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2013-02-04 07:58:03 PM  
Mice.  Can't explain it.
 
2013-02-04 08:00:54 PM  
Interesting. I'd be really curious to know if she still has a startle reflex.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-02-04 08:17:31 PM  
All but the first.
 
2013-02-04 08:36:49 PM  
I have a meeting with HR, my union rep and my dept chair on Friday. I haven't been this scared in a long time. Its not so much what Im afraid they'll do as Im afraid I may say what Im really thinking.
 
2013-02-04 09:08:35 PM  
cdn-6.nflximg.com
 
2013-02-04 09:11:21 PM  
Football helmets full of cottage cheese. That and "moby dick"

/The book, or the movie?
//They made a book out of that?
///eh, get the book.
 
2013-02-04 09:17:52 PM  
yes.
 
2013-02-04 09:18:50 PM  

Lsherm: Mice.  Can't explain it.


What about rats?
 
2013-02-04 09:19:52 PM  
You had me at Bea Arthur

/I'll Bea in my bunk
 
2013-02-04 09:20:18 PM  
Heights. It sucks. I want to ride more roller coasters, they look fun. However I end up having a serious panic attack at the thought of being that high up so it won't happen.
 
2013-02-04 09:20:29 PM  
my worst nightmare summed up here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANBoNcDdKUU
 
2013-02-04 09:23:17 PM  
Bea Arthur? Outstanding.
 
2013-02-04 09:25:35 PM  
 
2013-02-04 09:27:23 PM  
I have a shrine built for Bea Arthur in my garage. I have at least a half dozen candles burning at all times.

Sadly, I have to go to Wal-Mart to get the candles, they have a whole section of candles there. I try to go at night to avoid the crowds, but I run into the shelf stockers.

Carnival workers look more welcoming than your average Wal-Mart employee that's working at 2am. But I need to be up at that hour to keep the candles burning anyways.

And of course, May 13th is always a bittersweet day...
 
2013-02-04 09:29:41 PM  
Poor people.
 
2013-02-04 09:29:42 PM  
None of those. Crawly/creepies. Being pushed into/locked into a dark room with spiders/etc and having them crawl on me. I better have something to smash them with. Is totally irrational, I like spiders for example (though hate hate hate cockroaches). So the idea of being in a dark room with them potentially crawling all over me, terrifying. I can look at them, watch them, have no problem but as soon as they get on me or get close enough that it becomes clear that they'll get on me if I don't do something... ick.
 
2013-02-04 09:30:20 PM  
Incarceration.
 
2013-02-04 09:30:25 PM  
i think we are all missing the bigger point here. People that love horror movies have a CO2 defficency. need suppliments.
 
2013-02-04 09:30:38 PM  
football helmet of cottage cheese
 
2013-02-04 09:31:59 PM  

4seasons85!: Heights. It sucks. I want to ride more roller coasters, they look fun. However I end up having a serious panic attack at the thought of being that high up so it won't happen.


I love heights, don't sit next to me on an airplane. Am going to be glued to the window most of the flight if it isn't cloudy/boring.
 
2013-02-04 09:32:46 PM  
Getting the type of cancer that kills me slowly.
My child dying before I do.
Running out of money before I die.
Getting a bad case of dementia/Alzheimer's disease.
Becoming crippled in a way that burdens my family.
 
2013-02-04 09:33:08 PM  
The answer is...death. Death. Death is the answer. Those of you who said 'spiders', thank you for coming.
 
2013-02-04 09:33:12 PM  
Centipedes and vomiting.  I'd have a stroke if I ever saw a vomiting centipede.
 
2013-02-04 09:34:06 PM  
Fear itself.
 
2013-02-04 09:36:16 PM  
Gay marriage
 
2013-02-04 09:37:06 PM  
Being six feet into a crawlspace. Don't know why, but I just FREAK OUT!!!
 
2013-02-04 09:38:04 PM  
Oompa Loompas.  Those little bastards terrify me.  Did you know that if you get bitten by an Oompa Loompa then every month, when the moon is full, you turn into one of them?
Think about it.  You wake up in the morning, perfectly normal guy, have a coffee or whatever, doot-do-doot-do-doo, and suddenly- BAM- you're Snooki!

That freaks me right the hell out, let me tell you.
 
2013-02-04 09:41:24 PM  
Nickelback and Coldplay. Nothing scarier.
 
2013-02-04 09:41:36 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: Centipedes and vomiting.  I'd have a stroke if I ever saw a vomiting centipede.


Even worse would be you suddenly vomiting centipedes.
 
2013-02-04 09:41:41 PM  
breathe, breathe in the air

/don't be afraid to care
 
2013-02-04 09:42:32 PM  
Came here for the Airheads references. Good work Fark.

/Trick question. Lemmy is God!
 
2013-02-04 09:44:00 PM  
Nipple parasites
 
2013-02-04 09:44:22 PM  
 
2013-02-04 09:44:43 PM  

GWSuperfan: Football helmets full of cottage cheese. That and "moby dick"

/The book, or the movie?
//They made a book out of that?
///eh, get the book.


That was a movie that looked like it would suck but was hilarious. My God, there's an Adam Sandler movie that doesn't suck. Well he was in it but it's not really an "Adam Sandler movie".
 
2013-02-04 09:44:44 PM  

quickdraw: I have a meeting with HR, my union rep and my dept chair on Friday. I haven't been this scared in a long time. Its not so much what Im afraid they'll do as Im afraid I may say what Im really thinking.


