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I was positive there must be someone in the attic, because there was a cross painted on the inside of the attic door! My sister and I were certain of this. Now I know that the painter was probably checking his color in a place that wouldn't show! :)

The strangest thing that frightened me was infinity. Once I knew what "forever" meant, I couldn't stop thinking that it goes on and on and on and on and on.....etc. (That's what I kept thinking to myself!) That is reallly mind boggling to adults, but to a little girl, it was somehow frightening.

I thought about it again when I watched a program on educational tv this week. A book by Archimedes has been found, and surprisingly, he was working on a mathematical formula for infinity. He had already found pi, many formulas that were not discovered for many centuries. That was over 2.000 years ago! The scientists and Greek scholars studying the book said that if it hadn't been lost (under a medieval manuscript) all of those years, we would have landed on Mars many years ago.

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The Blob. You know the old movie? Still freaks me out, actually.

Thunder. I'm not entirely over this one either, but when I was a child I would get hysterical during a thunder storm. No fear of lightning, though. Weird huh?
 

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Thunder/lightening- totally over that now, I go out an watch it :D
Also in one of the old houses the shed was under the house, a part of it had no light, it was soooooooo creepy, I hated it.
 

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Deep water (still)

The vast darkness. We lived out in the country. Sometimes while walking to my grandma's at night I would look up at the sky and get really scared of the big, dark sky. I'd feel so small that it scared me, and I'd run all the way to grandma's.

Big dogs (not anymore)
 

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Deep water (still)
I agree! Except, my fear was more of sharks. I grew up in Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Florida...where they filmed "Jaws." My parents made the mistake of telling me that it was filmed "right down the street" and ever since then, I've had paranoia about the water. I'll still go swiming (of course! I'm a Gulf of Mexico baby!!), but with every little shadow, I get a freaked out. But, I'm also fascinated by sharks. I constantly did research about them as a young person...trying to face my fear I guess. I can tell you what species one is just by looking at it. I swear one day I'll be snorkling and I'll turn around and stare one right in the eye. 8O
 

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The dentist. Ugh, I still hate going.
I never really was afraid of water, but then again, I never got *too* far over my head since I'm not a tremendous swimmer. But on my honeymoon, we went snorkeling and you'd just be looking down and you're in 30 foot deep water. Now, it was sooo easy to float that I had no problems just floating along, but just the thought that there was all that water underneath me really freaked me out. I just kept thinking about how I could just sink to the bottom! 8O
 

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The vaccuum, the dentist, really loud thunderstorms, the car stalling (dont' ask me why, but I was SO scared, I used to plug my ears!), the Thriller video by Micheal Jackson (still scares me!), and Disney's Boogady....I don't know who has seen it but I loved it as a kid even though it scared me.
 

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Spiders - in particular, the THOUGHT that one might walk onto me during the night 8O My mom told me - "don't worry, they can't walk over that fuzzy blanket of yours" which I took to mean - spiders can't walk over anything fuzzy. So I created a ring of stuffed animals around myself before going to sleep every night (stuffed animals being fuzzy, you see).

THINGS under the bed reaching around to grab my arms or legs at night - still need to have my at least my feet always under a blanket to this day.
 

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THINGS under the bed reaching around to grab my arms or legs at night - still need to have my at least my feet always under a blanket to this day.
Me too! I forgot about that one. I wonder if that's why I have to have a light cover even on a hot night.....
 

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My weird one..

Clowns are my fear (as a child too!).

When I was 2, my mom dressed me as a clown. She's super artsy and she even painted my face, but she didn't let me see until she was done. I turned around and screamed when i saw my own face. I don't remember that, but i always had a fear. When I was 16, my mom told me that story, and said it probably stemmed from that.

Chuckie is another one. Don't ask me why, i can watch Jaws and other things, but don't put me in front of Chuckie, or his wife.


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Death. My childhood was pretty much consumed by a succession of relatives dying of pretty horrible terminal illnesses, so the main memories I have of growing up are hospitals, deathbed watches, and funerals.

