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Do you have any irrational fears?

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Postby notzeb » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:26 am UTC

unjovial wrote:ps. Falling on jagged rocks is a rational fear, whilst climbing said rocks. The fear of falling on jagged rocks, whilst playing monopoly with your friends at home: irrational. Just out of curiosity, which is yours?


Wait, what are you talking about? You've never been inside a house teetering on the edge of a cliff during a hurricane, and decided to play monopoly to ease the tension?

Actually, it's not all that common. Only 3 or 4 times in my life... and admittedly two of those times, we were hanging over the ocean, instead of jagged rocks.

By the way, your irrational fears CAN kill you. I mean, how did you think I ended up like this?
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Postby Aoeniac » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:49 am UTC

Oh, right, this is about IRRATIONAL fears...



I'm afraid of chalk. I can't touch it, I can't stand seeing other people touch it, and I absolutely LOATHE hearing it being used.
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Postby hyperion » Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:50 am UTC

Aoeniac wrote:I'm afraid of chalk. I can't touch it, I can't stand seeing other people touch it, and I absolutely LOATHE hearing it being used.
you're not alone. also metal-on-metal/china is horrible
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Postby Vandole » Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:56 am UTC

Aoeniac wrote:I absolutely LOATHE hearing it [chalk] being used.


I love to make chalk squeak. It irritates everyone when I have to put stuff up on the board, so I never have to any more.
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Postby hermaj » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:46 am UTC

If you did that I would probably walk up to you and punch you in the eye.

(Well, not actually. But I would want to.)

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Postby Phy » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:47 pm UTC

If we're moving from irrational fears to irrational hates, cotton. Specifically, the stuff they put in pill bottles that you have to take out once you open it. Gaagh.

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Postby CoreyKendrick » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:26 pm UTC

You know, I realise this is probably the most racist thing I've said all day, but maybe putting the cotton there is the pharmicutical companies way of discrimination making it even harder for black people to get quality healthcare. In America we made them pick cotton for hundreds of years and the elitist swine at Merck are doing it again. Starting small, but starting nonetheless.
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Postby hyperion » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:58 am UTC

CoreyKendrick wrote:You know, I realise this is probably the most racist thing I've said all day, but maybe putting the cotton there is the pharmicutical companies way of discrimination making it even harder for black people to get quality healthcare. In America we made them pick cotton for hundreds of years and the elitist swine at Merck are doing it again. Starting small, but starting nonetheless.
wtf? even more racist: why couldn't ray charles read?
because he was black
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Postby Aoeniac » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:36 am UTC

HYPERiON wrote:
Aoeniac wrote:I'm afraid of chalk. I can't touch it, I can't stand seeing other people touch it, and I absolutely LOATHE hearing it being used.
you're not alone. also metal-on-metal/china is horrible


Vandole wrote:
Aoeniac wrote:I absolutely LOATHE hearing it [chalk] being used.


I love to make chalk squeak. It irritates everyone when I have to put stuff up on the board, so I never have to any more.



Did I mention that what makes it irrational is I totally have no issues with fingernails on a chalkboard or metal scraping or stuff like that.

It's just chalk. Because I used to play with chalk on the sidewalk outside my house when I was really young. I can't even remember clearly what happened back then, but something happened that made me hate chalk. I know I got myself injured a LOT (a lot a lot) during those years. I THINK I might have nearly skinned my knee on a sidewalk chalk drawing after tripping on one of those large sized sidewalk chalks. I might be confusing a few memories together, but I have an image of a bloody knee with neon chalk dust all over it, getting the wound all dry and gritty, which is an UNPLEASANT sensation to imagine. Although that wouldn't be the only memory of nearly rending the flesh off my knee.


Another fear I have that can be called irrational would be my fear of the ocean. Yes, I know that lots of people are afraid of the ocean, but I wouldn't be if not for past experiences. So even though I understand I really have little to fear, I fear it anyway. It's because my dad had a boat and I would often end up at the harbor with him. And one time I fell off the dock and the water was rather deep but there were lots of large fish and even a skate in the water at the time which creeped me the hell out. I can swim fine, and I happen to like sea life a lot, but I still get terrified in deep water. I don't like deep water because it's hard to see what could be lurking in it and things can come from nearly any direction. I'm okay on the shore, as there's generally less fish where the waves are breaking and it's not likely that anything will venture into the shallows nor come at you from closer to shore.
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Postby rachel » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:27 pm UTC

Aoeniac wrote:I don't like deep water because it's hard to see what could be lurking in it and things can come from nearly any direction.


Sharks. Sharks are in the ocean and they eat you. I am even afraid of sharks in the shallows. I am actually even afraid of sharks in freshwater, as strange as that is. There are not sharks there, but I'm scared of them anyway. Also that a giant alligator will eat me.