Tell your union rep to poke you under the table when you cross the line and lay into them. Assuming you have a leg to stand on. If not, being sincerely apologetic might keep your job.

/been there
 
2013-02-04 09:44:49 PM  
sightheshiatiputupwith.jpeg
 
2013-02-04 09:45:33 PM  
matthewvgreen.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-04 09:46:41 PM  
I've watched too many forensics files type shows and am overly afraid of being alone in the house at night and walking alone on hiking trails.

//and spiders
//screw spiders!
 
2013-02-04 09:46:53 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: Centipedes and vomiting.  I'd have a stroke if I ever saw a vomiting centipede.


encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

I share your fear. I lived in a house that had a centipede infestation in the basement and I emitted many a girly shrill.
/Also ghosts
 
2013-02-04 09:47:35 PM  
I've been mad for farking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks, been working with bands so long, I think. crikey

I've been mad for farking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks Been working with bands so long, I think. crikey.
I've been mad for farking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks, been working with bands so long, I think. crikey.
 
2013-02-04 09:48:22 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-04 09:48:25 PM  

4seasons85!: Heights. It sucks. I want to ride more roller coasters, they look fun. However I end up having a serious panic attack at the thought of being that high up so it won't happen.


Try Space Mountain.
 
2013-02-04 09:49:21 PM  
Sock monkeys.

Terrified me as a kid; still give me the heebie jeebies as an adult.
 
2013-02-04 09:49:35 PM  

Hector Remarkable: The answer is...death. Death. Death is the answer. Those of you who said 'spiders', thank you for coming.


Anything that terrifies you, it because you think it is the form of your personal Grim Reaper

I tried to think of something wonderful, something I believed would never hurt us. It was the Chosen Form of the Destroyer.
 
2013-02-04 09:51:05 PM  

LordOfThePings: 4seasons85!: Heights. It sucks. I want to ride more roller coasters, they look fun. However I end up having a serious panic attack at the thought of being that high up so it won't happen.

Try Space Mountain.


Any ride at Disneyland for that matter. Except maybe the Matterhorn.
 
2013-02-04 09:52:02 PM  
gaiafrique.files.wordpress.com
Spiders covered in spiders
 
2013-02-04 09:53:13 PM  
Snakes.  Vampires.  Shelly Winters
 
2013-02-04 09:53:14 PM  
Running out of bullets.
 
2013-02-04 09:53:17 PM  

MrHappyRotter: [i.imgur.com image 800x600]


I love those little guys.
 
2013-02-04 09:53:29 PM  
Vaginas that echo when you shout into them.
 
2013-02-04 09:54:36 PM  
Cracker-assed hillbillies.
 
2013-02-04 09:54:39 PM  

Atomic Spunk: Vaginas that echo when you shout into them.


/ftfy
 
2013-02-04 09:55:19 PM  
Centimeters.  I'm terrified of centimeters.
 
2013-02-04 09:56:10 PM  

LesserEvil: Naked Bea Arthur? (NSFW)


Your welcome.


And you call yourself LESSER Evil...
tsktsk
 
2013-02-04 09:57:29 PM  
I only fear with loathing.

And running out of beer. Fark that.
 
2013-02-04 09:57:37 PM  

MrHappyRotter: [gaiafrique.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]
Spiders covered in spiders


You dawg, we heard you were afraid of spiders so we put some spiders on your spider.
 
2013-02-04 09:58:43 PM  
Realtors.
 
2013-02-04 09:59:30 PM  

chupathingie: quickdraw: I have a meeting with HR, my union rep and my dept chair on Friday. I haven't been this scared in a long time. Its not so much what Im afraid they'll do as Im afraid I may say what Im really thinking.

Tell your union rep to poke you under the table when you cross the line and lay into them. Assuming you have a leg to stand on. If not, being sincerely apologetic might keep your job.

/been there


Thanks so much. I do have a leg or two to stand on - complete with documentation.
sigh.
 
2013-02-04 09:59:30 PM  
Humans can detect lack of oxygen just fine.

Living at 2k feet but having to occasionally live and work for a week or so above 10k feet makes the first couple nights at altitude oh-so-much fun.

sleeeeep GASP.  WTF?  OK back to sleep now, almost there....GACK!.  Motherf*ck.  Dammit just relax and you'll pass out.......GASP!!!

On and on, all night.

It's like your respiratory system knows there's something wrong with the air, and wants you on full alert in case things get any worse.

/luckily it goes away after a night or two.
 
2013-02-04 10:01:22 PM  
Disembodied eyes.

www.gettingunstuck.com
 
2013-02-04 10:01:48 PM  
Two chicks at once......if the chicks are Janet Reno and Janet Napolitano. shivers
 
2013-02-04 10:02:06 PM  
Lotus seed pods where they don't belong
 
2013-02-04 10:03:08 PM  
cdn2.screenjunkies.com
Hate the bastards. They're going extinct? I'm cool with that.
 
2013-02-04 10:03:36 PM  
disappointing my children
 
2013-02-04 10:03:45 PM  

Fano: Lotus seed pods where they don't belong


img.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-04 10:05:44 PM  
Flying, death, and fire.  My fear of flying is so bad, I get nauseous just thinking about flying.  If I had to go somewhere and the only way to get there was by airplane, I'd have to be drugged for the entire flight.  There's no way I could be conscious, because I'd be that passenger sitting white-knuckled and hyperventilating the whole time, freaking everyone else out.  It's completely irrational, and I understand that, but I also don't care.
 
