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I Must Not Fear...

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#27887
Fun:**** (3.11)
Difficulty:** (1.92)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:irishthistleAus*****
Corrected By:4demo

 

 

 



A phobia is an irrational fear or hatred of a specific thing or situation which compels one to avoid it despite awareness and reassurance that the object or situation is not dangerous. Listed below are the names and definitions of six phobias. Five are real phobias documented in psychology journals, while one is an imposter. Can you determine which one from the list below is not a real phobia?


Trichopathophobia - Fear of hair
Pentheraphobia - Fear of mother-in-law
Aibohphobia - Fear of Palindromes
Doraphobia - Fear of fur or skins of animals
Logizomechanophobia - Fear of computers.
Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of certain names.



Answer

Aibohphobia is not a real, documented phobia; it is actually a joke started on the Internet. It has not appeared in any documented psychology journal. The joke, of course, is that the word Aibohphobia is a palindrome.
The title is part of a quote on fear from the book Dune, by Frank Herbert.

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Comments

mr_brainiac*
Jan 04, 2006

cute, clever. not too bad a puzzle, really.
WJSMama**
Jan 04, 2006

Great one! I got it right, but for the wrong reason. I was thinking that the letter before the 'p' in 'phobia' was an 'a' or an 'o' in the other words. I figured it must not be real
KalliannAus*
Jan 05, 2006

Good Job! I did not get it right, but it was sure fun. I got a kick out of the fear of mother in law.. I knew that one was real!!!
magicalmystical*us
Jan 05, 2006

Good one dude! I got it right, for once in my life. lol!
froggyggAus*
Jan 05, 2006

Great and informative teaser! Now, which phobia do I have?
smarty_blondy*ro*
Jan 06, 2006

I loved it and, as you know, loved the quote as well. Keep them coming!
exterminatorAus*
Jan 07, 2006

I can see it now...
"Pentheraphobian, Pentheraphobian, watcha gonna do? Watcha gonna do when yourmotherinlawcomesoverfordinner?"

*cough* anyways...

Great teaser irish! Absolutely spectacular!
cb123*us*
Jan 08, 2006

nice one ilikeed that one keep them coming
Brainy_1Aus*
Jan 08, 2006

Great teaser!! I got it only because it just looked too weird to be a phobia!! Nice job!!
mistressgia*
Jan 11, 2006

I give ya an A++
metallicmanAus*
Jan 12, 2006

Yay! I thought this one was good. Also, you finally got the next star up! Good job thistle. Keep it up!
rkaalandAus*
Jan 25, 2006

That was wonderful!
churchlady*
Feb 05, 2006


Good one, even though I guessed wrong. After seeing nswer, made perfect sense. Thanks and keep them coming.
vlermaAus*
Feb 05, 2006

Well Churchlady beat me in as the first on this posting date as I went back to see the author. Great one irishthistle. I guess I have phobias about phobias but was able to guess at this one and get it right. Keep up the great work.
shawneeo*us*
Feb 05, 2006

Boohoob, I didn't get it! I've heard of such ridiculous phobias that I figured fear of palindromes wasn't any weirder than the rest of them. And fear of computers, i forget: logizo mechano or something, that looks totally made up to me! You just never know! Thanks!
bobbet**
Feb 05, 2006

well you either knew o r not looked themover finaly got it for the wrong reason.?id=27887#sers/comment.php?id=27887#
coachpisco*
Feb 05, 2006

Very cute. I like Palindromes but I missed that one.
lorelle_b*us*
Feb 05, 2006

Great job! I thought it was Pentheraphobia, because a fear of a mother-in-law seems pretty rational to me...haha...
cartwheel_queen*
Feb 05, 2006

I got it right hope you do more
xolilangel827oxAit*
Feb 05, 2006

Good one !! I didnt get it right, but i was also thinking along the lines of what WJSMama said !! great job on this one!
raff
Feb 05, 2006

good one got it right away
christine77**
Feb 05, 2006

I guessed the computer one also, just seemed a little far-fetched, not the fear, but the name! Anyway, nice teaser..got me thinking!
speediebean**
Feb 05, 2006

Well, I'm feeling smarter and smarter every day, this is two in a row that I've gotten right now!!
WOOT! I'm on a roll!!
Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I really enjoyed this one!!
sccrclssc5*us*
Feb 05, 2006

Awesome! Great Job! I loved it!
jabdrAus*
Feb 05, 2006

I'm with Lorelle on this one...thought it was too off the wall to be a real named phobia. Great job.
kitty29
Feb 05, 2006

Aibohphobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of palindromes (words that read the same both forwards and backwards; i.e. mom, dad, wow, noon. i just did not get it
TiggrAus*
Feb 05, 2006

good teaser, but a simple one...I'm a psych major. Unfortunately I suffer from arachnophobia...spiders freak me out.
wizkid**
Feb 05, 2006

I knew all of them just from researching sites of possible phobias. The one that gets me is the fear of long words: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. I'd be scared of that word if I were afraid of long words.
thimblenogginus*
Feb 05, 2006


That's the way I like them!
lindquist_25Aus*
Feb 05, 2006

I loved it! I'm pretty happy with the answer, because I wouldn't want people to be afraid of my name!! Haha, my name is Anna. Well anyway, I really liked the teaser, it's going on my favorites list!
Mogmatt16Ava*
Feb 05, 2006

I wanted to vote 3, but can't give full credit to an adapted joke.
triskit*us*
Feb 05, 2006

yes you can
POPSca*
Feb 05, 2006

Good one BUT way over my head. I must have HEADOPHOBIA!!!!!!
yesenia8rivera**
Feb 05, 2006

neat
RedAngle65
Feb 05, 2006

I don't get it!!!
still good 1!!!!!
eunabob
Feb 05, 2006

GOT IT ,BUT... IT TOOK A WHILE.. GOT THE BRAIN WORKING SO EARLY IN THE MORNING.
cartwheel_queen*
Feb 05, 2006

bisqueet814*
Feb 05, 2006

Great teaser, but I didn't get it.
BrenBeadSP**
Feb 05, 2006

I loved it. I am one of the lucky ones - no fear of my mother in law - I actually like her.
bluehawk*us*
Feb 05, 2006

I FOUND ALL BUT #4 AND OF COURSE #3 WASN'T A TRUE PHOBIA. GREAT JOB IRISHTHISTLE
KEEP UP THE GOOD FEARS ER...PHOBIAS
common-senseiAus*
Feb 05, 2006

Here are a few more phobias that
are NOT real ... but COULD BE ! ! !

Trichopathopentheraphobia ... fear
of your mother-in-laws hair.

Onomatopentheraphobia ... fear of hearing the words ... "Your mother-in-law is coming over to
stay."
sweetmamaAus*
Feb 05, 2006

Ha!! I got it right!! Isn't psychology fascinating!?!
ragethe3rd**
Feb 06, 2006

Hehe that was cool. I love reading about that kind of stuff.
chand
Feb 06, 2006

not that good
riddlelover**
Feb 06, 2006

I love it! In my favorites, and kudos to you for educational (somewhat ) Anywho, I love learning about phobias, so I love this (now watch my spell phobia wrong )
Good times!
FulanitoGM*sv*
Feb 07, 2006

So far today, 2 for 2, baby! Yesssss!!
schatzy228*us*
Feb 08, 2006

I WAS TOO SCARED TO GUESS THE ANSWER
dimez_00**
Sep 03, 2006

i got it but beacause the word was the same thing spelled backwards and i just guessed that one
Anupriya9Aca*
Feb 02, 2007

Great one! I thought it was Trichopathophobia..."Trich+ = "Trick"...obviously way off
marschie*il*
Feb 05, 2007

Too easy ...even for me.
craniacAus*
Feb 05, 2007

Good teaser ... it's enough to give you triviaphobia!
lmurray*cn*
Feb 05, 2007

coachpisco*
Feb 05, 2007

I completely missed this one and I love palindromes
katjojoAus*
Feb 05, 2007

Cute, really cute!!
gaylewolfAus*
Feb 05, 2007

Very Clever - thanks! I really liked this one!
bradon182001*us*
Feb 05, 2007

I'm batting -0- the last several teasers. Gotta get my thinking cap repaired.
puttumupus*
Feb 05, 2007

great one iguessed it hoorah...
StarberryAca*
Feb 05, 2007

I didn't guess right, but thats HILARIOUS!

Great Teaser! ^_^
doeheadAus*
Feb 05, 2007

interesting,but easy
campfirecutieAus*
Feb 05, 2007

I guessed it but not because I really knew it!! I was thinking along the same line as WJSMama and it turned out to be the right one! Good job though!!
phyllisa*us*
Feb 05, 2007

Thought I had it for sure, but wrong!Loved it though,
FatHeadAus*
Feb 05, 2007

I recognized all the others but one, darn it!
hradilv**
Feb 05, 2007

Fear is the mind killer... Good Job!
bgil7604Aus
Feb 05, 2007

I thought it was a bit easy, but it was still very fun! I really want more of those kinds of teasers.
scallioAus*
Feb 05, 2007

Thanks to the new phobia quizzes in the new Braingle Trivia section, I aced this test!

