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cosmichobo
24th January 2006, 12:12 PM
So I walk out the back door, and feel the electric sticky grasp of a spider's web on my right arm and leg... You would react - how?

I did a little dance, shivered, made small whimpering noises, then finally let my intellect take over and looked up to the gutter where "Charlotte" (gotta love a fiance who gives names to your mortal fears) was curled up asleep for the day...

For the past few weeks we've had "Charlotte" setting up home on our rear deck, making a huge web by night, usually gone by morning after she's had her dinner. Sometimes however parts of it remain, as per above.

Before naming her, my fiance checked online and found out she is a so called "harmless" garden orb weaving spider, who allegedly is more scared of us than we are of her. Sure. Said fiance the other day found her day-time hangout, curled up asleep on the underside of the guttering. So at least now I know where to look...

For the unarachnophobic, here is a link to a picture of Charlotte I took last week.

http://users.bigpond.com/cosmichobo/pics/charlotte.jpg


So, please - help me feel better! What is your phobia? Does it make you do strange dances too?

(Will also add I hate being on sea-faring vessels due to a Titanic-complex...)

cheers

ruegen
24th January 2006, 12:15 PM
zip, and I don't mean as in zipper. I don't get frantic about anything. There is a lot I don't like including people but there isn't anything I have a clinical phobia of.

tommelbourne
24th January 2006, 12:19 PM
For me, Moths completely creep me out. In my house, i am usually the one person who is awake the latest, as i am a compulsive reader and stay up to all hours reading in my bed. Unfortunately, this means that my bedside lamp is usually the last light to be on in the house every night, making my room (and especially the area directly next to my head, for this is where the light sits) a magnet for all things flying and fuzzy and gross.

Needless to say, i have a can of fly spray within arms reach at all times while i read.

sunrisesister
24th January 2006, 12:24 PM
ergh yes, spiders make me go all girly and stupid.
snakes - found a few big 'uns when growing up in Hong Kong. Ick.

And..

Lighthouses :( cant look at them - they freak me out man!

Silver
24th January 2006, 12:31 PM
Dogs.

I'm getting better, but just seeing any dog gives me a rush of butterflies to the stomach.

mechcon
24th January 2006, 12:31 PM
spiders & heights are the general textbook phobias, also losing more family members, otherwise? i have more hatred in individuals opinions/idealisms than fears :)

ruegen
24th January 2006, 12:57 PM
M$ ;)

markh
24th January 2006, 12:58 PM
Bee's (Only because have an allergy to them if stung)

mechcon
24th January 2006, 12:59 PM
LOL i dont fear microsoft, otherwise the terrorists win if they see the fear, its a hatred :P

iluvmymactoo
24th January 2006, 01:17 PM
I have a phobia about mistaken identity.

I worry that someone in particular might think I am someone else.... :o

Bart Smastard
24th January 2006, 01:18 PM
I have a fear of phobiacs.
You guys creep me out :lol:

Ben™
24th January 2006, 01:19 PM
I have Anatidaephobia, the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.

ruegen
24th January 2006, 01:19 PM
Originally posted by iluvmymactoo@Jan 24 2006, 01:17 PM
I have a phobia about mistaken identity.

I worry that someone in particular might think I am someone else.... :o
gday Bob, remember me?

gizo
24th January 2006, 01:53 PM
i have a fear of disorder on the kitchen sink
my wife says it's not a phobia, it's just anal.

MichaelS
24th January 2006, 01:55 PM
I'm phobiphobic. I have a fear of phobias.

benni_c
24th January 2006, 03:12 PM
...and I thought that I was the only one. Moths, I can't stand them. Being the male in the household I get the Honorary job of insect clean up. When it comes to moths I hold up my hands and say "No!". You saw it, you deal with.

p53
24th January 2006, 08:34 PM
Balloons. My evil brother used to pop them in my face when we were little. Still scares the shit out of me so bad that I can't bring myself to blow them up.

pipsqeek
24th January 2006, 08:58 PM
I have a fear of cockroaches. I hate the things. I put most spiders outside. but roaches, I kill - through fear. :cry:

I'm scared of heights, but I still go up :ph34r:

I'm scared of my machines failing. I back up, but it's just a hassle. :unsure:

Cheers
pips

PS. p53 - do these scare you?
http://www.cheekynites.com.au/images/novelties%20050_sml.jpg

Goodbye
24th January 2006, 08:59 PM
I don't think I have a "phobia" about anything really. Sure I don't like spiders or snakes, but I don't live in mortal fear of them. I'm like pips, I put most of them (spiders) outside. Heights don't really bother me, and speaking in public I did a lot of when I was in school so even that doesn't freak me out.

