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  • Some of the phobias are amusing: Cacophobia, for example, is the fear of ugliness, and lutraphobia is the fear of otters.



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  • JM is considering taking up lutraphobia to fully round out his personality.

    January 9, 2010

  • *moves to the next town over from this page*

    January 19, 2009

  • *crosses street from this page*

    January 19, 2009

  • Squidly lutraphobia - The fear of otters

    Killing some break-time at work and found this:

    Quote from this video:

    "Consider the true cost of living with Lutraphobia.

    If you are living with lutraphobia, what is the real cost to your health, your career or school, and to your family life? Avoiding the issue indefinitely would mean resigning yourself to living in fear, missing out on priceless life experiences big and small, living a life that is just a shadow of what it will be when the problem is gone. For anyone earning a living, the financial toll of this phobia is incalculable. Living with fear means you can never concentrate fully and give your best. Lost opportunities. Poor performance or grades. Promotions that pass you by. lutraphobia will likely cost you tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your lifetime, let alone the cost to your health and quality of life. Now Lutraphobia can be gone for less than the price of a round-trip airline ticket."

    Who knew an otter could be responsible for that kind of damage? :-|

    URL for post:

    January 17, 2009

  • Lutraphobia - An abnormal, persistent fear of otters

    January 17, 2009

  • "A geometry implies the heterogeneity of locus, namely that there is a locus of the Otter. Regarding this locus of the Otter, of one sex as Otter, as absolute Otter, what does the most recent development in topology allow us to posit?"

    --Jacques Lecan

    January 17, 2009

  • *crosses street*

    January 16, 2009

  • Yes! Like otters do!


    January 15, 2009

  • Actually, all we know is that that squirrel didn't have rabies. They may have been lulling you into a false sense of complacency...waiting...and watching...

    January 15, 2009

  • Squirrels are vicious little buggers - don't let anyone tell you different. They're just rats with bushy tails. Once, when I lived in Chapel Hill, I was feeding peanuts to one of the squirrels outside my office window and the little ratfiend bit my finger!!

    After a whole unsuccessful Keystone Kops interlude (Animal Control Unit on the phone: Try to contain the animal), involving a trail of peanuts and makeshift cardboard box "trap", I repaired to Student Health Services, to see if I would need rabies shots. Dr Vukosohn, the hippy doctor, wasn't clear on whether or not squirrels carried rabies. So his solution was to take a poll of the center staff and random students in the waiting area. Based on the 6 to 4 response favoring the view that squirrels didn't carry rabies, he decided not to order the shots.

    The worst part was when I phoned my mom (who was an M.D.) back in Ireland for reassurance, she just exploded into hysterical laughter and the best I could get from her was "well; rabies has an incubation period of up to six months, so if you're still alive next year, we'll know that squirrels don't carry it".

    I survived. (No shots)

    January 15, 2009

  • fluviolutraphobia is presumably the word for 'fear of river otters. Or possibly lutrapotamophobia.

    Watch out! There's a rabid lutrapotamus on the loose!

    January 15, 2009

  • *wonders about the probability of encountering an otter on the way home from work*

    January 15, 2009

  • Why do I feel as though it's best not to ask that question?

    Maybe I have riverorseaotterquestionsonWordiephobia.

    *crosses street to avoid otters*

    January 15, 2009

  • I wonder if there's a separate word for a deep-seated fear of river (rather than sea) otters...

    January 15, 2009

  • I have more of a problem with river otters than sea otters.

    I suppose it becomes an irrational phobia when you'd cross the street to avoid one (I'm talking about squirrels now). I'm not quite at that stage. A really big one, making free with newly-fallen horse-chestnuts, maybe.

    January 15, 2009

  • Squirrels may not be pleasant--my mom hates them and thinks of them as rats, for example--but not wanting one near you (or an otter near you, for that matter) is not the same as having a phobia of them. A deep fear of squirrels--just squirrels, not "having squirrels crawl all over one," which is probably fearsome to anyone--is slightly more understandable than a phobia of soft cushy pillows.

    Aren't we all vicious little bastards when cornered? Isn't that how we survive? *feels the love for guinea pigs, who instead simply stampede in a circle*

    Does your aunt's cousin fear Play-Doh, by any chance?

    January 15, 2009

  • I'm no great fan of otters. I mean, I respect them, but I wouldn't want one near me. Same for squirrels, they're vicious little bastards when cornered, and they carry rabies.

    January 15, 2009

  • I know someone who has Playdohaphobia!

    And I think I might be developing lutraphobiawordiepageaphobia, myself.

    January 15, 2009

  • Okay then....

    I know someone who has sciurophobia. I also know someone who has peristerophobia.

    You just never know.

    January 15, 2009

  • Yeah? well... I know someone who's afraid of...


    Play-doh! Nyah!

    Anyway "afraid of" isn't quite the same as a phobia... (though I know you know that, ree-settee.)

    January 15, 2009

  • I know someone who's afraid of squirrels. I also know someone who's afraid of pigeons.

    You just never know.

    January 15, 2009

  • It's like being deathly afraid of squirrels. Or pillows.

    *thinking she should not have said that, because someone's bound to argue that their aunt's cousin has lutraphobia*

    January 15, 2009

  • Maybe one scared you as a child?

    Not you you. I mean the you that you mentioned.

    January 14, 2009

  • Yeah... how can you fear otters, for heaven's sake? Otters.

    I mean, they're otters.

    January 14, 2009

  • Wow. That's scary.

    January 14, 2009

  • Fear of otters.

    January 14, 2009