Are you afraid of washing or taking a bath?
You might have Ablutophobia.
Sometimes it is easy to misinterpret one's phobia and think that person is a bit weird or else...
Today I was sitting on the train and close enough to me was a guy who stunk like a skunk poisoning the air with fumes that you'd expect from a wheelie bin rather than a person.
This kind of lack of personal hygene can be simply carelessness, but it can also caused by Abluthophobia, the fear of washing or bathing.
This condition can be very uncomfortable for people who live around the sufferer, but we have to be patient because this is a serious condition, especially summer is approaching.
All we can do is to put pressure on our scientists to find a cure to this phobia asap.
Are you afraid of itching, or insects (such as bees wasps etc) which causes itching?
You possibly have Acarophobia.
Are you afraid of anything sour?
You might suffer of Acerophobia.
Are you afraid of the dark more than others?
You might have Achluophobia.
You afraid of noise?
Don't listen to the radio then.
You've got Acousticophobia.
Are you afraid of height?
You're an Acrophobiac.
Are you afraid of drafts, or swallowing air?
You might have Aerophobia.
In case you are afraid of open, high places...
You might have Aeroacrophobia.
Are you afraid of throwing up on the plane?
You might have Aeronausiphobia.
Are you afraid of going insane?
You're not the only one.
Sufferers of this condition are called Agateophobiacs.
Are you afraid of phisical pain more than others?
You might have Agliophobia.
Are you afraid of open or crowded spaces?
Afraid of being stucked in the crowd?
You might suffer from Agoraphobia.
Are you afraid of wild animals, or going to the zoo?
You might have Agrizoophobia.
Is being on the streets, or crossing the street gives you the chill?
Your condition is called Agyrophobia.
Are you afraid of needles?
Getting a tatto is not good for you than.
You might suffer from Aichmophobia.
Are you afraid of cute little kittens, and mean old cats?
You might have Ailurophobia.
Are you a chicken out from chickens?
You might have Alektorophobia.
Are you afraid of pain, physical or mental?
You might suffer from Algophobia.
Are you afraid of garlic?
You might be either a vampire or a sufferer of Alliumphobia.
Are you afraid of opinions?
In my opinion you have Allodoxaphobia.
Are you afraid of heights?
You might have Altophobia.
Are you afraid of dust, or getting dusty?
You might suffer from Amathophobia.
Are you afraid of riding in a car?
Public transport is your game than.
You also might have Amaxophobia.
Are you afraid of walking?
You can try skateboarding, it's apparently not walking.
Or you can get yourself registered as Ambulophobiac.
Are you afraid of amnesia?
Forget about it.
You suffer from Amnesiphobia.
Are you afraid of scratches or getting scratched?
There is a good chance that you suffer from Amychophobia.
Are you afraid of looking up?
I'm afraid there is no better way of saying it:
You have Anablephobia.
Are you afraid of men?
In this case X-men is not a good movie for you.
They should put a sticker on their DVD's:
"This movie is not suitable for Androphobiacs."
Are you afraid of air drafts, or wind?
Stay away from wind tunnels.
You might have Anemophobia.
Are you afraid of being angry?
This phobia is called Angrophobia.
Seriously there is such thing. Google it.
Are you afraid of flowers?
You might have Anthophobia.
How you call someone who is afraid of people, or the whole society?
You should call her Anthrophobiac.
Are you afraid of staying single and you are not Bridget Jones?
In this case you might have Anuptaphobia.
You should see a doctor, maybe he/she is hot and up for a date.
Are you afraid of infinity?
In this case our Infinity Floor won't be your favourite.
Here at The London Bridge Experience we represent all kinds of fears, phobias, etc, so we hate to admit that there is one phobia we do not cover...
This one is called Aphenphosmphobia (also known as Haptephobia) which is the fear of being touched.
Number one question towards our operation 'ghouls' from (mostly female) visitors before they enter the Tombs:
"Is anyone will touch me?"
Sorry ladies if you would like to be touched by a stranger, you have to go clubbing, or maybe try the Tube in rush hours, but WE WON'T TOUCH YOU. Period.
To bee or not to bee?
If your answer is a definite “Nooooo way!!”, you might suffer from Apiphobia.
Are you afraid that the peanut butter might stick to the roof of your mouth?
You might have a serious phobia called Arachibutyrophobia.
The cure is simple really, just switch to jam instead of peanut butter and your pretty much set.
