Public speaking? Heights? Phobias range from the almost universal fear of death (thanatophobia) to the somewhat unique fear of cotton balls (sidonglobophobia.) Most people are familiar with the arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), which is one of the most common phobias. But did you know that there is also a name for the fear of ladybugs: coccinellidaephobia? Here are a few of the more bizarre phobias:
Lutraphobia—the fear of otters
Mycophobia—the fear of mushrooms
Omphalophobia—the fear of belly buttons
Novercaphobia—the fear of step-mothers
Phobophobia—the fear of phobias
Pogonophobia—the fear of beards
Alektorophobia (the fear of chickens and poultry) and Agyrophobia (the fear of crossing roads); a combination which one can only assume makes it difficult to appreciate the humor of a 2nd grader.
Whatever your fears, don’t be afraid to stop by any of our service desks for assistance. Our Customer Service staff will be happy to help you with any questions you should have about your library account. Reference can assist you in locating information on any topic either in print or via electronic resources. And don’t forget to stop by Special Collections for help with genealogy and local history.