This post is about some of the things that give me the heebie-jeebies, ranging from things that scare me to things that are just yucky. Some of these I might realistically come across, while others, not so much.
We’ve previously established that moist panties grosses me right out. Damp underwear? Whatever. Moist panties? Shudders.
Moths are creepy. Why do they fly around like they’re drunk? How has that helped their survival? They’re loud as they bounce around off things, they’re hard to shoo out of a room, and they’re big so they’re yucky to kill. How are butterflies so nice and moths so yucky?
Moths may be creepy, but arachnids scare the crap out of me. That’s all we’ll say about that.
This isn’t an emetophobia heebie-jeebie. This is a please just kill me already heebie-jeebie. I’m pretty susceptible to motion sickness, so I’ve thrown up in some rather inconvenient locations.
I’ve never had any desire to go diving to begin with, but the idea of diving in caves through narrow spaces freaks me right out. Thinking of when those kids in Thailand got trapped in a cave and divers had to bring them out, staying in the cave would probably have pretty strong appeal.
Some people want to go to space. Not me. Way too much barfing on the ride out there, for one, and also the toileting situation leaves a great deal to be desired. Then there’s spacewalking, which I find terrifying. Taking it to an extreme is this dude (Bruce McCandless II), doing an untethered space walk in 2020. He’s not connected to the Space Station and just steers around with a little thruster jetpack thingamabob. Fuck no.
Why the heebie jeebies? It seems like a very real possibility that you can’t get back to the Space Station, and you end up floating around until you run out of oxygen, and then you join the orbiting space junk. Or, you get hit by a piece of space shit (possibly very literal space shit from the Space Station), it punctures your suit, and assorted things get sucked out of your bodily orifices by the vacuum of space. No thank you.
Boat captaining in stormy seas
The movie The Perfect Storm was the source of this heebie-jeebie for me. The gigantic wave, as shown in the movie poster, makes the idea of a stormy ocean a source of creepy fascination for me. It’s never extended to fear of being on the water, but watching Youtube videos of stormy seas is scary-fascinating.
This may seem like an odd inclusion, but I’m fascinated by the horrifying methods of torture that people used back in the day. If people think the world now is fucked up, no, no, people were much more awful to each other in the past. Scaphism in particular gives me the heebie-jeebies. Follow the link if you want to know what it is, but holy shit, human beings suck. Now, it’s not been verified that this particular form of torture actually happened, but if not, there are plenty of other nasty alternatives, like hanged, drawn, and quartered. Remember, folks, there were no good old days.
Do you have any scary or icky things you’d care to chime in with?