I can't take a bath either. I am afraid that there will be sharks or snakes or alligators that will eat me in the bath.

But it isn't a fear of water. I like water just fine. It is just the fact that there might be a shark or a snake or an alligator in the water that might eat me. Even if there is no chance that could happen, I will still freak the fuck trying to get back to shore and I probably look ridiculous.
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Postby fjafjan » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:38 pm UTC

HYPERiON wrote:anyway, i have slight homophobia. not of gay people, but turning gay.


Turning gay?
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Postby Belial » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:43 pm UTC

Sharks. Sharks are in the ocean and they eat you. I am even afraid of sharks in the shallows. I am actually even afraid of sharks in freshwater, as strange as that is. There are not sharks there, but I'm scared of them anyway. Also that a giant alligator will eat me.


So my idea to give sharks lungs and anti-gravity generators, so they can swim around my apartment scaring intruders and forming inexplicable but heartwarming friendships with my friend Catherine.....that would be....bad?
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Postby CoreyKendrick » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:50 pm UTC

I have quite a laundry list: manequin heads (not the whole manequin, just the head), people impersonating manequin heads, crossing streets (Very poor depth perception), having bugs in my food, the crawl space under my house (that's not so irrational, my house used to be a brothel and drug den in the seventies and one day the cops showed up and launced an all out assault. Two cops were killed, two guys hung themselves in my garage, the cops killed one of the dealers, and one guy blew his brains out in my kitchen to avoid capture. the cops found five people baried under my house and there are still two unexpained lumps down there.) Really. I'm not joking. Oh and I'm most afraid of dying alone without love.
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Postby rachel » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:55 pm UTC

Belial wrote:
Sharks. Sharks are in the ocean and they eat you. I am even afraid of sharks in the shallows. I am actually even afraid of sharks in freshwater, as strange as that is. There are not sharks there, but I'm scared of them anyway. Also that a giant alligator will eat me.


So my idea to give sharks lungs and anti-gravity generators, so they can swim around my apartment scaring intruders and forming inexplicable but heartwarming friendships with my friend Catherine.....that would be....bad?



Yes. Well, no, I guess. If you and your roommates and friends aren't afraid of sharks then that's cool. I, for one, could not come to your apartment ever, but I don't think I was planning to. Plus, that shark would eat that cat. They would not be friends. Your cat would get eaten!
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Postby Verysillyman » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:52 pm UTC

i went to the museum in wellington the other day, and they have lots of hanging skeletons of whales and sharks, and some models of them too, and it was very scary. i am frightened of anything that lives in water and is big. Deep water is scary too. Oh and needles, but i like to pretend I can control my fears.

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Postby Nomic » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:29 pm UTC

I'm not scared of water, btu when you start to think what MIGHT be out there, it gets a bit scary. We know less of the ocean floor thtan of the surfca of moon, so who is to say what nameless horrors lurk in the darkes depths...*looks out of Window to the direction of the sea*. Maybe I should move inland. Just incase.... And stop reading H.P Lowercraft.

I'm also not terribly afraid of insects, exept ones that sting painfully. I also dislike ants. Probably because they have quite advanced social structure and work together so I fear they might decide to attack humans instead of just stealing our sugar. I also have an unexplicable dislike (but not really fear) of fungi and the sound made by rubbing pieces of styrofoam.

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Postby Pau! » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:00 pm UTC

I love that 'deep water' feeling, because it freaks me out and makes me feel at peace and so very alive, all at once.

There was this freshwater swimming hole I would go to with my friends, and at night the water would be an inky black, and it was about 12-15 feet deep or so, and going down to the bottom is one of the most exhilarating things I've ever done. Total, complete darkness; you can't even see your hands in front of your face. There are only the surreal, echoing sounds of other people swimming, and the feel of the water going by...

Speaking of crazy things in the deep: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6453997.stm

Can you imagine being down there, cold, pitch black, with only a flashlight... you feel a push of water, and turn the flashlight to see meters and meters of tentacle go by...
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Postby Belial » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:05 pm UTC

Unfortunately, I don't know that that's possible....Giant and Collossal Squid live so deep the pressure and cold would kill you in any situation where you'd be floating free with only a flashlight.

That said, collossal squid *are* terrifyingly awesome.
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Postby Roffle » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:30 pm UTC

I have a completely rational fear of elevators. And elevator shafts. That scene in Die Hard 1... Where Bruce is at the top of that shaft? Brr... Almost fainted.

