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Fear Factor: Popular Technology That Once Scared the World

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Do You Suffer from Technophobia?

From fear of radiation and cancer to the devil himself, people have always been afraid of new technology.

Really it’s not surprising. Strange and new mechanics can be frightening to see at work, especially when it suddenly becomes ubiquitous before our eyes. New inventions open up our minds to things we didn’t know could exist, and the harder it is to comprehend, the scarier it can be.

Then again, sometimes our unfounded fears are just plain ridiculous. A North Carolina town made headlines this week after newspapers reported that the local government considered banning solar panels due to fears about them killing plant life or, ahem, draining the Sun of its energy.

Sounds silly? Well it just might surprise you to hear what people thought about other common technology back when it was new.

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