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Old 26-08-2020, 06:06 AM
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Default Re: Phobics, which experiences made you fear balloon pops?
Hi,

Even though I am only a former phobic I will tell how it happened to me:
The way my phobia started was rather trivial. My parents gave me a balloon to play with, and while I was playing around with it, it suddenly popped with a loud bang. From that moment on I had a balloon phobia. Later it slowly changed 180 degrees, but that's another story.

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Any idea where someone would get one of those Canadian Forces doll balloons...?
They were custom made in Quebec for the Canadian Forces. The best guess I have is the same factory that produced the Tilco/Prestige line of balloons that went defunct in the mid-2000's. They stopped using them in the CF right around the same time Tilco went under and a Supply Tech I knew that I casually asked said they stopped getting them in supply and could no longer get them. I didn't press for further details because I didn't want the conversation to get weird.

I don't know where you would find them. The Canadian Forces rarely ever sold/sells anything military issue to civilians and the control of everything from ammunition and explosives to paper and balloon targets was very strict.
That being said you might be able to find them in a Canadian Army/Navy or surplus store but I bet the chances are very slim. Plus if you did find any chances are they'd be hard and brittle by now.
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When I was around 3, my parents took me to some retirement party that had huge round balloons. There are photos from the event, they were probably thick fluted 16" balloons that were perfectly spherical and jet black. Apparently one or several of them popped, and they were ear-shatteringly loud in the enclosed space. From then on, I was absolutely terrified of balloons. When I hit puberty and developed the fetish, I slowly grew out of the deathly fear, but I still get scared by popping balloons and it makes me nervous when others are handling them. I like popping in principle but I'm usually too scared to do it myself.
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That would be a very short retirement from the resulting heart attack of one of those things going off!
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Old 22-09-2020, 09:50 PM
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Can't really pintpoint where my fear started (though i've gotten over a lot of it), but as a young 4-6 year old I only ever had balloons from either myself or older brothers bday parties. Sometimes if we got haircuts our place used to have a helium tank and would give balloons to the kids which they stopped doing years ago. But I can remember having a very over blown balloon from the haircut place and then exploding out of nowhere a while later which scared the living crap out of me. Then whenever I had left over balloons from a bday party my neighberhood friends would come over and pop them all which usually ended up with me crying because I didn't want them popped. I think the last factor would be elementary school and having teachers that loved to do popping races but of course my phobia had kicked in strong so I always asked to sit outside. Took me until I was 13 and took home a big 16inch balloon that lasted a month to somewhat like and trust balloons again.
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