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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

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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E13 - TriscuitFacebookPhobia

Why do we tolerate poor customer service? David's local Starbucks can't seem to get his drink order right. It's black iced tea, not the secret recipe for a molecular transcendental latte. It's ice and tea. That stressor launched us into a conversation about erections and watermelon and how David's grandfather told everyone he was no longer interested in living if he was unable to get an erection. Kevin's stressor for the week was the Facebook friend requests from these random scantily clad ladies from far away lands. We decided it was likely a bot trying to access people's accounts. Block 'em!

It should come as no surprise that our 13th episode is all about the fear of the number 13, or triskaidekaphobia. David joked he thought that it was the fear of Triscuits, although he may have been serious. Kevin has no issues with the number 13 as he's not superstitious. David is hyper superstitious and has found himself adjusting his like to avoid 13 such as when he asked the hotel clerk to move his room after finding out he was assigned room 1313. 

Kevin shares some highlights from his research on the topic. For example, the fear of the number 13 dates back to some outlandish date B.C., which David jokes is "before Cher." And there were some pretty significant tragedies that occurred on the 13th. In Apollo 13, the engine died on the 13th. The Costa Concordia cruise ship accident also occurred on the 13th. Then there is Friday the 13th - doubly scary. 

Kevin also shares some research about other cultures. In China and other asian counties, the numbers 4 and 14 are also sources of superstitions. In Italy, it's the number 17. In Afghanistan, it's the curse of the number 39 although we have no idea why. 

David raised the link between the numbers 13 and 666. Kevin does a quick Google search to discover the source of the 666 fear. It's biblical. And in some texts it's actually the number 616. All of the talk about 666 and numbers of the beast started to get David all riled up. We know how he feels about demonic possessions. 

The episode wraps up with a fast-paced hop across 350 other topics before landing on our signature closing, "Life is crazy. You don't have to be." 

E12 - I Got Friends in Tight Places

Why are there pockets of no wifi? It's 2017 for crying out loud. Clearly, David's stressor of the week is crappy wifi. We pay a fortune for Internet and cell service and we shouldn't have to suffer from "buffering." Kevin's stressor was the fear that the things we talk about during the podcast may be coming true. He tells the story of his friend, Tanya, who almost lost some serious cash at the ATM because it malfunctioned and ate her money. Damn!

David raises the topic of the week, his fear of closed spaces. Claustrophobia strikes about 5-10% of the global population. That seems low. How can anyone not be claustrophobic? Just the thought of being trapped and restricted gives David the shivers. David does tell a funny story about when he was a young teenager and hid under his friend's mattress in hopes of catching her make out with her boyfriend. He got caught when the boyfriend reached over the side of the bed and accidentally touched David's face. Surprise! David was glad he got caught because the claustrophobia was close to choking the life from him. 

Somehow we get onto the topic of Baby Jessica and the well, only to discover that she posed nude in Playboy recently. David responds with, "She went from the well to Well Hello!" Then the two list out all of the places someone with Claustrophobia should avoid: back seats of coupe cars, coffins, elevators, photo booths, empty fridges, dressing rooms, closets, etc. 

The episode closes with a strange conversation about porno outdoor theaters. No idea how we got there. 

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. 

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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.