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    It?s Bozology 101: Clowns scare kids
    They?re ?universally disliked by children,? British researchers discover

    LONDON - Bad news for Coco and Blinko ? children don't like clowns, and even older kids are scared of them. That's the finding of a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital children's wards.

    The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all the 250 patients aged between 4 and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary.

    "As adults we make assumptions about what works for children," said Penny Curtis, a senior lecturer in research at the university. "We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."
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    My niece (who is 17) and my nephew (who is 5) are both scared to death of clowns. It makes me feel bad for the people who dress up as clowns because they generally really want to make kids happy (I know a woman who did this, and is very sweet and well-meaning), but at the same time, John Wayne Gacy dressed up as a clown.

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    My five year old is afriad of anyone dressed up in any type of costume.
    He is terrfied of Santa Claus.
    I had to write a note to Santa Claus the last two Christmas Eves instructing Santa to leave the presents downstairs and not come up to the bedrooms or else he could sleep he was so worried about Santa coming up to see him in bed.

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    It's probably because they haven't grown up exposed to clowns with sense of silliness. We better bring back the Bozo the Clown Show ASAP.


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    I went to the Bozo show when I was little. Good times, though the kid sitting right next to me was picked for the Grand Prize Game. I was PISSED.

    Of course, Bob Bell is now playing that Grand Prize Game in the sky..

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    was the grand prize game the one where they'd toss the ping pong balls into the buckets?
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    Traveling shows and clowns have probably been a part of European-influenced cultures for several hundred years. Most baby boomers have probably been to a live circus or have seen clowns (the funny type) on TV.

    I expect today's boob-tube connected children have not had as much live exposure to clowns, and if they see one on TV he is probably selling something.

    Nonetheless, the scary side of clowns has always been there. That is probably part of their appeal.

    The famous filmmaker Frederico Fellini was fascinated by clowns. In fact, he made a film called Clowns. Also recommended, the great actor Lon Chaney in Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardust View Post
    was the grand prize game the one where they'd toss the ping pong balls into the buckets?
    Yep. And there was no ping pong tossing for me, my friends!

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