Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Top 10 WWE Wrestlers to Push or Push Out (Part 2)

This list is in no particular order and was NOT stolen from another individual. Copyright Infringement will not be tolerated and all property goes to Steven Chung....AH SCREW IT! I don't what you want. :) 

- Blog #34: After looking through the entire superstar roster on, there were a bunch of wrestlers who deserve one title shot or another. Unfortunately, they are some who have won titles, but don't seem to bring much to the table when it comes to the company anymore. Some of these may seem ridiculous, but this is what I believe to be the truth. So...hey! Here comes Part 2!
WWE Wrestlers Who Need to Leave

1. Jack Swagger - I had high hopes for this man. I really did. His character is just getting really stale. The only thing that could possibly save Swagger's career now is if he pulls an opposite R-Truth. Jack Swagger needs, what we WWE fans like to call, a face turn. Swagger needs to turn into a good guy. Truthfully, I'm not so sure even that's going to help much. This is because Swagger's microphone skills are terrible. In this day and age of WWE, it's almost essential that every wrestler has to have some charisma on the microphone. For a long period of time, since his debut on ECW, Swagger had a serious lisp problem. To this day, it hasn't gotten much better. Swagger needs a face turn. I think it's the only thing that can save him, now. Jack Swagger won a world title already, but I can honestly say it was the least memorable title hold in a decade. Swagger needs to go or go face. The sooner, the better. If nothing is changed within the next months, he's going to be known as "The All-American Reject" for years to come.

2. The Great Khali - Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. This guy is pathetic. Khali goes from menacing monster to some hug-and-snug nice guy in the most insensible fashion ever. Now, he's back to menacing. All because of the debut of Jinder Mahal. Seriously, I don't care that this guy has been World Heavyweight Champion. HE CAN'T WRESTLE! There was even a moment, which I remember very well, where the audience at Madison Square Garden's 2008 Royal Rumble gave out a "You can't wrestle!" chant when The Great Khali came out. I KNOW that this guy has less moves in the ring than John Cena. That's saying a lot when you're comparing your in-ring moves to "5-Moves Cena." WWE doesn't need this guy. WWE was great and memorable without this guy. I would certainly not miss The Great Khali, if he were to suddenly disappear from the WWE. Punjabi Playboy...oh, please. You're obsolete, Khali. Go continue your better work on sitcom TV-shows, where you're just a laughing matter. I can't translate that for you in Punjabi. Another thing. I question whether he's actually speaking Punjabi on shows or just making up gibberish. He probably is, but it doesn't sound that great. That's just a small problem. My main complaint about Khali...he can't wrestle. The end.     

3. Hornswoggle - (Sighs)...Finlay's gone. You've disgraced the Cruiserweight title and division. You've disgraced certain talented superstars (Chavo Guerrero, Tyson Kidd, etc.). Hornswoggle...please leave. You definitely won't be missed. You don't really have any other purpose on the WWE. What could you possibly make worse? Win the World Heavyweight Championship? I shudder to think. If you are going to stay, then learn to wrestle and speak freaking English! You're not funny, you're not entertaining, you're just terrible and a waste of TV-airtime. Please...go away!

4. Both Nikki and Brie Bella - Twins. Both are going to be put in this one entry, because both of them are worthless when it comes to WWE as a whole. Even Brie, who won the Diva's Championship (the most worthless title, if you ask me) and appeared to be promising in her singles debut on Smackdown, isn't that great of a wrestler. WWE, if you're going to promote your superstars as wrestlers, then stop making them into jokes or chauffeurs or whatever. Both the Bellas are terrible on the microphone, both aren't that talented in the ring, and they both overuse their twin-powers to cheat in matches. I'm glad that Kharma is going to be a loving mother of a child, soon. However, when the Bellas made some rude remarks on Kharma's weight, I was hoping that Kharma would beat them down. I swear that the only reason these twins are with the WWE is so that people will pay to look and gaze at their "attractiveness." This doesn't change the fact that both of them are extremely boring.  

