Anthony Bourdain’s Biggest Fears Include Clowns and All of the Real Housewives

05/19/2016 at 12:48 PM ET

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Eating exotic foods in far off countries and going head-to-head with Guy Fieri is no sweat for Anthony Bourdain—but clowns? He’s not having it.

For his latest entry on the List App, the Parts Unknown host put together a collection of things “I genuinely find terrifying” in a list he titled “Scary S—!!!” At the top of his list sits the red-nosed entertainers.

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“I’m sure I’m not alone here,” he writes on the app founded by actor and author B.J. Novak. “Were clowns ever funny? No. Of course not. They were always sinister figures, disguising their homicidal intentions under thick make-up, all the while their crawl spaces and chest freezers were brimming with Cub Scout parts.”

Bourdain also addresses his fear of mimes, karaoke, rats and Switzerland. The chef is so afraid of the neutral country that it’s one of the few places he hasn’t visited.

“I live with a persistent dread of alpine vistas, chalet architecture, Tyrolean hats, even cheese with holes in it,” he says.

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Pressure cookers, Nashville hot chicken (the extra hot version) and “the Real Housewives of Anywhere” are also big no-nos for Bourdain.

“Their glassy gazes, surgical addictions and single minded hunger for attention are a clear and present danger to anyone in their trajectories,” he said of the Bravo reality stars.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Anthony needs a psychiatrist. But then again, nothing much can be done for a brain destroyed by drugs and alcohol.

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Anthiny is just jealous because he’s a good singer, but hates karaoke, anyway thanks for the link, Ate Hazel Feldkamp!!!!

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