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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…

The Frisky | January 24, 2014 - 11:00 am

Canadians Compete For The Best Bee Beard, Nearly Give Me A Heart Attack

These brave Canadian beekeepers (awesome band name alert!) are competing in the annual Clovermead Bee Beard Competition, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like. How do they create their…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | July 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

Flying Terrifies Me: Here Are 7 Tips On How People Think I Should Deal

I hate flying. Hate it. Just thinking about being on an airplane makes my lungs tighten and my blood pressure rise. I’ve flown many times before (across the country, across…

Jessica Wakeman | April 26, 2013 - 2:00 pm

World’s Thinnest House Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Claustrophobes, hoarders, and people who enjoy stretching their arms without ramming their knuckles into the wall, meet the house of your nightmares. This is the Keret House in Warsaw, Poland;…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | November 1, 2012 - 8:30 am

9 Weird Sexual Phobias

If you thought vagina dentata was the biggest fear to worry about in bed, you are sadly wrong, my friend. There is a whole host of sexual phobias that could…

Jessica Wakeman | September 27, 2012 - 11:00 am

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…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | September 12, 2012 - 10:00 am

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…

Julie Gerstein | December 14, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Girl Talk: My Paranoia Led Me Astray

I was afraid of falling in love with a gay guy. My sister diagnosed me with “homophilaphobia,” derived from the Greek roots homo, phila (which means love), and phobia. Even…

Tiffanie Drayton | November 21, 2011 - 11:00 am

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,…

Ami Angelowicz | April 18, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Are You A Makeup Agoraphobe?

What’s makeup agoraphobia? Well, listen to this. A new study has concluded that one-third of all women refuse to leave the house without wearing makeup. In other words, they can’t…

Susannah Breslin | January 13, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Brought His Mom To Our First Date”

I have been dating this 44-year-old guy — who still lives with his parents, I might add — since the middle of August. He is kind-hearted and has a good…

Wendy Atterberry | December 30, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Sheer Genius: Virgin Atlantic’s “Flying Without Fear” iPhone App

I’m a nervous flyer. We’re talking full-on panic attacks. The only way you can get me on a plane is with a dose of anti-anxiety meds, and maybe a few…

Leonora Epstein | November 10, 2009 - 1:10 pm

What’s Your Most Bizarre Fear?

Almost everyone suffers from some kind of phobia. The most common ones? Fear of spiders (Arachnophobia), heights (Acrophobia), enclosed spaces (Claustrophobia), even clowns (Coulrophobia). But have you ever heard of…

Ami Angelowicz | September 22, 2009 - 11:15 am

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.

Catherine Strawn | March 28, 2008 - 11:30 am