Posts tagged "phobias"

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

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 buzzing beards? The process is fairly simple, if not terrifying: they place a queen bee in a cage around their necks(!), and wait for their…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 20, 2013

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 the Atlantic, etc.), but it’s never been remotely pleasant for either me or the person stuck sitting next to me. I cry, I hyperventilate, I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013

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; situated between two buildings, it’s only 4-feet across at its widest point, and a panic attack-inducing 28-inches at its narrowest. The terrifying marvel of engineering…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 1, 2012

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 be lurking in your psyche. The general term is “erotophobia”: fear of all things related to sex. There are specific subdivisions to address various fear…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 27, 2012

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

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

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 though it is not a real word, I had been dealing with it for a while and with good reason. I dated a guy who…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 21, 2011

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…

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 18, 2011

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 go out without painting their face first. Which is kind of shocking. Not only that, but more than a third of the 3,000 women polled…

By: Susannah Breslin / January 13, 2011

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 soul. On our first date he asked me to meet him at a mall I’d never been to, and it wasn’t even a halfway point…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 30, 2010

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 rounds at the airport bar. And I’m sorry, but all that “Don’t worry, you’re safer in the air than walking across the street” crap isn’t

By: Leonora Epstein / November 10, 2009

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 Genuphobia? Yeah, me neither. But 25-year-old-Brit Sarah Lister knows waaay too much about this condition—it’s a crippling fear of knees. When she experiences the merest…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 22, 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