Are you being watched?

Anatidaephobia is defined as a pervasive, irrational fear that one is being watched …

by a duck.

Yep, a duck.

Maybe the most interesting thing about this one is that there are enough people that have this fear, that it actually has a name!

Photo by Francis C. Franklin via Wikimedia Commons.

Anatidaephobia is derived from the Greek word “anatidae,” meaning ducks, geese, or swans, and “phobos,” meaning fear. While it make us non-suffers giggle, anatidaephobia can be a debilitating anxiety condition, wherein, no matter what one is doing or where s/he is in the world, they feel the constant presence of a lurking and watching duck …

Stephen King, are you listening??

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  1. Barbara Criss says:

    I have never heard of this and it makes me laugh as I have a small town duck pond that I love to go to and feed the ducks. But I can have sympathy for those with this phobia. I think we all have some strange fears known only to ourselves,

  2. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    Well, that’s just ducky! Ok, I couldn’t help myself.

    I personally love ducks. I’m not that into chickens but just love those ducks! I was raised on the water , Chesapeake Bay in MD and VA, and in the old days it was known for its ducks (and sorry to say- duck hunting) While growing up, people around me wore a lot of clothing decorated with ducks even. Men’s slacks? of course embroidered with ducks! and the list goes on and on. They are such funny and entertaining birds, sad some are afraid of them.

  3. Natalie Chapman says:

    Ducks are made of sugar and spice and full of cuteness!! Geese, now those boogers will getcha! True! I’ve outrun a few in my life!

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