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Here's an easy one to start. This is the fear of closed in spaces. 

What is Claustrophobia?


These two sisters have more of a friendly competition than a rivalry. Barely a year apart in age, these sisters have gone head to head on the tennis court. The younger sister has won a few more games than the elder in the times they have faced off against each other. 

Who are Venus and Serena Williams?


Born to a relatively poor family in 1412, this teenager captured the attention of the French people when she claimed to be visited by the archangel Michael. She led the French Army to victory. She was found guilty of heresy and burned at the stake at the tender age of 19.

Who is Joan of Arc?


On May 20, 1932, this aviator became the first woman to fly solo, non-stop,  across the Atlantic Ocean. She was 34 at the time. 5 years later, her plane disappeared en route to New Guinea. She has never been found. 

Who is Amelia Earhart?


Captain Smith and Pocahontas
Had a very mad affair
When her daddy tried to kill him
She said, "Daddy, oh, don't you dare"

What is "he gives me fever?"


Podophobia is an intense fear of these body parts. The name of this phobia comes from the Greek root, not unlike in the word podiatrist.

What are feet?


A nice example of women being grown-ups - Debbie Reynolds was married to Eddie Fisher while this violet-eyed actress was married to Mike Todd. When Todd died in a plane crash in 1958, Fisher went to console her and they began having an affair. That was one of her more short-lived marriages (1 of 8) as shortly after, she met Richard Burton, her romance for the ages. She and Debbie made up in 1966. No such luck for Eddie on the forgiveness front. 

Who is Elizabeth Taylor?


This famous Frenchman wrote Les Miserables and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Who is Victor Hugo?


This is the name of the airplane that transports the President of the United States. If it helps, the helicopter is called Marine One. 

What is Air Force One?


With each word your tenderness grows
Tearin' my fear apart
And that laugh wrinkles your nose
Touches my foolish heart

Lovely, never, never change
Keep that breathless charm
Won't you please arrange it?
'Cause I love you

What is "just the way you look tonight?"


Ugh, the youths, I tell ya.  Ephebiphobia is the fear or a specific stage in human development, and may find them rude, unpredictable and not followers of rules. These kids today, with their TikToks and video games . . . 

What are adolescents or teenagers?


The NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox have had a heated rivalry since 1919. Let's be real, its probably mostly related to game-play and fan locations, but many people like to blame it on the 1919 sale/trade of this player from Boston, bringing on the "Curse of the Bambino," a World Series losing streak that wasn't broken until 2004. 

Who is Babe Ruth?


In 1903, she shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband, Pierre, thanks to their theory of radioactivity. In 1911, after Pierre's death, she won another Nobel Prize, in chemistry this time, making her the first to win in two different fields. 

Who is Marie Curie?


The Wright Brothers are aviation pioneers from Dayton, OH. These are their first names.

What is Wilbur and Orville?

I get no kick from champagne
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all
So tell me why should it be true

What is "That I get a kick out of you?"


If you have scopophobia, what I am about to do will make you very uncomfortable. Sorry 'bout that.

What is the fear of being stared at?


A famous rivalry is a big part of the plot of Miracle on 34th Street. Two stores were the giants of early department stores, especially in Manhattan. Gimbels closed in 1987, after a hundred year in business, but the other one is still alive and kicking and the host of their Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


Dom Perignon was the inventor of this sparkling wine. It can only be called by this C word if its from this region of France.

What is Champagne?


In 1927, this aviator became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a solo, non-stop flight with his airplane “the Spirit of St. Louis”.

Who is Charles Lindbergh?


I used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade,
But I'm not afraid, baby
My Rover's crossed over, ay

If I never have a cent, babe
I'd be rich as Rock-e-feller
With gold dust at my feet

What is "on the sunny side of the street?"


You may be able to guess that hippopotomonstroses-quippedaliophobia is the fear of this. So you probably don't like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious either. 

What is the fear of long words?


This queen of Egypt is remembered mostly for her beauty and intelligence, as well as that asp that killed her (which comes up all the time in crossword puzzles.) She is also known to want power so badly that she murdered three of her siblings to keep it. 

Who is Cleopatra?


From sterilization to washing hands, his experiments showed that diseases could be prevented by killing germs, making him one of the fathers of germ theory. He created vaccines for rabies and anthrax, but you likely know him best for finding out that milk is much safer if you heat it up first.

Who is Louis Pasteur?

This booming British metropolis has 6 airports. Most of them give it away by using the city name in the airport, so I'll just list Gatwick and Heathrow.  

What is London?


I know I stand in line
Until you think you have the time
To spend an evening with me
And if we go someplace to dance
I know that there's a chance
You won't be leaving with me

Then afterwards we drop into a quiet little place
And have a drink or two
And then I go and spoil it all

By saying something stupid
Like I love you