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…
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…
There is a sound frequency that is said to induce a feeling of fear even when it is inaudible. sageaudio.com/blog/music-…
Tupac secretly dated Madonna but broke things off due to fear of his image being hurt vogue.com/article/tupac-l…
Cherophobia is fear of being happy. It is the belief that when one becomes happy,something bad will happen. independent.co.uk/life-st…
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 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_…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
"Telephobia" is the fear of using the phone. Symptoms range from anxiety to Nausea and panic attacks. A 1993 study found 2.5 Million people with the phobia in the UK alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
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…
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…
In 525 BC, the Battle of Pelusium marked Egypt’s decisive defeat by the Persians and a milestone of psychological warfare. As Eygptian considered cats as sacred, the Persian Army used Cats as a shield. The Egyptians did not dare to shoot their arrows for fear of wounding the animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
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…
That's a 10 year olds American girl in fear of a war between the USA and the USSR wrote a letter to the Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov, got published in the Pravda, get a response from Andropov himself and an invitation to visit the USSR. (Which she did) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
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…
The Great Indian Bustard was a major candidate for being India's national bird, but over fears that it would be misspelled "Great Indian Bastard", it was rejected in favor of the peacock. Since then, the peacock has been thriving, while the bustard has been on the verge of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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…
The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder symptoms made popular by "Monk" (fear of germs, cleaning, repetitive actions, etc) is half or the "Compulsive" side of the disorder. The other side or "Obsessive" side have patients that struggle with unwanted sexual or violent thoughts they can't control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obs…
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…
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…
The difference between a healthy fear and clinical phobia is not logic. You can be afraid of anything , like this person who had a celebrity phobia. She was afraid of Hugh Jackman. popsci.com/article/scienc…
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…
Today I learned of Globophobia or the fear of balloons. Suffers of globophobia generally fear the sound of balloons popping and will normally refuse to touch, feel or go near them for fear of popping them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned about Amaxophobia an abnormal or persistent fear of being in, or riding in, a vehicle. Amaxophobic sufferers riding in a vehicle will typically fear the accident and its consequences, especially injury or death. phobia.wikia.org/wiki/Ama…
The frequency of Earth magnetic pole shift varied; geomagnetic reversals have been recorded every 250,000 years, and according to some data, every 100,000 years. The magnetic south and north were last replaced about 780,000 years ago, so the new shift that many fears is already "late". needforscience.com/geolog…
Arnold schoenberg suffered from triskaidekaphobia the fear of the number 13 as he lay in bed, he died that night simply because of the fear, at the age of 76 / 7+6= 13 and on friday the 13. famouscomposers.net/arnol…
Today I learned about Project West Ford. During the Cold War, out fear of the Russians sabotaging overseas communications. The USA launched 480 Million needles into space to try to create an artificial ionosphere to solve the issue. As of March 2020, 36 clumps of needles were still known to be in orbit as junk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about BarthΓ©lemy Thimonnier, a French tailor who invented the first (practical) sewing machine and opened the first machine-based clothing manufacturing company in the world. His factory was burned down by a mob of tailors who fear that his invention would ruin their business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
David Bowie had a fear of flying. After a rocky flight to Cyprus in the early 70s, he preferred to do most of his travelling around the world by train or ship. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Infrasound, a sound wave with frequencies below 20 Hz making it unable to be heard by people, can cause recipients to feel fear, anxiety, sorrow, depression, and nausea; it has also caused recipients to see hallucinations which causes them to think of it as a paranormal/supernatural event. eastcoastrip.org/weather-…
A research suggests that humans fear cockroaches the most, even more than mosquitoes, due to an evolutionary aversion. bbc.com/future/article/20…
