When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying "this is what we do to naughty boys". This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
At the beginning of Rob Zombie's song Dragula, the line "Superstition, fear and jealousy" was a clip spoken by Christopher Lee in the film, The City of the Dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
61% of Americans dread the holidays due to increased spending. 75% of parents with children under the age of 18 fear disappointing their children during the holidays. fox5ny.com/news/61-percen…
The "Leaning Tower of Pisa" should have collapsed a long time ago, but British Engineer John Burland managed to reverse the tilt. He could have made it completely straight but only reversed the tilt by 10% out of fear that turning it into the "Tower of Pisa" would anger a lot of people. listerious.com/facts-abou…
There are no legal ways to be buried in Longyearbyen (Norway). In 1950 they discovered bodies of residents from the 1918 flu pandemic which had not begun to decompose in the cold. Scientists fear the corpses, preserved in permafrost, could still contain live strains of the virus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The vulture and the little girl picture won the Kevin Carter's Pulitzer Prize showing a starving Sudanese child with a hooded vulture eyeing her from nearby, waiting for her to die. The photographer, Kevin Carter was told not to touch the child in fear of getting a fatal disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
One of the reasons people were wary of sending women to space was the fear her menstrual blood would flow back inside her, causing illness npr.org/sections/health-s…
Countries like China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have Tetraphobia, the fear of the number 4. Chinese people take care not to use the number 4 during important holidays, or if someone in the family is sick. Numbers such as 14, 24, and so on, are not used because they also have the number 4. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
In Medieval Europe, almost no one ate breakfast for its association with gluttony and fear of being labeled "low status". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 2005 Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) was set to host A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares. It was a reality stunt show in which contestants faced their fears for prizes. CBS decided it was too close to NBC's Fear Factor and cancelled it after filming four episodes. criticalhit.net/entertain…
The Greek God Cronus was eating his children in fear of them overthrowing him. His wife Rhea did not approve. When baby Zeus was born, she gave Cronus a rock wrapped in baby clothes. Later, the grown up Zeus along with his regurgitated siblings fought together against their father and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
The largest mass mailing in American history was the Understanding AIDS is a pamphlet in 1988. 126 million pamphlets were sent out hoping to reach every household in the USA. It contained information to avoid AIDS and encouraged the reader not to fear day-to-day contact with people with AIDS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
The last duel fought in Canada was in 1873 over a woman. Upon turning and firing, one duelist fell to the ground. Both duelists unknowingly had blanks loaded in their guns by their seconds. The one man fell because he fainted with fear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The 1947 British partition of India was driven by fear of civil war. Yet, in haste, borders went unannounced for days after Independence Day. As a result, Hindus didn't know if they would wake up one day in Pakistan, or Muslims in India. 15 million were displaced and over a million died in chaos newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Pokemon hasn't printed a Kadabra card in 17 years out of fear of another lawsuit by magician Uri Geller. screenrant.com/kadabra-po…
If Batman & Robin was more successful, a sequel was already planned. Batman Unchained, would have Clooney and O'Donnell reprising their roles, with Scarecrow and Harley Quinn as the main villains, and cameos from past villains appearing as hallucinations due to Scarecrow's fear gas. cbr.com/batman-unchained-…
Today I learned about Taphephobia: the fear of being buried alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead, and that before the era of modern medicine the fear was not entirely irrational and quite common. history.com/news/why-many…
Terry Gilliam, from Monty Python, director of 12 Monkeys, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, etc. also did the iconic animation for Monty Python Animation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession, more than double the rate of the general population, and psychiatry is near the top in terms of suicide rates - with many doctors who have mental health issues reluctant to seek professional help because of the fear of stigma webmd.com/mental-health/n…
Due to some deeply evolved responses to disease, fears of contagion lead us to become more conformist and tribalistic, and less accepting of eccentricity. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Zombies originated out African/Haitian folklore, but grew into the modern notion by slave drivers who used the fear of zombification to discourage suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
Proto-Germanic tribes created the word "bear" out of fear that using its true name, "arkto" would cause it to appear. This is considered by some to be the oldest known euphemism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Edvard Munch's art represented his own emotions, mostly the darker ones of fear, dread, loneliness, and sexual longing. The screaming figure in his famous lithograph print personifies existential horror metmuseum.org/art/collect…
The first non-Neapolitan to win the World Pizza Cup in Naples had to escorted off the stage by police for fear of being attacked by the crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Horses have blind spots on the front and back of their body. Keeping a hand on their body while walking around them decreases chances of kicking out of shock or fear. equisearch.com/articles/h…
