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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Friday the 13th: What are your phobias?


Rhytiphobia: The fear of getting wrinkles. (bigstockphoto)
While there was only one Friday the 13th in 2011, the new year bodes not well for the superstitious. 2012 will have three months on which Friday falls on the 13th — January, April, and July.

In May of 2010, Liz Flock of BlogPost showed us that fear of Friday the 13 is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia. But there are other strange fears you likely never knew existed:

1. Dextrophobia: Fear of objects at the right side of the body.

We can’t help but think Beyonce was suffering from dextrophobia when she recorded “Irreplaceable.”

2. Clinophobia: Fear of going to bed

Hollywood’s younger generation seems to collectively suffer from clinophobia, but poor Lindsay Lohan — she really got the raw end of the deal.

3. Heliophobia: Fear of the sun.

I’ve never thought it would be easy to be Marilyn Manson. But to have to deal with a sun phobia too? We hope the inch-thick white skin powder shields a few of the rays.

4. Phronemophobia: Fear of thinking.

I can’t help wondering if this was a criteria used during the casting of Jersey Shore.

5. Rhytiphobia: Fear of getting wrinkles.

The Real Housewives of D.C., and all their fellow housewives nationwide, must band together to beat this disease. Maybe a run to prevent rhytiphobia? A wrinkly ribbon we can all pin to our shirts?

Question: What are your phobias? Know of any phobias with awesome names. Tell us in the comments.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/13/2012

 
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