Big 50 Volume 10: Phobias

Ok, before I go on to do this post, I just wanted to thank those who have already donated to my Operation Baldy fund, I’m sitting at $270 raised in the first 24 hours of the project!  More than a quarter of my $1000 goal already.  If you’d like to contribute, and every dollar is welcome, here is the Linky Linky for paypal.  If you’re in Australia and don’t use Paypal, leave me a comment (it gives me your email address) and I’ll drop you an email to sort something out.

Now, without further ado, let’s get back to the Big 50 posts!

Phobias huh?  Well, I am definite arachnophobe.  Spiders terrify me.  You know how some people think it’s really funny to put a plastic spider in the visor of a car and scare someone?  Yeah, don’t do that to me.  Particularly not if you’re in the car with  me.  You will crash the car as a result of my panic.

Actually I really loathe that idea that it’s funny to prey on someone’s phobias and play practical jokes on them.  Phobias are not rational, nor are the reactions that people have when confronted with whatever they are phobic of.  Nobody should be induced into that kind of fear as a joke.

A friend of mine tried to cure me of my arachnophobia by taking me to the movie Arachnophobia.  I spent the entire movie in his armpit, sobbing hysterically.  Didn’t work at all.

There are a lot of phobias I don’t understand.  Like clowns or birds or  cockroaches.  I don’t understand them because those things can’t kill you.  Spiders, snakes, heights, sharks, water, all of those things can.  That doesn’t mean those phobias aren’t valid, just because they’re of things that aren’t as dangerous.

Years ago, I had another friend who was terrified of birds.  Unfortunately, I found out this fear, which he was deeply embarrassed by, when I chased him with a bantam chicken in a friend’s backyard one evening.  I was horrified to find out he was THAT terrified of birds and that I’d done something like that.  I’d never have done it if I’d known.

I don’t really have any other phobias.  I have a healthy fear of things like sharks or snakes or heights, but nothing that really sends me off the deep end like spiders do.

What is your phobia?


November 14, 2010. Big 50, Operation Baldy, phobias.


  1. mimbles replied:

    I don’t have any phobias but I am 100% with you on the matter of it being supremely unfunny to make a joke of triggering someone else’s phobia.

  2. paponda replied:

    My phobia is cruise ships. I was even happy to see the Carnival cruise disaster because it was so validating. I like land under my feet. Luckily no one can spook me with a miniature cruise ship.

  3. Frances replied:

    Spiders. I have only just come to terms with this. (I thought I was super cool about them, until one huntsman advanced towards me so I threw an envelop – AN ENVELOPE – at it and ran away.)

    • sleepydumpling replied:

      As a fellow arachnophobe, I hear you my sweet.

      Remind me to tell you my huntsman horror story one day.

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