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13 of the Most Unusual Phobias
The Telegraph ^ | 06 Sep 2013 | Lucy Kinder

Posted on 09/08/2013 12:30:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway

From the fear of clowns to the fear of yellow thousands of phobia sufferers are tormented by the most unusual things.

1) Xanthophobia – fear of the colour yellow

Sufferers of xanthophobia may fear anything yellow, including the sun, daffodils and yellow paint. In its most aggressive form xanthophobic symptoms may include an overwhelming fear of even the phrase yellow.

2) Turophobia- fear of cheese

Sufferers of Turophobia usually associate cheese with a traumatic memory. From cheddar to mozzarella turophobes often have to run away if they so much as see a slice of cheese. Some may fear one type of cheese while others may fear cheese altogether.

3) Somniphobia- fear of falling asleep

Somniphobia comprises often irrational and excessive fear of sleep. Somniphobes may fear falling asleep because they associate going to bed with dying. It may also result from a feeling of lack of control or from suffering repeated nightmares. Somniphobics may also fear losing time while sleeping.

4) Coulrophobia – fear of clowns

Coulrophobia is a relatively common phobia, and usually present in children according to various surveys. The 'scary clown' has often been used in popular culture, for example in the form of the Joker in Batman comics and film adaptations. Coulrophobia has some celebrity sufferers- namely Daniel Radcliffe and Johnny Depp. Depp said of his clown fear: "it’s impossible, thanks to their painted-on smiles, to distinguish if they are happy or if they are about to bite your face off."

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1 posted on 09/08/2013 12:30:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What about Chritophobia? Most liberals suffer from it.


2 posted on 09/08/2013 12:33:00 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: nickcarraway
“To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.”

- Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handy

3 posted on 09/08/2013 12:41:39 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Cowboy Bob
What about Chritophobia? Most liberals suffer from it.

I think you meant Christophobia.

From Wikipedia: "Anti-Christian sentiment is an opposition to Christians, the Christian religion, or the practice of Christianity. Christophobia or Christianophobia..."

4 posted on 09/08/2013 12:43:40 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway

I like lactaphobia, the fear of milk. “Monk” had it.

Some more including Phobophobia, “The morbid fear of developing a phobia;

http://listverse.com/2011/06/15/top-10-unbearable-phobias/


5 posted on 09/08/2013 12:51:52 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: nickcarraway
Turophobia- fear of cheese


6 posted on 09/08/2013 1:02:14 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: nickcarraway

Among western politicians: Islamophobia.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 1:04:13 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: nickcarraway

I fear stupid people fearing stupid things.


8 posted on 09/08/2013 1:11:26 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Hardraade
Among western politicians: Islamophobia.

Among the older membership Freepers : Sandmaggotphile Noobophobia.

9 posted on 09/08/2013 1:18:49 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: nickcarraway
Don't Fear the Reaper
10 posted on 09/08/2013 1:20:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway

I have a lot of anxiety attacks, but I’ve learned to cope with them.


11 posted on 09/08/2013 1:21:00 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: publius911
Here's a phobia name I had not heard of until a few days ago...
Gephyrophobia : Fear of bridges.
A close member of my family suffers from it. Freaky.
12 posted on 09/08/2013 1:29:32 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t have it but I know someone who suffers from #3, fear of falling asleep. This person during sleep sometimes experiences what he calls “sleep paralysis,” in which he is partially awake but cannot move his arms, hands, legs and feet. He comes out of by somehow breaking through the spell and wiggling his toes.


13 posted on 09/08/2013 1:36:25 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Cvengr

There’s a 2-Live-Crew lyric in that picture somewhere... ;-)


14 posted on 09/08/2013 2:51:17 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: OldPossum

“I don’t have it but I know someone who suffers from #3, fear of falling asleep.”

