19 January 2008

evil clowns and coulrophobia

BBC News (15 January 2008) has reported that a University of Sheffield study published in the Nursing standard magazine found that children are scared by clowns.
Researcher Dr Penny Curtis said: "As adults we make assumptions about what works for children.

"We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."

She said: "Very few children like clowns. They are unfamiliar and come from a different era. They don't look funny, they just look odd.
BBC News (16 January 2008) followed up with an article on why clowns are scary and suggested that popular culture may be to blame with horror films spawning an 'evil clown' genre which began with Stephen King's It.

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Pennywise the clown from It
Stephen King's It - Pennywise howling

Aren't all clowns evil? Little wonder that coulrophobia is quite common.

What's really scary is a clown encouraging children to eat junk food. Why do clowns want to hang around children anyway? Something sinister there.

How many children have disappeared from fast food restaurants, only to be eaten by a certain clown?

Today was a do nothing day as it has been raining and cold. Some new posts in my music blog.

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