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    People Are Sharing "Normal" Things That Are Actually Terrifying, And There Are No Lies Detected


    The other day, redditor u/Mangled_inside asked the internet: "What is something that you find terrifying that everyone finds normal?" Fellow Reddit users came through with some hilarious AND serious answers — and honestly, they're not wrong.


    Here are the interesting results:

    1. "Doctors being able to cut open your body and put it back together."

    A surgeon holds tools in an operating room
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    2. "Driving."

    Someone holds a steering wheel while driving in the countryside
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    3. "Honestly, pressure hydraulics. How anyone can be complacent around hot oil at 3,000 PSI is baffling to me."

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    4. "Space...I mean like...WTF? Most people are like space, yeah planets and sh*t. But hell, it just goes and goes."

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    5. "The ocean."

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    "As soon as I step foot in it, I’m fair game to all of the creatures in it. Yeah, surfing looks fun, but I’m not gonna dress up like a sea turtle and then act surprised when something tries to eat me. Not to mention, currents and rip tides. No thanks — I will respect it from the shore."


    6. "I sometimes get this weird fear that the bridge I’m crossing will suddenly collapse. So, I think I have a mild but rare case of gephyrophobia."

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    7. "The Thomas the Tank Engine theme song."

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    "One time I was house sitting for a family, and the power went out. I was looking for candles down in their basement, and when I was walking through the family room to go back upstairs, I stepped on some kind of book/toy that played a distorted version of the song. It scared me so bad that I dropped one of the candles (somehow it didn’t break). It probably wouldn’t have been such a big deal, except it started playing again randomly 15 minutes later. I ended up putting the toy outside in the shed after it played the second time.

    That was five years ago, and even now when I hear the song or see Thomas, my heart starts racing, and I have unpleasant memories of that night."


    8. "Debt (student loans, car notes, mortgages, credit cards)."

    A calculator among credit cards, money, and lots of bills
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    9. "Anybody that can consistently get themselves to wake up 10–15 minutes before their alarm is supposed to go off."

    Someone reaches over the shut off their alarm clock
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    10. "Lightning. I had been very close to a few strikes as a child and was subsequently terrified of it. I've become less utterly terrified of it in the last 10 years or so, but I'll still be fighting off a panic attack if I have to be outside during a storm."

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    11. "Switching lanes on the freeway."

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    12. "Getting old."

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    13. "The Hamburger Helper hand. It doesn’t make design or logical sense. It’s a glove with the face in the palm, so it’s not functional. Frightening."

    A box of Hamburger Helper, with its infamous hand mascot
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    14. "Social media. I've lived long enough to see it fundamentally change society and the people in it. Not for the better."

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    15. "Time. It's basically the measure of decay."

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    16. "Pregnancy. I mean, just stop and think about the whole concept for a second…"

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    17. And finally: "Parents who make social media accounts for their baby, then proceed to comment as if their baby is replying back to everyone."

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    According to you, what's something normal that's actually terrifying? Let us know in the comments below!

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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