He may be long gone, but Alfred Hitchcock was weird to his very last breath. The famous director was afraid of eggs (“ovophobia”) and once told a reporter “have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid?” Hitchcock preferred the sight of blood to egg!
It’s weird, but it’s true. Oprah Winfrey has a fear of gum, aka “chiclephobia.” Winfrey attributes it to her grandmother’s habit of lining up pieces of chewed gum in a cabinet. Winfrey has reportedly banned gum from the offices of Harpo Studios.
Billy Bob Thornton gets freaked out around antique furniture. Not just any antique furniture… but French antique furniture. Thornton has claimed that furniture in the era of Louis XIV freaks him out and suggests maybe he was beaten to death by an antique in a previous life. Thornton also suffers from fears of cayenne pepper, silver, and Komodo dragons.
It’s called “lepidoterophobia,” and Nicole Kidman says she has it. The actress once said in an interview that butterflies give her anxiety. “There is something eerie about them. Something weird,” the actress reportedly said. Who the hell hates butterflies?
Apparently, President Roosevelt was a “triskaidekaphobic” which means he was terrified by the number 13. He was so scared of it, that he refused to travel on the 13th of the month, and he would never have 13 guests at a table. Fear of Friday the 13th is known as “paraskavedekatriaphobia.”
Singer Adele has a case of “laridaphobia” which is a fear of a specific bird: seagulls. The singer confessed that she was attacked by one at a young age, and that the incident instilled a fear of the flying rats in her brain. She still has a scar from the mauling!
This is one of the more common fears – “acrophobia” – the fear of heights. But it became so crippling for this star of The Hangover that he skipped a press event for the third film in the series, which took place at Morro da Urca near Sugarloaf mountain in Brazil. He called into the event instead of attending because of his overwhelming fear.