Combining two popular anxieties—the fear of death and the taboo on cannibalism—Kinemortohobiacs can’t stomach zombies. Did you guess this one? It’s a no-brainer. (Ha.)
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That toddler sitting on Santa’s lap isn’t freaking out over the stranger hugging her; she may have Pogonophobia, the fear of beards. No wonder TV villains are always stroking theirs. (This is why so many people fear the number 13.)
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The phobia that will keep you up at night, Somniphobia is the fear of sleep. If you have it, avoid: sheep-related math, warm milk, NPR pledge drives.