When you spend as much time on the Internet as I do, you start to stumble across things that you didn’t go looking for… things you probably have no real interest in… things that serve no beneficial day-to-day purpose… but for some unknown reason they are things that I find really interesting.
My most recent find (and don’t ask me how I managed to come across this as I honest can’t remember) is the word: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.
So what does this mean? It is the fear of the number six-hundred sixty-six – 666. If you’re interesed, you can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
Now the number 666 certainly doesn’t scare me, but the knowledge that Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666 scares me. If you’re still with me on this one, I’ll explain why… Because I like to share these tidbits of useless knowledge with people.
Thanks to technology and social media, it’s quite easy to do that via a blog… but if I ever had the opportunity to speak to someone about this phobia verbally I’d be screwed – for starters I’d never be able to pronounce the word and even if I practiced how to say it everyday for a month, there’s more chance of George W Bush winning a Nobel Prize in physics than me remembering the word and it’s pronunciation when I finally have that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use it.
So I did some more research and found that fear of fear itself is called Phobophobia… now I’m not afraid of all fears, just Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. So if we were to apply the same naming convention for the fear of fear to the fear of the number 666 you’d end-up with Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiaphobia – now that’s something to be afraid of!