10 Weird Phobias You Won't Believe Exist
Coulrophobia (Fear of Clowns)
Many patients suffering from fear of clowns understand that their dread is illogical, but they cannot escape this condition. The swollen red nose, filthy appearance and uncommon hair of clowns are the major causes for the condition. Besides, any bad experience with clowns or seeing a menacing one on TV also exacerbates this fear.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (Fear of Long Words)
The term hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is derived from 'Hippopotamus' and a 'Monster-related' long word, and, in our opinion, is quite mean to the sufferers themselves, who would fear the very name of the phobia they suffer from. A recent study found that almost 5% of the population suffers from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, and common symptoms include anxiety, clammy hands and trembling.