What creeps us out and why?


#1

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#2

What, no clowns on that list? I question the veracity of this study.

Seriously, I need to brush up on my reading/comprehension skillz.


#3

First of the list for creepy jobs, right in the teaser.

  • Occupations DO differ in level of perceived creepiness: Clowns, taxidermists, sex shop owners, and funeral directors were at the top of the list.

#4

Interesting that there’s no mention of non-social-construct, more purely biological heebie-jeebies, like trypophobia (pro tip: don’t image search that if you don’t know what it is).


The Today show hosts dressed in terrible, scary Peanuts costumes
#5

They creep me out so badly I must’ve skipped right over that.

Or, y’know, I’m really bad at reading.


#6

Can you see the fnords?


#7

Subliminally, maybe?


#8

A hint to all you anonymous commenters; clowns are creepy because they are hiding their identity.


#9

Also: grotesque “funny” features, constant faux-happiness, abuse of makeup, being grown adults acting childish around children, etc. There are many possible vectors for creepiness there.


What it's like to be a clown in an age when people think it's fun to hate and fear clowns
#10

Those would not have contributed to my argument though. But yeah.


#11

That says a lot too about why we laugh at some really bizarre things. In a no-budget film I played a clown sitting in a bar sharing the most intimate details of his life. Almost everyone who’s seen it tells me it’s hilarious.

A lot of humor comes from discomfort.


#12

Identity is for suckaz.


#13

You’re creeping me out (dude*)dude.


#14

This reminds me of the time I taxedermied a clown in the funeral parlor I run out of the back of my sex shop.

I like to keep a diversified portfolio.


#15

I saw the “Help Wanted” sign in your window. Can I get an application?


#16

I’m picturing you played by Buscemi in the inevitable adaptation.


#17

Yes, but HR and payroll are run out of our day care/victorian magic shop across the street. Drop it off with the conjoined clubfooted dwarves at the front desk.


#18

As a kid, I was never creeped out by clowns until I attended a social function at which John Wayne Gacy was in attendance. Obviously, that was before he became notorious for his killing spree but I had one hell of an uh-oh feeling when he looked at me. Now I can’t be around anyone in clown makeup without experiencing fight or flight emotions.

I’m also not crazy about ventriloquist’s dummys. Especially when they’re propped up in a chair without their human handler. I also experience the heebie-jeebies when I see a mass of maggots.

If I ever run into a maggoty ventriloquist’s dummy in clown makeup I’m totally screwed.


The Today show hosts dressed in terrible, scary Peanuts costumes
#19

Reminds me of the “tent” scene from the recent film A Field in England. (Those who have seen it will know what I’m talking about.) I was struck by how extraordinarily creepy the scene was, even though it lacked any violence or direct suspense. I looked at other reviews of the film and just about all of them pinpointed that scene as particularly, memorably creepy. Certainly its ambiguity was one key to its creepiness.


#20

Number one trait I find creepy in people? Finding non-normative behaviours creepy.

But then, I like the texture of rat-tails and am friends with people who collect dead bugs.

But, y’know, “Ew! That’s just so, like, creepy.”