Twenty Phobias

Status: Bogus fears
The BBC invited its readers to tell them what their greatest fears were, and has posted a selection of 20 of the responses. Some of them are hard to take seriously. Especially this one:

The letter Y: "M phobia is all about the letter . Ever time I tr to press it on the ke board, it makes me want to cr . I know it seems sill to ever one else, but it all started when I was a bab , and I swallowed a magnetic letter. At least that's what My mumm and dadd told me an wa ."
Paul Davies, Swindon, UK

This one also seems a bit tongue-in-cheek:

Computers: I'd like to comment, but I'm scared of computers.
Tony Gallagher, Oamaru, New Zealand

(via The Presurfer)

Related Post:
Nov 21, 2003: Bizarre Phobias


Posted on Thu Apr 06, 2006


In all seriousness, what do they call a fear of offending stupid people??? :lol:
Posted by Christopher in Joplin, Missouri  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  08:50 PM
At least that's what My mumm

OWNED! He typed a y! GET HIM!
Posted by Soldant  on  Fri Apr 07, 2006  at  01:33 AM
hahahahah, nice one christopher in joplin.

most of these sound a bit too unrealistic especially about the guy and the computer. since he is "supposedly" afraid of computers, how the hell is he typing?

....maybe a friend did for him or something
Posted by Eva  on  Fri Apr 07, 2006  at  05:36 PM
"... what do they call a fear of offending stupid people?"

Posted by Big Gary, not plagued with that  on  Fri Apr 07, 2006  at  06:02 PM
I do know someone with a fear of birds... I also know someone with an irrational fear of slugs.
Posted by Mera  on  Sat Apr 08, 2006  at  02:35 AM
I have a fried that is afraid of midgets (dwarves, little people) and clowns. She can be brought to near hysterics by the mere mention of midget clowns.
Posted by Daniel  on  Mon Apr 10, 2006  at  04:59 PM
Friend, that is.

I have a phobia of spellcheck.

Posted by Daniel  on  Mon Apr 10, 2006  at  05:00 PM
I'm sure you're aware of this, but spell check programs would not catch the mistake of typing "fried" instead of "friend." That's why spell check is no substitute for good old proofreading.
Posted by Big Gary in Glen Rose, Texas  on  Mon Apr 10, 2006  at  05:03 PM
One of my sister's roommates in college was, honest to G-d, afraid of flowers. Not that she had bad allergies or anything, she didn't. She was just afraid of flowers...
Posted by Anna  on  Sat Jun 17, 2006  at  12:03 AM
i have a fear of slugs... and you are right... it is irrational.
Posted by Abby  on  Fri Oct 13, 2006  at  10:34 AM
Now this is an obscure and irrational phobia.I used to be afraid of the song "my favourite things" from the sound of music!This is based on a real incident.Now can anyone think of the name of that!

P.S.My only idea is myfavouritethingsaphobia.

P.P.S There are a lot of strange phobias.Hippopotamonstreusesquipedalionaphobia means that the sufferer also has phobiaphobia(a fear of phobia) as hippoptamonstreusesquipedaloinophobia is a fear of long words!!!!

Posted by Thisisnotadrillalienshaveinvadedtheearth!!!  on  Fri Oct 20, 2006  at  01:12 AM
i have a huge fear of midgets/dwarfes "no offence"

what is it called?
Posted by kimlovespie  on  Fri May 18, 2007  at  08:35 AM
i have an extrem fear of slug. can you tell me what its called?
Posted by kristina  on  Sun Jul 08, 2007  at  07:56 PM
I have the biggest fear of midgets!
I know that they just wan't to murder me!
I feel really bad sometimes because I just want to give them a chance but I CAN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DEFANITLY CAN'T!!!!!!! I never ever ever ever ever will! I think that they are the scariest people! Is there a name for this particular fear?
Posted by Zoe  on  Fri Nov 09, 2007  at  08:45 AM
I have an irrational fear of slugs, snails, worms...etc and i feel like their out to kill me all the time. I can't even look at them... then i think their crawling on me...probly cos once...THERE WAS!!!!!!!!
Posted by Toby  on  Sat May 03, 2008  at  02:18 PM
Wow I can't believe there are others like me! I too have a specific phobia (meets DSM-IV criteria!) that is very well circumscribed to include slugs, snails, earthworms, catepillars, and larvae. Some similar sea creatures elicit the same response. I recognize that it is irrational. I don't think they're out to kill me, yet, it affects my daily routine sometimes. Being from Seattle, there are LOTS of slugs here, and after a rainy day, I walk on the sidewalk with my eyes scanning up to half a block ahead of me. And I stop in front of my house to check for snails on the steps. If there are any, I go through the garage (if there are none in the driveway). Totally wacky, I know. I am trying systematic desensitization through exposure therapy.
Posted by LD  on  Wed Jun 11, 2008  at  12:23 PM
Alright... I have a phobia that I have donned, "Teamkillingfucktardophobia"...
Think anyone'll put that in the books?

And seriously, I want to know a name for fear of stupidity in other people.
Posted by LeoChurch  on  Thu Jul 17, 2008  at  11:27 PM
I have a totally iratuional fear of slugs and snails, which is called Molluscophobia for all those of you that want to/didn't know.

Whereas one of my best friends has Ictyophobia, a fear of fish... we only discovered this when in Spain on a school trip and she capsized in her boat near a school of fish and then ended up capsizing the rest of us whilst trying to get out of the water away from them... we probably weren't that supportive, especially when we got back and the entire school got littered with pictures of fish right in her path...we incorporated fish into her name...oh yeah...and we even added it into the year book 😊

"what do they call a fear of offending stupid people???"
-Etiquette...but who follows that nowadays?
Posted by Callum M. Wright  on  Tue Sep 02, 2008  at  10:16 AM
I suffer from molluscophobia - slugs and similar - and musophobia or suriphobia - mice and rats - although I only hate rats. Makes me sick even thinking of one and as someone who likes watching horror films, chillers and anything dark am constantly on the edge of my seat hoping that one doesn't appear. Strangely enough don't mind cartoon rats.
Posted by Mazza  on  Thu Aug 06, 2009  at  06:44 AM
i have a fear of electronic doors like lift doors and train doors and those thing when going to train station turnstile.. electronic ones...
Posted by Lynn  on  Thu Apr 29, 2010  at  06:12 AM
Seriously? I also have a phobia of slugs! O:
How crazy is that??
Posted by Stephanie Clark  on  Sat Jun 05, 2010  at  12:15 AM
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