In weird fear news, this week we meet Ney Decino, who sounds like she’s suffering from a very real obsessive compulsive disorder–not in the colloquial ”anal retentive” sense, but in the “crosses everything when she needs to spend a penny” sense. Despite this serious mental illness, she’s reduced to an amusing freakshow in the Mirror because she’s… afraid of toilets. Or loos, as they say over there.
Here we go:
The mum of one has an irrational fear of toilets and runs away when she flushes…terrified she will be swallowed up. Ney, 20, is scared of going alone and makes family members pull the handle for her. She always tries to work close to home so she can use the only loo she feels safe on. Now she is trying to face her demons by setting up a Facebook group to link up with other sufferers.
Decino won’t use a public toilet and can only use her friends’ bathrooms if accompanied by a buddy.
She describes the harrowing experience: “I flush the loo and then run out of the bathroom unless someone is with me. I use the kitchen to wash my hands. The sound of the water sends shivers down my spine. It’s awful. I swear it will swallow me up. Once I’ve flushed, the sound of it and the look of the water going down, it freaks me out.” She admits the phobia is “silly,” but no less debilitating because of it. She is also afraid of swimming pools and large bodies of water.
In the one aspect of this story we find genuinely hilarious, we learn that Decino’s phobia can be traced back to 1990′s Look Who’s Talking Too, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley (the second talking babies one, not the talking dogs one). If you recall, there’s a scene surrounding potty training with the viewpoint toddlers, which features a fanged caricature of a toilet who bellows about wanting the children to pee.
Why yes, yes Youtube has that: