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Peridot XJ9
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Oh hey guys! Eli is back with even more orange font than that pumpkin you might be decorating for Halloween (If you even celebrate it at all). Yep, as you could tell from my "bright" orange font, Spooky Scary Blog Month is back, but this time, it carries a little more spice. Sure, I'll be reviewing some spooky terrors this Halloween, but for this year, I want to talk about the main terrifying factor of Halloween: Fears.


Yes, even if we don't want to admit it, we all have fears. From that creepy spider hanging out in your closet to even just that Minecraft creeper who keeps blowing up your creations, fear comes in a variety of forms. To this day, however, I do not understand why some people consider jump-scares from indie games such as FNAF or Bendy and the Ink Machine as frightening. I just kind of laugh at them as they look like they are pulling off a glorified form of peek-a-boo. Thankfully, I'm not going to cover that to you, but I'm going to share some various fears that I still have, some that I have overcame, and the fears that are overexposed in movies that can be easily solved. I'll talk about my biggest one last (as you could tell from the title or thumbnail), but there's a reason why I'm going to do that. Without further ado, let's talk about clowns.
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Clowns:

Just like almost everybody, I was afraid of clowns as a child. To explain why I got this fear in the first place, I'm going to take you back to the past to tell you about this stupid fear that sucks eggs. When I was three or so years old (as I could remember), I was taken to my first circus. The acts with the animals and other such actors were fine, but those gosh dang clowns had to get out there! I even cried when they came out because they looked so creepy! Over the years, I have no idea what made me get over my fear of clowns, but maybe it was because of the overexposure of cartoony clowns and the Nostalgia Critic's review of the original It movie that dimmed it down and made me laugh when they would try to scare me or even say the famous line of "Wa-ha!". If you've got a fear of clowns, just watch both of the Nostalgia Critic's It movie reviews (both the reboot and the original), but take note that only older viewers (Maybe 15+ or so) should look up his channel, as he does swear a little bit.

Pirates:
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Are you surprised? Of course you were. Have you ever even heard of someone who was afraid of pirates? No, you haven't. If you did know somebody who had this fear besides just me, let me know in the comments. Seriously! I want to know if I'm not alone on this one! With that aside, as a small little child, I watched a lot of Spongebob Squarepants. I was used to seeing Spongebob, Patrick, and all of his other friends on screen until Patchy the Pirate came on the screen. I liked Polly the parrot, but the appearance of Patchy seemed off as a child. I wasn't used to seeing real-life characters interrupting my cartoon session, so I was scared as fudge and always changed the channel when the words "Patchy the Pirate" appeared on screen. This fear was short-lived because of the "Don't Be a Jerk, It's Christmas" episode, the "We Got Scurvy" song by Pink, and the first Spongebob movie. They made me get used to pirates in general. To solve this fear (If anybody even has this one), just overexpose yourself to it once you are a matured person who can face your fears no problem.

Now that I've covered my temporary irrational fears, let's get to the ones for me that will never ever go away, no matter how hard I try to face them.
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The Dark:
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Yeah, a lot of people have this fear, and I still have traces of it left. This fear is usually caused by some type of imaginary monsters or just the fear of being unable to see anything in total darkness in general. In my case, I just kept getting nightmares from seeing pitch black in the night! To solve this, people will generally recommend a night-light. Once you have reached a certain age, you can stop using it to not consider yourself a baby. What do you know, I admit that I still have a night-light in my room, all because I don't want those gosh dang nightmares where all the locations will have a green tint setting to them! Call me a baby all you want, but some people are still using night-lights as adults. Ironically enough for all the fear and terror I've been putting into this particular phobia, I can still sleep in dark locations, even if I somehow forgot to bring my night-light to vacation spots or when I sleep outdoors. At least I can roam around dark hallways without screaming "Monster!" anymore, so thank gosh for that. For you guys, just keep using that night-light, no matter if someone may call you a baby for having it on at night.

Transforming/Animorphing or Becoming a Mutation of Horrors:
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Oh boy. This one is a big old doozy. Back when I first started PMC, you could see me going on and on about this fear constantly through one specific episode of Uncle Grandpa called "Space Emperor". I might as well keep it brief here (since I've already explained enough of it in the past), but it's about a kid who accidentally goes to an alternate dimension and turns into a monster for his horrible deeds (It's kind of like Beauty and the Beast actually! xD). I always thought the idea of "Animorphing" was disturbing, and it made me second guess about having shape-shifting powers in the first place. The way the human body contorts itself to turn into an- Ugh! I don't want to even ponder about it! If I write about how animorphing works, I would probably just stop typing out this blog altogether like the last time I tried attempting to make this blog. If you want to know how this fear is horrible, go read an Animorph book or at least look at the covers. They'll be sure to give you a terrifying or interesting concept to read this Halloween. For now, let's get to the fear you've all been waiting for...