I don’t sleep much, either, and it’s because I feel like I’m losing time sleeping. That, and I had severe, recurring nightmares as a child and also suffer from PTSD. I usually get 3-4 hours of sleep when I simply can’t keep my eyes open any longer, then I’m good to go for another 15-16 hours.

Oh yeah, and I’m severely claustrophobic (not the elevator kind, but the crowded elevator, crowded bus, crowded airplane kind, MRI kind.)


15 posted on 09/08/2013 3:01:32 AM PDT by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: nickcarraway

Liberalphobia...fear of liberals ruling a country.


16 posted on 09/08/2013 3:08:30 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: nickcarraway

Hoplophobia leads to unconstitutional legislation.


17 posted on 09/08/2013 3:47:02 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods
Really ... someone has gazed at the sun and determined its color?

Looks more orange than yellow imo.

18 posted on 09/08/2013 3:52:45 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: nickcarraway
So, is Xanthoturophobia "the fear of yellow cheese"?

What about Xanthochionophobia - "the fear of yellow snow". We all know what that means.

19 posted on 09/08/2013 4:32:07 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: nickcarraway

How about a name for “Fear of dropping your car keys through the storm drain grate in the parking lot as you’re walking to your car”?


20 posted on 09/08/2013 4:33:07 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: nickcarraway

Barackophobia - fear of birth certificates. This is very unusual ... only know of one prominent case.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 4:41:28 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: nickcarraway

Greekwordophobia - the distaste for long fake words pretending to be derived from Greek.


22 posted on 09/08/2013 4:59:51 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: knarf

The sun is a class G2 star. Class G2 stars are yellow.


23 posted on 09/08/2013 5:06:02 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: DuncanWaring

http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/io4ma/i_have_a_completely_irrational_fear_of_dropping/

I have the ‘dropping keys’ phobia too.
Many do ;)


24 posted on 09/08/2013 5:32:15 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: nickcarraway

klimallayiphobia fear of climate change


25 posted on 09/08/2013 5:38:51 AM PDT by joshhiggins
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To: publius911

I was once stuck on Miss. River bridge in thunderstorm and it was swaying. Very scary. For years after I had fear of bridges but eventually overcame it. Another irrational fear I have is left exits off the freeway. No idea where it came from...lol.

Exposure to what one fears is best medicine...at least in my experience.


26 posted on 09/08/2013 5:43:39 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: nickcarraway

I have Phobophobia, which is an irrational fear of phobias.


27 posted on 09/08/2013 5:48:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: nickcarraway

Is there a name for fear of being in a bathroom completely in the dark with the water running?

Paralyzing fear. Must be a latent childhood memory.


28 posted on 09/08/2013 6:35:18 AM PDT by b9 (II Timothy 1:7)
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To: penelopesire
 ” Another irrational fear I have is left exits off the freeway. No idea where it came from...lol.

Don't worry. Fear of doing anything involving moving towards the left is common among Freepers and is a healthy survival instinct

29 posted on 09/08/2013 6:48:52 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: nickcarraway

I have a fear of falling asleep while clowns are eating American cheese. Does that count as one phobia or four?


30 posted on 09/08/2013 8:05:17 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
I have a fear of falling asleep while clowns are eating American cheese. Does that count as one phobia or four?

Clown mastication, and American cheese at that? Horrible, squishy, like locusts destroying a harvest in the distance. The stuff of nightmares. Your fears are entirely rational, not a phobia at all.

31 posted on 09/08/2013 8:12:47 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: nickcarraway
Some clowns are worth fearing


32 posted on 09/08/2013 9:29:33 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: CrazyIvan

Haha..yes..that is what I tell myself.


33 posted on 09/08/2013 3:06:58 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: nickcarraway

I think I have Xanthoturoculrosomniphobia, but I’m not sure if that refers to the fear of falling asleep while clowns are eating American cheese, or the fear of clowns falling asleep while eating American cheese, or American cheese falling asleep while it’s eating clowns.


34 posted on 09/08/2013 3:18:23 PM PDT by dangus
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