While money can certainly buy you happiness, it can’t prevent you from having strange and sometimes hilarious fears, otherwise known as phobias. The following list of celebrity phobias illustrates this beautifully, while also serving as comfort to ordinary folks beset by irrational fears of everyday items.

Howie Mandel


Famed goofball comedian and game show host Howie Mandel has struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder for many years. In stark contrast to his fun-loving demeanor, Mandel is deathly afraid of germs and feels the need to wash his hands innumerable times in order to feel at ease. Mandel also refuses to shake hands, which resulted in his signature fist-bump gesture when greeting others.

Mandel’s fear was first made widely-known when he was a guest on the Howard Stern show. The irascible talk show host baited Mandel by ‘contaminating’ the door knob in his studio, which meant Mandel was unable to leave. Despite the relative cruelty of poking fun at someone’s uncontrollable fear, Mandel was amenable to the gag, which may be why he is considered one of the nicest guys in the business.