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Strange Phobias

At Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you will find horror, and horror will find you too. In the Nightmares Fear Factory, the halls are dark, narrow, and long. The walls shift. The eyes watch. Hands reach. Things scream.

At Nightmares Fear Factory, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you will find out how brave you are.

Halloween is a mix between funny and scary. We know that. You know that. And that’s not to say that the Nightmares Fear Factory isn’t going to be taking your visit on Halloween weekend and Halloween night as seriously as possible—it’s more because I want to get a little silly for this blog post.

As I was thinking up ideas for the all-important Halloween blog entry, my thoughts got a little weird, and ran in an unexpected direction. There once was a man in France who became absolutely convinced that he was made of glass, and would take every effort not to move suddenly, bump into things, or sit on hard objects.

His name was Charles VI, King of France. His bouts with this insanity were temporary, but there were fatalities, and I like to think those particular ghosts can only roll their eyes at the strange circumstances of their death.

Charles VI had about the oddest phobia that I can think of. Being worried that you’re made of glass is probably a record for things you shouldn’t have to worry about just as a straight quality of life issue.

Here are a few more phobias to celebrate Halloween’s funny and scary advent!

Turophobia is the fear of cheese. Thought to be a somehow-made linkage of the appearance of cheese with a traumatic event in one’s life, apparently this phobia can send the afflicted running at the appearance of any description of cheese in its worst form.

Somniphobia is the fear of, if you can even believe this, sleep. It may not quite be imagining that you’re made of glass, but being mortally scared of something you have to do every single day must be an absolute nightmare.

The thought here is that people afflicted with somniphobia might be associating it with dying, on some level. They might worry over the loss of time or awareness, or from repeated and insistent nightmares.

Hylophobia is a fear of trees.

Thought to be associated with some kind of traumatic exposure or event associated with trees during childhood, people with this fear can suffer massive anxiety attacks just from thinking about wood.

Omphalophobia is the fear of navels.

Belly buttons, to people with this phobia, are objects of deep terror. The theory goes that this is because the belly button is the sign of umbilical severing, which could be pretty traumatic to an infant. Apparently, the memory of that fear and pain carries on with someone through the rest of their lives, in a few cases.

And to finish off, here’s one we can all relate to.

Nomophobia is (actually) the fear of being without cell-phone coverage. This phobia is anxiety related to losing one’s cell phone, running out of battery power, or simply entering an area with no cell phone coverage.

There’s lots of phobias, though, and we haven’t even talked about a significant number of them. Come on down to Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and we’ll see

At Nightmares Fear Factory, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you will find out how brave you are.