Saturday, December 11, 2010

Combination . . .

. . . of "Gee, I didn't know that" and names of phobias you probably never heard of. Herewith the list of ten well-known people and their phobias:
10. George Washington==>Taphephobia, fear of being buried alive
9. Woody Allen==>Panophobia, fear of almost everything. No kidding: heights, bugs, enclosed spaces, animals, elevators, bright colors(!)
8. Richard Nixon==>Nosocomephobia, fear of hospitals
7. Alfred Hitchcock==>Ovophobia, fear of eggs
6. Sigmund Freud==>fear of weapons and ferns
5. Oprah Winfrey==>fear of gum chewing
4. Natalie Wood==>Hydrophobia, fear of water
3. Billy Bob Thornton==>Chromophobia, fear of bright colors; fear of antique furniture; Coulrophobia, fear of clowns
2. Nikola Tesla*==>Germaphobia, fear of germs; fear of jewelry (especially pearl earrings)
1. Napoleon Bonaparte==>Ailurophobia, fear of cats
Gee . . . I didn't know that! What are you afraid of? Everybody's afraid of something. My mom was petrified of cock roaches. A little of that might have rubbed off on me.

*Telsa was a famous inventor best known for work on electromagnetism and electricity. (I didn't know who he was either.)
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