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Scientists discover 'fear of holes'


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:06 AM

A previously unrecognized phobia of objects filled with holes could be a human survival instinct.

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A peculiar new phobia known as trypophobia has emerged following research by British scientists this week. The fear typically involves an irrational aversion to objects that are clustered with small holes such as crumpets or even bubbly chocolate bars.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

View PostUM-Bot, on 09 September 2013 - 11:06 AM, said:

A previously unrecognized phobia of objects filled with holes could be a human survival instinct.



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Do not bring that crumpet towards me - I'm serious!

Such a funny story. I don't care what you say - people are weird!

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

I've had that fear (not yet phobia) since I saw that picture with lotus pods. I get chills through my body whenever I come across that!


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:21 PM

I fear holes in things that shouldn't have holes... Such as a wall or a stone. Who knows what's in there... (-_-;)


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:12 PM

I can't believe people get paid for this,how does this help mankind move forward? Surely that's what scientists should be looking to do


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:22 PM

I know it sounds funny but it must be difficult to live with phobias that are totally irrational, like having a phobia for baked beans, bananas, feathers, etc.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:20 PM

View PostYukiEsmaElite0, on 09 September 2013 - 05:21 PM, said:

I fear holes in things that shouldn't have holes... Such as a wall or a stone. Who knows what's in there... (-_- ;)
Like patches of holes on face from skin acne?


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:07 PM

Fear of holes is a new one for me, now if there was a duck in there spying,.......


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:54 PM

I suddenly feel like having a bagel.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:57 PM

So, I am trying to relate to the notion that this is a primitive evolutionary response. When we see these holes are we seeing a gaping mouth or mouths ready to take a chunk from our hides?  I do like crumpets ... maybe the butter and jam is a way of appeasing those holes.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:11 PM

Did you know the hole's only natural enemy is the pile


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:51 PM

in a word-wide recession, THIS is what we're paying ''scientists'' for??
shame the money couldn't have gone into proper medical research instead.
'scandalous' is a gross understatement.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:13 AM

View PostLava_Lady, on 09 September 2013 - 08:54 PM, said:

I suddenly feel like having a bagel.

Don't you mean English muffin with all those nooks and crannies.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:45 AM

“Cole believes that the phobia could be a natural survival instinct because objects of this nature share several of the visual characteristics of poisonous animals.”

I needed help following this visual connection of objects full of holes to visual characteristics of poisonous animals. I looked up most poisonous animals and there are a few obvious contenders, I guess, like the patterns on blue ring octopus, poison arrow frogs, puffer fish, maybe spider's eyes? But would these few (limited range) have created an evolutionary phobia to aide survival? How old are these species?

Maybe a few snake skin patterns?  I don't know...

Anyone else's thoughts to help clarify what I'm missing here?

"The visitor mentioned that an image of an [blue ring] octopus had triggered intense revulsion."

Was it the animal itself, octopus are quite bizarre looking, or the pattern?

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:10 AM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 10 September 2013 - 01:13 AM, said:

Don't you mean English muffin with all those nooks and crannies.

You'd think... but no, I'm craving a sesame seed bagel.  Maybe it's because if I slice it open, it has a bunch of holes in it.  The English muffin pictured has too much butter.  I mean, I love butter but sheesh!

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