2013-02-04 10:07:14 PM  
Lack of this

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

There is no greater fear
 
2013-02-04 10:07:19 PM  

MrHappyRotter: [i.imgur.com image 800x600]


Not once but twice I have walked into the shower and been greeted by one of those satanic things. One was stalking next to the soap. Both were quite adequately dealt with via near boiling water.

/closest I could get to fire
 
2013-02-04 10:07:25 PM  

LordOfThePings: Fano: Lotus seed pods where they don't belong


Thank you for that magic nightmare machine...
 
2013-02-04 10:08:21 PM  

Tiiba: [cdn2.screenjunkies.com image 220x165]
Hate the bastards. They're going extinct? I'm cool with that.


Bess are awesome. Now hornets and wasps....fark those things.
 
2013-02-04 10:09:39 PM  
And LordOfThePings is our thread winner.

Jesus, dude.
 
2013-02-04 10:10:45 PM  

fusillade762: LordOfThePings: 4seasons85!: Heights. It sucks. I want to ride more roller coasters, they look fun. However I end up having a serious panic attack at the thought of being that high up so it won't happen.

Try Space Mountain.

Any ride at Disneyland for that matter. Except maybe the Matterhorn.


Disney isn't bad at all. It's more like Six Flags that I will not do!
 
2013-02-04 10:12:05 PM  

bbfreak: 4seasons85!: Heights. It sucks. I want to ride more roller coasters, they look fun. However I end up having a serious panic attack at the thought of being that high up so it won't happen.

I love heights, don't sit next to me on an airplane. Am going to be glued to the window most of the flight if it isn't cloudy/boring.


You can have the window seat. Anytime I look out the window and see slight movement of the plane I think we are crashing so I sit away from the window and try to ignore that I am on a plane.
 
2013-02-04 10:14:48 PM  
I'm afraid of the results of a YouTube search for "human botfly".
 
2013-02-04 10:17:51 PM  
Heights, cockroaches, and dogs who walk sideways.
 
2013-02-04 10:18:28 PM  
www.cinema-crazed.com (Clicky)

My sister made we watch this when it debuted. I was 8. I still don't like the dark because of this.
 
2013-02-04 10:20:08 PM  
img687.imageshack.us
 
2013-02-04 10:21:06 PM  

ordinarysteve: Tiiba: [cdn2.screenjunkies.com image 220x165]
Hate the bastards. They're going extinct? I'm cool with that.

Bess are awesome. Now hornets and wasps....fark those things.


With you on that one. Hate those f*ckers.
 
2013-02-04 10:21:17 PM  
Zombies. Specifically the tar man. And if anybody posts the tar man, I will hate you forever.
 
2013-02-04 10:21:51 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqy4gnK70fU

How about dancing worms in the eyes?
 
2013-02-04 10:22:51 PM  
I used to be terrified of human skulls.  Halloween decorations were OK, but I dreaded the idea of seeing a REAL one.  That's the only thing I've ever been really afraid of, at least the only thing that isn't 100% legit danger.

Then, when I was about 12, I had the option to see a karner.  Made myself go in and look at a whole wall of dead eyes and told myself they couldn't hurt me.

Now, I've gotten myself into a couple roles where I could end up dealing with a charred corpse (or something equally horrible) at some point.  Don't know whether my beating-the-fear incident helped or I just grew out of it, but I'm not afraid of it.
 
2013-02-04 10:22:51 PM  
the noises that signal that someone might be coming upstairs to my apartment.

i used to be terrified of the phone ringing, but i don't do drugs anymore.

also, i'm totally offended by "Movies likeThe Shining frighten most of us, but some brain-damaged people feel no fear when they watch a scary film " i might have brained my damage, but i love "the shining" and most all Kubrick movies (he totally pussed out on 'Lolita'), but movies can't scare me. they're art. they're emotionally moving if they're well made, and they might make me feel inspired or amused or appreciative of the artists' skills, or sad or introspective, but i've never been scared of pictures on a TV.
 
2013-02-04 10:24:08 PM  
Yeah, I was gonna say a scary movie with Bea Arthur in a naked clown suit, but thread over with  LordOfThePings
 
2013-02-04 10:25:32 PM  

Egalitarian: Zombies. Specifically the tar man. And if anybody posts the tar man, I will hate you forever.


www.everydaycareer.com
Not what you meant?
 
2013-02-04 10:26:49 PM  

bbfreak: None of those. Crawly/creepies. Being pushed into/locked into a dark room with spiders/etc and having them crawl on me. I better have something to smash them with. Is totally irrational, I like spiders for example (though hate hate hate cockroaches). So the idea of being in a dark room with them potentially crawling all over me, terrifying. I can look at them, watch them, have no problem but as soon as they get on me or get close enough that it becomes clear that they'll get on me if I don't do something... ick.


Here's a bedtime story for you, then:

I once spent a summer in an apartment building that was condemned and demolished a year later. They never cleaned any of the units between tenants, and few of the student tenants cleaned either. The result was ants, of course.

I cleaned a decade's worth of filth from the kitchen. (You know when the floor kept getting whiter every time you mop? There was even one solid black spot where I guess someone had spilled soda and never wiped it up in some previous era.) But all the other units were still filthy, and they kept coming through looking for something. So I laid out lines of diatimacious earth all around the kitchen and didn't see them for a while.

