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Irrational Fear

  • Louis Pasteur is reported to have had such an irrational fear of dirt and infection he refused to shake hands.
  • President and Mrs. Benjamin Harrison were so intimidated by the newfangled electricity installed in the White House they didn’t dare touch the switches. If there were no servants around to turn off the lights when the Harrisons went to bed, they slept with them on.

Jane Goodsell, Not a Good Word About Anybody, Ballantine