5. Michael Cole - Edge said it best before he retired. "Michael Cole, you have been the personification of stupidity, since 1997...I would rather listen to a recording of JR than a live Michael Cole." He makes so many mistakes on the announce table. Calling Batista the Women's Champion, pronouncing the word "attacked" as "attack-ed" (which must mean that Cole is either really dumb, or reading a script placed in front of him), and of course the "AND I QUOTE..." saying. All are just an annoyance. Cole did his best announce work as a face over on Smackdown, but even that work was ousted by that of John Bradshaw Layfield's commentary. He's definitely the voice of the WWE, but not in a good way. I don't doubt that Michael Cole will end up in the WWE Hall of Fame, but he will never top the announcing skills of Jim Ross or JBL or even Jerry "The King" Lawler. Cole's actually not as bad as Todd Grisham, but the difference between the two is that Grisham is actually doing his job exactly the way it should be done. Just commentate on the match!         


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Top 10 WWE Wrestlers to Push or Push Out (Part 1)

This list is in no particular order and was NOT stolen from another individual. Copyright Infringement will not be tolerated and all property goes to Steven Chung....AH SCREW IT! I don't what you want. :) 

- Blog #33: Since I am finally able to enjoy some time off, I'm taking the liberty to pursue a large assortment of blog topics that I've been wanting to cover for a while. Most recently, my incentive is to once again cover a WWE topic, one of which is one of the most talked about fads on the internet. Who in the WWE should be pushed for a title opportunity? There's a lot of them...but then the WWE has their other share of issues. Who in the WWE should be pushed from the WWE company? Whether you are a total WWE fan or not, these are the wrestlers who deserve a title and these are the wrestlers who deserve the boot. (Quick Note: I know WWE is scripted and it's obviously so) Facts. So...IT'S NOW TIME FOR ANOTHER EDITION OF...THE "Opposites Attract" LISTS! Here we go, PART 1!   

WWE Wrestlers Who Need A Title Push

1. Evan..."Air"...Bourne - What is going on here? This guy made his debut on ECW in 2008. This was when ECW still existed, mind you. The WWE/ECW company was going through this new phase where this thing called the "Superstar Initiative" was debuting new superstars out of the wazoo, or FCW, or some other promotional wrestling foundation. Anyway, from this new protocol, a man by the name of Matt Sydal came into the squared circle (the ring, for those who don't understand wrestling lingo). Following a losing match on his debut night, Matt Sydal debuted (again) the next week with his new in-ring name. He was then known as Evan Bourne, the man who could "defy gravity." Well, it's been about 3 years. All I can say is that defying gravity is metaphorically correct when it comes to Bourne's career. Don't get me wrong. Bourne's in-ring ability is incredible and totally underrated from management perspective. There lies the problem with Bourne and most of the other wrestlers on this list. Evan Bourne has proved himself enough, to me anyway, that he deserves AT LEAST a United States Championship match or an Intercontinental Championship match. I'm not sure if Bourne should get a shot at a world title yet. Rather, I'm not sure he will ever get that opportunity. He needs something. I mean, Sheamus entered ECW (when existent) in 2009. Less than a year later, he wins the WWE Championship against John Cena. JOHN...FREAKING...CENA! Main point being that Evan Bourne, despite being of smaller stature, absolutely needs a title-storyline going soon. If it's not given to him, he'll end up leaving and I'll be crushed. Evan Bourne is one of my favorite wrestlers.