Then my mom comes to visit. My roomates were gone so I put her in there. Next morning I find her sleeping on the couch - she said she'd found ants in the bed. Their kitchen entrances had been thwarted, but they'd found a hole in that bedroom instead, which I plugged up.

The night after she leaves, I'm alone in the apartment again trying to go to sleep, when I start to feel this itching on my face. I scratch it and try to relax again, but then I feel another itch on my face. I decide to ignore it this time. But it doesn't go away.

I tell myself it's not crawling insects. I'm just getting the creepy crawlies thinking about my mom's experience.

Forget about it and it will go away.

Only now there's multiple crawly spots on my face.

I try to keep telling myself that it's my imagination. That reaching up and checking for bugs would only feed the sensation.

Then I distinctly feel something crawl from my hair onto my forehead.

Yep, the ants had found a way into my room up the wall to mu hair and across my face. After I got them all off me, found and sealed their newest entree, I went ahead and moved my bed out into the middle of the room.

\CSS
 
2013-02-04 10:27:35 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: I used to be terrified of human skulls.  Halloween decorations were OK, but I dreaded the idea of seeing a REAL one.  That's the only thing I've ever been really afraid of, at least the only thing that isn't 100% legit danger.

Then, when I was about 12, I had the option to see a karner.  Made myself go in and look at a whole wall of dead eyes and told myself they couldn't hurt me.

Now, I've gotten myself into a couple roles where I could end up dealing with a charred corpse (or something equally horrible) at some point.  Don't know whether my beating-the-fear incident helped or I just grew out of it, but I'm not afraid of it.


That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.
 
2013-02-04 10:30:27 PM  
Heights where I'm next to a railing. I'm fine on roller coasters and airplanes. Staircases, ladders, and balconies make my legs buckle.
 
2013-02-04 10:30:55 PM  

lohphat: [www.cinema-crazed.com image 197x169] (Clicky)

My sister made we watch this when it debuted. I was 8. I still don't like the dark because of this.


You refer to them, as "the dark"?
 
2013-02-04 10:33:42 PM  
www.theknockoffeconomy.com
The Greatest threat this country has faced since World War II
 
2013-02-04 10:33:46 PM  
i849.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-04 10:33:53 PM  
megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.


Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.
 
2013-02-04 10:35:51 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.


I mean, not YOU (you obviously figured it out) - "you" in general = anyone else.  Me English good.
 
2013-02-04 10:36:03 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.


That's just what someone who was into weird/murdery stuff would want us to think. I'm on to you!
 
2013-02-04 10:36:22 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.


I don't even ask about the specifics of Fark handles anymore, so I try not to assume.

And thanks for what you do, btw!
 
2013-02-04 10:36:33 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter. Also studying to be a paramedic. No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help


sofa fires
 
2013-02-04 10:38:31 PM  

Mini Ditka: lohphat: [www.cinema-crazed.com image 197x169] (Clicky)

My sister made we watch this when it debuted. I was 8. I still don't like the dark because of this.

You refer to them, as "the dark"?


No. My sister then would jump out and grab me in the dark after watching that movie mimicking his battle cry. I haven't spoken to my sister since 2008. We don't get along. Still.
 
2013-02-04 10:38:42 PM  

Communist_Manifesto: Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.

That's just what someone who was into weird/murdery stuff would want us to think. I'm on to you!


Not a fear of mine: too much Cold Case Files....mmmm....murdery goodness....

But yeah, my childhood basement? In the dark? Fark that noise. A murderer in that basement would really tie the room together.
 
2013-02-04 10:42:06 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Flying, death, and fire.  My fear of flying is so bad, I get nauseous just thinking about flying.  If I had to go somewhere and the only way to get there was by airplane, I'd have to be drugged for the entire flight.  There's no way I could be conscious, because I'd be that passenger sitting white-knuckled and hyperventilating the whole time, freaking everyone else out.  It's completely irrational, and I understand that, but I also don't care.


www.supersilly.com

Mr. T thinks you ain't no fool!
 
2013-02-04 10:44:23 PM  

neilbradley: Nickelback and Coldplay. Nothing scarier.


Nickelplay.

/BWAAAAMM
 
2013-02-04 10:47:09 PM  

LDM90: neilbradley: Nickelback and Coldplay. Nothing scarier.

Nickelplay.

/BWAAAAMM


Coldback

/Oooooooo
 
2013-02-04 10:49:01 PM  

Rufus Lee King: Mini Ditka: lohphat: [www.cinema-crazed.com image 197x169] (Clicky)

My sister made we watch this when it debuted. I was 8. I still don't like the dark because of this.

You refer to them, as "the dark"?

Oh, give it a rest.


You can't possibly think that I was being serious, can you?

/I'm new here......I thought it was funny
 
2013-02-04 10:51:09 PM  

Communist_Manifesto: Sparky the Fire Dog:  just trying to help.

That's just what someone who was into weird/murdery stuff would want us to think. I'm on to you!


Hmm, I'll have to keep an eye on you...


megarian: And thanks for what you do, btw!


What I claim I do, or what he thinks I do?  ;)
 
2013-02-04 10:51:48 PM  
OK, that experiment makes no sense to me at all.

"Fear" in the sense of being afraid of things like scary movies, haunted houses, even being attacked, is a pure emotional response. It's the part of the brain referenced--the amygdala--triggering a fight-or-flight response.

"Fear" in the sense of suffocating is a pure physical response. It's your brain stem telling your body it's dying and to get oxygen right away. The fact that these people experienced the same unpleasurable responses as what is normally CALLED "fear" doesn't mean they were afraid in the same sense that a normal person would be afraid if they saw a scary movie.

