Plagues of Locusts
and Japanese soldiers
none of which were in evidence much in Barnsley in the 1960's!
My fear of Japanese soldiers stemmed from the fact that the a fore mentioned Bishop of Wakefield who visited our school (the one who's knee I sat on!) had a very bad lisp, caused by having his tongue cut off, and then sewn back on again, in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. We also had a very strange neighbour who had apparently been OK before he too was captured by the Japanese. Also, one of my favourite films when I was young was Father Goose - with the oh so handsome Cary Grant.
This is now one of my "ironing" films - but I still can feel the fear when the Japanese soldier is on the beach and a coconut falls from a tree near one of the little girls.
Did you have any irrational fears when you were little?
(I think the moral of the story is be careful what you let your kids watch on TV and if you go to church, or a church school like I did, be careful how you tell bible stories!