Fun and funny teaser!
jimbo58A
Feb 05, 2007

Stuck out like a sore thumb. Good one.
cecepeach83
Feb 05, 2007

Fun fun fun. I guessed all wrong. I thought it was the last one cuz it sounds like "Oh no my toe"phobia. But that was wrong. But it woulda been extra funny if it were right. ok. enuf rambling from me. Good Job!
if_i_may94*au
Feb 05, 2007

haha. great one. that really made me laugh. was to scared to answer though! don't be afraid to post more!

if_i_may94
Pizzazz2uAus*
Feb 05, 2007

Magnificently Superb Teaser! It did quite a few people to think about each topic...... hmm?!?! Keep them coming! They are fun to just run through the mind. Thank goodness, I don't have a photographic memory!
breathesunshineAus**
Feb 05, 2007

Awww, geez, I hate it when the answer is so obvious...once you look at it!!! Good one!
OhEmGeeA*
Feb 05, 2007

i thought it was hard! i guessed and was wrong! oops! loved it though! i love learing about phobias!!!
OhEmGeeA*
Feb 05, 2007

[g][o][o][d][ ][o][n][e]
ViaTunisi*
Feb 05, 2007

Wow. I should have seen that one coming. Very enjoyable.
masquerademe235*us*
Feb 05, 2007

very nice... had to look at the answer though!
agentsmith64691
Feb 05, 2007

I don't know if it matters but I found it because the last letter before -phobia was not a voul... however the reasoning in the answer is not very good because Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words, and as I am sure you can guess that is a loooonnnnnnnnngggggggg word!!!
notsosmart111Aie*
Feb 06, 2007

I love it ! Its so clever i would have never have guessed!
kate_123
Feb 06, 2007

IT WAS EXCITING
QrystalAca*
Feb 06, 2007

Darn, I was sure Aibohphobia would have to be real, because of Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. I was equally sure that Logizomechanophobia had to be the false one, because it just sounded goofy. I guess I didn't notice the hph in it... oh well!
wordmama*
Feb 06, 2007

Cool one!

First time through, the only one I could see as real was the last one; since I know what onomatopoeia is, I could understand the related phobia. It was the second time through that I noticed aibohphobia was itself a palindrome & so voila! the answer. Way funny!

This coming from an acrophobic/claustrophobic!!
Badger*us*
Feb 07, 2007

I'm "afraid" I don't know enough about the various phobias out there to get this one right, but had fun learning some new phobotrivia! Thanks for submitting.
LeafFan4life*
Mar 22, 2007

really good when it said look at the WORDS carefully i thought it meant te onomaiphobia good work
doeheadAus*
Feb 05, 2010

The teasers lately suffer from REPEATAPHOBIA.
sunnybonghits*
Feb 05, 2010

Blah....
patiencewithaP*us*
Feb 05, 2010

Got it but not because I saw it was a palindrome! Good one!
4wheelsAus*
Feb 05, 2010

I liked it

Goof job!!
jcann*us*
Feb 05, 2010

Acutally, this is the first time I saw this one. But I got it because I love pallindromes (with letters or numbers) and I noticed it right away. Also enjoyed learning the other words. Thanks for a fun teaser!
jcann*us*
Feb 05, 2010

Whoops! I meant palindromes
(spelling error).
auntiesisAus*
Feb 05, 2010

Isn't it funny how you can completely forget a teaser. I guess I did this one before, but do not remember it at all. But I got it right, and it was a good one.
Babe*
Feb 05, 2013

I got it, but only because I did not recognize it as having seen it before. I did not think it was such a good teaser and found it to be a rather ho hum subject!
gaylewolfAus*
Feb 05, 2013

I liked this post - good one! Thanks CB - That was a lovely compliment
allythebuterflyAus*
Feb 05, 2013

I got it! Haha, after I looked at the hint that is. After I went back and looked I was like ohhh haha that's funny
wishy365
Feb 05, 2013

Got it! Seemed to cruel to make the name of the fear of palindromes a palindrome Then again... Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words.... Oh well
iggy39Aus*
Feb 05, 2013

Funny and fun a very different teaser.
I of course didn't get it right.



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