Is it normal that i had a severe phobia of glitter as a child?

As a kindergartner I had a teacher who told the class that we shouldn't eat glitter. I've never been interested in eating glitter personally, but I guess some of my classmates weren't really like me.

I had another classmate (we became friends off and on later, i still know her surprisingly) who thought it would be funny to tell me that swallowing glitter would slice up the inside of my throat and then slice up the rest of my insides, because, according to her, glitter was basically tiny bits of razor sharp metal. I believed her and developed a horrible fear of glitter afterwards that lasted for months.

It escalated to the point where I couldn't even eat chips without obsessively looking through the bag for signs of glitter. Christmas ornmaments became my worst enemy because glitter fell off them. And, naturally, I got in trouble at both school and home due to my extreme fear of glitter.

True story lol, is it normal?

Is It Normal?
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  • Why did you get in trouble?

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    • Who knows? People just don't like it when you don't "behave", apparently. Apparently a fear of something as innocuous as glitter is irritating for most people, and punishing children is simply par for the course for most. Just "the way things are", according to most people I have met. BS if you ask me.

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  • there was a woman who accidentally got glitter on her eyeball. it ended up getting infected and had to be removed.

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    • Wow, that's interesting and I believe it. It kinda reminds me of this incident in which a woman got a tiny tapeworm that attached itself to the back of her eyeball. It got lost on its way to her intestines somehow, I believe. Dunno how big it got, those things can get to be over three meters long. Fortunately I don't think she had to get her eyeball removed. Pretty sad that glitter is more dangerous than a tapeworm, honestly...Medical science has seen worse days, I suppose.

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  • I was terrified of dandelion seeds and marbles as a kid.

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