4. Fear of Wet Wood (Oneirogmophobia)
You don’t have to be a vampire to hate this unusual phobia. (Though it does make for a more interesting image.) If the mere sight of wet wood causes you to feel nauseous or break out into a sweat, you probably have oneirogmophobia. Sufferers from this phobia can’t use toothpicks, enjoy a Popsicle, or lick cake batter from a wooden spoon.
5. Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)
Imagine clusters of small holes, bumps, or patterns on people or things. The sight of lotus roots or honeycombs can trigger it in people, and for a while the internet was loaded with hands that allegedly had a flesh-eating virus that created holes in the skin. That last one was fake, but it made trypophobia a more well-known phobia. Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro design even became a trigger for this phobia. The cluster-like placement of the lenses makes people with this phobia uncomfortable.
6. Fear of Chewing Cum (Chiclephobia)
Gross? For sure? But one of the most unusual phobias ever? Yes, indeed!
In fact, Oprah Winfrey allegedly suffers from chiclephobia. Word is she wouldn’t even allow chewing gum in her studio. Winfrey traces her disdain for the chewy goo back to her grandmother, who would save used pieces of chewed gum at the bottom of dinner plates or in kitchen cabinets.