The "Fear Factor" Award

Who: Eric Means
Where: Glenview, Illinois

When Eric peeled back the aluminum siding on his home, he discovered more than 40 wasps' nests—as well as a new phobia. For the next six weeks as he re-sided, he lived in a constant state of red alert. "He would do these acrobatic twirls on the ladder in order to dodge the things," says his wife, Carmen. "I swear he was less afraid of falling than he was of getting stung." He began stocking his tool belt with two cans of high-powered pest repellent. "I would occasionally hear a scream, some choice expletives, and the spray," she says. The hives are gone, the new siding is in place, but the sting remains.
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