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Old 26-08-2020, 06:06 AM
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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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Old 31-08-2020, 09:49 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2020, 07:09 AM
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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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Old 25-09-2020, 06:48 PM
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The earliest situation I can remember was actually related to fireworks (but i probably already had the phobia before, cant eally remember as i was abou 3-4 years old that time). On one new years eve we were at some of my parents friends place not far away from home and i still remeber watching the fireworks from inside without any fear (but as stated before I dont know if this rally happend to be so), but when we went home fireworks were still going off everywhere and my father had to carry me home as I was just crying the whole time (which is the only thing from this evening i still remeber very well). Still i am not sure if this is where everything started, but it was definetly a situation that made it even worse.
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Old 27-09-2020, 02:13 AM
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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.
Relatable. As a young phobic you get to learn where all the helium tanks are, especially in unexpected places, so you can give them a wide berth. Walking through the mall when I was a kid, there was a children's shoes store that had one of those scary-looking clown-mouthed helium tanks... and there was the dentist's office where the tank was hidden away around a hallway corner... and the buffet restaurant which didn't have a tank but somehow would just give away these mega-tight air-filled 12"s, not even on a stick or anything, so you can guess how long those lasted after they left the restaurant

In the US anyway, things are very different now, 20-30 years later... far fewer family-owned and independent shops and restaurants now, our shopping malls are becoming ghost towns with a few meganational chain stores still hanging on. Helium balloon giveaways are almost completely nonexistent, and there are only a couple chain stores now that hand out air-filled balloons on sticks: a burger joint here, a waterpark there. Really, mostly it seems like people don't spend much time just hanging out and shopping and eating in one place like they used to.
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Old 27-09-2020, 05:17 PM
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Hi there,

I became phobic when I was only three years old. My dad gave me a balloon to play with. I remember it as a big, red balloon, but probably it wasn’t especially big - it just seemed so because I was so little. I had never had a balloon before and as I remember it not even seen a balloon, so I just played around with it - totally unaware that it could pop. I batted it up into the airagain and again, but suddenly it exploded with a huge bang and scared me to absolutely no end. I still have a vivid memory of the balloon floating gracefully down through towards the bed and then exploding in mid-air.
This was how I became my long lasting phobia of balloons. As time went by my fear got mixed up with fascination and a certain envy of those who weren’t scared of balloons, but just seemed to have a lot of fun with them. lLater the sexual aspect showed up, and today I can hardly get enough of balloons, and I know nothing better than blowing them up to see how big they can get, before they pop.
It never stops to amaze me how something I was once so incredibly scared of could end up becoming a source of such immense pleasure.

Thank you for reading my posting.

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Old 27-09-2020, 08:03 PM
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I still have a vivid memory of the balloon floating gracefully down through towards the bed and then exploding in mid-air.
Uggh my earliest memory of the phobia as well was a balloon just popping for absolutely no reason by itself. Pink, 9" probably, clown face print (possibly related to my loathing of clowns too? lol).

The idea that an inanimate object could decide -- on its own! -- to terrify the crap out of me? For toddler me it was like the premise of a lifelong horror film. Like every birthday party would be decorated with dozens of secretly murderous Chucky dolls. shudder
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