Phobias are powerful sh*t. Some people really hate bugs, for example. Even consider them torture. Why are these two Gristers smiling? Click here to find outGrist PhotoBut for me, bugs aren't the worst. If I wind up in a secret detention center and get subjected to the ultimate third degree, here's a little tip for the CIA: skip the bugs, bring on the dentist. I'd confess to anything -- rat out every friend and family member I have -- to avoid just one minute in the chair. But would that change if I knew my dentist was ... wait for …
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Russ Walker is a former Grist.org editor.