We thought we'd cover one of the world's greatest fears - spiders.
According the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect 10% of all adults. Topping this list is arachnophobia — the extreme or irrational fear of spiders.
Of all the 63,000 different species of arachnid in the world, only 2% are actually considered dangerous. The rest simply fall into the category of 'EWWW - it's a spider!'
So why are we scared of something so easily squashed by a slipper?
Here are just three reasons:
The Brazilian Wandering Spider is perhaps the most dangerous arachnid in the world. At just five inches long, this nomadic spider is known for its deadly bite. The venom released acts as a calcium channel blocker, which causes loss of muscle control, breathing problems, paralysis and asphyxiation.
The lethal Black Widow's venom is reported as being 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's. It too has been known to cause a paralysis of the diaphragm which can kill young children, the elderly and the infirm.
A third spider to steer well clear of is the Sydney funnel-web. It not only commands one of the deadliest venoms known to man, but its aggressive nature means you'll be lucky to escape with just one bite. They are known to strike repeatedly, which will almost certainly lead to a slow and painful death.
Now, imagine being left in a room full of these frightful creatures; each one waiting to sink their fangs into your flesh… Still think you're not afraid of eight-legged insects?
Come to the London Tombs and face your fears. The Spider Nest has a vile infestation of arachnids of all shapes and sizes that are bound to send shivers down your spine. Just watch out for that web...
Are you afraid of numbers?
You might have Arithmophobia.
Accountancy is not for you.
This phobia is rooted so deeply in human mind as this is the fear of fire.
The Great Fire of London (1666) was one of the rare occasions when Arsonphobiacs could truly feel that they belong.
Are you afraid of fainting or being weak?
You might suffer from Asthenophobia
Are you afraid of thunder and lightning?
This is an ancient fear, it called Astraphobia
Are you afraid of stars?
I mean the astrological objects, not the celebrities...
In this case you might have Astrophobia
Are you afraid of asymmetrical things?
You should always remember that in real life nothing is excactly symmetrical, not even the human body.
If you still have concerns, you might suffer from Asymmetriphobia.
Are you afraid of untidiness?
Don't come in to my room then...
There is a chance that you are an Ataxophobiac.
Are you afraid of imperfection, or being imperfect?
You are in deep doodle in this world, but hey:
What is perfect and what is not is entirely a matter of choice.
And by the way you've got Atelophobia.
Are you afraid of ruins, or you just simply a history-hater?
Find out, you might have Atephobia
Are you afraid of being forgotten or ignored?
You can do 2 things:
Nuclear energy is a great way to get energy for our civilisation, but it is also a great danger.
Noone knows this better than the companies making sure there is nothing will go wrong, and certainly they using the greatest security measures to prevent problems.
Most of us understands this.
In case you still have a phobia of atomic explosions, you might suffer from Atomosophobia.
We all fail sometimes.
But if you afraid of failure more than others you might have Atychiphobia.
Are you afraid of flutes?
You are not even a little fairy:)
You've got Atychiphobia
Are you afraid of gold?
You might suffer from Aurophobia
Are you afraid of the Northern Lights?
It's a pity as they're beautiful.
But there are worst things than being Auroraphobiac.
Are you afraid of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues – anything that represents a sentient being?
You should've think twice before coming to The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs...ha
Automatonophobiacs usually don't appreciate us.
Also Dead Silence is not for them too...
In case you want to get down and dirty, but you're afraid of being dirty, you might have Automysophobia.
Are you afraid of being alone?
Listen to Michael Jackson's "You are Not Alone", it will make it better...
Are you afraid of flying?
This is very bad news if you're a bird.
In the other hand you are a bird who can read, even if you have Aviatophobia, you'll be world famous soon.
No, this is not the fear of pubs and bars...
Imagine to be in constant dread every single second of your life because you have Barophobia, the fear of gravity.
I have to admit gravity can be annoying when it pulls your sandwich towards the center of the Earth, but let's not forget this is the force which keeps us on the ground and the only way to escape it to become a spaceman / spacewomen.
So if you suffer from Barophobia, you have to face serious training or save up enough money to get yourself an anti gravity chamber...
Bathophobia is the fear of having a bath.
Bathophobia is derived from the Greek "bathos" (depth) and "phobos" (fear).
Bathophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of depths. Some sufferers experience anxiety even though they realise that they are actually safe from falling.
Other symptoms can include a feeling of panic or dread, a shortness of breath, increased heart rate and trembling.
