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Things to Startle People

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Consult this list the next time you're looking for the best ways to make someone jump.

Rated 5 points - posted 8 years ago by phdlist in category People.
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fire alarm Report Abuse
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haunted house Report Abuse
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scary movies Report Abuse
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popping a balloon Report Abuse
we never seem to expect it, even when we are watching someone try to pop it
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tipping chair Report Abuse
just when you think you're balancing it on two legs, you lose control
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snakes Report Abuse
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spiders Report Abuse
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earthquake Report Abuse
it's difficult for humans to induce one of these, but they CAN be startling
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gunshot Report Abuse
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clap of thunder Report Abuse
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backfire from a car Report Abuse
most often mistaken for a gunshot
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slamming door Report Abuse
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jumping awake Report Abuse
this seems to happen most often when one falls asleep in a public place
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falling out of bed Report Abuse
there's no worse way to wake up in the morning (or the middle of the night)
12 points - added 8 years ago by phdlist -

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breaking dishes Report Abuse
everyone in the restaurant takes pause when plates or glasses crash to the floor
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mice Report Abuse
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alarm clocks Report Abuse
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cold showers Report Abuse
best for waking up groggy people
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dropping a book Report Abuse
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slipping on the ice Report Abuse
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