And I also absolutely hate insects of any kind. Not fear, mind you, simply loath and detest.
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Postby CoreyKendrick » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:29 pm UTC

Needles are bad for me too. When I was younger I had a lot of surgeries, so many so that I now have a permanent whole where they stick IVs in on my right arm. It's really kind of cool looking. I wonder if Romans called IVs 4s?
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Postby Pau! » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:41 pm UTC

Belial wrote:Unfortunately, I don't know that that's possible....Giant and Collossal Squid live so deep the pressure and cold would kill you in any situation where you'd be floating free with only a flashlight.

That said, collossal squid *are* terrifyingly awesome.


Well, maybe you could wear those space-suit-lookin' things? Up to how deep are those suits effective, anyway?
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Postby Peshmerga » Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:39 am UTC

To the bottom of the sea! Bah ha haha! *strokes hook*
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Postby Verysillyman » Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:36 am UTC

Pau!, I'm glad i didn't read that before going to the museum.

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Postby Belial » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:09 am UTC

Well, maybe you could wear those space-suit-lookin' things? Up to how deep are those suits effective, anyway?


I'm....not sure. I know the suits you're talking about, though. Dry suits.
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Postby Swordfish » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:43 am UTC

rachel wrote:Sharks. Sharks are in the ocean and they eat you. I am even afraid of sharks in the shallows. I am actually even afraid of sharks in freshwater, as strange as that is. There are not sharks there, but I'm scared of them anyway. Also that a giant alligator will eat me.

I can't take a bath either. I am afraid that there will be sharks or snakes or alligators that will eat me in the bath.

But it isn't a fear of water. I like water just fine. It is just the fact that there might be a shark or a snake or an alligator in the water that might eat me. Even if there is no chance that could happen, I will still freak the fuck trying to get back to shore and I probably look ridiculous.


So if I committed the most heinous (that's the second time I've used that word in an hour) of crimes and gave a certain fearsome ancient reptile gills, would that scare the piss out of you even more?
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Postby Belial » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:45 am UTC

I dunno...even with gills, it's not like they have webbed feet, or a body-plan that's even slightly formatted for swimming....I'd be more scared of sharks.
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Postby Swordfish » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:48 am UTC

Belial wrote:I dunno...even with gills, it's not like they have webbed feet, or a body-plan that's even slightly formatted for swimming....I'd be more scared of sharks.


Good idea... :twisted:

Er, I mean, oh yeah, that's a good point, I guess it wouldn't work...
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Postby cephalopod9 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:32 am UTC

dang, most of these seem pretty rational, in so far as they relate to things that cause harm.
Me, I'm afraid of making phone calls, and more generally starting conversation... possibly not so much fear, as a loud voice in my head says "don't do that!!".

Slightly more rationally, cars.
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Postby warriorness » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:36 am UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:How does it make sense to so very casually wander into the path of a running multi ton steel vehicle piloted by a complete stranger?


It's a sign of trust - you assume that he'd rather not get pedestrian guts all over his BMW, and will brake to avoid you.

Another thing I find interesting, but completely off-topic, is handshakes. When you give a handshake, you're showing that you trust the person to have an adequately clean hand that you won't contract all sorts of diseases from touching it.
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Postby Traisenau » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:16 pm UTC

unjovial wrote:Falling on jagged rocks is a rational fear, whilst climbing said rocks. The fear of falling on jagged rocks, whilst playing monopoly with your friends at home: irrational. Just out of curiosity, which is yours?


No, I don't have a fear of falling on rocks... it's going down from heights which is my fear...
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Postby rachel » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:36 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote:
rachel wrote:Sharks. Sharks are in the ocean and they eat you. I am even afraid of sharks in the shallows. I am actually even afraid of sharks in freshwater, as strange as that is. There are not sharks there, but I'm scared of them anyway. Also that a giant alligator will eat me.

I can't take a bath either. I am afraid that there will be sharks or snakes or alligators that will eat me in the bath.

But it isn't a fear of water. I like water just fine. It is just the fact that there might be a shark or a snake or an alligator in the water that might eat me. Even if there is no chance that could happen, I will still freak the fuck trying to get back to shore and I probably look ridiculous.


So if I committed the most heinous (that's the second time I've used that word in an hour) of crimes and gave a certain fearsome ancient reptile gills, would that scare the piss out of you even more?


Yes. Yes it would. It's good you can't do that. It is also good I don't go in the ocean. Would it be able to live in water and on land, though?
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Postby Verysillyman » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:15 am UTC

warriorness wrote:
cephalopod9 wrote:How does it make sense to so very casually wander into the path of a running multi ton steel vehicle piloted by a complete stranger?


It's a sign of trust - you assume that he'd rather not get pedestrian guts all over his BMW, and will brake to avoid you.

Another thing I find interesting, but completely off-topic, is handshakes. When you give a handshake, you're showing that you trust the person to have an adequately clean hand that you won't contract all sorts of diseases from touching it.