Tejas
24th January 2006, 09:04 PM
mine used to be speaking in public but last time i spoke at church cured that - i spoke in fromt of about 2500 people fine.

my main ones are air turbulance - i flew on monday and the turbulance was so bad the captain was talking about spinning around and diverting to canberra

also i'm a bit of a clustrophobic.

cosmichobo
24th January 2006, 09:25 PM
I put my fear of spiders down to one of 2 things...

a) My dad building a cubby house when I was young, then putting it under a big tree in the corner of the yard, perfect for spiders to nest in...

and/or

B) Doctor Who. Planet of the Spiders. 1-2 foot long spiders that jump on your back and control you...

As for roaches... Move to Darwin. That'll cure you. They're Everywhere!!

Georgina EG
24th January 2006, 09:27 PM
Spiders! I lived in an old house with high ceilings some years ago in Adelaide, and one night I went to bed not too concerned that there was a large spider on the ceiling the other end of the room . . . until it dropped on my face during the night!!!! Now it's WW3 whenever I see one of any size, machine guns, mortars, tanks, atomic bombs, I bring out the lot.

Mice don't bother me - not that I see many - and once watched one less than a metre from where I was sitting trying to drag a trap under a Vulcan oil heater. He thought it was takeaway.

mwot
24th January 2006, 10:02 PM
Originally posted by Georgina EG@Jan 24 2006, 10:27 PM
Mice don't bother me - not that I see many - and once watched one less than a metre from where I was sitting trying to drag a trap under a Vulcan oil heater. He thought it was takeaway.
Georgina - that's because the spiders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_Birdeater) eat them for you! :o ;)

I remember living in a old, old house which also had very high ceilings. I was up late in the lounge and ready to go to bed when I saw from the corner of my eye a very, very large huntsmen. Perfectily harmless, of course. But it's the way they move. Both intriguing and freaky at the same time - perhaps freaky because it's so intriguing!

Anyway, this spider was up on the ceiling above the TV. What really freaked me out was that when I moved from infront of the TV to the loungeroom door ... the thing followed me, man! I mean, I moved, it moved in the same direction. I paused, it paused. Eventually, I completely freaked and darted through the door.

Didn't watch TV for a couple of days after that ... :rolleyes:

Georgina EG
24th January 2006, 10:26 PM
It saw you as a meal mwot, watching you for days just waiting to pounce and spin its sticky web! Is there a mummified member of your family hanging around somewhere you hadn't noticed?

When I first came to Australia I tried to catch a large spider in my sister's lounge, but the thing actually jumped over the broom head and darted away escaping through a crack in the skirting board. I'm happier playing ball with a dog.

I didn't click onto your link, I don't like pictures of spiders either.

cosmichobo
24th January 2006, 11:09 PM
I'm pretty sure it was an urban myth... but I got an email a few years ago about a guy who smuggled a cactus he'd bought in Mexico through customs, and planted it in his back yard in Adelaide.

One day he went out and the cactus was wobbling. He called around a few agriculturalists and found a specialist who listened to his description, then told him to get his family and run! Shortly thereafter a fire truck pulled up and using a flamethrower fried the cactus, and the hundreds of foot sized tarantulas that were about to burst out of it... The email kindly then had a picture of a dinner plate with one of these huge spiders sprawled across it.

When I lived in Darwin I used to have hunstmen come into my room, which was under my parents house. Harmless I'm sure... but seeing them running along walls... Makes me think of the Aliens movie.

symean
25th January 2006, 07:09 AM
Public speaking. Haven't built a bridge and gotten over it...yet.

Spiders and roaches and all that scare me if they surprise me, but I have no problem dealing with them.

Not like my dad, though...if he sees a huge spider ont he wall, he'll just walk up to it and smack it with his hand. :o

...I recently had the pleasure (sick pleasure, really) of explaining to my new Norwegian housemate what a Huntsman was, and showing him :)

http://gallery.phuq.co.uk/albums/tweed-valley/IMG_0360.sized.jpg
(general pic)

Ha! How many people just saw that and shuddered!

