Thursday, March 27, 2008

Things that Freak Me Out

1) Raccoons. Raccoons get top billing today because I just saw one the other day when I was pulling up at home. I think the lights of my car scared it but it only ran across the street. Then it just sat there and stared at me. And I started freaky are raccoons??? With those beady eyes and those freaky little hands??? I immediately did some research on the computer (once it ran into some bushes and I decided it was safe to go inside) and learned that they can be aggressive. I actually do see them around work kind of a lot (usually at a distance) so now they are officially on the list of things that freak me out, though they are generally quite cute in kids books.

2) Driving in parking lots. I am almost always certain that I'm going to get in some kind of accident, since most people forget to observe stop signs, pedestrians, and other cars in a parking lot.

3) Crickets. And grasshoppers. Bugs that hop, people. Hopping and jumping means, I don't know where it's going to end up....yuck.

4) Movies about demon possession. I can watch most scary movies but if there's some demon possession involved it really gets under my skin. Like that movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose. That was one chilling movie that stayed with me for awhile. I think the reason these sorts of movies are frightening to me is because I actually believe in demons.

5) Clowns. Not terribly original, I know, but the make-up, weird hair, sad but supposed to be happy vibe just doesn't work for me.

6) Guillotines. I like my head attached to my body. The whole of idea of being beheaded has always just really freaked me out.

7) Bette Davis. When I was young, we watched Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? She kills the maid with a hammer. She dresses up as a little girl and dances around. I was just a kid and this freaked me out on so many levels. I rewatched it a few months ago and actually think it's a pretty interesting film, but she still freaks me out. :)

8) Computer viruses. I've never had one but live in constant fear.

9) Haunted Houses. I just hate hate hate being chased around by some guy with a chainsaw.

10) Dirty public restrooms. Ew, gross. For some reason the restroom at my Barnes and Noble is the worst. There is always something disgusting going on. Once there was a brownie smashed all over the floor. A brownie. At first I thought it might be something else (as you can imagine) but I happened upon the container the brownie was in and naturally avoided that stall.

11) Whenever people do that thing where they flip their eyelids out or whatever? That's freaky, please don't do that.

12) Robots. Yes, it would be nice to have one to clean for me, but it doesn't need a human voice or name.

13) Masks. I find masks in general to be frightening, just show your face I'm sure it's lovely...

What freaks you out?


Firefly Mom said...

Gotta agree with you on the clowns. For me it stems from seeing Poltergeist - remember the clown in that? Scarred me for life.

The other thing that really freaks me out is swimming in murky water where you *know* there's things, BIG things, swimming around you but you can't see them. Ugh!

K. said...

"I just hate hate hate being chased around by some guy with a chainsaw."

Well, goodness, don't we all? ;P

Great list, I agree with a bunch. Clowns, raccoons, the dreaded eyelid flip, things wearing masks - I'm surprised that I survived Disneyland. It's one of the bravest things I've ever done for my children...

Happy TT! You can find mine here if you feel like stopping by...

Carole said...

Good list, Amy. I was surprised at how many things we agreed on. I think raccoons are cute, though - not that I'd want to meet one close up, however!

Here's two more areas I thought of:
1) Body piercings and tattoos
2) Spiders and snakes

Anonymous said...

Wow I could have written this list! Add to my list: June bugs. If you've never experienced them, be thankful.

Megan said...

I am mad at you. Want to know why?

I am going to tell you anyway, I keep getting flashes of people with their eyelids flipped over. I hate it too and now it is haunting me.

My kids have never done it but every 10th time I look at them I see them with their eyelids flipped and it is all your fault. SAVE ME!!!

Cristy said...

We encountered raccoons while camping when I was younger and they were very aggressive. Luckily, we were in a camper, so we were safe. They would still freak me out, but I haven't seen one in years. Bats too, encountered them when we went to a lakehouse one summer! But my grandmother was rather funny to watch trying to get away from the bats while my dad was trying to shoo them out of the house with a newspaper.

Spiders is number one on my list. Probably the only thing that freaks me out enough to put on a list.

I can't say that dirty public restrooms freak me out...maybe GROSS me out. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go, right? I taught my 8yo niece how to "squat" just a couple of weeks ago.

I watched Whatever Happened to Baby Jane when I was a kid, too, and it scared me! Maybe I need to watch it again as an adult.

~ jen ~ said...

Amy, I have to agree with numbers 1, 3, 10, and 11. I was taking the garbage out last week, and a HUGE raccoon was sorting through our dumpster. I saw him and froze; he did this hissing noise then bolted. I dropped my garbage bag and bolted as well. Since then I try to make some noise to scare raccoons away before I approach the dumpster. So far, so good.

Remember when my Buick broke down (one time of many)and we walked to that Walgreens to wait for my mom? There were a few crickets outside and we both were creeped out!EEWW!

I was wondering how you concluded that there was a brownie in the restroom....I started laughing before I read the end! Anyway, you wonder if people are really that slobby at home, and that grosses me out even more! UGH!

And the eyelid thing freaks me out big time! Always has, always will. I tried to do it one time in grade school, and it hurt A LOT, so that may be one more reason I hate seeing someone else do it.

Chaotic Hammer said...

Raccoons are very aggressive indeed. Had a bunch around when I lived in Monterey, and they were not impressed by threatening moves toward them or loud banging noises or anything. They would just sit and watch, and then start coming toward you. Not cool.

I had forgotten about the eyelid thing. Haven't seen that in years. But when I was in school -- I was the kid doing that. Sorry about that.

Nicholas said...

Baby Jane is definitely a film no one should see as a kid. Grown ups only. I know just what you mean about parking lot driving. It's strange to think that the guillotine was designed to be a humane measure. You are in good company -- Charles Dickens hated masks too.

Amy said...

Thanks everyone I feel reassured about the raccoons living in my neighborhood now...uh....not so much.

Cristy, you should totally watch Baby Jane again. I still had weird freakish feelings watching it again, but was better able to appreciate the creepiness of the whole thing.

For some reason, while I certainly don't like spiders, they normally don't jump so they don't scare me as much. BUT I would like to add bats to the list now! could I forget? So many happy memories of the Buick...Bank of America (or whatever it was then..Nations bank?) did you try turning the key? ha!!!

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