THE VAST MAJORITY of us have a ‚Äėweird fear‚Äô.
They aren‚Äôt phobias as such, nor are they an irrational fear which governs how we live our lives, but more like a vague discomfort over a specific thing which tends to surface every now and again.
And over the last few days, Jimmy Fallon has been keen to hear all about them.
It’s Hashtags time! In honor of Shark Week, tweet out a funny, weird, or embarrassing fear that you have and tag it with #MyWeirdFear. Could be on the show!
‚ÄĒ jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) July 24, 2018
Twitter users have been responding in their droves, and naturally it has made many of us feel a lot less peculiar about our own little foibles.
Full disclosure: I have a fear of being sucked into airplane toilets.
Anyhoo, let‚Äôs not dwell on that, and instead focus on the goods offered up by the kindly folk on the internet superhighway.
Here are just a few responses which will either speak to you on a spiritual level or put your own ‚Äėweird fear‚Äô in perspective.
1. It doesn‚Äôt help when you‚Äôve a mother like this.
Five years ago I got a concussion. Since then, I’ve feared that my subconscious continued to play out my life and in reality, I’m stuck in a coma. After sharing this fear with my mom, she started whispering “wake up” in the middle of normal conversation to scare me. #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Jordan Van Voorhis (@13jkv) July 24, 2018
2. And now she‚Äôs planted the seed of fear in the rest of us.
I‚Äôm always afraid that the doctor is going to tickle my feet while I‚Äôm in the stirrups at the gynecologist #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Pushing 30 (@mid20slyfe) July 24, 2018
3. Then we have the likes of this.
I never shower while it‚Äôs storming outside because I‚Äôm afraid lightning will strike my house, hit the shower head and electrocute me. And then I‚Äôll die naked in the shower. #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ talia bernadette‚ėĹ (@usertalia) July 24, 2018
4. To be fair, the fear is real with this one.
If I ever get pulled over, I always start panicking that there might be drugs in the car. I have never used illegal drugs. But what if I am the one guy who truthfully says ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs not mine‚ÄĚ and they don‚Äôt believe me?! #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Daniel A. Melendez (@Melen_Dez) July 24, 2018
5. Seems a bit extreme, but OK.
Whenever I would walk past a sewer, I would hold my phone so tight so I don‚Äôt drop it even though I‚Äôm walking on the other side of the street #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Alicia…. possibly (@lovekoshydolan) July 24, 2018
6. The urge is all-consuming.
I’m always afraid I will open the emergency exit door on the plane while we are flying. I either don’t sit in that aisle or I continually think, ” don’t touch that”. #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Christian Mateos (@ChristianM402) July 24, 2018
7. Don‚Äôt pretend this thought hasn‚Äôt flashed through your mind.
Whenever I try on clothes in a dressing room at a store, I always have this fleeting thought that there’s a hidden camera somewhere recording me undressing that they then later upload online ūüėāūü§¶ #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Courtney (@M1zzSw1Ng) July 24, 2018
8. And we‚Äôll never really know either way, will we?
I hate when swings are swinging on their own in the wind. I‚Äôm always afraid it might be a ghost swinging. #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Peyton Pierce (@peytonpierce_) July 24, 2018
9. We mean, fair.
#MyWeirdFear the closet door MUST be closed for me to sleep in case the closet monsters come out and attack me when I‚Äôm sleeping
‚ÄĒ Scott Durie (@DuckyDurie) July 24, 2018
10. Is this not standard procedure?
I have to jump into bed in order for my legs/ankles/feet aren‚Äôt exposed so no one hiding under my bed can grab them. #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Sarah Hartnell (@sarah_hartnell) July 24, 2018
11. No judgement here.
My buddy always punches the shower curtain before he gets in because “you never who’s back there.” #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) July 24, 2018
12. Handy hint: don‚Äôt throw balls of hair out your car window.
#MyWeirdFear is that if I clean my hairbrush out and throw hair out of my car window, there will be a horrific crime commited there and the only evidence they will find is a huge clump of my DNA and I will be blamed and spend rest of my life in prison.
‚ÄĒ sarcastibitch (@dizzblnd) July 24, 2018
#MyWeirdFear I won‚Äôt keep my car keys in my pocket, for fear I might trip and puncture my scrotum
‚ÄĒ Rich (Dad Bod)ūüēļūüēļūüćłūü•ÉūüėŹ (@ricosuave60) July 24, 2018
14. And now we‚Äôre considering doing the same.
I always have to close the toilet lid while showering, because otherwise I’m afraid that a hand or a head will come out #MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ Hilal Ulu (@Hilalluu) July 24, 2018
And there‚Äôs always one‚Ä¶
The man I’ve hidden in my closet will wake up one of these days.#MyWeirdFear
‚ÄĒ ūü§¨Marilynūü§¨ (@twitweeting) July 24, 2018