Mental Floss

What's the Strangest Thing That Scares Your Dog?

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Our dog Bailey's fears seem fairly rational: thunder, lightning, the vacuum cleaner. But we discovered a new one last weekend. The process of putting batteries in the Wii remote just terrifies her. I can't figure out why, exactly—I put batteries in other devices without incident, and the Wiimote itself does not interest or concern her. Our Ohio office dog Leo is completely freaked out by cameras. (A few minutes ago, I tried to sneak a shot of him playing in the snow; I nearly paid dearly for it. I'll find a new hiding spot and try again later.) What's the most inexplicable thing your dog (or cat or pygmy hippopotamus) is afraid of?

2. The woman seated beside me on my flight to Ohio was a model passenger. We said hello, we struck a non-verbal agreement to share the armrest, and we exchanged eye rolls when the third member of our row 17 triumvirate loudly whined about available overhead storage. Who's the most memorable person, good or bad, you've sat next to on an airplane?

3. In a few hours I'm going to find myself in an airport bookstore. I know I'll end up staring aimlessly at aisle after aisle. Anyone reading anything particularly good?