During the Celebrity Big Brother launch night the other evening, and noticing the gorgeous Calum Best was wearing a vile velvet suit, I realised having a phobia of velvet is actually quite weird!
When you would avoid Calum Best because he’s wearing a velvet suit, there’s something not quite right there!
It got me thinking however, about what other weird phobias people have.
So, off I went to ask my beautiful blogging pals!
It would appear my other phobia of bridges (I worry they’re going to collapse with me on them-and they’re usually over water, which would make me even more screwed as I can’t swim), isn’t one shared by anyone else.
My cotton wool phobia however, is shared by Lisa over at The Love Of A Captain and Amy over at All Things Amy, but additionally, Lisa also has a phobia of marshmallows, and Amy also has a fear of polystyrene!!
Coral over at Way Too Much Luggage has a phobia of nail files (the sand paper feeling ones-glass ones she’s good with) and balloons.
Balloons is quite a common one, Coral’s phobia of these started when she saw clowns at a circus when she was little.
She’s unsure when the nail file phobia started, but the feeling of them make her shiver!
Emma over at Me, The Man & The Baby, has a phobia of toad in the hole (I know, weird right!). She thinks it stems from her mother’s toad in the hole from when she was smaller-and lets face it, we’ve all not eaten something since having it as a child for fear of feeling the same disgust we felt when smaller!
On the subject of food, Tracey over at One Frazzled Mum is scared of eggs! Once again she’s another with no idea as to why she’s scared of them. She doesn’t eat them at all and can’t even cook them. This time though, its not down to a parent cooking them badly-her mother said that even when she was a baby she wouldn’t eat them!
Lucy over at Hello Beautiful Bear has a phobia of World War 2! So traumatised by watching videos and studying it at school, have made her really very scared of the whole event! She had nightmares all of the time, hated anything to do with it, and really hated History lessons at school that were covering it!
Rebecca over at Meadow Daisy has a massive phobia of butterflies. She says the wings are all fluttery, flappy and powdery and just thinking of them makes her want to cry!!!
One of my most favourite ones, because of how much her reasons for the phobia made me laugh, was from Janet over at Mummys Monkey. Her phobia is of beards. Yep, you read right-beards……
When questioned as to why beards are so frightening for her, she answered, and I quote, “Well what are they trying to hide under there? And most serial killers have them. Obviously I know not every bearded man wants to kill me but still…”
Faye over at Glossytots is who I’d choose as my winner (if this was a competition). Her phobia is frogs. She’s no idea why she’s scared of them, but her phobia is so bad, she passes out if she sees one!
Once a friend of hers, thought it would be funny to take her to a pool of frogs…which backfired slightly when Faye had to be taken away in an Ambulance!
Cat over at Rock and Roll Pussycat has a phobia of wet paper!
For her it’s the texture. She can cope with paper if her hands are cold and completely dry, but if they are slightly wet or sweaty and she touches paper, the phobia comes out!! For some reason, newspaper and white A4 sheets of paper, are the worst offenders!
Beth over at Twinderelmo has a phobia of tomatoes! (I’ll be honest when I say I laughed a little at her explanation as to why). She said she’s convinced they’ll pop open and the pips will go in her mouth-she can’t even hold them! Her phobia stems from someone at school picking a dirty slice of tomato up off of the floor, and the pips going everywhere.
Finally, Helena over at Babyfoote has a phobia of plastic bags. When I asked her why, she said the phobia is of bags that she doesn’t know the contents of. Bin bags at the side of the road, plastic shopping bags tied up in woodlands, parcels (especially big ones) that are unexpected and covered in plastic.
If they’re in an unexpected place and she can’t see what’s inside she won’t go near it (so instead, sends her other half). She just can’t risk finding dead puppies!
I’ve laughed at some of these (especially Janet’s), but ultimately, these are still peoples phobias, and, if this blog has proved anything-it’s that phobias come in all shapes and sizes, and have various effects on people!
These people are genuinely frightened by their phobias, regardless of how funny or odd they might seem!
Thank you to my lovely blogger girls for getting involved with this-it’s been enlightening to say the least!