Hey gang, gather around ye olde e-campfire and let's have a discussion about phobias. I will ask that if somebody says they have a phobia of something that you don't go posting pictures or misleading links to force them to look at said phobia, no matter if it's well-intentioned or not. Anywho, this stems from the blood donation conversation and how it inevitably brought up the point that some people have phobias of needles, and now rationalizing how they can be good things does nothing to alleviate the phobia, and I thought it would be a good time as any to have a discussion about these things that make us irrationally afraid, even if it's utterly ridiculous to most people (such as there's apparently people who have phobias of balloons and packing Styrofoam). So, residents of Iwaku, what phobias rattle your brain cage? What experiences have you had with them? Do you know what caused it, what exactly do you experience when you encounter your phobia? I am legitimately curious and would love to hear your stories about it, and get a discussion going. Who knows? Maybe you'll find somebody who has a similar phobia to you and they found a coping mechanism you haven't tried yet. The goal is to be kind and supportive, and while joking and playful ribbing will definitely occur, please don't be malicious towards other people. It should go without saying, but I feel obligated to remind people not to be dickbags even if the temptation is there like the urge to vacate your bowels after losing a bet and having to eat 50 dollars worth of Taco Bell. Anyways, I don't personally have any phobias or any kind of irrational fear, so I sadly am lacking in the good story department. Lame way to start off, but I'd like to get to know you guys and maybe I can relate similar experiences. It's story time, and I brought the marshmallows.