In the UK, on Friday the 13th, a 13 year-old boy was struck by lightning at 13:13. Badlucky or proof that certain fears/phobias are legitimate? In this situation, fear of Friday the 13th (Paraskavedekatriaphobia), fear of lightening (Brontophobia) and fear of the number 13 (Triskaidekaphobia) all came into play in a major way. Here are some other legitimate fears.
- Zelophobia – Fear of jealousy: 50 years ago Russians sent two stray dogs out into the unknown, and those two dogs became the first living creatures to circle the Earth and return alive. Russians celebrated those heroes this week.
- Phronemophobia- Fear of thinking. Almost 20% of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim.
- Nelophobia- Fear of glass. The glass ceiling in this situation. A British study found that men still earned more than women, and estimated that women would catch up in 57 years.
- Xenophobia – Fear of foreigners. Wyclef Jean may not be eligible to run in Haiti’s presidential race because he has not spent 5 consecutive years there. Refugee indeed!
- Peladophobia- Fear of bald people. Research shows that 85% of British women oppose the metrosexual trend and prefer their men hairy.
- Ligyrophobia- Fear of loud noises. The vuvuzela rose to dominance at Soccer World Cup, and successfully clamored for a space in the Oxford Dictionary of English.
- Sophophobia- Fear of learning. The 2010 Mindset list found that most young Americans entering university are not able to write in cursive, they think Beethoven is a dog and that Michelangelo refers to a computer virus.
- Deipnophobia- Fear of dinner conversations. This may be the reason why a third of Brits eat food with their fingers and 10 million of them gladly lick their plates.
- Liticaphobia- Fear of lawsuits. In India, a man was killed when the Nokia mobile phone he was using exploded.
10. Cynophobia – Fear of dogs: A British toddler could lose an eye after contracting an infection from dog mess encountered on a playground.
11. Prosophobia- Fear of progress (with all it’s baggage): Two 11-year-old boys were found guilty of attempting to rape an 8-year-old girl. They were sentenced this week.
12. Nyctophobia- Fear of the night. Russian authorities did the next best thing to instilling this; they banned the sale of alcohol during the night to tackle alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse kills 500,000 Russians annually.
13. Ponophobia – Fear of overworking: Two marijuana farmers in Canada chose bears instead of humans to guard their weed. When cops came around however, the 10 bears sat around and watched them seize the marijuana.
14. Gerontophobia- Fear of growing old: This is a very rational fear especially on Mars. There, astronauts could age 50 years in 520 days.
15. Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes. A St. Lucian woman accused police officers of rape.
16. Technophobia- Fear of technology (especially it does not work when needed most). In France, a couple attending a relative’s funeral accidently came upon their son’s grave. Thing is, they had not known that he had died! This son who had lived not too far from them, had died in July and had been buried without their knowledge.
17. Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns. Sudanese authorities have put forward an $11 billion plan to reconstruct the cities in the shapes of animals and fruit. 90 per cent of Sudanese live on less than $1 a day, according to the UN.
18. Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news. Despite the usual negative publicity, Newsweek placed Jamaica ahead of the rest of the Caribbean in terms of education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment.
19. Agrizoophobia- Fear of wild animals. Indonesia introduced women-only trains to fight the widespread groping and sexual harassment of women.
Consider yourselves up to speed….