Instead of it being, as the researchers think, that "learned fears and innate ones are handled differently" it's just as likely that we're calling similar but unrelated physical and emotional responses by the same term; when in fact they are really unrelated.
 
2013-02-04 10:53:01 PM  

Mini Ditka: Rufus Lee King: Mini Ditka: lohphat: [www.cinema-crazed.com image 197x169] (Clicky)

My sister made we watch this when it debuted. I was 8. I still don't like the dark because of this.

You refer to them, as "the dark"?

Oh, give it a rest.

You can't possibly think that I was being serious, can you?

/I'm new here......I thought it was funny


Account created: 2004-04-11 21:48:56

/buh-bye
 
2013-02-04 10:53:27 PM  
The fear of something in my closet with a shiny red light.
The fear that some"thing" was under my bed so I'd have to jump three feet off the bed so I could go to the bathroom.
The fear of having your pants pulled down at school.
The fear of the dark laundry room down at the bottom of the stairs.
The fear of the unseen- looking at a bare electrical wire connector and realizing death was just an inch away from my finger.
These were real fears that I had. But then I grew up and put on my big boy pants.
Now, my fears are saved for the ones I love.
 
2013-02-04 10:53:50 PM  
Poverty
 
2013-02-04 10:53:57 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Flying, death, and fire.  My fear of flying is so bad, I get nauseous just thinking about flying.  If I had to go somewhere and the only way to get there was by airplane, I'd have to be drugged for the entire flight.  There's no way I could be conscious, because I'd be that passenger sitting white-knuckled and hyperventilating the whole time, freaking everyone else out.  It's completely irrational, and I understand that, but I also don't care.


If you'd like help with the flying, let me know. It crippled me for years, but I do it now. I'm still not at ease, but I have come a long way.

I almost didn't take a new job, would be freaked for weeks and months in fear
 
2013-02-04 10:54:22 PM  
I'm afraid of Indie rock frontmen and random guys in Brooklyn.
 
2013-02-04 10:55:04 PM  
I think there is a difference between being "scared" of dying, no money, growing old etc. And the visceral fear of spiders, snakes etc. The first category is probably more "dread" than anything. One of the Weenerss regarding the startle response is interesting. What is fear exactly? Anybody see where im coming from with this?
 
2013-02-04 10:56:03 PM  

Willis13: Coco LaFemme: Flying, death, and fire.  My fear of flying is so bad, I get nauseous just thinking about flying.  If I had to go somewhere and the only way to get there was by airplane, I'd have to be drugged for the entire flight.  There's no way I could be conscious, because I'd be that passenger sitting white-knuckled and hyperventilating the whole time, freaking everyone else out.  It's completely irrational, and I understand that, but I also don't care.

If you'd like help with the flying, let me know. It crippled me for years, but I do it now. I'm still not at ease, but I have come a long way.

I almost didn't take a new job, would be freaked for weeks and months in fear


I hated turbulence. Then got my private pilot licence. Problem solved. Now sleep through it.
 
2013-02-04 10:56:26 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-04 10:58:35 PM  

megarian: Communist_Manifesto: Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.

That's just what someone who was into weird/murdery stuff would want us to think. I'm on to you!

Not a fear of mine: too much Cold Case Files....mmmm....murdery goodness....

But yeah, my childhood basement? In the dark? Fark that noise. A murderer in that basement would really tie the room together.


Same here. Don't have any inherent fears now, but when I was a kid my parents basement was goddamn terrifying
 
2013-02-04 11:00:43 PM  
poggroup.com

Nighty-night!!

cdn.motinetwork.net
 
2013-02-04 11:01:04 PM  
www.ioffer.com
 
2013-02-04 11:01:21 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Flying, death, and fire.  My fear of flying is so bad, I get nauseous just thinking about flying.  If I had to go somewhere and the only way to get there was by airplane, I'd have to be drugged for the entire flight.  There's no way I could be conscious, because I'd be that passenger sitting white-knuckled and hyperventilating the whole time, freaking everyone else out.  It's completely irrational, and I understand that, but I also don't care.


Then don't read this:  http://www.amazon.com/Airframe-Novel-Michael-Crichton/dp/0345526775
 
2013-02-04 11:02:22 PM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

\yum
 
2013-02-04 11:07:19 PM  
Autocorrect. Comments to weenerss? How is that even possible?
 
2013-02-04 11:08:03 PM  

thorthor: I think there is a difference between being "scared" of dying, no money, growing old etc. And the visceral fear of spiders, snakes etc. The first category is probably more "dread" than anything. One of the Weenerss regarding the startle response is interesting. What is fear exactly? Anybody see where im coming from with this?


Yes, indeed. Which is why I also said the "fear" of a scary movie was hardly the same thing as the body's response to being deprived of oxygen. You can be unafraid of dying...but your body is still going to respond if it is suffocated, no matter how mentally prepared for it you may be.
 
2013-02-04 11:08:05 PM  
 
2013-02-04 11:10:36 PM  
I fear pimiento spread.

hedonia.seantimberlake.com
 
2013-02-04 11:11:16 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.


You are also incredibly cute.
 
2013-02-04 11:11:42 PM  

Gyrfalcon: thorthor: I think there is a difference between being "scared" of dying, no money, growing old etc. And the visceral fear of spiders, snakes etc. The first category is probably more "dread" than anything. One of the Weenerss regarding the startle response is interesting. What is fear exactly? Anybody see where im coming from with this?

