Stepping on Fish (Ichthyphobia)



Welcome to Pantophobia, a podcast about fear and curiosity!

Episode 4: Stepping on Fish (Ichthyphobia)

Averil is afraid of stepping on fish—especially fish that jump out of aquariums unexpectedly. It happened to her sister-in-law once!

Pantophobia Main Page


Originally from Salem, Mass, Jeff now lives in Chicago.

Jeff Wagg

Jeff is the Curator of the College of Curiosity. He spends his days looking for curious people, things and points of view to share through words, audio and travel.

You can reach him at

Aubrey is the best dressed of the team.

Aubrey Henretty

Aubrey is a writer and storyteller in Chicago. She has a lot of questions.

You can reach her at

Mark puts gravy on spaghetti, like you're supposed to.

Mark Graunke

Mark is a pipefitter by trade and a mystery seeker by inclination. His hobbies include challenging his own fears and anxieties.

You can reach him at


Cover Photo: A crappie that appeared on a Westmont (Chicago) street for no apparent reason. Photo by Katie Hovany.

Meijer, the grocery store chain with aquariums: Meijer.

Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc) article about dead fish on the beach: Huge alewife die-off a sign of life for the lake.



Thanks to Averil for sharing her story with us.

Logo design by Beth Voigt.

Produced with Audacity for Mac.

Tagged , , , , , , , , .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.