This fear of depths can be caused by anything from deep water, to looking down a dark well or shaft where the blackness renders you unable to see the bottom. Bathophobia can then lead to fears of other things, such as elevators, as by entering a lift you are then putting yourself in a position where you could possibly fall.
Famous Star Trek actor, William Shatner, unfortunately suffers from this phobia.
So, I hear you ask, what is the best way to cure your fear?
Well, why not come and try out The Hellevator at The London Tombs?
Known only as London's Deadliest Lift, you are sure to test your nerve and be put through your paces with this thrilling ride.
Can't bear to be in a confined space?
Get that sinking feeling when you're in a lift?
The thought of being surrounded by a crowd makes you feel physically sick?
Then there's a good chance you suffer from claustrophobia.
Today is dedicated to all you claustrophobics out there.
The word claustrophobia comes from the Latin word claustrum, which means 'a shut place' and the Greek word phobos, which means 'fear'.
It's most likely to strike when in a confined space, like a lift, aeroplane or basement where there is little or no room to manoeuvre. And as with most common phobias, the cause of claustrophobia can be attributed to an unpleasant experience or learned behaviour.
As a child you may have been locked in a wardrobe. As an adult, there's a fair chance you may have been stuck in a lift. If you're really unlucky, you may have just learned to be afraid of small spaces by the adult in your life — a scenario that is most common with arachnophobia or ophidiophobia.
The primary symptom is a panic attack. You might be able to identify a claustrophobic as someone who always stands near the door at a party, terrified of getting too far away from their escape route.
So how do you get cured of such a phobia?
Hypnotism is one way as it can remove the nervous feeling altogether.
But the best way?
Face your fears, of course.
Make your way down to The Big Squeeze - a confined chamber where the only way out is forward. Guaranteed to make your heart race and your sweat glands work overtime, being in a confined space isn't the only thing to watch out for…
If you've got any claustrophobia stories, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line on Facebook, or add your 140 characters on Twitter.
A fear of shiny-lipped women?
A petrifaction of Cosmopolitan Magazine?
A phobia of half of Dulux's range of paints?
Alas, no - today's Face Your Fears article, Glossophobia, is the fear of public speaking.
What makes this particular phobia so fascinating is the fact that it ranks higher on the big list of the world's fears than dying. Which means, as Jerry Seinfeld once famously pointed out, that most people at a funeral would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.
Another fascinating fact regarding glossophobia is that is one of the few fears that can actually produce what a person thinks it will.
Then picture this:
You're at an important work meeting and it's your turn to give the speech to the board about your department's performance over the last quarter.
If you suffer from glossophobia, you've probably already got sweaty palms. Allow your fear to get the better of you and you'll probably lose all your confidence and become speechless when you take to the stage.
There is no known cure for this phobia, but if you have it you can just try to keep your mouth shut.
Let us know how did it go!
Today we explore one of our favourite fears: Lygophobia also known as Nyctophobia!
Don't know what we are talking about?
It's that very basic fear, of the Dark!
This is definately something we like to prey on here at The London Tombs, even some of our Zombies get freaked out in some of the darkest, dampest smelliest corners of the Tombs!
Almost everyone can be made uncomfortable if you put them in a strange enviroment and turn out the lights!
Why not try it on your friends or co-workers right now?
Lunaediesophobia, or the fear of Mondays as it more commonly known, has affected every one of us at some point in our lives. Whether it's double science first thing; an end-of-month of report that needs completing by lunchtime; or just the thought of actually having to do something constructive after a weekend of merry mayhem, there comes a point in everyone's lives when you simply say to yourself - 'I'm really not looking forward to tomorrow'.
Evidence supporting this particular phobia is pretty scanty, other than the lines of Rainy Days and Mondays by the Carpenters. There's no Freudian theory behind it, there are no facts about how long Monday will actually take to kill you, and it doesn't appear in the top 100 of the world's greatest phobias... yet amazingly, it affects us all. And if the truth be told, the reason it's made it onto the interwebs today is through my own dread of getting up this morning.
The fear of rats and mice is very common, a popular treatment for extreme sufferers is Hypnotherapy, a safe and effective solution.
But as our in house Rat-Keeper pointed out, what fun is that?
Why not come down into the Vaults of London Bridge and try one of our special Musophobia packages, meet our giant rats, and have a laugh with us!