Yes, indeed. Which is why I also said the "fear" of a scary movie was hardly the same thing as the body's response to being deprived of oxygen. You can be unafraid of dying...but your body is still going to respond if it is suffocated, no matter how mentally prepared for it you may be.


Yes! I am ok with hieghts in an airplane, have done aerobatics and all- no problem, but put me on the top of a ten ft. Ladder and i freeze up. Weird.
 
2013-02-04 11:12:34 PM  

UsikFark: Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.

You are also incredibly cute.


Ah, you only think that because you don't know me!  ;)
 
2013-02-04 11:12:38 PM  
Nothing makes me fearful, lots of silly social things make me anxious.

/Last time I felt real fear was over 10 years ago when I had convinced myself I was dying, which lasted about half a year. I eventually just got used to the fact that I was dying (even though it turns out I was perfectly healthy), and I've never felt anything close to fear like that since. Not sure if it was worth it though, those were a dark six months.
 
2013-02-04 11:13:56 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

The stuff of lunchroom nightmares!
 
2013-02-04 11:14:46 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: UsikFark: Sparky the Fire Dog: megarian:
That last bit sounded incredibly weird/murdery...

*clicks profile*

Ah. I get it now. Carry on.

Ya - in case my name didn't tip you off, I'm a firefighter.  Also studying to be a paramedic.  No weird/murdery stuff here - just trying to help.

You are also incredibly cute.

Ah, you only think that because you don't know me!  ;)


I used to live in Iowa. There's a good-er chance I know you than normal.
 
2013-02-04 11:15:06 PM  

Atomic Spunk: Vaginas that echo when you shout into them.


Uncanny alley.
 
2013-02-04 11:15:42 PM  
 
2013-02-04 11:15:44 PM  

Gyrfalcon: thorthor: I think there is a difference between being "scared" of dying, no money, growing old etc. And the visceral fear of spiders, snakes etc. The first category is probably more "dread" than anything. One of the Weenerss regarding the startle response is interesting. What is fear exactly? Anybody see where im coming from with this?

Yes, indeed. Which is why I also said the "fear" of a scary movie was hardly the same thing as the body's response to being deprived of oxygen. You can be unafraid of dying...but your body is still going to respond if it is suffocated, no matter how mentally prepared for it you may be.


Actually that's a good point. I haven't been mindfully fearful in a long time, but if you've ever been to high altitude and suffered from periodic breathing, waking up feeling like you're suffocating is a mind fark since you wake with the panic and don't have the presence of mind to handle it initially.
 
2013-02-04 11:15:58 PM  
Being gotdammed inconvinienced!

My lawn, gtfo!
 
2013-02-04 11:16:01 PM  
This clearly shows that stuff like water torture is not some pussy shiat.
 
2013-02-04 11:16:25 PM  

nmemkha: The stuff of lunchroom nightmares!


FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
 
2013-02-04 11:17:27 PM  
UsikFark:

I used to live in Iowa. There's a good-er chance I know you than normal.

I've only been here for a few years, so...  still probably not.

Oh, and, er, thanks?
 
2013-02-04 11:19:47 PM  
Stupid people in large groups.
 
2013-02-04 11:21:05 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Bea Arthur? Outstanding.


thank you
 
2013-02-04 11:21:21 PM  

studebaker hoch: Stupid people in large groups.


Or large people in stupid groups.
 
2013-02-04 11:22:20 PM  
Penises in unexpected places.
 
2013-02-04 11:22:52 PM  

Sparky the Fire Dog: UsikFark:

I used to live in Iowa. There's a good-er chance I know you than normal.

I've only been here for a few years, so...  still probably not.

Oh, and, er, thanks?


It's okay, you killed the little moment a couple posts ago. Stop that!
 
2013-02-04 11:23:08 PM  
I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day

mekongbus.com

mekongbus.com
 
2013-02-04 11:23:50 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Gay marriage


Straight marriage (thankfully single).
 
2013-02-04 11:24:09 PM  
UsikFark:
It's okay, you killed the little moment a couple posts ago. Stop that!

I'm good at that.  (Told ya!)
 
2013-02-04 11:25:35 PM  
enjoytherandom.com

/Shudder
 
2013-02-04 11:26:01 PM  

IsNoGood: I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day

[mekongbus.com image 653x490]

[mekongbus.com image 653x490]


Oh god, the beer!

Sparky the Fire Dog: I'm good at that.  (Told ya!)


sigh.
 
2013-02-04 11:28:32 PM  
Usually none of these.
 
2013-02-04 11:28:37 PM  
changing lightbubs when the glass globe comes off and leaves the metal end still in the lamp base...

also driving very fast at night - but that might just be adrenaline
 
2013-02-04 11:30:02 PM  

IsNoGood: I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day


Is....is the beer okay???
 
2013-02-04 11:36:04 PM  

quickdraw: I have a meeting with HR, my union rep and my dept chair on Friday. I haven't been this scared in a long time. Its not so much what Im afraid they'll do as Im afraid I may say what Im really thinking.


Do it.  You will never feel better..  I am firmly in your corner.  I support you fully.

/ just dont ask for rent money when you get fired.
 
2013-02-04 11:37:28 PM  
Women laughing at my lack of endowment.

And Obama takin my guns!

/ not that those things are related in any way....
 
