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Why are some people terrified of lobsters?

Asked by ragingloli (49945points) January 22nd, 2022

For example, I was at a restaurant recently, and asked for a lobster dish.
The waiter said “We are out of lobsters. I’m afraid.”

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flutherother's avatar

If the waiter was really afraid of lobsters he would have said “We’re out of lobsters I’m relieved”.

rebbel's avatar

They are clingy.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

They can break your fingers.

elbanditoroso's avatar

The waiter’s name was “Claude’.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Goggle eyes, pinchers, and tiny brains. If they leave me alone, I’ll leave them alone. I’m not that impressed with the taste either. Shrug.

kritiper's avatar

Those pinching claws!

LostInParadise's avatar

The waiter is not afraid of lobsters, but of being out of them.

zenvelo's avatar

Was the waiter Homard Simpson?

Jeruba's avatar

When my son was little, he didn’t like to go down the dark hall because of the lurking lions and lobsters. I bought him an oven mitt shaped like a lobster claw. He named it Louie and wore it for protection in the hall. Eventually it became a toy.

Whole live lobsters are pretty primitive-looking and monsterlike, even in a tank in a restaurant. I always feel a little bit superstitious about picking one out for my dinner. Don’t you?

Demosthenes's avatar

To me they’re the insects of the sea (and they are related to insects and arachnids) and that just freaks me out. D:

Dutchess_III's avatar

So what if they’re related to rolly pollys @Demosthenes! Do you know how many rolly polls you’d have to eat to get full??!!

Nomore_Tantrums's avatar

Lobsters don’t bother me. Snakes are another matter. I had some rattlesnake meat one time though, not bad. Tastes like chicken.

JLeslie's avatar

The waiter was just sorry to tell you they were out of lobster, he didn’t like having to disappoint you. The waiter wasn’t afraid of lobsters, it’s just a saying in English that is unclear in direct translation.

It wouldn’t be surprising if there are people who are afraid of lobsters. They look like huge roaches under the sea.

zenvelo's avatar

@Nomore_Tantrums Some people eat chicken and say, “tastes like rattlesnake”.

Strauss's avatar

They’re closely related to crayfish, AKA crayfish, crawdads, or colloquially, mudbugs.

flutherother's avatar

The Goon Show: First aired 5 January 1959.

Bluebottle: “Here, dere’s a big lobster out dere, Oh!”
Eccles: “I ain’t frightened of big lobsters! I’ll fix him.”
SFX:[Door slams. Great roaring of a lion aroused. Terrible battle]
Eccles: [Yelling for help]
SFX:[Thuds, bangs etc. Door slams]
Bluebottle: ”‘Ere, where’s all your clothes?”
Eccles: “Bottle, say after me, I must learn the difference between a lion and a lobster.”

Jeruba's avatar

@flutherother, definitely going to send that to my son.

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