During WWII, the Germans and the British independently discovered that they could use thin aluminum strips dropped from planes to jam enemy radar, but both sides refused to use this for over a year for fear the other would figure out the technique en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Rabies Disease produces Hydrophobia ("fear of water"), since the ability to transmit the virus would decrease significantly if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. Thus, attempts to drink or even suggestion of drinking can cause painful spasms in the throat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Jaws’ production woes added suspense. Unreliable mechanical sharks forced Spielberg to only suggest an unseen shark; actors heightened performances to help; J Williams’ ominous theme induced fear. Spielberg said β€œJaws went from Japanese Saturday matinee horror flick to more of a Hitchcock" theguardian.com/film/2015…
The name "Ivan the Terrible" reflects the older English usage of terrible as in "inspiring fear or terror; dangerous; or powerful" and not the more modern connotations in English where terrible means "defective" or "evil". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Humans can smell fear. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
So many cartel swift boats are slamming the West Coast that vessel-recovery services contracted by US Customs have stopped auctioning "pangas" for fear of replenishing cartel fleets. vice.com/en_us/article/ae…
Prior to the 92 Olympics several members of Australia’s Olympic basketball team threatened to boycott out of fears of contracting HIV from Magic Johnson. Australia basketball’s medical director Dr. Brian Sando recommended the Australians don’t play. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Mae Jemison, the first woman of colour to go into space, suffered from a fear of heights before embarking on the astronaut training that eventually led her to the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992 fastcompany.com/3046912/t…
Apollo 11 astronauts were Quarantined for 3 weeks after they landed on the Moon because of fears of spreading a β€œMoon Plague” space.com/apollo-11-astro…
A bakers dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in extra. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Studios was taken over and converted by the U.S. Army into an anti-aircraft base in fears that Japanese bombers would soon reach Los Angeles. It remained the only time a Hollywood studio came under military occupation in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Thousands of Cuban children were sent to America in the early '60s out of fear that they'd be sent to the Soviet Union. Jeff Bezos's stepfather was one of those children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
"thalassophobia" is an intense and persistent fear of the sea and can include fear of being in deep bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, and fear of distance from land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Fear of the unknown is the driving force behind many anxiety disorders spring.org.uk/2016/11/per…
Today I learned about Stank Baker, a man who had been booked to fly on the 1931 Avro Ten Southern Cloud disappearance only to cancel his flight and travel by train instead which saved his life. Because of this, he gained a fear of flying which became justified when he was killed by another flight 19 years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Cherophobia is fear of being happy. It is the belief that when one becomes happy,something bad will happen. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Though he had the rights, Steven Spielberg decided not to go ahead with β€œCape Fear” because it was too violent. He traded it with Martin Scorsese for one that he had the rights to, but decided against: β€œSchindler’s List.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Coastal rubber boas are native to southwestern Canada and the northwestern US. They are considered the most docile of boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes. There are no reports of rubber boas ever biting a human under any circumstance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The political theorist Thomas Hobbes was born prematurely when his mother heard of the coming invasion of the Spanish Armada he later wrote "My mother gave birth to twins: myself and fear." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Apart from the legendary Y2K, the crisis programmers really fear is in 2038, when systems running C will run out of dates popularmechanics.com/scie…
There is a psychological condition known as Cherophobia, It quite literally means the fear of being happy. Individuals with this condition are said to experience anxiety at joyful events like parties, refuse to engage in life improving oppotrunities, and shun joyous people. healthline.com/health/che…
Today I learned of "Project A119" a plan from 1958 in which the US Air Force wished to nuke the moon in an attempt to show power over the Soviets and also collect data on astrogeology. The project was eventually rejected due to fear of public backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In the Middles Ages, psychiatric disorder existed among the upper class causing people to fear that they were made of glass "and therefore likely to shatter into pieces". One famous sufferer was King Charles VI of France, who wore reinforced clothing to protect himself from "shattering" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Collecting toad sperm is easy; many release it in urine. Scoop 'em up and they urinate/ejaculate in fear. But what if they don't? According to Diane Barber of Fort Worth Zoo: "It's kind of weird, but if you hold them in your hand and look at them and bark at them like a dog, then they will pee". phys.org/news/2019-11-1st…
