I'm slightly thanatophic. i cannot imagine suddenly not being. it scares me to think i will one day no longer see, hear, or think. i will be nothing, and i will be no one. i will be in the ground. or in the heavens. i haven't quite decided which yet.
I am also afraid of balloons. just when they pop. the idea of exploding rubber whipping me in the face or eyes scares me just a little. and the noise. that godawful noise that hits you like a truck - surprising and shocking at the same time. our instincts tell us to run at the first sign of danger. a loud noise, for example. a gunshot and a balloon popping i would imagine sound very similar. or else, that is my reasoning anyway.