2. Chris Masters - If you thought the whole "Evan Bourne debuting in 2008, winning no championships" situation was bad, then you haven't heard anything yet. Chris Masters' ordeal is much worse. Masters debuted in 2005. Since then, he has won nothing. Zip, zilch, nada. Unlike Bourne, Masters was given some title opportunity shots. However, WWE management and WWE's Creative Team decided against giving Masters a title. It could have had something to do with Masters getting released from the company. Yup. Masters was suspended because he had violated the WWE Substance Abuse testing with steroids. Fine. He's back now, though! If I'm not mistaken, Chris Masters has been on the winning side of his matches, since returning. And there's no title shot in sight for this athlete. Why...the hell...not? Things are even worse, now that he was recently drafted back to RAW! How? He hasn't really been seen since. Poor management, poor creativity, and poor booking was all in the part of WWE. Stinky, Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon! We all thought you liked big, muscular men! Methinks that's why you have John Cena and Randy Orton as your "Superstars!" It was the same deal with Batista, Brock Lesnar, and many others. Seriously, they all look like they use, or have used, steroids too. They could be getting away with it, but I don't know. But, they've come and gone. It's all thanks to poor planning by WWE. THANKS! Back to Chris Masters. WWE, please lose whatever grudge you have on Masters and give him an opportunity at a title shot. How about a world title? He's been around long enough and has more than proved himself. Please? Pretty please? Give him back his cape and his awesome entrance music, too? 

3. Yoshi Tatsu - Ah...Funaki 2.0 has arrived. While Funaki was a great wrestler and won a WWE Cruiserweight Championship (when it was existent), I firmly believe that Yoshi Tatsu is light-years better of a technical wrestler. Once again bringing Sheamus into the spotlight, Sheamus debuted in 2009 and in less than a year wins the WWE Championship. Yoshi Tatsu debuted on the same night as Sheamus, but a few minutes earlier. So, Yoshi has actually been in WWE longer than Sheamus and he has yet to win any championship yet, let alone be given a title shot in current-day WWE. The only time Yoshi was given a title shot was when ECW was still around and there was the ECW Championship. Being the opponent was Christian, at the time, there was no way Yoshi was going to get the push that fast. On the final episode of ECW, Yoshi Tatsu and Goldust were given a shot at the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. You can guess how that attempt went. WWE likes to keep things painfully obvious in matches, one way or another. It seems like most superstars on this list so far have done their best work on the WWE Superstars show, since these guys have won most of their matches there and not on their main brand. RAW and Smackdown need more matches like the ones on WWE Superstars. It would be nice if stars like Yoshi Tatsu weren't put in squash-matches. I hate watching the real talent get demolished by these up-and-comers or someone that's been overly publicized. Yoshi Tatsu has some good in-ring work. I consider him another Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, if you can believe it. Yoshi definitely deserves a shot at the Intercontinental/United States Championship. It would be nice to have a wrestler of Asian descent win a title for once.               

4. Gail Kim - Surprised? Well, speaking of wrestlers of Asian descent, Gail Kim is one of the more athletically gifted divas in the division. I thought it would be fair to have at least one diva on this list. I haven't forgotten about them. I think most divas already have won a title during their run on WWE. Gail Kim hasn't won a title in an extremely long time, however. Plus, her winning a title would show off her experience, as she actually debuted in WWE in 2002. She only held the Women's Championship for about a few weeks, if I remember correctly from way back in 2003. There's not much else to say. I think Gail has a better shot at winning the title with her talent. I guess I just think that Gail Kim is one of the more underrated divas in WWE, at the moment. While I wanted this list to consist of all non-champions, and I wanted to include one diva, the only other diva to not win a title was Tamina. I don't think she makes the cut of needing a push, yet. Another main problem with Gail Kim is that she really needs more air-time in WWE. She's just underrated and needs another title push really soon. That's all.

5. Tyler Reks - Where IS this guy? I'll admit that when T-Reks first debuted on ECW, I couldn't take him seriously with his surfer-dude gimmick. Ever since his move to Smackdown, Tyrannosaurus Reks' heel turn really made him into a serious competitor for a title. I mean...look at him! Look at the picture below! Sure, he looks like some sort of hobo, but he's a tough hobo. I know he's been on the losing side of matches, including matches against Entrant #2 on my list, but I believe that WWE is to blame. Tyler Reks has got to be talented, but WWE booking hasn't put him in enough matches. I really think WWE screwed Reks when it came to the 2011 Royal Rumble match. Just watch it and you'll see what I mean. He was eliminated in about 40 seconds. Tyler Reks could be the next big "monster" of WWE. If nothing is done to help this guy fast, Tyler Reks is going to be the next wrestler to leave or be released for some ridiculous reason. That would be a disappointment because I think WWE needs more intimidating stars on the show. Give T-Reks a title match! Give him something for us to see!    

