By scaredofhedges - 7/1/2013 10:21 - United States - San Diego
Today, I was on a plane and realized that the woman next to me was hiding a hedgehog in a plastic container. I'm severely afraid of hedgehogs but not wanting to give the woman up and get her in trouble, I tried to stay quiet. Which led to me to quietly hyperventilate and pass out on the plane. FML
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  perdix  |  29

I have a fear of expense reports.

It may sound funny, but I've probably lost out on several thousand dollars from companies that owed me money because of the anxiety caused by the reimbursement process.

  charvisioku  |  22

61: Yeah words are cruel things. Dyslexia, for example. How the hell is a dyslexic person supposed to spell that? Or lisp. Whoever created those words is a blatant troll.

  A7xJimmyRev  |  3

lmao, everyone thinks my fear is stupid.
I have a fear of over flowing toilets.
and toilets when they have no water in them. and the inside of the back of the toilet. especially the big black thing.
I hide in the shower until I think the water has gone down.
Not sure if there's a name for those things. XD

  saksxalmo  |  20

#37, I knew a girl who was terrified of fruits. She went to a restaurant once and forgot to ask them to remove the lemon on her water, so she started crying and had to get someone to take it away from her. It's a wonder she didn't get scurvy...

Oh, and my grandmother is afraid of shoelaces. O_o


It's played up. It's really only spoons that have had the possibility of someone having used them before or something happening to them that he doesn't know about (like in a restaurant).

Sorry, I've known for a few years so it doesn't seem all that strange considering the fact I had a few friends who stopped using spoons because of it..

  saphfiire  |  13

They might not have been smuggling it. I've been allowed to take my cats in the cabin before. Given security measures these days, it would be nearly impossible to get it through without being noticed.

  wallandpiece  |  16

If it was legal and accepted by the authorities then why would the woman be 'hiding' the hedgehog, as the FML states? And why would the OP think the woman would get into trouble? Something's telling me this woman wasn't an official 'hedgehog courier' (if that's a thing).

  KiRaKaT  |  9

Maybe she wasn't "hiding" it? Maybe she was just coming back from a trip and already made the appropriate people aware she had the hedgie and OP is just freaking out because of their fears?

  tv_ugly  |  2

The OP is likely assuming the other passenger was 'hiding' the hedgie, due to their own fear. Hedgies are allowed to fly. They go through the same security scan as your backpack/laptop/shoes in their carrier, and are fine.

  evilplatypus  |  38

52 - She could have been "hiding it" so she didn't cause any kind if disturbance on the flight. I know anytime I take my sugar gliders anywhere there's a huge hubbub the second someone sees one.

  SkiPort  |  16

Hedgehogs can totally ruin ground nesting birds by eating their eggs. That and wild ones are often covered in fleas. But I'm nice and still feed them every now and again if I find one in my garden

  asb818  |  14

Put it away where? She was already hiding it. The op wasn't afraid because it was out, the op has a phobia so just knowing it was anywhere in the proximity, contained or not, triggered the reaction.

  perdix  |  29

This is bullshit! A few minutes ago, comment #4 was about +10 and suddenly it's -12. Someone is fucking with the voting system and I hope the staff can stop it!

  perdix  |  29

#64, yes, yes, I am!

I'm OK with taking my lumps for comments that people don't like, but something stunk about some of the moves in the last 16 hours or so. I believe the staff has solved the problem quickly, so that makes me happy.

Years ago when FML was starting out, someone showed me a script I could use to get 25 thumbs up at one shot. I never used it (no, really, I didn't) and I would think the site had upgraded to prevent that kind of shenanigans.

  idealTHC  |  7

...Can I call upon Alan anytime I need help?

And if so... How come I cant talk about killing other people on FML?

O, God that is Alan, please hear my prayer and answer my question..

  chimocho  |  8

Any chance the downvotes would have come from an influx of people who know that hedgehogs and rats are about as closely related as humans and rats?

  Krajjan  |  9

I'm assuming it was neither a metallic nor explosive hedgehog. I doubt automated screening detected such a threat. Sad to see such a glaring loophole in the system. Do you know what a trained killer can do with a hedgehog? The mind boggles.

  Pyapi  |  20

If it was in a plastic container and the OP was easily able to spot it, I doubt it was well hidden. So, maybe it was in the plane as a pet?

  lizzi02  |  13

There are a couple of airlines that allow hedgehogs to come on board with the passenger. They have to pay an extra fee, but it can be done :) I was looking into bringing mine on a trip with me a few months ago.

  Levvy  |  22

It amuses, yet saddens, me to hear people citing a phobia Gary Larson made up for a Far Side panel still being cited as if it were an actual known medical disorder - even describing it in the exact wording he used - well over a decade after he did so. Ah, source amnesia, will your wonders ever cease?

  StingRay_RZA  |  16

Mate I know its made up!!! Still hilarious after all these years!! Do you expect me to reference my source material when I am commenting on an FML post?? Oh and the first one is real though...