November 13 – Frightfully Fun

Today’s Factismal: Fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia .

One of the more interesting things about humans is that if something exists, there’s someone out there who is unreasonably afraid of it; in layman’s terms. they have a phobia. (Phobia is one of those words that started out being used with precision and grace by scientists before it was stolen by the popular press and used in every situation, appropriate or not. See “-gate” and “green” for more examples.) And in honor of Friday the 13th, here is a list of twenty-five phobias. Enjoy – unless you have pinaciphobia (a fear of lists)!

If you have Then you fear
Anthophobia Flowers
Barophobia Gravity
Chiroptophobia Bats
 

It's Bat-Banyan! (My camera)

It’s Bat-Banyan!
(My camera)

Decidophobia Choosing
Ergophobia Work or functioning
Frigophobia Becoming too cold

Definitely NOT the place for a frigiphobic! (My camera)

Definitely NOT the place for a frigophobic!
(My camera)

Gephyrophobia Bridges
Hierophobia Priests
Ichthyophobia Fish
Koumpounophobia Buttons
Lipophobia Fats in food
Melissophobia Bees

Who could be afraid of such a cute little - OUCH! (My camera)

Who could be afraid of such a cute little – OUCH!
(My camera)

Nyctophobia Darkness
Ombrophobia Rain
Pogonophobia Beards
Radiophobia Radioactivity or X-rays
Selenophobia The Moon

I'm only afraid that we might never make it back! (My camera)

I’m only afraid that we might never make it back!
(My camera)

Uranophobia Outer space
Workplace phobia The workplace
Xerophobia Dryness
Ylophobia Trees, forests or woods
Zoophobia Animals

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