People Get Real About The “Normal” Things That Scare Them (20 Posts)


“Unexpected knocking on my door. I have nothing to hide, all my bills are paid but for some reason I get a mild panic attack when someone knocks.” — 02nf


“This is gonna sound weird but seeing things in the middle of the road at night. I was once driving home one night and turn a corner to see a dog in the middle of the road. Nothing weird right? Completely normal sight in a suburb. Every instinct in my body was telling me to get the fuck out of there NOW. When I see stuff in the middle of the road at night it doesn’t matter what it is I get chills, goosebumps, my airs stand on end and my palms sweat. It’s happened with deer, dogs, people, raccoons, and even a trash can once. Can’t explain it but it terrifies me.” — Gmony5100


“Putting my hand into the garbage disposal to clear it. No one else allowed in the kitchen because I know they’ll somehow turn it on. My wife broke a glass in the sink once and it went in the garbage disposal, clearing broken glass I couldn’t see was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.” — CrunchyRamenYumYum


“Grasshoppers. They just are too unpredictable and it terrifies me. Frogs kind of too for the same reason, but not as bad.” — theothersoul


“Phone calls, especially if it’s not a number from my contact list.” — HitherFriendly


“That LEGO dragon statue in the water outside the LEGO store in Orlando, Florida. I recently found out that other people find it scary after discovering the submechanophobia subreddit.” — beevesmobile


“Mirrors in a dark room. Like if you turn the light off in the bathroom before leaving or something. Feel like that’s where the veil is thinnest there for some reason.” — FrankensteinsBarber

Patricia Grisafi

Patricia Grisafi, PhD, is a freelance writer and educator. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Bitch, Bustle, Broadly, The Establishment, and elsewhere. She is passionate about pit bull rescue, cursed objects, and designer sunglasses.