Anatidaephobia is the pervasive, irrational fear that, somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you.
The person believes that no matter where they are or what they are doing, a duck is watching them.
The people who suffer from this phobia have suffered some sort of trauma in their lives, likely when he or she was a child.
This trauma probably had to do with a duck or some sort of related water fowl, like a goose. Perhaps the person was attacked by one of these animals.
Some of the symptoms of this phobia include an anxiety or panic attack.
This results in a dry mouth, shortness of breath, muscle tension, hyperventilation, etc. The reality is though, there might be few to no people who suffer from this phobia. It was first named in a Far Side comic strip and was an exercise on how you can make any phobia sound real if you used greek terms for it.
We’ve all heard the adage “you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than to win the lottery.” Sounds grim. Apparently, it’s also more likely that you will die on the way to buying your lottery ticket than actually win the lottery.
Of course this all depends on your mode of transportation to buy the ticket and the characteristics of the area where you buy it and even your demographics. It is true that you are more likely to die in a car accident than win though. The gist is that it’s very unlikely that you will win the lottery.
Some other things that are more likely than winning the lottery? Dying from flesh-eating bacteria, dying from a bee sting, becoming a movie star, dying in a bathtub and having identical quadruplets.
There are a lot of interesting and random phopias out there. Dendrophobia is the fear of trees. Blennophobia is the fear of slime. And neophobia is the fear of anything new. However, the fear of long words may have the most ironic (and cruelest name).
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. So let's say you do have this phobia. You'd be terrify to name your ailment. Kind of a conundrum.
When jellyfish are in the water, they can be a bit intimidating. Their tentacles can pack a painful electrical shock. However, once they wash up on shore, they are anything but intimidating.
It turns out that jellyfish are 98% water. Most are transparent and bell-shaped. If they end up on the beach, they will most likely evaporate in a few hours and mostly disappear.
Jellyfish also don’t have brains, bones or a heart. They do have rudimentary sensory nerves though.