This episode is all about the fear of bridges. Both Kevin and David get seriously freaked out while driving over large bridges, and they share frighteningly funny stories about their experiences.
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The conversation moves to the the weekly "what stressed YOU out?" segment. Kevin tells the story of a recent visit he made to Target. While he was in line, probably buying a board game, he watched as a toddler teethed on a filthy carriage handle. Gross! David nearly vomits at the thought of the germs that must reside on those handles. Somehow the conversations turns to Kevin's grandmother's love of Vick's vapo rub smeared on Ritz crackers, which then raised the topic of people who eat strange things like deodorant and sticks of margarine. It's real.
David shares a story of a recent train ride he took in which he was convinced there could be a terrorist. He kept looking over his shoulder toward the cabin door to make sure no one was coming. To make matters worse, David's terror fear follows him onto the sidewalks of NYC because he was afraid to walk to the hotel because a crazed driver could plow him down. What a sick mind David has! David does try to logically talk himself out of his fear by referencing a graphic he saw that displays various sized circles that represent the number of people globally who die from a specific cause. Guess what the smallest circle was? Terrorism. People in the US have a greater chance of being hit by a unicorn riding a meteor.
Kevin raises the main topic, his fear of driving over bridges or gephyrophobia. His fear is based on the idea that his car might get pushed or bumped off the side causing his car to plummet into the water. He has to hold his breath until he's beyond the bridge. That can't be safe. Kevin shares a story that took place on a bridge between Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, OH in 1967. At Christmas, this suspension bridge failed and collapsed, resulting in 46 deaths. Don't google the list of worst bridge collapses. It's not pretty. Somehow the conversation turns to The Mothman Prophecies.
Kevin has some positive news to share that could help people with a bridge fear. There are several companies in the US that will drive you over a bridge if you are unable to. The Maryland Transportation Service Department used to offer these services but now they all seem to be privatized. These services are popping up al over the US. The Mackinac bridge in MI offers this service as does the Tappen Zee bridge in NYC. Some people will actually pay extra to be locked n their car trunk because they are so scared of driving over a bridge. Perhaps to keep his sanity, Kevin turns the conversation to The Bridges of Madison County.