Shrinking or Getting Short:


Oh my gosh. Bugs or jump-scaring animatronics may not be scary to me, but this one takes the cake by a landslide. The idea of shrinking down to the size of a bug can be cool, fun, and maybe even interesting at times. For me, it's mostly on the terrifyingly negative side of getting eaten by bugs or getting squished by accident (or on-purpose if you're really unlucky). I'm not the most active person in the world to start running really fast, so initiating the "Fight or Flight" response while being chased by a bug or a vacuum cleaner won't even work because I'd already get sucked up or eaten.
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As much as I love Peridot, I am not a really big fan of getting short at all. I like short people, sure, but becoming short myself can be a terrifying experience. As a female, I'm very tall for my gender, clocking in at about 5'8" tall. This would be all fine and dandy, but the Phineas and Ferb episode, "Attack of the 50 Foot Candace" initiated a trend in me. The episode didn't scare me at all, but it did show a fake commercial about "Flawless Girl" makeup products that would give me a message that stuck with me to this day: "She's at the forefront of every trend, never less that 5 foot 10". As a memer myself, I know a decent amount of trends (but not all of them), so that's out of the question. When I saw this particular episode, I was around 9 or 10 years old, and I wanted to be a flawless girl so badly. To achieve this, I did research on what could make me taller and what to avoid doing to not stunt my growth, like eating lots of cheese or avoiding to do squats if possible.
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From my endless consumption of cheese pizza over the years, my puberty stage ended and now I'm stuck at 5'8" until I'll soon get to the dreaded 30-40 year old size drop. Did I forget to mention the 30-40 age height drop? *sigh* I guess I did. If you didn't know this knowledge nugget, hitting the ages of 30-40 are the years most likely (for both males and females) to lose a significant amount of height. This is because of Osteoporosis, a condition where the spine starts to deteriorate from old age, making you look short as a result. Like, seriously! Imagine just a generic day as a 30 year-old or more, and you wake up from your normal slumber to discover that you just shrank a few inches! Yeah, that's pretty darn scary (Unless you like getting small) for someone who could end up at 5'6" or lower in the end.
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If you're short and you're reading this with a grumpy expression, I'm sorry if I ever offended you. I like you guys, and I can understand your personal struggles. "But wait, Eli!" I hear you carping "If you're 5 foot 8 inches, how could you ever sympathize with a short person? You're just saying that to just seem that you care, when you're doing for views!" Oh heck no, my arrogant Magikarp! I'm very honest with people, and I will only lie if I have to do it to save a life. Depending on when you are reading this, I just pulled of a challenge I made up a week ago called "The 7 Day Peridot Challenge (Baby)". It's a little challenge I made up just to get rid of my fears of shrinkage and see what it's like to be a short person or a Peridot. What I did was follow stand on my knees to walk around and do normal tasks, but I have to follow these specific rules:

1. Only pull off this challenge when nobody is looking unless you're an adult and you own a full-on house.
2. Make sure you do at least one new feat a day (i.e; brushing your teeth, getting into bed, making breakfast, etc.)
3. Don't put your shoes on your knees. It just makes the challenge easier, and it's supposed to be hard. If your knees are burning, just rest a bit until you feel that they are healed.
4. There are exceptions to go back to your normal height (i.e; Climbing up and down stairs, knowing that someone will stare at you or is coming around the corner while doing the challenge (if you're doing it alone), you can't reach something no matter how hard you try (unless you can climb up to it), going out in public, sitting on a chair, etc.)
5. And most importantly, don't film yourself while doing it or post any hashtags! It may be a challenge or a cause, but just like the "Don't Judge Me" or the "ALS Ice Bucket" challenge, they can turn it into an idiotic game rather than a friendly cause to support awareness about an issue. If you really want to document about the challenge, consider making a log about it instead.

If you want to pull it off, go ahead. I don't really care if you do it or not as far as I'm concerned. For now, I'm going to instead talk about why I hate shrinking clichés in movies.
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Why I Hate Shrinking Clichés:
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Alright, for this one, I'm finally getting out of the personal fear matters and more of the movie aspect of this blog. For what I consider a shrinking cliché in a story, TV show, or movie is when the main character shrinks down to the size of a bug with a specific method (potion, magic telescope, etc.) and goes on a quest to solve a problem or learn a lesson. Ugh, this cliché is everywhere! From Ant Bully to Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, there is no escape from it! Sometimes, the cliché is pulled off to make a relatively easy thing to do much more complicated, like obtaining rubies from a sewer (Arthur and the Invisibles/Minimoys) or walking through a garden (Honey I Shrunk the Kids). The bad guys from any of the shrinking cliché movies (if there are any) could be easily killed from a simple foot squish, a flyswatter, or mouse traps. Like, why go through the trouble of shrinking yourself when you could just squish the baddie like how Godzilla would squish a car! But with all the hatred I'm giving this cliché, there's still some positives to it. You could be really creative with the set design (Honey I Shrunk the Kids) or even show the fun aspects of being bug-sized like flying on birds (Epic) or using your sink as a swimming pool (A specific episode of Phineas and Ferb). Either way, this cliche is like a double-edged sword. You could use it to make very creative set designs, but it's logical flaws can be something easy for critics to point out.