On a lighter note, I was terrified of Dancing Bear on the old Captain Kangaroo show. :roll:
 

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Still am: afraid of snakes and spiders. EWWWWW!

At school some kids had caught a snake (the only poisoness snake breed in Sweden) and had it in an aquarium. I was so terrified (age 7) that I stood up on my desk and screamed.... like they do in cartoons when women see a mouse. I can laugh at it now, it must have looked totally silly, but I was terrified.

The teacher brought me outside the classroom and I wasn't allowed in until the snake was gone. I didn't mind that!
 

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I was afraid of the dark and of monsters under my bed. If I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I would run and jump onto my bed from several feet away.

I was also afraid of contracting strange illnesses, in particular malaria and flesh-eating disease. I remember seeing the news on TV about Lucien Bouchard, so I've always been worried about contracting something weird.
 

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THINGS under the bed reaching around to grab my arms or legs at night - still need to have my at least my feet always under a blanket to this day.
Me too! I forgot about that one. I wonder if that's why I have to have a light cover even on a hot night.....
Another one afraid of things under the bed at night. But I had the idea that they couldn't get me as long as I was *in* the bed or if the light was on. So I'd turn off the light, run to my bed and launch myself into it from several feet away. My closet door always had to be closed also, just in case there was something in there.

Funny thing....about a week ago my sister in law was having to stay at the house by herself and so she scared so she was textmessaging me stuff like "I'm afraid of the boogyman" and "I see dead people" so I messaged her "Why don't you count sheep?" She replied "They have fangs" :lol:
 

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That's so funny!

One night my girlfriend called and told me there was a scary movie on that she remember from childhood, "The Univited."

She said I just had to see it. The problem was that I was alone with my two little girls, (toddlers) since my husband had to make a trip out of state. I had the house locked up tight, and had a large glass bottle perched precariously in the laundry room window, because that was the only one that I couldn't lock. My friend promised to call me on every commercial, so I watched the movie, a ghost story.

The dog was barking off and on throughout the late, late show movie, and that was unusual. Finally, the movie was over, and I went to bed. Just as I crawled under the covers, (so the "things" couldn't get me ( :) ), I heard a loud crash! Assuming it was the bottle on the windowsill, I called the police. They did a driveby with a spotlight, and that was the end of that. I was terrified, but the dog finally stopped barking, and I lay awake for hours before I finally fell asleep.

The next morning, a friend came over from next door where her parents lived. Their house was separated from mine only by a corridor which was blocked by a door. As we walked past the door I glanced over and saw that one of the panels had been completely knocked out of the door! The man had been lurking around that area, evidently trying to find a way through the garage window to steal tools. Well, that's what I talked myself into believing, because across from that garage window was the window above my kitchen sink!
 

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Snakes... still am, always will be.

I was also afraid of going to our basement alone, and, for some reason, afraid to look out the window when i first woke up in case a bear was in the trees across the street (which may not have been so strange except that I live a good 300kms from any bear habitat.... :oops:
 

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One night my girlfriend called and told me there was a scary movie on that she remember from childhood, "The Univited."
I love that movie, its one of my favorites, creepy without being as sensational as all the movies of today.

I was afraid of these two clown-head banks on my mom's headboard/cabinet. Funny, I wasn't afraid of circus clowns, or a little stuffed clown I had, just those heads. They always reminded me of the creepy clown from Poltergeist.

I was also afraid (actually still am) of ventriloquist dummies (you know, like Howdie-Doodie.) ***shivers*** I don't even like to think of them. BTW, has anyone seen Magic with Anthony Hopkins ... it's about a psycho and his dummy. A friend brought it over knowing I hate the things, and I couldn't even get through it.
 

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Painting we had at home. It was a picture of a face. The way it was painted...it looked like some kind of monster when I looked at it in the night.

My parents still keep it in the basement. When I look at it now, it looks like a normal painting and I don't understand why I was so scared of it?


I used to like spiders! Now, when I'm older, I'm scared when I see spider! BUT I never kill a spider (bad luck!)
 
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