Scorpions are the only animals I’m afraid of. I really can’t stand them. That’s why I was shocked to see this article in the news today. The customs officers must have been very surprised!
There’s an interesting phrase in the article, too. One of the customs officers is quoted as saying:
“This time we had a hunch.” (BBC News)
In this situation, to ‘have a hunch‘ means to have an idea about something based on your feelings rather than facts. In this case, the customs officers ‘had a hunch’ that there was something strange about the package and their ‘hunch’ was correct.
I guess in the future, I’ll trust my feelings and take care when opening any unusual packages!
Do you have any fears or phobias? What are you afraid of?