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Talking Britons fear spiders more than terrorists

Britons Fear Spiders More Than Terrorists

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: October 11, 2004



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LONDON (AP) -- Spiders are more scary than terrorists -- at least according to a survey of a thousand Britons released Monday.

Household creepy crawlies frighten Britons more than terrorist attacks, or even death, the survey found.

Terrorism only came second on the list of respondents' top ten fears, according to the survey conducted by RSGB Omnibus for Universal Pictures UK Ltd. The survey was based on telephone interviews of 1,000 aged 16 to 55 across Britain on Sept. 22-26.



Another crawling phobia -- snakes -- was ranked third, followed by a fear of heights. Death came in a surprising fifth place as the nation's greatest fear.

``It's not surprising that terrorist attacks came only second to creepy crawlies,'' said psychologist Donna Dawson, hired by Universal Pictures to comment the survey. ``This is because fear of small creatures that scuttle about on four or more legs is a much more ancient, primordial fear, going straight back to caveman days.''

A visit to the dentist came in sixth place, followed by needles and injections, and fear of public speaking -- whether professionally or at family events. Fear of debt came in ninth position, beating concerns over flying.

Also listed, other fears such as criminality, failure, ghosts, or even the fear of the future, did not make the top ten list of things that frighten Britons most.

Aileen Coulson, a spokeswoman for Universal Pictures, which commissioned the survey to coincide with the DVD release of Van Helsing, a horror movie featuring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, said the findings would provide ``some great ammunition for Halloween,'' adding a prank spider was sure to ``put the 'willies' up a friend, colleague or family member.''

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yep, ill go with that. a terrorist i would at least have a fighting chance of defending myself against. the sight of a spider sends me into a state of shock. i lose the feelings in my legs, cant breath etc etc. i couldnt kill a spider because i cant even look at one. a terrorist i could kill if i had to.

2nd would be the dentist, 3rd heights, 4th canal locks. in fact i dont really think about terrorism coz there's no fear of it where i live.

terrorists arnt everywhere.....spiders are!

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I actually agree with the poll I hate spiders
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Oh yeah, spiders scare me shitless. I don't really think about terrorists, I didn't worry about sharks when I went diving, I like snakes, but spiders At least I know a terrorist can't hide under my pillow.

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and at least terrorists are a rational fear. the worst thing about an irrational fear or a phobia is that u have no control over your fear or your response to it. i know killing a spider is easier than killing a terrorist but i couldnt do it! shooting a terrorist would be so much easier for me than trying to tread on a fat, hairy spider! even tho logically the spider should be the easier enemy to irradicate. but its coz its all in the mind, your heads fucked by your fear and youre powerless!

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i hate spiders

i want to vomit every time i see one
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What the hell kinda spiders do you have in the UK!?
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Big HUGE ones Not really, but the size doesnt matter to me, if its a spider, its a spider





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What the hell kinda spiders do you have in the UK!?
we dont have any poisonous ones but we have lots of house spiders. and they can be BLOODY huge!!! feel faint thinking about it
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Avid!! Is there anything you're not afraid of that Im not afraid of?

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Spiders are ok. Its snakes, needles and socks that terrify me
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I'm sorry but spiders are just too scary.

Plus they just never die with any kind of bug spray .
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What the hell kinda spiders do you have in the UK!?


LMAO@ all the other Brits being scared shitless of spiders...i know i hate them like hell i have many spider tales to tell
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