Saturday, September 13, 2014

It’s time to play What’s My Phobia?

At a curious web site called I found a page with an Ultimate List labeled What’s Your Phobia? showing the top fifteen most common ones. This was not a survey using a randomly selected sample. A total of 892 people had voted for a total of 5,228 times to rank and rerank those items, resulting in the total scores shown below on a bar chart. (Click on it to see a larger, clearer version).

The top five were:

1. Enclosed spaces
2. Heights
3. Spiders
4. Snakes
5. Death

The next five were:

6. Clowns
7. Needles
8. Sharks
9. Insects
10. Dentists

The final five were:

11. Public speaking
12. Flying
13. The Dark
14. Bees
15. Deep Water

Note that both sharks and bees are on the list. Public speaking came in 11th, and ranked below both death and sharks (but above bees).

The image of Rep. Everett M. Dirksen came from the Library of Congress

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