We had a large earthquake here the other day which got my partner panicking and likewise a few of my friends here seemed to have felt the same. The earthquakes don't bother me that much now (though my first large one had me going a little) but it got me thinking of things that have scared me over the years and how others would have reacted to them and vice-versa. Not sure if I have shared this story on here before, but a few years ago when North Korea were testing missiles in the Japanese Sea at 6am, I was having a morning dump when my phone started blaring out a warning signal. For those who don't know, Japan has a system where mobiles can be sent warning signals for things like earthquakes. This warning was different to the earthquake one so I was a little confused, but the warning message was in Japanese so I had no idea what was going on. About 30 seconds later I get a badly-translated message which said something along the lines of 'North Korea has fired a missile at Japan. Not yet sure if it is nuclear. Get to your nearest emergency evacuation point.' After cleaning myself up I poked my head outside and it was as quiet as any other morning, and none of my neighbours had rushed out their front door in a panic, so I just went on my day as normal like everyone else. Turns out this wasn't the first time for the Japanese to get this message, and if my message had been translated properly it would have said ' North Korea has fired a missile over Hokkaido and into the Japanese Sea. Please be ready to evacuate incase another missile is fired later.' Also had a few cases with snakes in Australia which scared me as usually they appeared in my peripheral which gets your lizard brain going haywire. The two experiences I remember most vividly both occurred on the same job in NSW. The area we were working on had a lot of old, burnt wood lying around from a fire decades ago. They were white by this point and I think that years under the sun had pretty much removed the charred colour, or something else had anyway. One day while on the quad, I was driving pretty quickly, and generally you avoid running over sticks because they are very brittle and end up putting a hole in your tyre. I went past what I thought was a white stick only for it strike at my foot. Thankfully I was going too quickly so it didn't get me. A few days later I was rolling up some wire (black) and with the way and speed I rolled it I could always see the wire flicking up each time in my peripheral. If I was in a rush it wasn't uncommon for the wire to be flicking up 5ft+. This day was a busy one so I was rushing it but in the corner of my eye I noticed what was too thick to be my wire flying in the air and it turned out to be the snake in the pic I attached. Thankfully he seemed as distressed as I was and got the hell out of there. Other than that, my terrifying experiences are all road-related. Thai drivers were by far the scariest but they don't pretend like they follow any rules so you know where you stand with them. Japanese drivers are not as terrifying but they pretend like they know what they are doing which makes them more unpredictable in a sense. They also have a tendency to either not look where they are driving or focus only on where they are driving and not notice pedestrians, cyclists and sometimes other cars. My Grandma was in general a much safer driver than all of Asia, but she had her moments too.