But we promise if you come to visit our two Giant Gambian rats, Ronnie and Reggie, they won’t hurt you.
We also promise that they are MASSIVE!
According to Wikipedia they can grow up to 0.9 metres (3 ft), and 1.4 kilograms (2.2 and 3.1 lb), but I have a sneaking suspicion, that Ronnie and Reggie are even bigger than that...
What is Ophidiophobia?
Ophidiophopbia is a fear of snakes.
Since time began, the snake has been man's mortal enemy, tricking him to eat from the forbidden tree and getting him cast out of the Garden of Eden.
Greek mythology tells of a gargoyle called Medusa who could turn even the strongest of men into stone with a single look. Instead of hair, she had a head of snakes, each one lashing and thrashing, eager to strike fear into the heart of man.
Modern famous films like Indiana Jones, Snakes on a Plane, Anaconda etc. have also fuelled this fear of snakes, reinforcing one of the world's greatest phobias of this slithering serpent.
With so many negative references towards serpents spanning throughout history, it's hardly surprising that we are, on the whole, incredibly scared of snakes. As hard as I have looked, I haven't found a single story where the snake is the hero. It just doesn't happen - the snake is always the bad guy.
Lodged firmly in the world's top ten most common phobias, ophidiophobia, or snakephobia as it is often known affects millions of people around the world. However, unlike other common fears, such as the dark, rejection and terrorist attacks, encounters with snakes can be reduced to a minimum especially here in the UK.
In Britain, there is only one deadly snake that you need to be wary of the Vipera berus, or adder as it's more commonly known. Part of the Viperidae family, it has long fangs that allow for a deep bite and a deadly venom that, in large doses, can kill.
Once injected, the venom from a viper causes immense pain, strong local swelling, blood loss and disruption to the blood clotting system. Death from a viper bite is caused by collapse in blood pressure.
If you are reading this in a warmer country than England, or you're preparing to go on holiday to snake-infested lands, there are many more deadly snakes you need to steer clear of.
The Fierce Snake, or inland taipan resides in central Australia, is brown or olive in colour and has distinctive black markings on the head. This snake could almost be considered a mass murderer as a single bite contains enough venom to kill 100 adult humans!
Another incredibly deadly snake, the Black Mamba almost matches the inland taipan for deadliness. Growing up to 4.3 metres in length, it is indeed Africa's deadliest snake and commands one of the most potent venoms known to man. The mortality rate is nearly 100% and victims can be dead within 20 minutes of being bitten. What makes this particular breed so terrifying is the ferocity of its attacks, as it quite often strikes repeatedly.
Biting isn't the snake's only form of attack. The constrictor family can be just as deadly by squeezing the life out of its victims, slowly and really rather painfully.
The Burmese Python is one of the largest snakes in the world and can grow up to 6 metres in length. And while this particular fiend doesn't have a venomous bite, it's gargantuan girth will squeeze you and squeeze you until you die.
So there you have it; a few freaky facts about snakes.
Think you can face your fears?
Then come visit The Snake Pit in the London Tombs. We won't bite, I promisssssssss..
Pediophobia - The Fear of Dolls
"Close your eyes and count to seven. When you wake, you'll be in heaven." ~Chucky
To many, pediophobia; the fear of dolls seems ludicrous. For some, however, these models of human beings are an object of terror.
Pediophobia is believed to be a type of automatonophobia (the fear of humanoid figures) and includes dolls, manikins and robots. The reason some of us we are so scared of these inanimate objects is unclear, but psychologists usually look back into an individual's youth for answers.
Dolls have been a popular child's toy for many millennia. The first date back to Egyptian times, circa 2,000 BC, when It was fairly common to find them buried alongside dead children.
They are a common toy for young children, especially girls, and Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud claimed that children fantasise about dolls coming to life. This is further supported by Ernst Jentsch's theory that uncanny feelings arise when there's an intellectual uncertainty about whether an object is alive or not.
If any of you have ever sat and watched one of the Child's Play movies, this fear of dolls might be well-founded. The foul-mouthed freak of nature's habit of hacking, cutting, biting and spiking his victims into submission is enough to make even the most hardened man clear his home of dolls. Even Ashton Kutcher has publicly stated that he is afraid of his wife's collection of dolls having watched the films as a child.
Scary doll stories are rife across the internet too, mostly retelling freaky occurrences of how their doll has started talking on its own, without any batteries. One particular account from a young girl is particularly chilling, as it tells of her doll, Sunny, bleeding from its eyes. We'll let you ponder that one...