Final Thoughts:
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Overall, I think that fears are quite necessary for any type of occasion, Halloween or not. If we didn't have them in our lives, we wouldn't be able to learn from them. Fears can give us the confidence we need to make ourselves ready in life for what's going to scare us next. If you've got a fear that you'd like to prattle on about, let me know in the comments! Let's go face our fears and end them together! Heck, I think I've got a review for you guys that's really up your alley! You might even say that it's more undead than usual. Until then, just remember that the night is dark and full of terrors, and I'd like to wish you all a safe and happy Halloween! Before I go, here are some spoopy memes for you all to laugh at. Peace!



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  • KatKit
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Archer
  • October 25, 2017, 2:34 pm
im tall too. I about as tall as you I think and I agree w/ yoouuu
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 27, 2017, 5:16 pm
Oh wow, what a coincidence! Who knew that we could fear the same things? Haha. :P
  • Sunstroke
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Vampire
  • October 24, 2017, 4:00 am
I've never understood why people are afraid of clowns. Well, I mean there's a science behind it, and I understand that, but..the mind is weird, man. My aunt is afraid of clowns, but it's because of John Wayne Gacy (the serial killer that Pennywise was based on, which isn't the typical reason.) It sounds like maybe you didn't have a fear of clowns, or of the dark per se, but a fear of the unknown.

Personally, my greatest fear is being emotionally isolated from other people. (Physically too, but not as much) But I'm really interested in learning and hearing about peoples fears. So this is an excellent blog! Do you mind if I send you a pm? I'd love to discuss your view on other fears, if that's okay!

Also, I'm 18 and I'm only 4'11 T-T. Why would you want your knees to burn when doing the short-person challenge thing? If you're short and your knees are constantly burning, it's not a height problem, yo.
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 24, 2017, 2:27 pm
Wow. That's a long comment. Here's my replies to each of your comments:

Comment 1: Well, I don't really have a fear of the unknown. I like mysterious things, and the unknown just intrigues me for some reason. As a kid, I feared clowns because of their odd make-up. They don't scare me anymore, but I'm kind of getting over my fear of the dark when it's not in my room at night specifically. For some odd reason, all of my dreams will have this weird green tinted saturation or some type of nightmare when I turn off the lights. Sleeping in other places however does not activate these weird dreams, and nor does the outside. Heck, if somebody turns off the lights in a room as a joke, I make the obvious spooky noise of "Oooo!"

Comment 2: Dang, really? That's one crazy fear... You know, I would love it if you sent me a PM about my view on other fears! I don't mind PMs getting sent to me, unless they get really annoying, so go ahead! Also, thanks for the compliment about the blog! It's nice to get some motivation from the comments every once in a while, am I right?

Comment 3: Daww, you poor thing! D: I want to give you a hug through the screen, but technology hasn't risen faster to project Star Wars-like holograms yet... :P I actually have no idea why I did the challenge without shoes on my knees. It's supposed to be "Hard Mode", but I'm going to change it so you can wear shoes. No, it's not the "burning knees" that would be the problem, it would be those hard-to-reach objects or even just looking up at that height are the struggles that gave me the fear in the first place. xP
  • Sunstroke
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Vampire
  • October 26, 2017, 12:04 am
Ah, sorry it was so long! Sometimes I just wake up and go full on philosophy mode.

And hey, as a short person, I can assure you the scariest part about being this short is having to see everyone else's nose hairs.
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 26, 2017, 12:00 pm
Oh my gosh, me too! It's alright if it took forever for you to reply to my comment, because sometimes I philosophize why the human race even exists or how to gain world peace and prosperity.

