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Offline Arctic Kat

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Things that scared you as a kid.
« on: October 25, 2019, 11:22:56 pm »
What were you afraid of? Anything ridiculous in hindsight?

With Halloween coming up, I started thinking about something that really disturbed me when I was little.
My family got an educational video game system, the VTech Socrates. It had a robot character that would be "assembled" in the loading screen's animation.
However -- this animation shows the robot with lifeless eyes at the beginning. (I thought it was uncanny valley material.)
Once it's complete, the robot has a big smile on its face and ... rotates its head 360 degrees.
The people at VTech probably thought they made a cute mascot, eager to teach kids basic math and vocabulary.
But dang-it -- the big beady eyes and head turn? To me as a toddler, it might as well have been Linda Blair in the Exorcist.

It took me a while to get used to it. But I still preferred playing the system with the lights turned on.

« Last Edit: October 26, 2019, 02:31:14 am by Arctic Kat »
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2019, 01:00:50 am »
Injection needles probably because I had surgery when I was almost 4. The other was the overacting of the wicked witch of the west in the original Wizard of Oz movie. Something about the overacting in the roll scared the daylights out of me.
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2019, 01:34:31 am »
Parents let me watch The Thing and Poltergeist when I was about 6.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2019, 05:53:13 am »
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2019, 05:59:33 am »
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2019, 08:53:12 am »
We watched this movie in elementary school and I was terrified of it for months.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2019, 11:51:50 am »
The robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still Of course, I was only 2 at the time. Oh <not allowed>, I just dated myself!

The High School bully, until I smacked him with a stack of text books. Later we dated a bit but never took it very far.

The possibility of a break down driving through the rough part of town when dressed in girly things. (honestly, this still scares me)

Losing my panties on the playground. I don't know why that bothered me, we were nudists at home.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2019, 01:29:51 pm »
The robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still Of course, I was only 2 at the time. Oh <not allowed>, I just dated myself!

The High School bully, until I smacked him with a stack of text books. Later we dated a bit but never took it very far.

The possibility of a break down driving through the rough part of town when dressed in girly things. (honestly, this still scares me)

Losing my panties on the playground. I don't know why that bothered me, we were nudists at home.

Okra.
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2019, 01:55:14 pm »
Five Million Years To Earth (US, 1967) or Quatermass And The Pit as it was known in the UK. Scared the bejabbers out of me.
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2019, 02:18:59 pm »
Except for being afraid of being at home... nothing really scared me. Wasps! Evil creatures.

I used to watch horror movies with my friend’s older brother when I was 10. He was 15. Nothing scared me. Nothing. Until I saw Shining. That movie still gives me the creeps. But I guess living with an instabile parent puts marks on your soul for ever.


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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2019, 02:31:31 pm »
Except for being afraid of being at home... nothing really scared me. Wasps! Evil creatures.

I used to watch horror movies with my friend’s older brother when I was 10. He was 15. Nothing scared me. Nothing. Until I saw Shining. That movie still gives me the creeps. But I guess living with an instabile parent puts marks on your soul for ever.


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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2019, 07:27:06 am »
My most ridiculous fear actually never went away: I can't stand seeing anything mechanical underwater. It even has a name: submechanophobia. Most sufferers are afraid of shipwrecks and whatnot, but mine is much more mundane. I can't swim anywhere near the drain in a pool, and if a fountain has exposed pipes running through it, I can't get too close. The "behind the scenes" areas at waterparks are absolute nightmare fuel.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2019, 08:28:10 am »
I went to Catholic schools all my life.  Some of the nuns were a little less than nice when dealing with the kids.  So I guess that's what I was afraid of.
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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2019, 08:50:19 am »
Not a phobia I had as a young child, but rather developed in early adulthood. I have a phobia of horses. Can't stand those critters. My father was an EMT and paramedic instructor. One time I read one of his textbooks. In the back was a glossary of injury images with captions. One particularly grisly image was that of a man who had about half of his face bitten off by a horse. I almost puked when I saw that image and never dared open that book again. I have also known several people to be stomped and injured by horses, but that facial injury sealed the deal for me. I can't be within 30 feet of a horse or I feel very nervous.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2019, 10:24:45 am »
Not a phobia I had as a young child, but rather developed in early adulthood. I have a phobia of horses. Can't stand those critters. My father was an EMT and paramedic instructor. One time I read one of his textbooks. In the back was a glossary of injury images with captions. One particularly grisly image was that of a man who had about half of his face bitten off by a horse. I almost puked when I saw that image and never dared open that book again. I have also known several people to be stomped and injured by horses, but that facial injury sealed the deal for me. I can't be within 30 feet of a horse or I feel very nervous.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2019, 12:59:57 pm »
Thinking of Halloween coming up, something that terrified me as a kid was a show on TV one year, which was supposedly a real life ghost haunting documentary. I remember this vividly as it's the only thing that's made me genuinely uncomfortable and scared in that vein... well... ever. The thing is, this show was entirely faked, but they didn't tell anyone. It wasn't your standard fare of "a group of plucky amateurs with nightvision cameras who capture a few knocks and Dave the cameraman having an unexpected bottom emission." This was the full bells and whistles, with special effects and the works.

If you've seen The Conjuring 2, with their Hollywoodised version of the apparently true Enfield Haunting, in London, then when I say what they tried to do wasn't far short of this. It was called Ghostwatch, and it wasn't just me who got spooked by it. The show garnered quite a reputation.

This is a BBC news article on the show, which apparently had tragic consequences for one person. And led to a flood of complaints. I was 13 at the time, and it scared the heck out of me, and my brothers.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2019, 01:05:07 pm »
People always assume I'm a horse girl when they find out I collect unicorns, but I agree. The real things are scary. They're just so big and unsettling. I'm glad they don't actually have pointy horns.

Oh, gosh, pointy stuff on a horse? May as well make them breathe fire too!




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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2019, 01:44:53 pm »
For me it would be robots and anything AI. That stuff freaks me out so bad.

I've worked around well pumps many times and for some reason I get a creepy feeling around water wells. The machinery doesn't bother me, It's the deep dark hole in the earth that gets me.

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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2019, 01:47:18 pm »
Oh, gosh, pointy stuff on a horse? May as well make them breathe fire too!




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Re: Things that scared you as a kid.
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2019, 02:00:18 pm »
For me it would be robots and anything AI. That stuff freaks me out so bad.

I've worked around well pumps many times and for some reason I get a creepy feeling around water wells. The machinery doesn't bother me, It's the deep dark hole in the earth that gets me.

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