- Just some quick notes before I introduce the next part in normal fashion. There are quite a few other wrestlers who didn't make the cut. I want to make a quick list of honorable mentions. This list was to mostly show off the wrestlers who have NOT won a title yet (excluding Gail Kim). Anyway, the honorable mentions are as follows:

~ Primo (Only won the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships with his brother, Carlito) 
~ Tamina (No titles won yet, but needs more time on WWE to prove herself)
~ Drew McIntyre (Needs a push for a world title)
~ Alberto Del Rio (Needs a push for a world title more, being a Royal Rumble winner and all)
~ Jinder Mahal (Could be the next Muhammad Hassan, but too soon to tell)
~ William Regal (Please give Regal ONE world title match before he eventually leaves!)

- Alright! You've seen who I think deserves a push, but who deserves to be pushed out of a title shot or the WWE company? Time will only tell. Stay tuned in for Part 2, which will be published very, very soon! Until then, viewers...keep on reading!

- Done (for now).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Top 10 Cutest Cat Pictures

This list is in no particular order and was NOT stolen from another individual. Copyright Infringement will not be tolerated and all property goes to Steven Chung....AH SCREW IT! I don't what you want. :) 

- Blog #32: Man, I've been on a writing-spree. Three different blog entries in a span of 24 hours. Anyways, the reason why this one is coming out so quickly is because a certain friend of mine suggested I do a blog on cats. Thanks Kim for the suggestion! She didn't tell me what kind of blog list she wanted. She told me to "be creative" and have fun with the idea (telling me to be creative...psht...). So, here it is. A list of the 10 cutest, most adorable cat pictures I've seen in my entire life. It's a simple blog, but it's not like I know every single breed of cat. Doing the "Top 10 Best Cat Breeds" is a little beyond my power right now. Hope you like this, Kim! This one's for you!

1. "You eatted ma cookie...?"

2. It's a Siamese, if you please...

3. "Gotcha!"

4. Don't cry... :(

5. Three cute animals...IN ONE!

6. Part Cat...Part Frog...


8. That's the tiniest kitten ever...

9. "This is MY sleeping spot!"

10. Nothing like a dog and a cat getting along...

- Done. Congeal in the overwhelming power of cute cats.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Top 10 BEST Super Smash Bros. Melee Characters

This list is in no particular order and was NOT stolen from another individual. Copyright Infringement will not be tolerated and all property goes to Steven Chung....AH SCREW IT! I don't what you want. :) 

- Blog #31: One of the greatest feelings in the world is nostalgia. Super Smash Bros. Melee is a game that just reeks of nostalgic memories. It was in an entirely different league of its own, away from the classic version that the N64 had to offer. In fact, the US marketed every Nintendo GameCube system to have a Super Smash Bros. Melee game with it. So, two things are concluded from that. Nintendo made LOTS of money from the GameCube just from that one game. And, if you've never played or don't have Super Smash Bros. Melee, you don't have a GameCube. So many people bought the GameCube just for that one game. And who could blame them? Who doesn't love taking some of their favorite Nintendo characters and have them beat the living hell out of each other. WHICH LEADS ME TO...this. My list of what I believe to be the best-of-the-best...of those characters in the picture above. "GO!!!"

1. Ness - The strange thing is that I've never heard of this guy, until Melee came into the picture. Truth is, I don't think I've ever met anyone who knows the game he's from. Earthbound/Mother/whatever. I've never heard of it. Maybe that was the problem. Poor marketing in North America. But, anyway, on with Ness. If you know how to use all of his moves to its full potential, his attacks are very powerful. Just like most ways of psychic powers, it takes time and patience to master. Being able to muster the power of PK Flash, especially, can be the equivalent of overkill. PK Fire is quick and easy to use. Just press (B + left or right D-Pad) and he shoots a bolt of fire that, on impact, bursts on the opponent. And that's useful if you want to stun your opponent for a moment. PK Thunder takes some logical thinking, but once you learn that using the attack on yourself creates a charge move, you've got a "Luigi Missile" at bat. Speaking of bats, my one complaint about Ness is that he uses a bat as a weapon. There's nothing wrong with that, as it may be important to his role-playing authority, but there's another item called the "Home-Run Bat" that you can use. That bat can knock your opposition off the field with ONE hit. So, you're telling me that even though both bats look the same, Ness' bat is just a regular bat? Damn...   

