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E14 - We Get High on Life "Cereal"

This episode is all about the fear of heights! I can't even sit on a barstool without getting anxiety. Before we dig into the fear of high places, we send out a last cal for names for our demonic bear that we've been trying to hock on our website. We've received some awesome names so far but we're leaving the naming contest open for another week. To submit your name, just email us at terrifyinglybeautiful@gmail.com.

Kevin starts the conversation with what stressed him out this week. He's stressed that his body is giving out but we discover he more stressed that his birthday is coming up soon. Poor baby. Then as expected the conversation take a hard left turn and we start talking about a floor mat that acts as an alarm clock? No idea how we got on that topic. 

David's stressor was party planning. He and his partner host several big parties year and the planning is a huge bucket of stress. David HATES details. And apparently to throw a decent party you got have your shit together. If anyone has party planning tips please feel free to send them our way.

This week was David's week to raise the main topic. He select the fear of heights, which roughly 2%-5% of the population shares. David shares a bunch of stories about how his fear of heights has affected his life, although he hasn't let the fear hold him back. In 2013 he did the Sydney Bridge Climb. Now that's scary. Other situations when the fear kicks in: roller coasters, cliffs, high buildings, balconies, trees, bridges... Ugh. But not in airplanes. I'll never understand that. 

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E11 - The Bridge to Terrorbithia

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. 

The episode kicks off with a friendly reminder to visit iTunes and rate the podcast. iTunes ratings are critical to podcasts and they help other listeners find us.

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. 

 

Chill Pill - Putting Stress Relief Tips to the Test

Kevin introduces a list of 45-second stress relief tips from lifehack.org and invited David to debate whether anyone would actually benefit from trying them. 

Tip 1 - Read a poem. Needless to say, this was not a popular suggestion. Who reads Sylvia Plath when they are stressed? Any did you know Dr. Suess published Nazi cartoons. WTF?

Tip 2 - Blow off some steam. This might be effective if you heard someone say "Hi, my name is Off Some Steam." And I have no idea show we got onto the topic of sublingual vitamin B12. 

Tip 3 - Follow your nose. A citrus fruit peel will take your stress away. Nope. David kills this theory because he's been putting a lemon twist in his martini every night and he's still a hot mess. 

Tip 4 - Elevate your brain. This is all about meditation and putting positive thoughts out into the universe especially knowing that we have an episode coming about about the vastness of the universe. Ugh. That sounds stressful. 

Tip 5 - Pump up your jam. This is a no-brainer. Music heals everything.

Tip 6 - Don't forget to breathe. Well, duh. If we didn't breathe, we'd be dead. 

Tip 7 - Chuckle. David tests this one and every child within 5 miles started to scream and cry. I guess you need the right kind of chuckle. 

Tip 8 - Organize. We spend most of this segment talking about the erection Kevin gets when he enters The Container Store. And can someone help David organize his Tupperware cabinet? 

Tip 9 - Snuggle up. Just not with a Snuggie. That would be weird and would likely cause more stress. The tip suggested stroking soft things. Hmmm.

Tip 10 - Chow down. Eat and drink to relax. Given the size of the average American body, we should have a relaxed culture. Clearly that is not accurate, Have you ever seen the video of the woman who attacks the McDonald's drive-thru window because they ran out of chicken nuggets? This tip is B.S. 

Chill Pill - Relaxing Music

Music can be relaxing but it can also be quite subjective. I may find piano music relaxing while someone else may find Metallica calming. In this episode, Kevin reads an article he found online in which scientists list the top 10 songs that make people happy. The litmus test was based on the degree to which subjects brains were positively affected by the music. The #1 song is Don't Stop Me Now by Queen. Who knew? 

I prefer Celine Dion. Kevin finds Britney Spear relaxing. I couldn't disagree more. 

We end the discussion with a call to action. We ask listeners to pull up some relaxing music and see how well it works to relax them. 

Chill Pill - Challenge Your Comfort Zone

We launched our first Chill Pill episode in which we offer some witty advice on dealing with anxiety and anxiety disorders. Anxiety can hold us back from doing the things that we love or could love. We challenge our listeners do something today that they wouldn't normally do or do something that scares them a little. The intention is to begin facing our fears head on, rather than having those fears control us. 

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Terrifyingly Beautiful E3 - The Facts of Life and One of Those Facts is Poop

Welcome to the show notes for episode 3 of Terrifyingly Beautiful. 

Okay, we talk about poop in the episode. A lot. Calm down. We all do it. Well, except Kevin. Long story but he tells us why in the episode. The conversation starts with a conversation about Kevin's adorable Chihuahua, Tootie, who oversees the podcast recording while resting on her Britney Spears pillow. Love her. Tootie that is! That then leads to a discussion about The Facts of Life. What ever happened to Jo? Loved her, too!

We finally get to the main topic, poop. David recounts his fear since childhood of having to go poop in a public restroom. He can't be the only one, can he? You gotta listen to him tell the story of when he ran out of toilet paper in an airport restroom and decided to shimmy his way into the next stall, and then got caught halfway under the stall wall when another patron opened the stall door. Can you say "embarrassing." 

Thankfully for David, Kevin has some solid advice as he, too, suffered with the exact same issue but was able to overcome it. There is hope for David and everyone else suffering from Parcopresis. Yup, there's a name for it. 

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Terrifyingly Beautiful E2 - Wine and Dead Nuns Under the Bed

Welcome to the show notes for episode 2 of Terrifyingly Beautiful.

This second episode picks up where the first one left off... HOTELS!! But before Kevin shares some witty observations about his fear of hotel rooms, we plow through about 10,000 other topic such as wine (we love a good glass, or two, of red wine), the Golden Girls, our wonderful moms, cancer, beauty tips, and finally mediums.  

When we finally return to the topic of hotel rooms, Kevin tells David that while he is laying in bed he often thinks about the possibility that someone had previously died in that room. What kind of sicko is he? LOL. He shares a story of one hotel in which a dead body was discovered stuffed into the box spring of one of the beds - but only after five guests had used the room. And when they uncovered the body, it was a man dressed as a nun. Uh, I'll be checking out now.

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Terrifyingly Beautiful E1 - Salad Bars and Tollbooths

Welcome to Terrifyingly Beautiful, a humorous podcast in which two anxious guys try to talk their way through some of their biggest fears. The premise is simple, each episode starts with a brief conversation about what has made each of them anxious that week. Then the conversation moves to the main topic. In this section, either David or Kevin shares hilarious personal stories about a topic that scares the shit out of them. The other then tries to alleviate the anxiety. Does it aways work? Nope. But you'll have fun listening to them try. 

In this kick-off episode, David takes fear of germs to a new level. We all know someone who is germophobic, but a fear of salad bars? David reveals to Kevin that when he sees a salad bar all he can envision are the 14 million people who used the salad bar previously - with their grimy fingers and runny noses. Anything with a sneeze guard has to be scary, right? David describes his recent visit to a salad bar where he witnessed a man pick his nose then grab a handful of green beans from the bar. Gasp!

The conversation takes many turns covering everything from the safety and cleanliness of hotel rooms to the anxiety one feels when finding insects in the house. By the way, has anyone else walked into your new hotel room only to find someone else already occupying it? We'd love to hear those stories. Reach us at terrifyinglybeautiful@gmail.com.

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