What REALLY Scares You?Once Upon a Time in America, Untouchables, Godfather I–III, Goodfellas, ever. Or have any of her boyfriends make her watch them like Mama’s did. —First-Time Mommy I am absolutely petrified of sharks. I respect them and I am even fascinated by them when I work up the courage to look at them for more than an eighth of a second, but they scare the hell out of me. I’m pretty sure my fear was sparked during the sunken ship scene in The Little Mermaid when Ariel and Flounder are being chased by that gigantic, toothy shark. All I know is that I want to pee my pants when I see one. — Ms. Rockabye What I'm most terrified of are catastrophic natural disasters, which is a little unfortunate given that I've chosen to live in Los Angeles, a place where fires, earthquakes, mudslides and severe droughts are more likely than not. — Chrissy, lead web designer I have an irrational fear of spiders mainly because I saw the movie Arachnophobia when I was way too young. For about a year after seeing that movie I had to check underneath the toilet for spiders every time before I went. To this day I still can’t stand the damn things. — Bill, sales rep When I was little, I was completely terrified of ghosts. For me, they were real, they were everywhere, and they were never friendly. It would paralyze me at night (which is naturally when ghosts come out, right?). I think it stemmed from being so afraid of the dark because I didn’t know (or want to know) what scary things lived in the dark. This was the only true downside to having such a wild and vivid imagination I suppose. Now my greatest fear is boring: I’m afraid of flying. I wish that I wasn’t because I love to travel more than anything. I think for me the fear comes from not being in control of anything. Once that plane takes off, I am in that pilot’s hands. At least I can have a Bloody Mary though. —Rockabye Grrl
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