2. Fox McCloud - I just want to start this one off by saying that I love Star Fox! If Fox and his team are supposed to be some of Nintendo's top guys, then use them more! I wish Nintendo games featured other Star Fox franchises. There has to be a remake made soon! I've played the latest game, Star Fox: Command, for the Nintendo DS. It just didn't hold a candle to what the series really stood for. It had Fox and the team in the Arwings. OK, but what about all those mapped out courses that you had to navigate through. Unfortunately, those ruined some of the fun. Fox in Melee is absolute win. Falco's cool too, but the problem resides in his speed. In Smash Bros. games, speed counts as something important when you're trying to beat your enemy as fast as humanly possible. Fox's blaster gun is faster, he runs faster, and he uses his FoxFire move slightly faster than Falco. Falco jumps higher? Sure, but getting too much air doesn't always lead to success. Just ask "Balloon Boy" on how successful he was in the air.

3. Kirby - This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who plays the Super Smash Bros. games. Having the ability to copy anyone's main move by swallowing them and shooting them You could do anything. And that seems to be the main consensus of what Kirby is capable of. But who said you had to swallow your enemies? You could always keep them in your mouth and perform the infamous "suicide dive" off the bottom of the screen, if you're close enough so that they won't escape. As far as being off the screen goes, Kirby has amazing air abilities that could really save him from any which way he's thrown. Plus, he's a pink ball of fun! His games are great and Melee wouldn't be complete without him. It should also be noted now that, so far, every entrant on this list is a "Perfect Attendance" member in the Smash Bros. series. Here's another trivia fact about the relation between Smash Bros. and Kirby. It seems that not many people know that the boss of the Final Destination stage, Master Hand/Crazy Hand, are one and the same or a variation of the Kirby boss.

4. Bowser - Yup. Bowser. He's a heavy set. Sure. His attacks seem simple. Yes. And he could get tossed out pretty quickly. Most likely. But, when you need to unload some real punches on your opponent, Bowser is the winner's choice. Especially when it comes to those Multi-Man Melee contests, Bowser is one of the best characters to use when you need to kick some wired-people's technological butts away. His grab and hold attacks are pretty standard, as well. It's not hard to control Bowser, but one word best describes him. Absolute-beast! Yes, that's one word. Take a note on hyphens. Plus, Melee loved Bowser so much that they created a Giga-sized version of him, specifically for the final adventure battle/challenge. They didn't use Ganondorf, because his attacks are slow and he's just plain slow altogether. Bowser's a little quicker and he's just more memorable to fans. And Mewtwo...well. Mewtwo's in a league of his own. Don't get what I mean? Well, maybe this next entrant will specify things...

5. Mewtwo - Mewtwo, Mewtwo, Mewtwo, Mewtwo. Definitely, Mewtwo. I still argue that having Mewtwo replaced with that aurora piece of dog-stew, Lucario, in Brawl was a VERY bad idea. Lucario gets stronger, as he gets weaker with energy? Bullcrap. Why not just stay powerful all the way through the match? Mewtwo is better than Lucario in all sense, shape, and form. When I said Mewtwo's in a different league of his own, I wasn't kidding. I haven't really been able to figure out if Mewtwo is really a good guy or a bad guy. In the movies, Mewtwo Returns and the end of Mewtwo Strikes Back, he's portrayed as more of a good guy. A savior of cloned Pokémon. OK, in Melee, he's more of a bad guy. I'm not so sure. Anyway, his skills. He can teleport! The most useful and innovative use of pressing (B + up on D-Pad). Dodging attacks without receiving damage and staying alive from elimination, one combination of buttons at a time. The Confusion attack is a bit awkward to use, but it does add a nice "spin" on the battlefield (he-he-he...Melee jokes). But, the teleport move. Boy, it helped me in quite a few battles in my day. Seriously. It's bad-ass...just like Mewtwo's laugh whenever he wins a battle.