Do you have pediophobia? Have you got what it takes to face your fears? The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs invites you to visit the Dolls Room where these inanimate beings often spring sporadically to life to send a shiver down your spine. Get ready to run for your life...
Today we are looking at Philophobia, the fear of falling in Love.
We used to think that our Zombies all had this phobia, but lately some of them seem to be softening up.
In fact a few of them may actually have hearts! Over the last few months when we take them a batch of fresh brains, they seem to be sharing them with each other instead of fighting over them, this appears to be some type of mating ritual.
So folks how many of you suffer from Philophobia?
Have you been unlucky in love in the past, or are you just a loner who prefers to ride solo?
Phobophobia: it's not a made up word; it does exist. Here's a definition I tracked down on the interweb:
Phobophobia: 1.(n) a morbid fear of developing a phobia.
2.(n) the best halloween event in London.
Admittedly, I might have added the second entry, but you get the idea.
Over the last few weeks, we've been covering all manner of phobias in the lead up to our Halloween extravaganza, Phobophobia. If you haven't seen or heard anything about this yet, a) where have you been? and b) check out our Phobophobia event page for full details.
Phobophobia, in the first sense of the word is when a person worries about getting a phobia. For example:
"I won't be going to the snake show in case I develop a phobia of snakes. In fact, I'm so worried about getting snakephobia that I'm starting to getting sweaty palms and I'm feeling rather faint."
You can apply this school of thought to every phobia.
Instead of trying to explain it myself, I stole these words from akorra.com:
"It is liked with anxiety disorders and more common phobias like agoraphobia, (the fear of the market place, or the outdoors in today's language). But it is more commonly described as a fear of fears, or a fear of developing phobias. People suffering from this disorder often have anxiety issues to begin with and phobophobia is the result of being so afraid of the internal consequences of anxiety. In other words a person can get so afraid of the sensation of anxiety that they become petrified of it happening again."
While it may not be the most common phobia out there, it surely has to be one of the worst for sufferers.
There are, of course a number of treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms of Phobophobia, but what better way than by facing your fears at the UK's Best Year Round Scare Attraction, The London Bridge Experience and The London Tombs?
See you there….
Samhainophobia: A fear of Halloween or the fear of the festival of the dead.
Halloween, or the Hallow E'en as they call it in Ireland, means All Hallows Eve, or the night before the All Hallows. It is thought to have originated around 4,000 BC, which means Halloween has been around for more than 6,000 years.
Typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween celebrates the end of the lighter half of the year and beginning of the darker half, and is sometimes regarded as the Celtic New Year.
The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld opened on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home, while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks.
Anyone with samhainophobia would do just about anything to avoid Halloween activities. This includes giving out candy, wearing a costume, or even acknowledging that October 31 is a holiday.
The most common symptoms of this phobia include breathlessness, excessive sweating, dry mouth, feeling sick, trembling, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying or a full blown anxiety attack. So for the sufferer, it can be a pretty nasty time.
It is not known why people develop a phobia for this holiday, but like all fears and phobias, samhainophobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. In some cases the actual cause or initial reasoning for fearing Halloween may be unknown.
A little fact for you - Harry Houdini, one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived, strangely enough died in 1926 on Halloween night.
Sciophobia is the fear of shadows.
Sufferers are basically afraid of two things.
1., Dark places, like the London Tombs
2., Bright places, like outside in a sunny park
The fact that you don't have any hard feelings about the shadows, that your body creates on the grass, does not mean that you don't have Sciophobia.
To make sure, you have to double-check this by coming down to the London Tombs and test your reactions in our super scary vaults, stuffed with shadows and other things!
If you'll be OK down here, you're fine...
But you won't be...
Zemmiphobia is the fear of mole rats.
In case you don't know what a mole rat is, here's a picture (courtesy of Wikipedia):
So what do you think? I think I just developed a fear of mole rats today...
Fortunately these creepy little cuties are lurking mostly in the Eastern part of Africa, so it is not likely to run into one, in any other part of the world, so as long we stay out of Eastern Africa, we are good.
I wonder why nobody made a horror movie about the naked mole rats so far...
All you have to do is scale them up a little, or have hundreds of them, you don't even need a strong plot, these bastards will do the trick!
Any movie ideas about our forthcoming mole rat movie, please let us know!!!
We also like to know who you can imagine directing such movie?