I've always been fascinated by things people fear. Not in a mocking way, I promise, more in the same way that I love people watching. It's interesting to know what makes people tick. I knew a girl growing up who was afraid of sharks, and got nervous around any body of water, even though sharks are rarely found in freshwater, Midwestern ponds or the shower. I mean, what causes our brains to imprint the things that panic us? I'm sure there's some scientific explanation, but if you know, you don't feel obligated to school me.
I have two things that really mess me up. One is ledges. Heights don't really bother me, in fact, I love a good panoramic view of a city. I've stayed in the upper floors of hotels without problems and been to the top of the Empire State Building without incident. But I used to have panic attacks about looking over the edge of the church balcony. One glance down on the rest of the congregation and I was a dizzy, short-of-breath mess. I can't think of a single reason why. I've never fallen over a ledge of any kind if you don't count being dropped off a diving board into the arms of my waiting swimming instructor by my mom as a kid. (I refused to jump, so she helped. And I still love swimming, so it didn't scar me for life or anything...)
My second makes even less sense. I hate wind-up music boxes. Can't stand them in a worst gift you could ever give me sort of way. I have three beautiful NYC snow globes, and I have no clue what they play. And if I have my way, I never will. That is the kind of psycho music boxes bring out in me. My grandma swears that this phobia is because I hated to sleep and they used to play a Winnie the Pooh wind-up toy in my crib. I say it's because the high-pitching tinkling is Satan's house music. I don't know who's right, but my friends will attest that playing a music box in my presence causes a high-speed come apart like no other!
Which leads me to ask...do you guys have any weird fears? Yell them out in the comments!