And that they wont break your arm. And you communicate briefly who is the boss of the two of you.

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Postby athelas » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:56 am UTC

I am terribly afraid of heights. In tenth grade, we had to do various tasks (walking along a wire, climbing and walking across a log, sliding down a line) at about 20 feet. Despite the safety harness, I was almost too terrified to move. Highly embarassing.

(I rationalize it thusly: Monkeys are at home in trees and are therefore not afraid of heights. Because I am afraid of heights, I am farther removed from monkeys :) )

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Postby Swordfish » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:00 am UTC

rachel wrote:Yes. Yes it would. It's good you can't do that. It is also good I don't go in the ocean. Would it be able to live in water and on land, though?


You people are just full of good ideas for my bioengineering experiments. :twisted:
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Postby Roffle » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:12 pm UTC

Rekindling this thread since the other redundant thread was locked.

Phobias:

- (Ir)rational fear of elevators and elevator shafts. I'm not scared of heights, and I'm not claustrophobic, but combine the two... Brrr... Stuck in a metal death trap slowly elevating itself to the point where it can kill me by suddenly and inexplicably plunging me to my death. Also, the ventilation shaft scene from Die Hard one... Worse than the entire Saw 3 movie.

- Angst when communicating over the phone. I don't mind incoming calls, but I just hate to make them. I just go "whatifIsaysomethingstupidwhatifIsaysomethingstuid" etc. Especially if it's somewhere "official".

- Insects. Any kind of insect, I hate, but especially bumblebees. And hornets. They are loud, the like to get in my face, and they sting, the stupid things. If one invades my home, I get totally disgusted and petrified with the buzzing sound, all at once.

- Hypocondria. I constantly go around wondering if this or that mole is really skin cancer. There's one between my toes I'm pretty certain there's something wrong with. It's not supposed to be there, anyway. And I think there's one on my neck, but I can't see it properly. And sometimes, wen I work out, I get this pain in the lower left of my abdomen, which I'm told CAN'T be a hurnea, since I went and had it checked with one of them that fancy ultrasound thingies (that was sooo creepy btw), but I'm still sure it's something. But I don't want to go to the doctor, because he might think I'm a hypocondriac.

- If I get really upset, I have to clean my apartement. No matter HOW clean it already is.

- I'm also in general scared that nobody can ever love me, because I have too many flaws, including not liking my self, but that's not really a phobia as much as a legitimate concern, so...

- I'm also kind of scared that I might be too much like Hannelore from QC.
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Postby hyperion » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:58 pm UTC

Roffle wrote:- (Ir)rational fear of elevators and elevator shafts. I'm not scared of heights, and I'm not claustrophobic, but combine the two... Brrr... Stuck in a metal death trap slowly elevating itself to the point where it can kill me by suddenly and inexplicably plunging me to my death. Also, the ventilation shaft scene from Die Hard one... Worse than the entire Saw 3 movie.

AFAIK, most modern lifts now have giant magnetic brakes that stop (or greatly slow) them if they lose cable tension.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_current
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brake_run#Magnetic_brakes
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Postby Belial » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:00 pm UTC

AFAIK, most modern lifts now have giant magnetic brakes that stop (or greatly slow) them if they lose cable tension.


Yeah. They're also sitting on a pretty huge column of mostly-trapped air, which keeps it from speeding up *too* extremely on the way down.

If the elevator falls, hit the floor, and you're extremely likely to survive, even if the mag brakes fail/fail to exist
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Postby Toeofdoom » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:01 pm UTC

I have a fear of staying up too late and having too much caffience to the extent that I max out my music volume and start sprinting up and down teh street to to loss of inhibithion and super high energy levels. blahe;hae;blahblah I feel close to thatstate now i relly need som sleep. typing skill already started sprinting down the street must catscxh up,..
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Postby fjafjan » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:05 pm UTC

Belial wrote:
AFAIK, most modern lifts now have giant magnetic brakes that stop (or greatly slow) them if they lose cable tension.


Yeah. They're also sitting on a pretty huge column of mostly-trapped air, which keeps it from speeding up *too* extremely on the way down.

If the elevator falls, hit the floor, and you're extremely likely to survive, even if the mag brakes fail/fail to exist


It'd be really cool if the elevator starts slowing down as it falls, eventually simply stopping, and the doors open, the air escapes, and you fall to your death.
That would be irony.
Ofcourse more or less impossible, as the air would leak out before that :P
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Postby fellhand » Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:35 pm UTC

I have an irrational fear of delis.
There're just so many choices and options and you're just supposed to know what each thing means and then there's prices on top of that and there's almost always a line of people behind you that are waiting to place their order.


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