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Xylophobia Is For Real And You Definitely Have It

Save yourself.

Take a good look at this pile of wooden ice cream sticks. Now: imagine one of them running between your teeth.

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Are you screaming? Horrified? Disgusted? Don't worry โ€” you're not alone.

Turns out lots of people have this same thing.

*gag*

*shivers*

Nooooo!

Nice.

So what's going on here?

The fear of Popsicle sticks is probably one form of a larger phobia known as xylophobia.

Xylophobia is the irrational fear of wooden objects and/or a fear of forests.

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People with xylophobia may be terrified and repulsed at the idea of touching, licking, or running their teeth along wooden objects โ€” such as Popsicle sticks. Some people with this phobia might be fine with touching the objects, but gag at the thought of having them in their mouths.

Just a personal theory, but this prooooobably has something to do with bad sense memories of having your throat checked at the doctor.

(It's also probably more of a dislike than a phobia, but YMMV.)

GET IT OUT, AHHHH

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Make it stop!

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Why would you???

Someone help this young woman!!!!!

nicole got a popsicle stick stuck in her mouth

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  1. So, what do you feel when you look at this Popsicle stick?

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So, what do you feel when you look at this Popsicle stick?
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    Hungry
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    Angry (that the popsicle is gone)
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    Nostalgic for my youth
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    EW GROSS I HATE IT GET IT AWAY FROM ME

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