People Break Down Which Harmless Things Terrified Them As A Child
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When I was younger I hated the stars. Not the Hollywood kind, the space kind. Before I truly comprehended gravity I thought they were just electric shocks if you will that would one by one fall from the sky to kill us. It's why I also detested lightning, I swore every strike of lightning was an Earth blow scorching the ground. Yeah.... rainstorms at night were traumatizing. Now I adore the rain and the stars but lightning can still send me running for vodka. Oh the things that send us reeling as children.

Redditor u/Shay_da_la wanted to know what things deemed inconsequential by others left an emotional scar on others when they were younger by asking.... What's a harmless thing that terrified you as a child?

The Death Beep

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The busy tone when a call went dead. That used to scare the crap out of me.

GameGod2815

I think we're conditioned from scary movies. Like that white noise static tv. Thank God those things no longer exist.

armen89

Wrath

That damn alligator under my bed that wanted to eat my feet. You gotta turn the lights out and jump in bed quick to avoid its wrath.

NotTheNoogie

And tuck the sheets in under you with no limbs exposed so it couldn't get you?

karl_fickenschnauzer

The sheets. Stay. Tucked. Also, I always imagined a hand or demonic mouth getting me from under the bed.

HAL-Over-9001

Falling....

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Whenever the floorboards creaked, I imagined myself or my bed falling through the floor into the basement.

Difference_in_Shades

Happened to a neighbor's daughter. 13 year old girl, chilling in the bath. There's a creak and next thing the bath is in the kitchen. She wasn't hurt.

tallbutshy

Shallow....

That little rope of buoys that separated the deep end from the shallow end in the pool.

boyvsfood2

Yes! I'm 35 and those still creep me out. Not to mention those large buoys in lakes/oceans. I'm not much of a swimmer bc pretty much anything in the water (including dark water itself) creeps me out.

EDIT : I do already belong to submechanaphobia and thalassophobia subs. Creepy stuff!

C_J_Money

drained...

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I thought the bathtub drain would suck me down with the water.

harlotScarlett

'it's what took Terry's leg'

Terry Fox.

So in Canada we have Terry Fox Day and the Terry Fox walk because this guy, Terry Fox, tried to run across the country on one leg to raise cancer awareness.

My child brain however didn't quite understand why. I didn't really understand what cancer was and nobody would tell me anything more than 'it's what took Terry's leg'. I assumed it was a person or something.

So all I knew was that we were walking because a dead man with one leg said we should spread word about Cancer who stole his leg and giving him money. I was so scared that if I forgot to donate or if I missed the walk that Terry Fox's ghost would come with whoever Cancer was and take my leg too.

Edit: I'd just like to say thank you all so much for all the upvotes and rewards! I've never had a comment blow up like this before, so just- Thank you! Glad you all enjoyed my silly childhood story. 😊

Choppers....

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Ceiling fans. I was afraid that it would come off the ceiling still spinning and chop me up like a helicopter blades. That and millions of bugs crawling through the windows and covering my bed like the plastic casket things people used to lay in on fear factor.

redheadedrec

Into Oblivion....

Escalators scared the crap out of me. Trying desperately to fit within a rectangle before it becomes a step, jumping off of them at the end to avoid being sucked down into oblivion. And there was one or two anecdotal stories from the news to convince me that they were, in fact, killers.

jakerhamster

The Glow....

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Old televisions right after you turned them off, they would glow for a bit. That's when the monsters could come out of the TV and get you.

deepsleepsheepmeep

Why Hulk? Why?

I was on the toilet, and for some unthinkable reason i was scared that the hulk would come out the toilet and shove a knife up my butt. Why the hulk? either way, it freakin confuses me.

Possible_Fan_9371

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