Top 10 Fears and Phobias That Really Scare People

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Things that scare people.

Whether you jump at the sight of a spider or work up a sweat at the mere mention of getting on an airplane, fears and phobias abound. About 19.2 million American adults ages 18 and over, or some 8.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have some type of specific phobia, or extreme fear. Here are some of the worst.

 

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Shamrock Shortage In Ireland Sparks St. Pat’s Fears

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A severe shamrock shortage is threatening St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and the “wearing of the green,” according to leading botanist Dr. Declan Doogue of the Royal Irish Academy.

The shamrock was “hit hard” by the severe winter weather and “won’t be easily found” this week, said Doogue, who also stated the national plant was under threat because of modern farming methods.

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Can Animals ‘Sense’ an Impending Natural Disaster?

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Dog senses earthquake before it happens

Earthquakes, like the one that struck today in Chile–which, at the time of this writing, is believed to have claimed 147 lives–are all the more devastating for their unpredictable nature. While geologists have resources available to indicate a probability of when a quake will strike, such as measuring seismic pressures or observing changes in magnetic fields, it is still impossible to provide any short-term notice to threatened communities–a notice that would undoubtedly save countless lives. Although geologists may be incapable of putting communities on alert, however, recent disasters are strengthening theories that some animals may be able to ‘sense’ impending earthquakes.

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Guinness Book: Best Records of the Decade

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Our pick goes to this hella holy fella.
Guinness World Records are searching for the people’s choice of the decade. Having shortlisted a top 100 from every record set in several categories during the past 10 years they now want the public to vote online for the best.
The man with the most body piercings is John Lynch a.k.a. ‘Prince Albert’, who was counted as having 241 piercings, including 151 in his head and neck, in Hammersmith, London, on 17 October 2008
Here’s the others…
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Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Not exactly a cuddly robot

The Sintef Group, a research company based in Trondheim, Norway, announced that it’s designing a robot based on snakes.

The 1.5-meter long robots, which are made of aluminum, are being designed to inspect and clean complicated industrial pipe systems that are typically narrow and inaccessible to humans. The intelligent robots have multiple joints to enable them to twist vertically and climb up through pipe systems to locate leaks in water systems, inspect oil and gas pipelines and clean ventilation systems.

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A Visit to Beijing’s Exclusive Penis Restaurant

A Visit to Beijing’s Exclusive Penis Restaurant

The Guolizhuang menu is a broad introduction to the medicinal benefits of eating animal penises and testicles.

Whole yak penis or sheep testicles on a bed of curry, anyone? A Beijing restaurant serves painstakingly decorated gourmet dishes for the fearless. They’re supposed to increase male potency, but women should try a bite, too: Eating penis is good for the skin, apparently. (Pics)

 

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