Research into what scares the living daylights out of us Brits unearths our most bizarre fears. The survey commissioned by visitor attraction, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London reveals that our strangest phobias are being the last survivor on earth, the TV breaking and clowns.
Whilst the nation’s biggest fears are the more expected creepy crawlies, life-changing events and scary beasts, some of the more unusual fears that get our heart rate racing and set our nerves on edge include balloons popping, feet and men with beards.
When asked to detail any of their more unusual fears, responses included knees, spirals and ambient music. Some of the strange food-related fears are potato salad, carrots, peas and wooden lolly sticks.
“There are many common fears that a lot of us share but here at Ripley’s we celebrate all that is unusual across the globe so delving into our more bizarre phobias was fascinating,” commented Natascha Crump, general manager at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London.
“It is interesting to find out about people’s fears of nylon sheets, chickens and being the sole survivor of an apocalypse. It is also curious to see the affect that modern life is having on our fears as responses such as losing your laptop, the television breaking and being cut off from social media featured in the list of the UK’s phobias.”
Visitors to the central London attraction can explore traditional spooky scares as they venture into the Dungeon Zone including ancient torture instruments, vampire paraphernalia and a Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton. More of the weird and wonderful exhibits visitors can get up close to at the attraction include authentic Amazonian shrunken heads, a five-legged cow, models of Titanic and Tower Bridge built using matchsticks and an ornate carving from camel bone.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 10am until midnight. Visit www.ripleyslondon.com for further information.
Top 10 unusual fears:
- Being the last survivor on earth (18)
- The TV breaking (54)
- Clowns (57)
- Balloons popping (60)
- Chickens (62)
- Feet (63)
- Being cut off from social media (67)
- Men with beards (69)
- Nylon sheets (70)
- Breaking a nail (73)
Other anecdotal fears include:
- Cut fingernails and toenails
- Ambient music
- Wooden lollypop sticks
- Stilt walkers
- Potato salad
- Identical twins