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Top Ten Weird Phobias

Top Ten Weird Phobias

Floating around the 'Net are a myriad of weird phobias, but are there really people out there who turn into a quivering wreck at the sight of an avocado? Hayley Birch picks ten of the weirdest phobias and goes in search of answers.

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10. Coulrophobia: the fear of clowns
9. Meteorophobia: the fear of meteors
8. Paraskavedekatriaphobia: the fear of Friday the thirteenth
7. Xanthophobia: the fear of the colour yellow
6. Genuphobia: the fear of knees
5. Kathisophobia: the fear of sitting down
4. Pentheraphobia: the fear of your mother-in-law
3. Philematophobia: the fear of kissing
2. Panphobia: the fear of everything or a vague, persistent dread of some unknown evil
1. Arachibutyrophobia: fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth

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Anyone have a fear of images such as terrorist attacks and Battleships etc?

Probably someone somewhere does, but it is well known that people tend to be phobic about natural rather than manmade objects. - Ed

I myself am one who has fears to the extreme! Of images of 9/11 attacks after watching it so many times right after the time of attacks... I can't stand to look at it!
Another Brian

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19 Jan 2011