The phobia, which hasn't actually been officially categorized as a medical disorder, was coined by author Peter O'Donnell in his 1985 novel "Dead Man's Handle." It got online and spread easier than creamy peanut butter on warm toast.
The term itself comes from the Greek word arachi, which means "ground nut," and ... who are we kidding? It's impossible for anybody to take this one seriously.
That is, except for the good people at the CTRN Phobia Clinic, who, seeing an opportunity to make money off the gullible, latched onto the word as a serious, debilitating illness. As the clinic's website promises, for as little as $1,497 you too can work toward the "guaranteed lifetime elimination of Sticky Peanut Butter Phobia."
Now, that's truly scary.
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