Jaffa
25th January 2006, 08:04 AM
aaaah! why did you have to show me that picture./ i am already loOking under my chair! OH, AND IF YOU DIDNT REALIZE, I HATE SPIDERS!!!! eeeewwww!!!

spilla
25th January 2006, 08:28 AM
one time when i was like 8.....i was in bed, nearly asleep, then i see a huge huntsman basically jump from my wall to my bed.....i was out of there in no time! ......so yea, thats made me hate huntsmans ever since... :(

susiegb
25th January 2006, 08:59 AM
oh god - I would have thought I'd be safe from spiders here!!!!! I can't believe whoever it was who posted that photo - I can't even scroll back and see who it was!!

For the record - we moved to Australia (from the UK) when I was 10 and I remember sitting at a bus stop in Collaroy and picking up a newspaper that was lying there. There was a big article (well in my memory it was big!) about a 'plague of funnel web spiders in Dee Why' - the next suburb. From then on I had to strip my bed before I got into it and shake out my shoes, etc. I don't do that any more but I still get extremely wobbly around any spider bigger than a 20cent piece (including legs!)

The other day at work, someone was talking about how some years ago they had built a house in Maleny. What they hadn't realised was that they were right in the middle of some funnel web spider route! For about 2 years these spiders would walk through the house every day.

I would have had to sell the house - no question!!! :)

Georgina EG
25th January 2006, 09:30 AM
Please delete the spider from the forum, it isn't funny or clever, but dangerous, I have a heart problem and can no longer visit this forum while that is there. If it is removed I will need to be told by PM.

HDK
25th January 2006, 09:43 AM
Used to be SCORPIANS....
Once I had one crawl up my leg in a sleeping bag three times, each time I brushed it off. When I finally got up with a torch to check it out all hell broke loose for my other camp mates as I bashed the little bastard with my torch in the dark yelling "F&^%ing Scorpian!!"

p53
25th January 2006, 09:57 AM
Originally posted by pipsqeek@Jan 24 2006, 08:58 PM
PS. p53 - do these scare you?
http://www.cheekynites.com.au/images/novelties%20050_sml.jpg
hahah not in a photo. but if I had to touch them I would want to throw up. Took me a long time to bring myself to buy one of those fitness balls. And a few months later the damn thing popped! While I was using it!! :cry:

asphotos
25th January 2006, 10:28 AM
i have a fear of computer mice with more than one button.

:P

cosmichobo
25th January 2006, 10:29 AM
My phobia's quite strange, because although yes, looking at that spider pic made me shudder, I could still look at it and admire it... and - I even went to a spider exhibit at the Darwin Museum a few years ago. They had hundreds of spiders on show, including the world's largest, bird eating spider from the Amazon or somesuch.

Something to make you never go outside again... Some spiders fly! They go to the top of a tree, and start spinning web, spin spin spin.... lots of web, til the wind picks it and them up and they float off on the thermal currents to a new location... ie your head!!!

(Sorry, if I have to panic, so do you...)

AusMac
25th January 2006, 02:02 PM
I play with snakes, spiders and bees.. have no fear of them .. or rather had no fear of bees until the day a storm knocked over a hive I had stacked too high.. I tried to put it back together.. the weather was cool, still sprinkling slightly and the bees were immensely pissed off. Sacred of one bee? Try taking on a couple of hundred thousand .. I was wearing them all over.. They were frantically trying to tear the overalls off me and looking for ways in. Wherever the bee veil touched the back of my head they were stinging in droves. I had to leave my yard and travel two kilometres away before they left me alone. Suffice to say I have been more cautious about playing with bees since.

Snakes and spiders generally do not care to bother humans, though I have had times .. When I found out how pissed off snakes can get when you stand on them. I was looking up a tree straining to hear another call from that unidentified bird.. Luckily I had work boots on .. for the brown snake.. struck my boot at least 50 times before I realised what was going on. I could hear this noise then as my conciousness directed more towards this new noise.. and looked down.. My boot was covered with poison. I leapt one metre high and two metres back in one mighty bound.. The snake pissed off in the opposite direction faster than me. However I am still not scared of snakes.. In fact .. I have found that snakes are telepathic. If only you are listening.
But all these snake and spider stories are for another thread..

My phobia could be classed as rednecks, the human kind. It scares me that such people exist. They are worse than being stuck in a swamp with a billion mosquitoes which is another of my phobias. However I manage to control myself in both situations so I mustn't be all that phobic at all.

Beast5500
25th January 2006, 02:48 PM
www.phobialist.com

Currawong
25th January 2006, 03:29 PM
I'm not fond of spiders, having a house full of hustman spiders growing up...