2013-02-04 11:37:49 PM  
President Willard 'mitt' Romney still wake up w/ that one. Shudder.
 
2013-02-05 12:00:46 AM  
A handful of dust.
 
2013-02-05 12:02:34 AM  

studebaker hoch: And LordOfThePings is our thread winner.

Jesus, dude.


*high five for LordOfThePings for the setup then spike for one of the worst possible Lotus seed pics that didn't involve human eyeballs
 
2013-02-05 12:14:19 AM  

Fano: *high five


a2.ec-collected.myspacecdn.com
 
2013-02-05 12:19:54 AM  

megarian: IsNoGood: I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day

Is....is the beer okay???


Tonic is fine, so was the gin I used with, the Centipede is kind of the worst of them all

Have a look, not for the easy scared and not my clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlong_SV0I
 
2013-02-05 12:20:00 AM  
I do find the co2 part interesting.  Anger counselors teach breathing techniques to bring fresh air to the brain to ease anxiety.  However in the past, people were told to breath into a paper bag to calm down during a panic attack.  The former has always made sense to me and the later just causes the problem to be worse.  I have tried both with the former as the winner.  It does make me wonder why anyone would think suffocating yourself would somehow settle anxiety.  Maybe it is intended to work if you actually pass out and then would not be able to panic.

Ban co2 pellet guns, they are a double threat.
I am concerned by carbon-monoxide, though.  Living in a northern state where you have to keep your house sealed as much as possible for months and people do die in their homes from co is a cause for concern.  I take all precautions.
 
2013-02-05 12:21:36 AM  

IsNoGood: megarian: IsNoGood: I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day

Is....is the beer okay???

Tonic is fine, so was the gin I used with, the Centipede is kind of the worst of them all

Have a look, not for the easy scared and not my clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlong_SV0I


This one is bigger, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8gBvud9tts
 
2013-02-05 12:27:19 AM  
Cotton balls and revolving doors.
 
2013-02-05 12:30:01 AM  
Why did I look at this thread right before going to bed?
 
2013-02-05 12:31:16 AM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: Centipedes and vomiting.  I'd have a stroke if I ever saw a vomiting centipede.


I've got such a strong phobic reaction to vomiting that if I yak, it means that I am REALLY sick. I can usually fight off the urge to vomit, sometimes can even make it disappear into the back of my mind until it goes away. Last time I threw up was Oct 30, 2009, about 9PM. That's how strong I fight it, I can remember the last time.

/Centipedes are kinda cool though.
//Unless they're wearing shoes.
 
2013-02-05 12:40:54 AM  

lack of warmth: However in the past, people were told to breath into a paper bag to calm down during a panic attack.  The former has always made sense to me and the later just causes the problem to be worse.


It's a little more complicated than that. Yeah, people have been given the paper bag, but there is a reason. Namely that you DO need CO2, and breathing fast and shallow makes you shed too much of it.

http://firstaid.about.com/od/shortnessofbreat1/f/07_paper_bags.htm
 
2013-02-05 12:43:10 AM  

IsNoGood: IsNoGood: megarian: IsNoGood: I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day

Is....is the beer okay???

Tonic is fine, so was the gin I used with, the Centipede is kind of the worst of them all

Have a look, not for the easy scared and not my clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlong_SV0I

This one is bigger, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8gBvud9tts


I....um.....eeeee....

Suddenly, all of my problems are completely insignificant.
 
2013-02-05 12:44:52 AM  

IsNoGood: IsNoGood: megarian: IsNoGood: I say this 11CM guy just muffing around on my floor the other day

Is....is the beer okay???

Tonic is fine, so was the gin I used with, the Centipede is kind of the worst of them all

Have a look, not for the easy scared and not my clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlong_SV0I

This one is bigger, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8gBvud9tts


Also, that'swhatshesaid.
 
2013-02-05 12:46:58 AM  
ic.pics.livejournal.com
 
2013-02-05 12:51:19 AM  

ybishop:


Hehehehhe livejournal hehehehe

Also, this.....no. Just. No.


Now I feel scared and itchy.
 
2013-02-05 12:57:29 AM  
I was changing the C02 cartridge in my pistol tonight but it sprayed out and I was a little woozy for a bit so I'm getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2013-02-05 12:59:55 AM  

LordOfThePings: Fano: *high five

[a2.ec-collected.myspacecdn.com image 280x339]


2.bp.blogspot.com

Damn straight, in a thread about fear
 
2013-02-05 01:05:07 AM  

fusillade762: Crackers Are a Family Food: Centipedes and vomiting.  I'd have a stroke if I ever saw a vomiting centipede.

Even worse would be you suddenly vomiting centipedes.


And all of the centipedes you were vomiting would themselves be vomiting. Vomiting more centipedes, even!
 
2013-02-05 01:14:08 AM  
No "centipede in my vagina" yet?

Did the Internet break?
 
2013-02-05 01:15:55 AM  
farm7.staticflickr.com
 
2013-02-05 01:18:05 AM  
The thread so scary it broke Fark.
 
2013-02-05 01:20:32 AM  
MrHappyRotter

Penises in unexpected places.

Unexpected penisis in places.
 
2013-02-05 01:21:25 AM  

studebaker hoch: MrHappyRotter

Penises in unexpected places.

Unexpected penisis in places.


Places in unexpected penises.
 
2013-02-05 01:29:20 AM  
primordial dwraves freak me the holy hell out; especially when they speak. I'm glad there are only 100 or so in the world. Less chance of running into one. I know they can't help how they were born, but I can't help being freaked out by them either.
 