When you get chills listening to music it stimulates reward pathways in the brain. Sad music often triggers chills more often than happy music, yet evokes positive emotions. Sad songs may activate a fear response in the brain, but when no real threat is present, the response turns positive. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Some would rather give up the option to hear their children for the first time with an implant because they fear the loss of the deaf-sub culture. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Only three people in the nation were qualified to hand-pack the parachutes for Apollo 15. Their expertise was so vital, they were not allowed to ride in the same car together for fear that a single auto accident could cripple the space program. history.com/news/moon-lan…
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of Jia Jiang, a startup founder who set out to overcome his fear of rejection in "100 Days of Rejection." He forced himself to ask strangers for favors with high risk of a "no" such as: Ask to borrow $100; ask for a free "burger refill" at a restaurant. His odd requests sometimes got a "yes." nextshark.com/chinese-ent…
Today I learned about SS Baychimo, a Swedish built 1,322 ton cargo steam-ship that was left abandoned by its crew in 1931 due to fear of sinking. Surprisingly, Baychimo did not sink, but instead drifted around as a ghost ship for nearly 40 years without a crew, she was last seen in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Neuroscientists have been "able to completely eliminate fear memories in mice" nationalgeographic.com/sc…
"Vertigo" is often used (incorrectly) to describe a fear of heights, but it is more accurately a spinning sensation that occurs when one is not actually spinning. Vertigo is called height vertigo when the sensation of vertigo is triggered by heights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acr…
Men originally played the women's parts in Shakespeare's plays because women were not allowed to appear on stage at the time. This gave rise to fears that the crossdressing may corrupt the men. bl.uk/shakespeare/article…
Lucille Ball was so frightened of birds in the house that she refused to stay in hotels that had pictures of birds and tore down expensive Japanese wallpaper in her house that had birds in its design. Her fear of birds dates to when her father died shortly after a bird flew into the family home. birdspot.co.uk/articles/b…
Rocky Marciano, the legendary boxer, had a fear of being β€œbroke” and was obsessed with cash. He hid cash in various places, and his accountant couldn’t convince him of the concept of β€˜checks’. Rocky gave away checks, sometimes as much as $50,000. He once traded a $5,000 check for $2,500 cash. vault.si.com/vault/1993/0…
There is a sound frequency that is said to induce a feeling of fear even when it is inaudible. sageaudio.com/blog/music-…
Today I learned about people who cannot feel fear due to a rare genetic disorder called Urbach-Wieth disease, which damage the amygdalae in the brain. The amygdala serves as a go-between for the parts of the brain that interpret sensory inputs and those that initiate fearful responses. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Tupac secretly dated Madonna but broke things off due to fear of his image being hurt vogue.com/article/tupac-l…
Between WW1 & WW2 the USA had a war plan in place for invading Canada in fears the British Empire would try to invade the USA through their colonies. War plan red was even updated to authorise the use of chemical weapons against Canadian citizens. youtube.com/watch?v=PDJsQ…
Around the world, there are more than 100 primitive β€˜uncontacted’ tribes that live in complete isolation from the modern world. Contact with some of these tribes has been attempted, but is now limited because of a fear of violence and spreading diseases. insider.com/uncontacted-t…
Today I learned about "safety coffins": a coffin fitted with a mechanism to prevent premature burial or allow the occupant to signal that they've been buried alive. The fear of being buried alive led to numerous patents for safety coffins during the 18th and 19th centuries and they are still available today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
The 1982 Modern English song "I Melt With You" is about love during atomic warfare. The band was inspired by the bleak living conditions in England at the time, a general fear of nuclear war, and their desire to avoid writing a typical love song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_M…
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a glass piano as a child. This delusion was not unheard of and was recorded in Europe and mainly suffered by royals, nobels and scholars (between C15 and C17). It was manifest as a fear that parts of their anatomy were made of glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
In the song (Don't Fear) The Reaper, which in its lyrics claim 40,000 men and women die every day, is a very low estimate - in 1976 when the song was released, it was over 100,000 more than that daily. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Do…
Cherophobia is fear of being happy. It is the belief that when one becomes happy,something bad will happen. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Human procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior because of the wide variety of reasons people do it. Although often attributed to "laziness", research shows it is more likely to be caused by anxiety, depression, a fear of failure, or a reliance on abstract goals. solvingprocrastination.co…
For the film Cape Fear, Robert De Niro reportedly took his body fat down to 4%. De Niro also paid a doctor $5,000 to grind down his teeth for the role to give the character 'Max Cady' a more menacing look, later paying $20,000 to have his teeth restored after the film production was over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
When the famous pirate Henry Morgan died, an amnesty was declared so pirates and privateers could come and pay their respects without fear of arrest. He was also given a state funeral in Port Royal, and buried with a 22-gun salute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, which is set in Japan to safely mock British institutions, was briefly banned in the UK in 1907 for fear of offending a visiting Japanese prince. The prince was very annoyed, because he'd wanted to see it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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