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What Spooks You?

Happy Halloween! At my house we have been talking about this holiday for months! I sent a "princess" to preschool and the Olympic gymnast "Shawn Johnson" to kindergarten. My girls are not only stoked that they get to wear their costumes all day long, but they get to celebrate all things spooky: cobwebs, spiders, and monsters. In a recent survey of what Americans fear the most, things that creep, crawl, and slither almost topped the list, so my girls are not far off for measuring what spooks the nation.

The greatest fear of the folks surveyed was getting in an accident like a plane crash, car accident, or being struck by lightning. The second greatest fear was having an encounter with a dangerous animal like a snake, spider, or shark. Quite low on the list were fears about developing health problems; only five percent of surveyed Americans feared diseases, compared to the 29 percent fearing accidents and 27 percent fearing scary animals. Ironically, this survey was conducted by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and of the small percentage of folks who fear developing a disease, only two percent worry about diabetes. In stark contrast, the ADA believes that 57 million people in the US are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes, and according to the National Lightning Safety Institute about 1,000 Americans are struck by lightning annually.

Since it is Halloween and all, I was wondering . . .


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rafaela-losardo rafaela-losardo 8 years
I have a large number of family members who died of cancer, and now my mother has found something "weird" in her breast...I'm scared the shit out for my mom, and deep down for me too.
bluesweater bluesweater 8 years
All of the above and then some.
herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
definitely cancer. I have family members who have died from it. It doesn't help that I smoke. Which is why I'm cutting down, aiming to quit =] Getting cancer seriously scares me
Angelface7 Angelface7 8 years
except for cancer i mean ...
Angelface7 Angelface7 8 years
I voted for Cancer, nothing on that list scares me.
Advah Advah 8 years
Snakes. It's not a fear, it's a phobia; it's not about being bitten specifically, it's just snakes - scales, slithering, anything snake-y. I can't walk barefeet in the grass or look up in trees, and when I'm stressed out I get horrible snake nightmares or get flashes of slithering snakes during the day. :( No idea where it comes from! Wackdoodle - I get that too. Not about sponges, but I know the feeling you're trying to describe. Until only a few years ago, I'd have that recurrent nightmare whenever I had a fever, where I was in a red room where the walls were bumpy and the whole room would just swell and un-swell (is that a word?). I don't get the nightmare anymore, but there are some fabric or objects I can't touch because the texture gives me the same feeling. My flatmate gets the same thing too, feels good to know I'm not crazy! :D
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I have a fear of being kidnapped/murdered. Whenever I hear weird noises at night, I'm afraid someone is coming into my home and going to kidnap me. I also hate airplanes, and freak out at takeoff and landing. I never ride rollercoasters (sad, huh?). Pretty much fear of heights and sudden death.
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I'm terrified of planes, which is funny because I have to take them constantly, but I hate them. Rats really freak me out too. I don't like knifes either. I hide the knifes in my house before I go to bed, I just hate to see them around. And then, of course, cancer.
Txredd Txredd 8 years
My main fear is cancer, as it runs in both sides of my family, as does heart disease. My Dad passed away 14 years ago from brain and lung cancer, 4 months after he was diagnosed. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to go though. :(
audrina audrina 8 years
All of the above, but cancer is the big one for me. My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer last summer. And it seems like everyone is getting it these days. Its very hard for me to deal with. I've had a terrible year.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
My fear is completely irrational. I am afraid of heights. I don't like standing on chairs or ladders or looking out at gorgeous views or from tall buildings. In fact I lived in a second story of a building for 3 years while studying and could not bring myself to look out the windows...yup completely irrational.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I don't like really BIG bugs. Little bugs are fine, but BIG bugs, no way! I'm not really afraid of getting cancer. I figure if I get it, then I'll deal with it, I don't want to live my life worrying about getting it.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
cancer .... it's the slow lingering death thing that terrifies me. And I'm unnaturally scared of spiders! I hate anything that will crawl towards you, it terrifies me when I see a spider and it comes at me!! I know it's silly and I could just step on it but I find myself running away and looking over my shoulder to see if it's catching up. So I'm not afraid of things like lizards because they always run away from you. wackdoodle that's a really interesting phobia, do you have any idea how you came about it? I can only think of one other thing that swells in size really quickly....
glamgoddess glamgoddess 8 years
The dark too. But I am at such high cancer risk because of family history and I used to smoke.. ugh. It scares me everyday.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
All of the above!!!
gr_09 gr_09 8 years
lizards...those creatures scare the day lights out of me.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I hate spiders so your picture choice gave me chills. However, cancer is much scarier.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm also terrified of throwing up or getting food poisoning, like unnaturally obsessed with the idea to the point where I'll wash my hands like, ten times if I have to touch raw chicken while cooking.
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
definitely getting cancer and then having my house burn down, last year was SCARY!!! i am a herpetologist so i definitely dont fear being bitten or encountering "creepy crawlys"! of course when they are where they shouldnt be i will admit it scares the crap out of me for a second.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Oh and haunted houses...I get panic attacks just at the thought of one. I know they're lame and fake, but I was apparently scarred for life by one.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
big crowds....I'm terrified that I'd get trampled.
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
Deep, murky, or dark water (like swimming at night & plus I'm not all that great a swimmer to begin with) absolutely terrifies me because I can't see whats there.
Nyczbelle Nyczbelle 8 years
all of the above!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I have a real fear of moldy/rotten food. Not the mold itself per se, but the decaying process that the food undergoes to make it inedible. It just really grosses me out that a bag of tasty salad can turn into slimy brown muck in just a few days. What's really weird about this is that I'm a microbiologist and I am around germs all the time. When they're in the lab, they are fine but when they're on MY FOOD they are really scary. I guess I'm also sort of afraid of eating spoiled food unknowingly...I really don't want a case of food poisoning!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm terrified of getting into a car crash that kills someone. I'm terrified of getting into a car crash that doesn't kill me, but leaves me horribly mangled. I have a weird neurosis about the alarm clock--I always have to check like 5 times to make sure that it's set to the right time and that the alarm is on before I can go to sleep. "I just find myself constantly focused and obsessed with fear about running out of gas while in a vehicle." I have that too, wackdoodle!
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