Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Crumpets Are Kind Of Terrifying When You Think About It

"I have a problem with holes in general. The other day I saw a group of straws pointing upwards at work and I was terrified. I also hate Crunchies because the honeycomb looks like a great big group of holes. But my biggest fear has always been crumpets. I can't explain why. My first memory them was when I was about five. My mum had made them for breakfast and when she plonked them down in front of me I just started screaming. The worst thing about it was that she kept chasing me around the house trying to make me eat them. She thought I was being naughty and didn’t understand how scared I was."
—Trypophoiba sufferer Stefani Ingamells tells her terrible tale to the Daily Mail. Ingamells bravely confronted her fear long enough to pose for the photo here, which really needs to be seen to be believed.

Photo by Richard Griffin, via Shutterstock

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Rollo (#3,202)

Wow, I had no idea this was a thing. (But what isn't a thing, right?) When I was a kid and cooked pancakes for the first time, I became unexpectedly repulsed by the bubbly holes and threw them away in disgust. I never had this reaction to pancakes made by someone else. It was intense! But I got over it, and am now able to cook and consume pancakes with no trouble. I'm just saying there's hope for this young woman.

illcommunication (#13,090)

@Rollo I used to be really creeped out by the small holes in sand by the beach! And other small clusters of holes though I can't remember specifically which. I have also since gotten over it. Mmm, crumpets…

Flashman (#418)

I love a nice tasty bit of crumpet.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Flashman with "lashings of butter"? Kinky.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Holy shit. Do not make a mistake of googling images for Trypophobia.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@Niko Bellic This picture is the apex of horror, the high-octane nightmare fuel for cluster avoiders. I saw it in 2003 and was upset for weeks. Six years later, little sister called me on the phone, crying, and
told me she had seen the worst image in the world. I knew instantly that it was the same one.
On discussion boards dedicated to this topic, it's referred to as "that picture." If you do not have
this phobia, and you look at that picture, it is quite possible that you will walk away a

http://www.centraldigit.com/SJArticle-trypophobia.pdf ((don't worry, no pictures))

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Niko Bellic My fingers are trembling, hovering over the T R Y buttons on my keyboard. Dare I?

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@boyofdestiny I have a mild case of this. Crumpets don't bother me, but there are these images intended to induce it, and I think they could in almost anyone.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Niko Bellic Oh god oh god oh god oh god why didn't I listen?

@boyofdestiny I won't say those are my favorite pictures and I hate to self-diagnose but I think it is safe to say I am not trypophobic.

@Niko Bellic Is that the lotus pod one? (not looking)

Rollo (#3,202)

What a terrible day this has turned out to be.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@Bus Driver Stu Benedict Miraculously, "that picture" does not show up in the results. I've seen it somewhere a few years ago. It involves a woman's breast, and I don't even want to describe the rest of it. It's just a Photoshop, but it's the most vile thing in the history of the world. Do not look it up.

@Niko Bellic Yep, that's the one.

Bitzy (#1,913)

@Niko Bellic Why didn't I listen?! Now I am going to have to make a new hole. In my brain. To get those images out. Goddamn you.

LondonLee (#922)

I used to have a similar icky feeling about the holes in crumpets but I liked them too much not to eat them. The solution is to cover them with loads of jam to fill in the holes.

jolie (#16)

Crumpets are fucking delicious, you God damned nutbag.

deepomega (#1,720)

@jolie Maybe she thinks they taste fine as long as she eats them with here eyes closed?

BadUncle (#153)

@jolie Crumpets are what English muffins yearn to be. Deep down. In their delicious, butter-drenched holes.

Think she pronounces her name "Steh-FAH-nee"?

iantenna (#5,160)

apropos only of breakfast baked goods, what the hell ever happened to australian toaster biscuits? those things were like crack for my 10 year old self.

spoondisaster (#189,637)

You guys, I totally have this, but the deliciousness of crumpets is worth braving my fear. Just, just fill the holes with butter.

dimetrihogan (#193,929)

spoondisaster! Awesome man !!

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