Isoroku Yamamoto, Admiral of the Japanese navy in WWII, who had first been assigned to sea, (following his opposition to the Tripartite pact with Germany and Italy), for fear that if he stayed on land he would be assassinated within a year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iso…
Today I learned about a woman with a brain condition that prevented her from feeling fear. "Indeed, she's been held at gunpoint and knifepoint, beaten by her husband, and inches away from a poisonous snake, but nothing seems to faze the Iowa woman." nydailynews.com/life-styl…
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…
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was challenged to a duel against James Laird. Clemens' marksmanship was so dreadful that his friend, Steve Gillis, shot off the head of a small bird before Laird arrived and told him that Clemens had shot it down. Thus, Laird retreated in fear and canceled the match. washingtontimes.com/news/…
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…
In 1999, 40 million people suddenly lost power in the Philippines, igniting fears of a possible military coup, only to find out that the cooling pipes of one power grid had sucked up 50 dump truck’s worth of jellyfish which caused the outage. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Bill Murray did his own version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was called Where the Buffalo Roam in 1980. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
After British Airways had a man enter the cockpit and nearly crash the plane, 16 American passengers settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit, the British passengers got $2000 and a free Fear of Flying Class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Kate Bush has only toured once, the Tour of Life, which ran for six weeks in 1979. The BBC suggested that she may have quit touring due to a fear of flying, or because of the death of a lighting engineer, Bill Duffield, who was killed in an accident during a warmup concert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. medicinenet.com/script/ma…
In 1918 at a Boy Scout medal ceremony, Teddy Roosevelt attempted to make a joke at Theodor Geisel’s expense by exclaiming β€œWhat’s this boy doing here?” but it backfired, causing the future Doctor Seuss to develop a lifelong fear of crowds. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Steven Spielberg traded Cape Fear with Martin Scorsese in return for Schindler’s List. After the controversy of Goodfellas and The Last a Temptation of Christ, Scorsese was reluctant to tackle such dire material, and Spielberg β€œwasn’t in the mood” to helm a movie about a β€œmaniac.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The Godzilla Franchise has the Guinness World Record for the longest continuously running movie franchise; its first installment in 1954 focused on the fears of a nuclear holocaust, with Godzilla's Tokyo rampage being filmed to mirror the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Eberhard I, the Duke of Wuerttemberg (1445-1495) once was praised as the richest prince amongst the German princes, as he was said to be able to rest his head on the lap of every one of his subjects without having fear for his life or property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebe…
Today I learned of a woman known as Patient S.M, who has no amygdala, which is the part of the brain responsible for fear. As a result she is unable to feel fear or read negative social cues, and doesn't understand personal space. The only time she ever felt fear is when a test was held replicating suffocation. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
On the Kon Tiki expedition across the Pacific, the 6 men would eat off of whatever came on board. There was a crab in a hole near the steering block that showed no fear, so they let it stay and named it Johannes. Johannes the crab kept the watchman company for the rest of the journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
Studio Ghibli caps their merchandise income at 10 billion yen, in fear that any more commercialization would make their characters 'die instantly' animenewsnetwork.com/inte…
Doris Day turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an honorary Academy Award and Kennedy Center Honors Award because her intense fear of flying made it impossible to accept the awards in person. dorisday.com/about#life-l…
The US Navy suffered one of its worst-ever defeats in the Battle of Savo Island in 1942, because a ship captain turned off his new-fangled radar out of fear it would reveal his position to the Japanese defenseone.com/ideas/2019…
Clinically, what is often seen as "relaxation" in a scruffed [grabbing the animal by the loose skin at the back of the neck] adult cat is actually behavioral shutdown, or learned helplessness that occurs when an animal experiences a very high level of fear and stress. phys.org/news/2019-08-scr…