6. Captain Falcon - "FALCOOON POUNCHHHHHHHH"......that is all you need to know.

7. Pikachu - From one Pokémon to another, Pikachu is another member who has been a part of the Smash Bros. series, since the franchise debuted. "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest Pokémon of them all?" It's Pikachu! I already talked about how Pikachu has benefited Nintendo and the Pokémon phenomenon. Let's get to melee! Pikachu has a similar method of saving itself from elimination to that of Mewtwo's teleportation. It uses a Quick Attack move that has Pikachu move at a high-speed in two directions. It's a fast move, but not fast enough to completely avoid attacks in this phase. It's nowhere near as controllable as Mewtwo's teleportation, but it's helpful when used properly (Use B + up on D-Pad + any other direction on the D-Pad). Pikachu's basic attack is the Thunder-Shock. It stuns the opponent for a brief moment and only does damage to the opponent, unlike Pichu's thunder attacks which hurt Pichu every time an electric move is used. Who doesn't love Pikachu? I'll even say it. It's cute.           

8. Zelda/Sheik - Princess Zelda. Who knew she could fight? Well, she can't, really. Zelda has the power of all three of the Goddesses of the Triforce in her hands. She can teleport with Farore's Wind, cast fire with Din's Fire, and attack with crystal shards of Nayru's Love. She has magic. Awesome. Where are the martial arts moves that basically everyone else has? Well, her final ability is to transform into her alter-ego. She can turn into Sheik (Press B + down on the D-Pad) and use a variety of moves that are ninja-like. Ninjas are awesome. Enough said. It's like having two characters in one...actually, it is exactly having two characters in one. Having that large a move-set is perfect for any battle.

9. Roy - Am I the only one who also thinks that replacing Roy with Ike was a bad idea? I've never liked Ike. Roy's sword is more powerful and full of fiery passion. Out of every swordsman in the Smash Bros. series, I've always had the most fun battling with Roy. I'm not entirely sure why. It's not like I know the origin of his character, or any character from Fire Emblem. There's another series that I know barely anything about. I've heard more about it than Earthbound/Mother/whatever. It was probably advertized better, since there seems to be a large assortment of games like Fire Emblem: Gaiden or Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Similar to the choice between Fox and Falco, Marth was a strong pick to be on the list too. But Marth's move-set with his sword are a bit too weak. They don't do as much to increase the damage percentage. My one and only problem with Roy was that his charged, main attack does damage to him at full power. Other than that, I definitely think Roy is the best swordsman. Some argue Marth scores more KO's and is more effective, but that depends on how the player uses his character...yeah...deep. So, this may be biased. I just happen to be better with Roy. (I couldn't find a better picture of Roy from Melee)

10. Mr. Game and Watch - I was playing Super Smash Bros. Melee for the first time and I was on the verge of collecting every single character. I had never seen any videos or any sort of pamphlet on who the characters were. There was one spot left on the roster. I beat a round of Adventure Mode and...the warning screen popped up. All I needed to see was the silhouette and I immediately knew who the mystery challenger was. It was an electrifying moment. A flat character in a 3D beat-'em-up! The thing I like best about Mr. Game and Watch is that he's very easy to control. He also uses a variety of moves that refer back to his roots, from games like Chef or Oil Panic. Mr. Game and Watch can be ill-fated on the defensive, but he seems to grow stronger as he moved to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When we talk about nostalgia, we can't get any more nostalgic than playing Melee with a character that emphasized "classic-gaming." In fact, my very first game I ever played was for the Game Boy: Color. It was Game & Watch Gallery 2 that got me started on the video-gaming experience. Fun times...


