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Four Odd Fears – Ryan O’Bryan’s List

Unlike other holiday’s, Halloween is a time where the focus isn’t so much on family or giving thanks, or whatever, but more on playing on people’s fears. Personally, I could be listed as a acrophobic (fear of heights) and claustrophobic (fear of closed in spaces), the latter of which being one that seems to have set in more the older I get. But there are some out there that seem, well — a bit odd.

A week or so ago, I threw out the hashtag, #myoddfear on our Twitter account to see if any one in the Twitter-verse had a fear that may seem a bit less than normal to the rest of us. Turns out there were a few. After a bit of research (thanks Google!), everyone who commented with their odd fears aren’t alone as there are actual phobias associated with these fears.

Odd Fear - Crickets

According to the Q & A site,, the fear of crickets is called Orthopterophobia and is a fear of any member of the Orthoptera family (grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, and of course, those dreaded crickets).

Odd Fear - Boxes

The fear of boxes is called Pygmachophobia. Although in the case above, I think it’s more of a fear of the unknown, which would be Xenophobia, but that’s just my uneducated guess.

Odd Fear - Puddles

Technically, there is no defined fear of puddles, and while I don’t think Becca seriously has a fear of puddles based on her reason for said “fear”, the closest thing would be limnophobia, which the fear of lakes. There’s also hydrophobia, which is the fear of water in general.

Odd Fear - Gas Masks

Much like the fear of puddles, technically there’s no phobia specific to gas masks. However, there is maskaphobia which the fear of, well, I think it’s pretty obvious.

Do you suffer from a fear that makes other people scratch their heads and question your sanity? Let us know on Twitter with the hashtag, #myoddfear.

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