The β€œstress hormone” cortisol is released by the adrenal glands in response to fear or stress. Researchers have studied the cortisol awakening response (CAR) and have found that cortisol is highest in the first hour of waking for people with an increased level of stress in their lives. healthline.com/health/mor…
The Egyptian national dish is mulukhiyah has in its cooking instructions is to heat an oil until still sizzling, to create a characteristic sound which people traditionally respond to with the shahka (Arabic: grasp for breath in fear or surprise). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Predators impact ecosystems more as a result of the fear they engender in prey then by actually killing their prey e360.yale.edu/features/th…
Today I learned about the Aztec Death Whistle. It was used in rituals as well as when marching into battle to intimidate and strike fear into their enemies. youtube.com/watch?v=I9QuO…
Severe heartbreak can cause emotional trauma which imprints on individuals' psychobiological wellbeing, affecting future responses to rejection or loss. A key factor to the trauma is 'being left' triggers primal separation fear – the fear of being left with no one to care for one's vital needs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
British longbows in the 1600's netted much longer firing ranges than the contemporary Native American Powhaten tribe's bows (400 yds vs. 120 yds, respectively). Colonists from Jamestown once turned away additional longbows for fear that they might fall into the Powhaten's hands. nps.gov/jame/learn/histor…
Today I learned of an anxiety disorder called Agoraphobia which causes you to have extreme fear of places. If it’s severe enough, you may not even be able to leave your home. You may not be able to visit with family and friends, go to school or work, run errands, or take part in other normal daily activities. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
Electricity was first installed in the White House in 1891. It was such a new concept that President Benjamin Harrison and his wife both refused to touch light switches due to their fear of electrocution so the White House staff had to follow them around and turn the lights off and on for them energy.gov/articles/histo…
Ryan Reynolds has openly spoken about his lifelong struggle with anxiety, noting in 2018 that he carried out many interviews in the character of Deadpool to alleviate his fears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
In 2011 at a rural Western NY high school, 14 students came down with an illness: verbal outbursts, tics, seizures, and speech problems. Fears about the cause of the outbreak drew national media attention. One girl had Tourette syndrome. The rest had mass psychogenic illness: mass hysteria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Today I learned of the "Jersey Devil" sightings of 1909. Newspapers of the time published hundreds of claimed encounters with the Jersey Devil from all over New Jersey. The widespread newspaper coverage created fear throughout the Delaware Valley prompting a number of schools to close and workers to stay home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
In medieval times, there was a real fear that some people would kill holy men and women to sell off their body parts as relics. Guards even had had to watch over mortally ill holy men and women to prevent their body parts being sold soon as they died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Epicureanism is a philosophy based on the teachings of Epicurus, founded around 307 B.C. It teaches that the greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquillity, freedom from fear ("ataraxia") and absence from bodily pain ("aponia"). pursuit-of-happiness.org/…
In 1531 the Portuguese poet Gil Vicente averted a massacre of Jews. He personally wrote to the king scolding fear-mongers for targeting Jews in the aftermath of an earthquake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/153…
The fear of dogs is known as Cynophobia and usually starts in early childhood. The 4 risk factors are direct, observational, or informational experience, & family history of mental illness/anxiety disorders. Kids repeatedly told a dog’s bite can cause rabies are at a higher risk of Cynophobia. psychtimes.com/cynophobia…
The only known case of "Chromosome 6 Deletion" where a person does not feel pain, hunger, or the need to sleep (and subsequently no sense of fear) is a 7-year-old girl named Olivia Farnsworth. In 2016 she was hit by a car and dragged 30 meters, yet felt nothing and emerged with minor injuries. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016…
Sean bean climbed up the mountains everyday to film scenes from LOTR The Fellowship of The Ring due to his fear of flying. popculture.com/movies/201…
The broadcast of the first episode of 'Yes Minister' was delayed due to fears it would influence the result of the 1979 UK general election. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Chris Evans turned down the Captain America role multiple times because of Anxiety, fear of a 10-movie commitment and the public spotlight. He went to therapy before taking the role cbr.com/how-chris-evans-c…

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