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What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

Me...I hate spare coat hangers, the ones that have nothing on them that all get tangled up together...I HATE that feeling when they all get stuck together and clattery......drives me NUTS!!!

What stupid inocuous household item are you scared of?
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Old 14.07.2009, 15:55
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

Pair of jeans which has been crumpled up in a heap for more than about 2 days. There is inevitably a huge hairy spider lurking beneath them.

Light switch under the kitchen units for the worktops. I ALWAYS rasp my knuckles on the bottom of the cupboard when I go to switch them on or off.
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

The vacuum cleaner. It screeches too loudly. I begged my other half not to buy that particular make and model but he insisted (not even Dog knows why), so only he does the vacuuming now while pooch and I hide in another room.
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Old 14.07.2009, 16:00
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

The 'exactly head-height' bottom of the door to the cupboard over the fridge. I occasionally leave it open, meaning to put something else away, but forget it. This is EXACTLY the point at which I suddenly straighten up when speeding from the kitchen to the dining-room. If I notice it just in time I crunch down like someone struck by lightening!
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The entire cupboard of cleaning products.
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The entire cupboard of cleaning products.

....and that jar of elbow grease perchance?
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Dust Bunnies! I swear they will mutate one day and become larger than Lilly or me and who knows what will happen then
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The sock eating washing machine and the self-feeding laundry basket, bloody thing is always almost full
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Dust Bunnies! I swear they will mutate one day and become larger than Lilly or me and who knows what will happen then
Don't worry: Lilly will see them off!
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Old 14.07.2009, 16:21
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

I've learnt to treat pressure cookers with the utmost respect after I was almost killed by a flying lid.
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

The steam iron. It's possessed by Cruella DeVille's ghost. It spits and sputters and pees a bit as if giving a scathing critique of the my poor choice of blouse or my considerable lack of skill in ironing pleats on the sleeves of a man's shirt.
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The steam iron. It's possessed by Cruella DeVille's ghost. It spits and sputters and pees a bit as if giving a scathing critique of the my poor choice of blouse or my considerable lack of skill in ironing pleats on the sleeves of a man's shirt.

He he, reminds me of Douglas Adam's "Meaning of Liff" :

THROCKING (participial vb.)
The action of continually pushing down the lever on a pop-up toaster in the hope that you will thereby get it to understand that you want it to toast something.
Also: a style of drum-playing favoured by Nigel Olsson of the Elton John Band, reminiscent of the sound of someone slapping a frankfurter against a bucket. An excellent example of this is to be heard on 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight' from the album Captain Fantasticand the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

THROCKMORTON (n.)
The soul of a departed madman: one of those now known to inhabit the timing mechanism of pop-up toasters.
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

The radiator when it makes loud noises in the middle of the night
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

toys strewn across the floor and inevitably found by bare feet at 3am jaunts from room to room to find out which kid is crying..
esp. sharp pointy ones.
(barbie crowns, matchbox cars, lego, the list is endless)
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Old 14.07.2009, 17:28
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toys strewn across the floor and inevitably found by bare feet at 3am jaunts from room to room to find out which kid is crying..
esp. sharp pointy ones.
(barbie crowns, matchbox cars, lego, the list is endless)
Ouch - I feel your pain. That brings tears to my eyes, too. Small baby calf from the farm set had me limping for days.
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Old 14.07.2009, 17:34
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

Probably the washing mashine, I've never dared press anything other than the 40 button for fear it will somehow destroy my clothes.

Also the buttons beneath the clock on the oven, I know the timer, but can only reset the clock after a powercut and have no idea what the other buttons do.
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Probably the washing mashine, I've never dared press anything other than the 40 button for fear it will somehow destroy my clothes.

Also the buttons beneath the clock on the oven, I know the timer, but can only reset the clock after a powercut and have no idea what the other buttons do.
I can program the timer on the oven but I still haven't deciphered how to adjust the actual clock time!
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Re: What household items are you afraid/phobic of?

I agree with the iron! Seeing as I have to use it almost daily it is a rare day when I escape a burn!
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Irons definitely. Also any white appliances. The reason that women are married in white, allegedly, is so that they will match the appliances

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The coffee table. It's out to get both of us.

The vent hood over the stove. It pulls out when in use - just at the right height for my head.
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