- Done.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Top 10 Stupidest Reasons To Update Your facebook Status

This list is in no particular order and was NOT stolen from another individual. Copyright Infringement will not be tolerated and all property goes to Steven Chung....AH SCREW IT! I don't what you want. :) 

- Blog #30: Inspiration can pop-up anywhere. It can even happen in the most unexpected places. For some, inspiration can come from the weather, television, or even the word of mouth. Today, my inspiration came from the word of social networking. Making things short and sweet, here are the dumbest reasons to update your facebook status. No description, no sense, and all about the stupid.

1. Your status box was empty.

2. You post something that someone else posted to make yourself look cool.

3. You want to let everyone know you're eating a Whopper at Burger King®.

4. You tell people your phone number or address through status updates.

5. Your an attention whore.

6. You post something like: "Ignore me.", when we all know what you want.

7. You post a status that you want people to write on, but then you go and delete someone's comment. Why? You wanted attention. Why are you deleting someone's post? That's like taking away someone's freedom of speech/press/post. 

8. You post: "I've got nothing to say", when you just said something.

9. You write about your boss.

10. You write: "Here's my last status. I am now going to communicate through poking."

- Done.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Top 10 Fears (Phobias)

This list is in no particular order and was NOT stolen from another individual. Copyright Infringement will not be tolerated and all property goes to Steven Chung....AH SCREW IT! I don't what you want. :) 

- Blog #29: If anything out there that scares us most, it is the very fear of fear that impacts everyone. I don't think it's mentally possible for anyone in the world to not experience some sort of circumstance that makes the bones shudder. Fear is real. Fear exists. It's how we come to tolerate or be rid of the fear that makes us all the more powerful. To be honest, I never even thought of actually doing this blog. The idea seemed so simple, but I guess that's not a bad thing. So, here they are. Here are the things that are most frightening, by viewer choice and by my own personal choice. This might get confusing, so be ready. 

1. Speaking in Public - This is one of the biggest fears out there. This goes for any kind of public speaking. Political speeches, class oral reports, comedy routines, toasts, and even just literally talking around the outside world. What's worse than saying the wrong thing? Saying the wrong thing and then getting that feeling in your stomach where you know you just said something that either offended somebody or was just plain wrong. At one point or another, everyone has to face this fear eventually. Think about it. If you're afraid of public speaking, then how can you manage getting a job through a job interview? How can you possibly have the guts to speak to anyone? You can't simulate this feeling of stress. You can only experience it. That's something that frightens us. How will your body react to the pressure? The only way to heal this fear is with practice by actually attempting to speak in public. However, even if you good at speaking in front of a large crowd, the chance of you saying something wrong or getting nervous is still very likely. It's almost unavoidable.

2. Flying - Not driving, not sailing, not biking, not walking, not even riding a train. Flying. Sure, it's convenient to fly and without it we'd be at a loss for transportation. But just think about this one, carefully. Like public speaking, flying to another state, country, or continent is also nearly unavoidable. However, it is not as much so. There's just this fear and anxiety of being up so high in the sky that you receive this moment of paranoia. Who could blame you? Ever since 9/11 and various other aerial-involved incidents that happen every once in a while, the fear of flying can only go so far as to increase dramatically. Really, the fear of flying is a combination of many other fears. The fear of crashing (which is most likely the case), the fear of heights, fear of enclosed spaces, and the list goes on. Flying is the coup de grâce of it all, though. This is mainly due to the fact that, if anything dangerous were to happen on a plane, you're all sitting-ducks and there's nothing that can be done. I don't need statistics to show me that the chances of you dying in a plane crash are more inevitable than in any other vehicle. Plus, with all the psychos that exist in the world, there's no telling what could happen on a plane.

3. Failure - My nightmare. My one goal in life is be successful. It doesn't matter what I do or how I do it, but I want to die as a successful man. There are no real dreams in my mind. No thoughts of travel, no history making ordeal (although that would be nice), but just a simple, happy, and successful lifestyle. Even real successful people can have this fear everyday. Now, most of this fears on this list could be linked to other fears that exist. It's like the food pyramid. Hidden within each category is a large number of food choices that can be put together in combination with different food choices from another category, if that makes sense. For failure, you could also have a fear of change or a possible fear of rejection. That's life, though. You have to learn from failure and even the most perfect of people have to face failure head on. Taking action is the only way to be rid of this fear. Which brings me to...

