Who’s Afraid of the Michelin Man?

August 11, 2013

This is not a food post. This is a therapeutic post for us all to share our deepest darkest fears. This is a safe place. Let’s do this.

When I was younger, I was afraid of the Michelin Man. You know that rotund, white, googly-eyed and grinning roly poly man who popped up whenever your parents stopped off to get petrol or a tire change? Yeah, him.

Now I am all grown up I am…still absolutely creeped out by the guy. Sheesh! He gives me the heebie jeebies alright.

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Am I the only one? Tell me I’m not.


As a small child I was also scared of the sound of the toilet flushing. I believed that the evil mistress from Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, would come out of the toilet and capture me. A quick google of ‘how to spell Maleficent’ informs me that they’re making a movie about this villainous vixen starring Angelina Jolie. Well that’s just dandy. Maybe next there will be a movie starring the Michelin Man. Nightmares, anyone?

What was your childhood fear?

PS. I am now home in the land of Aus! This coming week we are moving into our new rental home and I am itching to get back into the kitchen. Thanks for joining me on my travels. This year has been a hoot, alright. I’ll be back with some Hong Kong eating recommendations in a few days.

Heidi xo

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11 Comments

  • Reply Jacqui August 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    The sound of the bath water gurgling down the drain. I had to be well out of the bathroom behind a closed door! Also the witch from The Wizard of Oz. Always had to fast forward her scenes and could relax only after she was good and melted :/

    • Reply Heidi August 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      haha oh totally, I’m with you with the Wicked Witch! Oh man… x

  • Reply msihua (@msihua) August 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Hahah this is the cutest post.. I’m scared of the dentist and the lawnmower due to some unfortunate video rentals that I happen to watch when I was under the age of 10 🙁

    • Reply Heidi August 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      hehe oh dear, lady, sounds like there’s a real story there, poor thing! A good way to get out of lawnmower duty in the future though 😉 x

  • Reply kitty c August 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Oh my goodness, I was petrified of the Michelin Man! Somewhere along the line I confused him and Ghostbusters (go figure) and the combination was this rotund, other worldy seller of tyres… FRIGHTENING!!

    • Reply Heidi August 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      hahaha I know right?! So much funny going on in your comment, thank you for the support!! x

  • Reply Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice August 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    My little secret is that I was/am afraid of slugs and other weird bugs with more legs than are necessary. I just cannot deal with them. I just assume all Aussie bugs are poisonous so that doesn’t really help the situation now does it 🙂

    • Reply Heidi August 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

      “weird bugs with more legs than are necessary” – hahaha so well said and so true x

  • Reply Chloe September 26, 2013 at 3:21 am

    OMG I had reoccuring childhood nightmares of The Michelin man standing in an open field with a HUGE smile and arms wide open, nodding his head, waiting for me and there’s nothing but a long pinging silence and I’m frozen still. And I HATE his stupid grin and eyes, like he knows something and won’t tell you or has something up his sleeve.

    • Reply Heidi September 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

      haha oh Chloe, it truly sounds like you were/still are terrified of him!! I totally hear you. Hope I didn’t bring up too much pain… 🙂 x

  • Reply Regina January 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Omg! For the longest time I thought I was alone on this. The Michelin man just gives me the creeps! I even needed to cover the screen to not see the gif you posted.

    I’m also scared of similar looking mascots~ like the Philsbury dough boy or the marshmallow man… There’s just something about them.. I dunno.

    Thanks for this! I don’t feel like a total weirdo anymore.

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