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Does this pod freak you out?

I have seen these weird looking pod things recently on my travels in Australia. They look a little alien, and when I remembered that my sister has a strange phobia of things with lots of holes in them, I had to show her one.

She didn’t appreciate that.

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This phobia is actually pretty common. It is called Trypophobia and I found this article that goes into a little detail about the fear and possible reasons that we may have it.

I don’t know what this plant is but I have seen it on my walks. It does look a little strange I admit.

Have you seen it before? If anyone knows what it is I would appreciate the name. If not I will have to ask on my next round of souvenir shopping!


 

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  1. A dried pod of the Australian native Banksia flower. Author May Gibbs, a legendary Aussie children’s author, wrote and illustrated an anthropomorphic series about Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their troubles with villains the “Banksia Men” which terrified a generation, so your sister is not alone.

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  2. Absolutely no idea what the plant is but I’ve heard of the phobia and I’m actually quite the opposite (which I know is even weirder) looking at the holes is really satisfying…what is wrong with me!?

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  3. I have that same fobia and seeing this made me feel like something was crawling under my skin! Horrible! I still wonder what the purpose of those holes are (other than freaking someone out)

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    • I will have to let my sister know haha! A blogger above suggests it may be where petals or something else has dropped off it, which may be the reason 🙂

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  4. I’ve never seen this thing before and it does look kind of strange. One of my former colleagues had a phobia about these things, like your sister. I have to say, I also feel a little unsettled looking at it, but I can cope. When we moved to China, at first I couldn’t eat lotus root because of the way it looks, but now I got over it. It’s too delicious to ignore it.

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