 4. Commitment - The fear of just taking action, itself. There's not much to say here. Sometimes it's very hard to make the right choices and learn to take the proper approaches. This might be because taking the risk can just be too much to bear for some. If you're afraid of failure, then you are undoubtedly scared to make a commitment. I can attest the difficulty of it, but it's something that we have to do in order to topple even the toughest of decisions the universe has to throw at us. Fate has something in store for all of us and I do believe that some supernatural force exists and shows us the way to go. So, the best advice? Go with what your head and heart tells you. If you do that, then you'll at least FEEL like you're going on the right path.               

5. Triskaidekaphobia - Because everyone is afraid of the number 13, ......right? -_-

6. The Dark - It's understandably frightening to be afraid of something that you can't see. This is a fear that tops the chart of phobias, but for one surprisingly dumb reason. Imagination that gets the best of us. The minute we think of the dark, we don't become feared of it. We fear what lurks inside of it. There is barely any horror movie that exists without the usage of darkness. Using what you learned from your high school English class, darkness seems to represent some sort of symbolism for evil. A murky or eerie mood of a story often uses darkness as a reoccurring motif. Aside from the school-grounds, a dark area is considered to be a place where an individual is most vulnerable. Once again, I'm referring back to the crazed psychopaths that coexist with us. You're walking alone, in the nighttime, and you've gone no real line of defense with you. Say you come across a dark alleyway, by accident. You're trapped. You get that chill in your spine, thinking that somebody could be right behind you or suddenly appear right in front of you, and you have no real place to run. So, it's not just a fear of the dark. The fear is a combination of other fears, even the fear of other people.

7.  Those...animals...that may or may not exist... - You may not necessarily be afraid of these things, seeing how there are a large variety of them and one could be more terrifying than the other. They could be real or they could be fake. But they are just the type of animal that make you just...cringe. I had a hard time putting this picture up...ewwwww...but it perfectly depicts my point.

8. Clowns - I understand people try to be artsy and all that junk, but why ruin something that seemed so natural to others?'s very understandable to be afraid of clowns, after looking at pictures like these.



9. Getting caught in a lie or a despicable act... - We all have to lie, eventually. But when the truth comes back to haunt us, the amount of fear, sadness, and guilt is just unquenchable. You know that saying, "Everyone makes mistakes", and how it applies to everyone. Well...some people make very bad mistakes. What's worse than having your reputation (if you even had one to begin with) ruined by beginning a personal crime record for yourself? Hmm...I can think of only one other thing...

10. Death - I have numerous fears on this list that are nearly, almost, very likely, 99.9% possible to occur in an average lifespan. However, one thing and one thing only can make a fear 100% inevitable. That one thing is death. It's truth. As very morbid and as very bluntly as one can say, the statement "everybody is going to die, eventually" is absolutely factual. It's an unstoppable fear. No one knows what happens to you when you die. Religion can give you the idea that there is an afterlife and you will be reunited with your loved ones that passed before you. Others say that when you die in scientific terms. You just won't exist anymore. What scares us is the fact that we can't avoid fate. Death could be just around the corner. Somebody could kill you, some supernatural event can catch you at the wrong moment, or your time could just be plum up! Now, there's another fear that would have been on this list and came close to being so. And that would have been "The Fear of Losing Your Family", but the reason I didn't include that is simple. Some may not be that close to their family. Hatred is another thing that is very real and there is that likely scenario where family is possibly overlooked. At the same time, death is something that shouldn't be feared at all. If we know it's coming, then we shouldn't be scared of it, right? Or should we? Maybe it's the confusion of what happens after you die that fears us the most. Do you go to heaven or hell? Is there an afterlife? Do you just...die? I don't know...but just thinking about not being coexistent with the world is something that really turns a person off. It's sad. It can definitely be a tearjerker.

- Done.