Sunday, October 19, 2008
Today I found out that there are those out there who are inflicted with Samhainophobia. Samhainophobia just so happens to be the abnormal fear of Halloween. (Is there a normal fear of Halloween?)
Could it be caused by the department & convenient stores stocking Halloween paraphernalia the day after the 4th of July? Perhaps it is the plastic mask that is so precariously held together with two staples and a rubber band that it will inevitably snap, and thus flicking you right in the eye every time. I just find it amazing that there are enough people who have this phobia for them to actually give it a scientific name.
This got me to thinking, what other amazing phobias are out there? Please enjoy my findings:
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Asymmetriphobia- Fear of asymmetrical things.
Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia- Fear of body smells.
Caligynephobia- Fear of beautiful women.
Coprophobia- Fear of feces.
Defecaloesiophobia- Fear of painful bowels movements.
Deipnophobia- Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.
Geniophobia- Fear of chins.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.
Phronemophobia- Fear of thinking.
Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple.
Pteronophobia- Fear of being tickled by feathers
And finally: Phobophobia- fear of being afraid
*Amovintagi: love of vintage, as in I love those vintage cards I found!