Each year, US Betting Report runs a study to see what people are most afraid of in each state.

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Each year, the answers get weirder and Connecticut's most common fear is really bizarre. According to News 8, the answer is “trypophobia." That is the fear of clusters of holes. I should have been surprised but I wasn't because I wrote an article about “trypophobia" last year (2022) when it was named the most common fear in America.

I don't get this fear, what are clusters of holes going to do to you? There are a lot of other things worth fearing like:

  • Being asked to "sit down" for a meeting
  • Standing in line at the water park next to a goblin who couldn't be bothered to clip their toenails the last 30 years.
  • Going to the Danbury Costco on a Saturday around the Christmas holiday.
  • Forgetting my wife's birthday.
  • Being in line at the grocery store and realizing my wallet is at home.
  • Someone saying, "you don't remember my name, do you?"
  • Writing an article about a drug dealer being arrested, making fun of their attempt to elude the authorities and then being stabbed by their underlings in a dark alley.
  • Seeing someone from high school at the grocery store.
  • Cutting my hand while cutting open a bagel. I actually think about that a lot.
  • Congratulating someone on their pregnancy when they're not pregnant.
  • Ordering ethnic food and doing too good a job of pronouncing it.
  • Learning new things.
  • Success.
  • Happiness.
  • Dancing.
  • Attending multiple social engagements in a single day.
  • Being asked to help someone move.
  • Finding out you have a "family party" on a Sunday during the NFL season.
  • Packs of monkeys with cigarettes and razor blades.
  • Pronouns.
  • Lie detector tests.
  • Job interviews.
  • Wet socks.
  • Being late to something.
  • Being early to something.
  • 50/50 raffles.
  • Phone calls about my auto warranty.
  • My parents finding out what time I wake up on Saturday.
  • Musicians asking me if I can play their song on the radio.
  • Being asked what my favorite book is.
  • Renewing my license & registration.
  • People talking to me about life insurance.
  • People talking to me about the stock market.
  • Being asked what I do for a living.
  • Hanging out with a couple who doesn't drink, at all.
  • Soduku.
  • My phone battery dying in a waiting room.
  • People who want "just one minute" of my time.
  • Being asked if I have plans. That is always a trick, if you say you have no plans they will corner you into making plans with them next.
  • People looking at my phone.
  • Geography questions.
  • Math.
  • Hearing my wife say, "So, I was thinking......."
  • Driving off with the gas pump still in my car.

Those are fears, not a jumble of holes.

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