PS: I can totally see why that can be scary. I remember when I was a kid, I had to get some teeth pulled out by a dentist who has a striking similarity to O'Hare from The Lorax (but not his height) and I had to stare at the uncanny valley of nosehairs for 30 minutes while my teeth are in pain. Even without the tooth pain, just staring up at a person's nose can be spooky as heck; and having to endure that for the rest of your life, that's the true terror that I can sympathize with you. :P
  • oophelia
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Kitten
  • October 22, 2017, 10:40 am
this is such an amazing blog post !! you always make them so well !!!!
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 22, 2017, 12:48 pm
Daww, I'm flattered... *blushes* Thanks! :3

You know, all you need to do to make good blogs is to put effort into them, be yourself, and have fun with them! One day, you could even surpass me. Just look at Pusheen's art! She was so motivated that she now draws way better than I do. If you can dream it, you can do it. Make your dreams come true, so just do it! :D
Ok ok so I haven't read it yet but I'll do it in a sec. right when I saw "spider in the closet" it reminded me of my weird fear. So I'm scared of spiders, but I think they're so cute o ~ O They're fuzzy and they look fun to pet. I have a few spiders living under my bed that I don't mind killing because they're...fuzzy...but then when I see one I scream. Also I like to pet bees. One time I was jumping over our wood fence and its tall and they're was a wasp nest right where my hand grabbed the top and I saw the little wasp butt pointing at my face Andy then it stung my throat. I WAS FINE I JUST CRIED A LOT. it was a long time ago so it was kinda hard for to jump the fence back then but what a ever. Bees are cute n fuzzy, but wasps, are scary. They're like the Godzilla compared to bees for me. That makes sense right. Yeah it does. Now I'm going to go read it.
  • KatKit
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Archer
  • October 25, 2017, 2:36 pm
how am i the same way! im like,
Aw! Nice littlw fuzzy cutesy bees!
i have never been stung by a bee thoug
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 27, 2017, 5:20 pm
Personally, I've only been stung twice in my lifetime, and never again due to the "Don't move because bees think you're a flower" technique. One from school, and the other from my outside porch.

I you want me to describe how it feels, it's more like a mosquito sucking at you while feeling the pain of a tiny slap. It's just a really weird feeling to describe and remember in general, so my apologies if this isn't exact. :P
OK OK OK IM NOT DONE READING YET BUT. OH WHAT WAS I GOING TO SAY.. ERM. Oh well I forgot oh wait. No. I hate eating meat other than chicken. I mean I love chicken, but when I'm eating chicken or any other meats I get sad because I think of the little chick chicks and cowsies running around in the farm. especially with eggs. I think of the...little baby chickies me eggs could be...and then I get really sad. so yeah who knows I just may do the 7 day vegan challenge baby solves all yo problems sometime who knows
OH YEA AND ABOUT HEIGHT.
Im supposed to grow up to 5'4 or 5'3 so when I'm 30 or 40.. I'll be shorter?! YAY IVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SHORTY ALSO GREAT WRITING
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 21, 2017, 6:54 pm
Daww, thanks for complimenting my blog! <3

But yes, I did read your entire comment, and somehow I'm not afraid of spiders. If you've ever heard of that one greek mythology tale where Arachnae becomes a spider because she challenged Athena to a knitting duel, that's why I'm not afraid of them. It's because I just think they're humans in disguise, so I'd spare them.

In response to the bee and chicken stories, I got stung by a bee/wasp once at my elementary school, and I hated bees until a beekeeper came to my school and told us to stay perfectly still because bees think that we are giant flowers. Chickens on the other hand, I feel bad for them, but I can't stop eating them either. Like, why the heck do they taste so good!? ;~;

And for the third comment, daww! You poor thing! And I thought shrinking to 5'6" was awful. I want to give you a hug, but I can't because of the barrier known as a computer screen! D:
You need more views omg!!
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 21, 2017, 1:03 pm
I know, right!? Like, why did the blogs section of PMC have to die? D:

(I never really cared for the view count. All that I love for doing these blogs are your wonderful comments. :3)
Aww <3 And no, PMC's blog section didn't die! I consider 200+ views as good enough XD (for you, for me, for anyone who purposely makes articles/stories/other types of blogs) :D
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 21, 2017, 6:43 pm
Wait, really? It's not? The only reason why I "assume" that the blogs section is dying is because I'm noticing less comments on my blogs... :P
Nah lol, people might not have an account and still read.
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 22, 2017, 12:20 pm
Okay, that's true. I used to read blogs on PMC before I made this account, so I can understand why you see views are good compared to comments. :P
Mhm :) <3
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 22, 2017, 4:31 pm
:3
  • Jordanw5432
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Fox
  • October 21, 2017, 12:08 am
Transforming into something you don't want to be is a genuine fear of mine. It's irrational, don't get me wrong, but the thought of it gives me goosebumps, believing I could wake up the next day as something I'm not. Even if it was my own creations.
  • Peridot XJ9
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • October 21, 2017, 1:59 am
I can agree. Turning into something you don't like against your will is just another awful fear. :P

Oddly enough, the fear you have is the perfect description of that other irrational fear that I have in this blog (i.e; Transforming Into Some Type of Mutation).

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