2013-02-05 01:35:36 AM  
Jesus Christ, it's a CO2, get in the car.
 
2013-02-05 01:40:25 AM  
scrapetv.com
 
2013-02-05 01:47:54 AM  
Rolling a doughnut down the street, and being chased by a giant snake wearing a turtleneck sweater.
 
2013-02-05 01:54:29 AM  
forums.watchuseek.com
 
2013-02-05 02:02:05 AM  
Revolving doors, Ferris Wheels, guns, tire blowouts.
 
2013-02-05 02:11:40 AM  
When I was a kid my friends mother used to have a bunch of porcelein dolls in the living room and they used to freak the shiat out of me when I had to use the washroom at night.
i29.photobucket.com
They weren't this farked looking though. And fark mannequins too. I don't like the cut of their jib at all.
 
2013-02-05 02:20:19 AM  
Falling into a gravity well that stretches the moment of death to the end of the relevant universe.
 
2013-02-05 02:34:05 AM  
Atomic Spunk:
Getting a bad case of dementia/Alzheimer's disease.
Becoming crippled in a way that burdens my family.


I got some bad news for you, you're starting to repeat yourself without realizing it...
 
2013-02-05 03:04:09 AM  

Gyrfalcon: OK, that experiment makes no sense to me at all.

"Fear" in the sense of being afraid of things like scary movies, haunted houses, even being attacked, is a pure emotional response. It's the part of the brain referenced--the amygdala--triggering a fight-or-flight response.

"Fear" in the sense of suffocating is a pure physical response. It's your brain stem telling your body it's dying and to get oxygen right away. The fact that these people experienced the same unpleasurable responses as what is normally CALLED "fear" doesn't mean they were afraid in the same sense that a normal person would be afraid if they saw a scary movie.

Instead of it being, as the researchers think, that "learned fears and innate ones are handled differently" it's just as likely that we're calling similar but unrelated physical and emotional responses by the same term; when in fact they are really unrelated.


That's why I was curious to know whether these folks still have a startle response.


ItchyBrother: Rolling a doughnut down the street, and being chased by a giant snake wearing a turtleneck sweater.


i133.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-05 03:04:21 AM  

LordOfThePings: Atomic Spunk: Vaginas that echo when you shout into them.

Uncanny alley.


i.imgur.com

Approve
 
2013-02-05 04:41:18 AM  

Fano: LordOfThePings: Fano: *high five

[a2.ec-collected.myspacecdn.com image 280x339]

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 480x360]

Damn straight, in a thread about fear


I'm going to murder you now you son of a biatch.
 
2013-02-05 05:23:12 AM  
media.tumblr.com
http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=20&weekd ay =tue  for the uninitiated. Just look at the pictures and scroll down. Even if you don't know Korean, You'll get enough of the story to shiat yourself.
 
2013-02-05 06:20:31 AM  

real_headhoncho: Being six feet into a crawlspace. Don't know why, but I just FREAK OUT!!!


What if you were only 5-11. Would that help?
 
2013-02-05 06:36:50 AM  
Naked photos of 20something Bea Arthur? I'd be ok with that.
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-02-05 07:01:36 AM  
Family gatherings on both sides. They are all neocons.
 
2013-02-05 07:08:12 AM  
whyfiles.org
 
2013-02-05 07:17:35 AM  
People who passionately believe things.
 
2013-02-05 07:40:27 AM  
The fact that about half the population of the US believe that the world is around 6,000 years old.
 
2013-02-05 09:18:06 AM  

megarian: I only fear with loathing.


And, only while in Las Vegas?

/You poor fool! Wait till you see those goddamn bats.
 
2013-02-05 09:30:45 AM  
Dubstep.
 
2013-02-05 09:53:25 AM  
i52.tinypic.com
Sic Semper
, Bea Arthur!
 
2013-02-05 10:26:01 AM  
Did anyone else immediately think about rising levels of atmospheric CO2?  and how like fifty years from now we're all going to be frozen in an everlasting state of panic?
 
2013-02-05 11:12:49 AM  

RobSeace: megarian: I only fear with loathing.

And, only while in Las Vegas?

/You poor fool! Wait till you see those goddamn bats.


That's why I can't stop here...

...this is bat country.

/sweet sweet Mary.
 
2013-02-05 11:30:11 AM  
ybishop

On second thought, I don't really need that car.
 
2013-02-05 09:46:37 PM  
 
2013-02-05 11:10:22 PM  
I don't think I was ever more afraid than... well, let me back up.

I used to pick on one of my sisters. A lot. She deserved it, in my mind, for ruining my only-childness. I once hung her pseudo-Cabbage Patch kid on the back of her door. That seemed to be the one that pushed her over the edge.

There was a trailer for a horror movie that was playing in the early 80s (I cannot find the movie) where a woman is driving her car on a foggy road at night... She sees something in the middle of the road, so she slows down, then stops. It's one of those 2.5' tall dolls. She walks up to it and just as she reaches down to pick it up, it lunges at her. ::fade to black::.

That's how I remember it, anyway.

So, my sister was pissed (and, being 2 years younger than me, couldn't do a whole lot about it). I am a heavy sleeper and always have been. So, a few days after the hanging of the doll, I woke up and rolled over and was face-to-face with a 2.5' tall doll, with its arms stretched out at me. I screamed and almost went through the wall on the other side of the bed.

That, my fellow Farkers, is fear.
 
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