Hang onto your mummies – it’s Pharaohphobia!

Okay, not my best title, but I’ve been wrapping cartoon bodies and that’s the best my stunned mind could come up with.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself . . .

So after last week’s random post on the fear of zombies, I started to wonder what other movie monsters had their own special phobia titles. The first one I came across was mummies. Specifically, the fear of mummies is known as Pharaohphobia.

Yeah, no, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. But I think it’s gosh darn brilliant! (Not the fear itself, or that people are afraid of mummies, but the fact that there’s an actual name for that fear. Brilliant!) Unlike zombies though, I’ve never been particularly perturbed by mummies. They’re gutted, wrapped up, fairly shrivelled corpses locked in a box, right?

The Mummy - ImhotepEr, okay, Imhotep doesn’t count. He spent half the movie corpse-efied, and the other half presentable. And able to run. Fast.

For good measure I went plodding along to the wonderful internet and came back with a few interesting tid bits that, although haven’t inspired me towards a new phobia, have definitely given me the stone creeps. (Before we go any further, some of these pages do have external links on them that I did not click on, and so cannot vouch for their safety. Please use caution whenever visiting web pages you aren’t personally familiar with.)

  • We’ll start off light with KingTutone.com’s Virtual Mummy This is work safe, kid friendly, and educational.
  • Before we get too gruesome, how about mummy hot dogs? (Couldn’t help it. They’re adorable!)
  • Next we’ll join Anubis for some pull-the-brain-out-of-his-nose fun at a Virtual Embalming. Fairly work safe, probably better for older kids, and likely to make your toes curl from the abstract gross-factor.
  • Now we’ll saunter into the land of WTF. Monster mummies of Japan is a collection of pictures of varies types of mummified demons and creatures. Yes, you read that right. This is probably not great for work, not great for younger kids, and will leave you with a distinct sense of unease. Yes, a good portion of the mummies presented can be explained away (especially the ‘mermaids’), but they are still creepy as hell.

After all of that, the worst picture I came across was this –

That’s what I like to call an ‘instant divorce if you use that thing near me’ item. Available from Etsy. Once again, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Pleasant dreams. ;)