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(WikiHow)   As a kid, I planned endlessly in case I ever had to land a plane. Looking back, nobody would have let a child pilot a plane. What worry used to fill your little kid noggin?   (wikihow.com) divider line
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2021-04-21 9:24:06 PM  
After watching Project X, I was afraid that I might secretly be in an experiment where scientists were testing exposure to high doses of radiation.
 
2021-04-21 9:26:22 PM  
Having sex, which hasn't been a problem for me for quite some time.
 
2021-04-21 9:30:52 PM  
John Mulaney did a bit on it, and it was totally true in my case too. I believed that quicksand would be an actual occasional hazard of adult life.
 
2021-04-21 9:39:10 PM  
Planned endlessly.

Sounds like you needed an internal justification to get your parents to buy you MS Flight Sim with the special joy stick
 
2021-04-21 9:39:18 PM  
I was absolutely certain that when I grew up I would own a car just like the Mach 5, except it would have machine guns instead of those stupid saw blades. (Because let's face it: those saw blades were just ridiculous.)
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2021-04-21 9:43:36 PM  
Being told that only I could prevent forest fires. I'm 5 years old and don't live anywhere near a forest you farking bear.
 
2021-04-21 9:57:54 PM  
I was terrified of catching AIDS. Despite not being at all sexually active. Or really knowing exactly what AIDS or sex really were.

Thanks tv.
 
2021-04-21 9:58:26 PM  
Tornadoes, Bigfoot and swimming pool drains were VERY concerning issues for a few years.
 
2021-04-21 10:01:33 PM  
we are living it now.
 
2021-04-21 10:32:09 PM  
After watching The Poseidon Adventure (the 1972 one), living in a coastal city, I was terrified that a tidal wave would turn everything upside down and I would die under a capsized building.

Seriously.  A local radio station called itself "The Wave" and that billboard scared the living shiat out of me.
 
2021-04-21 10:34:44 PM  
Um, Subby, I don't want to be a nay-sayer but your fear might have been a bit more rational than you thought:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti​c​le-2409033/Chinese-boy-He-Yide-5-young​est-person-fly-plane-unassisted.html

What a show-off. You know he must be Chinese because how many countries have enough people to produce a 5-year old pilot? It's one thing to be skiing down hill on a Swiss mountain at 5, another thing to be at the controls of an aircraft. A friend of mine saw the child on the Swiss mountain and was quite put out by the skill of the toddler.
 
2021-04-21 11:25:14 PM  
This is a pretty dark question for a lot of people.
 
2021-04-22 12:04:04 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: After watching The Poseidon Adventure (the 1972 one), living in a coastal city, I was terrified that a tidal wave would turn everything upside down and I would die under a capsized building.

Seriously.  A local radio station called itself "The Wave" and that billboard scared the living shiat out of me.


There's a very good movie. An Australian movie by Peter Weir called the "The Last Wave" Just remember it's a 70's movie.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Las​t​_Wave

THE LAST WAVE (1977) - Remastered - Trailer | Available on DVD, BluRay and VOD September 2
Youtube I6ByjMqu2XE
 
2021-04-22 12:10:48 AM  
Getting a kick; i had 40 flight hours behind the stick and was prepared for my pilot's license at 16 (USA).
 
2021-04-22 12:12:41 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: After watching The Poseidon Adventure (the 1972 one), living in a coastal city, I was terrified that a tidal wave would turn everything upside down and I would die under a capsized building.

Seriously.  A local radio station called itself "The Wave" and that billboard scared the living shiat out of me.


'The Wave' was a mildly entertaining movie within the last year or so that had nothing to do with water
 
2021-04-22 12:56:25 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: I was terrified of catching AIDS. Despite not being at all sexually active. Or really knowing exactly what AIDS or sex really were.

Thanks tv.


Gen X represent.
 
2021-04-22 2:19:48 AM  
As an old fart, I still have the landing a plane dream sometimes. I guess it is more universal that I thought.
 
2021-04-22 2:30:45 AM  
I grew up in the Cold War and just knew I was going have to survive in an apocalyptic hellscape.

