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the fear

9 things that will strike fear into your heart


NO MATTER HOW zen you are, the reality of life is that there are some things that are certain to strike fear in your heart.

Usually they come out of nowhere.  You’re going about your day, perfectly calmly, possibly even happily(!), when suddenly you are in a state of blind panic.

Not sure what we’re on about?  Here are 9 things that will immediately make your blood run cold.

‘Did I leave my hair straightener on?’

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A phone call from a blocked number

‘I’m not answering that.’

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Not being able to find your keys

Standing at the door, rummaging in your pockets/handbag, surrounded by shopping, on the day your housemate went on holidays.


‘Shite!  I left the iron on!’

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‘That direct debit must have come out!’

‘I swear there was money in there earlier!’

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‘The pizza!!!’

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What’s that burning smell?


‘Where’s the file?  WHERE’S THE FILE?!?’

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‘We need to talk.’


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