This is probably not common, but what of the things I loathe/I’m terrified of is the sound of basketball. It started out as simple annoyance since our house is situated right behind a basketball court, but as time passed by, I noticed I couldn’t stand the noises anymore. I’d jump out at the mere sound of a dribble or a player yelling, and the only way to calm myself down is to wear my earphones and cancel the noises by listening to my favorite music. I also hate the sound of motorcycles, and likewise, I couldn’t leave the house without wearing my earphones. Another are people whispering. I get really irritated when I hear whispers especially from strangers and I’d pray they would just stop! Yesterday, I asked my husband to buy a pair of earplugs as I’ll wear them inside our house to cancel every possible noise. I have to. Just the thought of hearing those noises again paralyzes me. And I think I need help.
It's not all work and no play for Antarctic scientists and staff. The isolation and rough conditions create a sense of camaraderie that is celebrated at certain times of the year. To mark Midwinter's Day in the middle of June (the point when the sun begins its return back south), the BAS bases, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, and many others watch The Thing ("the original, obviously!" Walkup says). In John Carpenter's 1982 horror film, a parasitic alien invades an Antarctic base and steadily takes over the minds of the researchers stationed there, with much gore, violence, and paranoia. Winter-overs also watch the 1980 classic The Shining , a similarly chilly flick featuring an unhealthy dose of insanity.