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The Top 10 Weirdest Phobias That’ll Make You Laugh

The Top 10 Weirdest Phobias That’ll Make You Laugh

We're all scared of something, but here are the weirdest phobias we have heard of lately. Do any of these images freak you out?

Do you have one of the weirdest phobias? There are a lot of fear-worthy things out there: spiders, snakes, social interaction… Then there are the things that people fear that just seem funny to the rest of us. It seems like there’s a “phobia” for almost everything that could ever exist, even some things you might NEVER imagine people could be afraid of. Here’s a list of some of the most interesting phobias out there.

1. Xanthophobia

This is the fear of the color yellow. We think this is one of the weirdest phobias. This word comes from the Greek xantho literally meaning yellow. Where the fear comes from, I have no idea. Do people wince at the yellow crayon in a box? Can they eat lemons? Bananas? And what about THE SUN?

2. Linonophobia

From the Greek lino meaning string, this is simply the fear of string.


3.  Genuphobia

From the Latin genu meaning knee, genuphobia is the fear of knees and kneeling. I think I sense an NFL joke here somewhere…

4. Anatidaephobia

Another one of the weirdest phobias and perhaps the most laughable yet, a duck phobia. The fear that somewhere, somehow, there is a fearsome, evil, deviant DUCK that is WATCHING YOUR EVERY MOVE. Ducks are a little scary when they come running at you with those beaks and bills, but having a total fear of a duck watching you is a little overboard.

5. Aulophobia

From the Greek aulo meaning tube or pipe, aulophobia is the fear of flutes. Apparently, this used to result from PTSD when flute players were common in warfare on the battlefield.


6. Metrophobia

The fear of poetry. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I- I took the phobia less traveled by…

7. Pentheraphobia

This comes from the Greek word penthera which means mother-in-law. I mean, who can blame anyone who fears their mother-in-law?

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8. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Anyone who watched Wizard’s of Waverly Place remembers this one very vividly. This is, ironically, the fear of long words.

9. Pogonophobia

From the Greek pogon, which means beards. THE FEAR OF BEARDS! How can this even be possible?

10. Triskaidekaphobia

Fear of the number thirteen. I guess this could be seen more as a culturally-induced superstition than a fear. Regardless it’s pretty silly.



There you have it, the weirdest phobias we have heard of recently. What bizarre phobias have you heard of? Let us know in the comments below!

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