that a balloon will lead her to untimely death. How? I'm not sure. What happened to her…

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 18, 2011

Girl Talk: I Want To Be The “Fun Girlfriend”

When I was in college, I dated a guy who went to college in Ithaca, New York. The town is filled with gorges and bridges that run over rivers. One afternoon as we were walking along with a picnic basket and passed over a bridge, he declared he wanted to strip down to his undie…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 23, 2010

Jessica Simpson Clowns Around

Jessica Simpson recently faced her biggest fear: clowns. The actress was chased by one for an upcoming commercial for Macy's (promoting her clothing line), which the singer/designer says helped her get over her fear. "I was deathly afraid of clowns before the commercial,” Jessica told JustJared.com. “But I faced my fear head on!” What's your

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 3, 2010

Salma Hayek Is Not A Fan Of Snakes

Fun, newly learned fact about Salma Hayek: she is terrified of snakes. No, seriously, terrified. Like, will practically s**t her Gucci if she sees one, and is willing to climb over chairs in stilettos and maybe even dive into a lake to escape. Here is proof. Guess she won't be starring in "Snakes on a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 9, 2010

My 20 Biggest Worries

There's a new video from my favorite series, Tales of a Mere Existence, called "Things I Have Worried About" (watch it after the jump). I'm at once sad that these fears are so familiar (well, with the exception of the ones about "not getting it up") and comforted that I'm not alone in my needle…

By: Wendy Atterberry / June 7, 2010

Mouse In My House!

So, I'm an independent woman and everything and even though I'm married, I'd like to think I'd be just fine without a man in my life. I mean, don't get me wrong: I couldn't bear the thought of anything happening to Drew, but if, God forbid, it did, or if I had never met him…

By: Wendy Atterberry / April 16, 2010

Are You Afraid Of Weird Stuff?

Some people are afraid of "normal" stuff: dying, war, rejection. Some people are afraid of "weirder" things: dust, meteors, sushi. Whether your fear is odd or not, it may have a weird name. Mamapedia rounds up "25 Fears You Never Knew Existed," and some of the names for phobias are as weird as the fear…

By: Susannah Breslin / September 2, 2009

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail?

Over at The Huffington Post, Dr. Judith Rich poses an interesting question: what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Often we stop ourselves from pursuing our desire to try something, because of fear that we won't succeed. But if you took that out of the equation -- if failure wasn't possible --…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 20, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: Men’s Fears, A Proposition For Spitzer, Porn Camp

In a survey of 2,000 people in the U.K., four out of 10 men were afraid of heights and spiders. One out of three men were afraid of bossy women. [Telegraph, U.K.] Last week, Playgirl posted a message to Eliot Spitzer on their blog, saying that they would be willing to pay him handsomely to…

By: Catherine Strawn / March 28, 2008