To fear something is to have a phobia. According to a national survey, 86 percent of adults and 91 percent of youngsters are afraid of something. Nearly one in five adults also says they are scared of something more now than they were as a child. Even rich and famous personalities or celebrities have common, everyday fears just like the rest of us. Here is a list of such strange fears or phobias.
Fear of Cats. Famous persons like Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, French General Napoleon Bonaparte, King Henry III of France and Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini have this fear.
Fear of spiders. Actress Wendy Richard, TV Comedian Phil Jupitus and Tennis star Andre Agassi
Fear of Flying. Singer Aretha Franklin, actors like Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart and actresses like Cher, Florence Henderson, Glenda Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg, Science Fiction Author Ray Bradbury, Former US President Ronald Regan and Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Fear of going public places. Actress Kim Basinger, singer Aretha Franklin
Fear of thunder. Madonna
Fear of mirrors. Pamela Anderson
Fear of insects. Producer and Director Steven Spielberg
Fear of crowds. Actress Betty Grable and actor Robert Mitchum
Fear of clowns. Actors like Johnny Depp and Daniel Radcliffe
Fear of butterflies. Actress Nicole Kidman
Fear of germs. Actress Joan Crawford, singer Michael Jackson and Millionaire Howard Hughes
Other Strange Phobias:
Ablutophobia: The fear of bathing.
Basophobia: The fear of walking.
Barophobia: The fear of gravity.
Cathisophobia: The fear of sitting.
Chronophobia: The fear of time.
Chrometophobia: The fear of money.
Chaetophobia: The fear of hair.
Cibophobia: The fear of food.
Clinophobia: The fear of going to bed.
Dendrophobia: The fear of trees.
Eleutherophobia: The fear of freeom.
Genuphobia: The fear of knees.
Geliophobia: The fear of laughter.
Gnosiophobia: The fear of knowledge.
Heliophobia: The fear of the sun.
Hedonophobia: The fear of feeling pressure.
Hypnophobia:The fear of sleep.
Ideophobia: The fear of ideas.
Kainophobia: The fear of anything new.
Lachanophobia: The fear of vegetables.
Logophobia: The fear of words.
Melophobia: The fear of music.
Mnemophobia: The fear of memories.
Nebulaphobia: The fear of fog.