Weird Fact: Phobias can develop over just about anything.

A phobia is described as an “irrational fear” – but just how irrational can you get?

Here are three shockingly weird phobias…


Cataptrophobia: The Fear of Mirrors

Though you might expect this to be the bane of all ugly people (and perhaps vampires) this weird phobia is rooted in superstition.

Sufferers of cataptrophobia may worry that breaking the mirror will bring bad luck for seven years – or that turning their back on the mirror will encourage pan-dimensional beings to crawl out while they’re not looking…


Metrophobia: The Fear of Poetry

Especially if it’s written by Vogons, like this chestnut from The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Weird Phobias: Metrophobia (The Fear of Poetry)

Never Let a Vogon Read You Poetry

Ode To A Small Lump Of Green Putty I Found In My Armpit One Midsummer Morning
By Grunthos the Flatulent

Putty. Putty. Putty.
Green Putty – Grutty Peen.
Grarmpitutty – Morning!
Pridsummer – Grorning Utty!
Discovery….. Oh.
Putty?….. Armpit?
Armpit….. Putty.
Not even a particularly
Nice shade of green.

During a reading of the poem, four of his audience died of internal hemorrhaging and the president of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos was reported to have been “disappointed” by the poem’s reception.


Barophobia: The Fear of Gravity

Barophics fear that gravity is uneven and unreliable, and that they may float away at any moment if the big G were to release its grip. Sometimes they worry that the force of gravity will suddenly intensify, crushing them against the surface of the Earth.


Chatback: Personally, I’ve only ever had a phobia for spiders. And maybe jellyfish. Probably baked bean shells too. What’s your weirdest phobia?