#1 By: pesco, September 3rd, 2013 16:33
#2 By: rattypilgrim, September 3rd, 2013 17:04
Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.
#3 By: pesco, September 3rd, 2013 18:27
Um, so it says in my post.
#4 By: LDoBe, September 3rd, 2013 18:32
By its pronunciation I'd have guessed it was a fear of inhaled anesthetics.
Either that or a fear of bleach.
#5 By: rattypilgrim, September 3rd, 2013 18:48
#6 By: Jardine, September 3rd, 2013 19:30
If that clown scared you and you had to close the page without reading the text you do.
#7 By: Celeste Agnes, September 3rd, 2013 19:56
I get that there may really be some deep psychological reason for disliking clowns... but how about the very simple reality that they most often represent pretty unlikeable personalities? They're 'joyful' but their delivery is obnoxious, loud, manic and chaotic; they act stupid, clumsy and oblivious.
I personally don't find clowns scary. I tend to dread them the same way one dreads the acquaintance who always gets boisterously and destructively drunk at their party, tells the same off-colour joke 40 times and falls over the buffet table.
That said, the more quiet, less trollish 'sad hobo clown', I typically like.
#8 By: dloburns, September 3rd, 2013 20:41
Oh I see, you're one of them mime people.
#9 By: dloburns, September 3rd, 2013 20:41
"You know… clowns can get away with murder."
That's because the cops never want to go near them.
#10 By: Celeste Agnes, September 3rd, 2013 21:38
#11 By: Preston, September 3rd, 2013 22:19
I guess for many people that reminds them of their parents.
#12 By: Preston, September 3rd, 2013 22:21
Kids love "The Koko Show."
#13 By: Preston, September 3rd, 2013 22:37
How about "Frenchy" from "Evil Clown Comics?"
#14 By: Jeff Atwood, September 3rd, 2013 23:44
I see your Frenchy and raise you one Obnoxio!
#15 By: FoolishOwl, September 3rd, 2013 23:57
The article was interesting, but I was hoping to find a confirmation of my theory. I've always believed that the origin of clowns was in the depiction of devils in medieval mystery plays: bizarrely and flamboyantly costumeed, and alternately buffoonish and frightening.
#16 By: FoolishOwl, September 4th, 2013 00:05
That's the most I've ever enjoyed watching a clown.
#17 By: Tim Quinn, September 4th, 2013 03:00
#18 By: The Mudshark, September 4th, 2013 04:09
#19 By: Lev_Koszegi, September 4th, 2013 09:54
You need look no further than the etymology of "harlequin," who was originally a demonic figure. I don't have sources to hand, but I do recall that from one of my religious studies courses in grad school.
#20 By: Jason Andresen, September 4th, 2013 11:36
I see your Obnoxio and raise you Dr. Roxo
He does cocaine.
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