Anything that has many legs and crawls i generally wont go near. A close encounter once with a hunstman meant i had to sit in an open space away from any object that could hide a spider for a few hours...I'm not so bad now though, as shown by having the ledgendary "driving along the highway and pulling down the sun visor to reveal a huge huntsman" experience. Thankfully, in times of extreme danger I act very calm. I managed to pull over before going bananas.

AusMac
25th January 2006, 07:47 PM
and a friend of mine told me a story of a spider that lived in the car and how it used to swing outside the window on its web while going around corners.

oscar04
25th January 2006, 09:47 PM
Haircuts. Something about having to sit in front of a mirror for 20 mins making small talk with someone you dont know. I can see myself looking uncomfortable which of course makes me even more uncomfortable. Always afraid person cutting hair will see me grimacing, be offended and seek revenge by leaving me with a mullet.

Oh, and peaches, evil evil peaches.

sputnik1
25th January 2006, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Currawong@Jan 25 2006, 03:29 PM
...I'm not so bad now though, as shown by having the ledgendary "driving along the highway and pulling down the sun visor to reveal a huge huntsman" experience. Thankfully, in times of extreme danger I act very calm. I managed to pull over before going bananas.
Good for you! I would have rolled the bloody car.... I hate spiders.

mwot
25th January 2006, 10:51 PM
Originally posted by oscar04@Jan 25 2006, 10:47 PM
Haircuts. Something about having to sit in front of a mirror for 20 mins making small talk with someone you dont know. I can see myself looking uncomfortable which of course makes me even more uncomfortable. Always afraid person cutting hair will see me grimacing, be offended and seek revenge by leaving me with a mullet.

OMGosh! You, too! :o

I don't know what it is, but I keep putting off haircuts until I can stand the thick, puffy, '70s style hair-do no longer. So much so, that I have to psych myself at least a week in advance to prepare to have my ears lowered.

Bart Smastard
25th January 2006, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by Bart Smastard@Jan 24 2006, 01:18 PM
I have a fear of phobiacs.
You guys creep me out :lol:
I have to reiterate my own post. You phobiacs are creepy.

soulman
25th January 2006, 11:37 PM
Originally posted by oscar04@Jan 25 2006, 10:47 PM
Haircuts. Something about having to sit in front of a mirror for 20 mins making small talk with someone you dont know....

Oh, and peaches, evil evil peaches.
That's some phobia thang you've got going there dude. Impressive. B) Not sure what you can do about the evil peaches (which I'm certain are out to get you) but barbers are easily avoided by using clippers.

As I write this, I have a medium sized black house spider crawling around in the in-tray on my desk. I've been watching it for the last few days - on the wall above the tray - and think it's on its way out. Critters are a functional reality where I live - arthropods of every kind, reptiles, even wild peaches. I was totally paranoid about snakes and not overly keen on most of the other guys when I moved here from Melbourne but, after 20 odd years, one does get used to them. My teenage daughter, born here in the sticks, is completely at home with all the creepy crawlies.

The turning point for me with snakes was one hot morning after a very late night (playing music far from home) when I heard the unmistakable sound of a snake in the kitchen shelves right under the gas burners where I was attempting to boil water for a much needed coffee. It was one of those defining moments in life. One of those times where a critical choice must be made. I really needed my coffee but I wasn't wearing any shoes (or much else) and really didn't want to experience that cool scaly feeling of snake around my ankles so, I did what any self respecting coward would do and retreated to bed.

I flopped onto the mattress just in time to see the last 6 inches of a brown snake disappearing into an opening in the wall (which was somewhat under construction) and, I will admit, sort of lost my shit a little bit at this point. In the next few minutes (seconds? hours?) I went through a kind of quasi-existentialist crisis of consciousness. Or something. I beat a careful retreat from the house - taking care not to step on or otherwise disturb the other one in my kitchen - and came back later, knowing that I could only hope that my reptilian friends had vacated. There was no way I could be sure, I just had to hope.

Two days later I spotted a big brown snake a few metres away from where I was standing (outside) and my heart rate didn't even rise. After the close encounters, just seeing one outside was like, "yeah, whatever." I had more inside that summer - two occasions - but it didn't faze me and I haven't been freaked out by a snake since then.

Scared of heights though and it's got worse as I've got older...

designers_hub
26th January 2006, 12:27 AM
spiders, creepy insects, dirty corners in my parent's kitchen (very scary trust me on this one).

jboles
26th January 2006, 01:19 AM
The prospect of drowning.

Edit: Or any form of suffocation, for that matter.