Article posted: 10/15/2012 5:00 AM

Do holes make you queasy or even fearful?

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Arnold Wilkins, left, and Geoff Cole hope to show than an aversion to objects such as lotus seedpods can be seen as a phobia with an evolutionary basis.

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Thousands of people claim to suffer trypophobia, a term derived from the Greek "trypo," which means punching, drilling or boring holes. It refers to an irrational fear of clusters of small holes, such as beehives, ant holes and even bubbles in a pancake on the griddle or air pockets in a chocolate bar.
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