This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Phobia Phone

When someone in the Buzzy's Country Store first mentioned folks having negative reactions to the new iPhone because it has 3 lenses, I thought that it was either a joke or a case of someone misreading a news story.  (I have previously mentioned how The Onion will publish stories that often get passed around as fact when in fact they are satire. (Since we're talking phobias dealing with 3's, here is a funny sports news item that recently appeared in the Onion:)
But back to the new iPhone.  

Since the iPhone has now become everyone's preferred camera, the Apple folks decided to make some improvements by adding a zoom and a wide angle lens.  Well, it turns out that folks with the phobia known as trypophobia (fear of holes) are having problems with the new phone.  Check out this Washington Post story on it (click here.)  As a personal note here, I'm more afraid of the 3 holes in the $1,000 price tag of the new phone than I am of the 3 lens holes.)

Another phobia-related offshoot that I have noticed in Buzzy's is that whenever the conversation about the iPhone phobia gets mentioned, someone will chime in with "Well, what about all those idiots who are afraid of clowns?"  

The first couple of times that someone made this reference, I tried to defend the folks with the phobia because I could see why some clowns scare people (above for example.)   However, like a lot of other discussions in Buzzy's, I was in the minority on that take.

Whereas Coulrophobia (fear of clowns) is recognized as a bona fide phobia, the trypo one has yet to reach that status (click here for related story how phobias get "certified.") 

However, being the conspiracist that I am, there is a part of me that wonders if the Apple folks didn't just gin up all this malarkey to get folks talking about their new phone?  I think I may have just come up with a new phobia having to do with fear of ad campaigns.  How about we dub it Sellyousomeshitphobia?  (Believe it or not there is already something similar to this - coprophobia!)

Insane Clown Posse have been around awhile and are still doing it.  Tough to say how much they have advanced the coulrophobia but they are kinda scary - both musically and figuratively:

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