Living in an HOA dominated area has been worse than anything my kid mind could imagine.
 
2021-04-22 3:13:20 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: I was terrified of catching AIDS. Despite not being at all sexually active. Or really knowing exactly what AIDS or sex really were.

Thanks tv.


Public Information Film - Aids 1986
Youtube 9SqRNUUOk7s


/ don't live in britian it would scare me as a kid
 
2021-04-22 3:21:24 AM  

foo monkey: Having sex, which hasn't been a problem for me for quite some time.


LaTour - People Are Still Having Sex
Youtube 0ImRyPymRAM


/nor me foo, sigh
 
2021-04-22 3:25:51 AM  
1991 Detroit Devils Night TV Spot PSA
Youtube i4M1o5PfFIg


/ this used to spook me as a kid. I used to live in the better neighborhoods of detroit as a kid
 
2021-04-22 4:11:29 AM  
If a kid were the only person on a plane able to function, he or she would have to take charge. I applaud subby for the preparation.
 
2021-04-22 4:23:13 AM  
Lava. Then as adult and lived right near some for a while and it did get "close" at one point. I felt unprepared.
 
2021-04-22 5:15:04 AM  
clowns will get me.
 
2021-04-22 5:20:41 AM  
Unexpected/unintentional time travel or dimension slip.  My mom had these thick books from Reader's Digest and they were full of conspiracies, cryptids, ghost stories and the like.
 
2021-04-22 5:28:17 AM  
What worry used to fill your little kid noggin?

twitches * The same ones that fill my adult manchild noggin, subbytwitches *

/ I suppose one of my stranger fears, and one of my strange-but-justified fears, respectively, were of kissing and of my family finding out I was attracted to the opposite gender
// I solved both by becoming a cr#ppy, undateable, human being
 
2021-04-22 5:47:09 AM  
I used to worry that I wouldn't wake up after falling asleep.

/yeah, I was pretty f*cked up as a kid
 
2021-04-22 5:51:49 AM  
Nuclear war.  Going through 'Going Turtle' drills ducking under our desks.  It was B.S., the teachers knew it was B.S., we knew it was this scary thing that no amount of planning or proper execution could save your ass from, and still we went through the motions.
 
2021-04-22 6:01:43 AM  
My fear was that the environment would be totally destroyed. All species of wild animals would be extinct, all wild habitats would be gone. Water and air would be poisonous. The only reason it barely bothers me now is that it's all been in the process of happening my whole life, and I'm used to it.
 
2021-04-22 6:14:47 AM  
When I was five I saw a news report about ethnic cleansing in Kuwait and I was terrified. Five year old me had no concept of distance so I thought it must be happening near my home since it was on the nightly news.

/Also lava, quicksand, and AIDS.
 
2021-04-22 6:27:09 AM  
I was led to believe that quicksand would be a much bigger problem than it really was.
 
2021-04-22 6:30:10 AM  
Uhhhh

My dad actually took off when he was like three or four

They caught the landing gear
 
2021-04-22 6:32:36 AM  
I once hit my head on a protruding bolt while playing around a neighbors fence and gave myself a scalp wound, it bled a great deal like scalp wounds do, but it was really superficial, I hurried home and all the way home I recited the multiplication tables because I was worried that I would have a brain injury. I guess I thought the act of mental effort would protect me in some way.

I worried for years of losing my mind; it was kind of a relief once I found Fark and lost it for good.
 
2021-04-22 6:34:03 AM  
Which is a way lamer story than the time he had to land on a highway

Anyhow, I'm not allowed to fly because we know how that will end.  Tragically in a field of soybeans.  The family airport is still licensed though.
 
2021-04-22 6:36:46 AM  
I was probably somewhere between 8-10 years old, whenever I'd go to the basement for something by myself I would imagine that there were "ghost wolves" chasing me when I'd get close to the steps. The last 5-10 feet to the steps I'd sprint and run up the steps as fast as I could (with whatever was in my hands) and I'd always turn back and close the basement door, imagining that the wolves were at the foot of the steps in the basement. Safe till the next time I have to go to the basement. Eventually my prenatal got the basement finished, I grew up and the wolves disappeared.
 
