Barbara, now that you mention it, I hate opening the Pillsbury roll containers, too. They always remind me of the "Alien" popping out of John Hurt's chest - one of the ickiest movie scenes in history. Which brings me to the subject of champagne bottles. I have a vivid memory of my father opening a bottle at my college graduation party - and the cork putting a huge dent in the kitchen ceiling. Ever since then, I've always put a towel over the bottle before attempting to even loosen the cork.
For those of you who have a spider/tarantula phobia (which I luckily don't): When we were living in Philly, in a single family home, I saw what I thought was a tarantula in our cellar when I went down to do some wash. My husband told me I was imagining/exaggerating things. A few days later, I saw it again, and my father, who had come for lunch, got a look at it and said he thought it was a tarantula. (My older brother had had one, so we knew what they looked like; he had a taste for exotic pets, including toads, snakes, chameleons, iguanas, ferrets, rats, spiders, skunks, etc., so my sister and I grew up without too many phobias, though I never liked feeding time).The next time I talked to our next-door neighbor, she told me her teenaged son was bummed out because his pet tarantula had escaped, and they couldn't find it. The kid was really relieved when he managed, after hours of searching, to find it in our cellar. I have no idea how it managed to get out of its tank, escape their house, cross the side yard, and get into our cellar, but they were satisfied that it was the same spider. So if you find an animal that is not native to your area, and live in a large city, you may not be imagining things. I used to live with a cop, and once, while he was still in uniform, he and his partner got called to a "domestic dispute". Hearing an awful lot of crashing sounds, he and his partner decided to break down the apartment door. What they found was a young gorilla that had gone on a rampage in the apartment, apparently because it had been left alone! Can you imagine keeping a gorilla as a pet in a city apartment?