2021-04-22 6:37:09 AM  
kozlo:

Um, parents, not prenatal. Wtf autocorrect.
 
2021-04-22 6:47:11 AM  

themindiswatching: I used to worry that I wouldn't wake up after falling asleep.

/yeah, I was pretty f*cked up as a kid


I had this also.
 
2021-04-22 7:06:22 AM  
Boring-story-bro/sis: I suffer from anthophobia(which is apparently obscure enough that it isn't in my computer's dictionary...); depending on the type of flower, I'll either be mildly uncomfortable or it'll trigger my flight-or-fight response (on one occasion, somebody decided to test my reaction, and I literally knocked a woman to the ground; I apologised profusely afterwards :/ ) When I was a young child, to get to school I had to walk past a plant growing out of a whole in a stone wall; my grandmother used to feed my fear by telling me that that plant was going to eat me, and I used to sprint the length of the wall past it

/ Perversely, I enjoy going for walks in the woods 🤷🏻♂
 
2021-04-22 7:19:15 AM  
Quicksand was a bigger issue back in the late 60's and early 70's.
 
2021-04-22 7:23:34 AM  
Vision Jet: Safe Return™ Emergency Autoland
Youtube PiGkzgfR_c0


Won't be long and the passengers will just need to push the Emergency Landing button after the pilots have the fish.
 
2021-04-22 7:25:44 AM  
Oh, and IRT I'd be one of the quicksand kids. What was with TV in the 70s anyway?
 
2021-04-22 7:33:38 AM  
I saw 'The Day After' as a fairly young kid and it just horrified me. I've hated war and conflict ever since and find the concept itself stupid and outmoded. Looking back now, the film is somewhat hokey in production value (compared to more recent films), but it still is unsettling to me.
 
2021-04-22 7:35:32 AM  
Nuclear war.
I was 5 in 1959.
Then I read "On the Beach".

Yeah, don't read that book unless you're out of your teens.
 
2021-04-22 7:50:28 AM  
Falling elevators. I feared that I'd be exiting one and as it fell, it'd sever my legs off.

Still have that one in the back of my mind, though.
 
2021-04-22 7:51:02 AM  
 I prepared for a time that other peoples stupidity during a worldwide crisis would cause me harm, despise my best efforts to save myself by doing the right thing.

Good thing nothing like THAT will ever happen!
 
2021-04-22 8:09:20 AM  
I was seven when my uncle told me of the final fate of the solar system, namely the dun expanding and destroying the Earth. I was upset for weeks and remember laying on my bedroom floor thinking about what to do about the fate of the world a billion or so years in the future. I tried to figure out how to stop it, which in 1989 with only a Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia to guide me, I did not get very far.
 
2021-04-22 8:13:13 AM  
When I was about 11 or 12, I must have watched Terminator 2 and some doomsday documentary because i was gripped by the fear of an asteroid randomly striking the earth and making everything go all "Judgement Day".
 
2021-04-22 8:13:15 AM  
Russian or Nazi paratroopers landing outside my school and taking over
 
2021-04-22 8:23:22 AM  
That there was a giant monster in a lake in Scotland and why wasn't anyone doing anything about this!?
 
2021-04-22 8:33:59 AM  

ReluctantLondon: Boring-story-bro/sis: I suffer from anthophobia(which is apparently obscure enough that it isn't in my computer's dictionary...); depending on the type of flower, I'll either be mildly uncomfortable or it'll trigger my flight-or-fight response (on one occasion, somebody decided to test my reaction, and I literally knocked a woman to the ground; I apologised profusely afterwards :/ ) When I was a young child, to get to school I had to walk past a plant growing out of a whole in a stone wall; my grandmother used to feed my fear by telling me that that plant was going to eat me, and I used to sprint the length of the wall past it

/ Perversely, I enjoy going for walks in the woods 🤷🏻♂


For anybody reading this and going "that's not a thing", it's a thing.   Knew an anthophobe in college.  I remember smuggling food to her dorm room on Valentine's day because she couldn't go into the cafeteria (roses on every table).
 
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