Send in the clowns!

Or better yet, don’t.

A new study by the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England has confirmed what everybody under the age of 30 already knew — kids hate clowns. In fact, of the 250 children between the ages of 4 and 16 that were polled in the study, 100% said that they did not like clowns, with many even going so far as to rate them as legitimately scary.

Scary clown

Granted, on a global scale, 250 individuals is — regardless of topic — an extremely small statistical sampling. However, the fact that not a single kid claimed anything less than an active dislike of clowns is fairly astounding. As a point of comparison, it is a very safe bet that the number of people with whom I am at least “somewhat well acquainted” is much smaller than the number of people polled, and yet I can identify at least a half-dozen of these acquaintances as having an avid fetish for clown culture.1

Of course, there is one other consideration here: every one of the children contributing an opinion in the above study was a current patient in a local hospital. So maybe they’re all brain damaged or something. They’d pretty much have to be because, let’s face it, clowns are awesome. Especially naked ones.

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1. All of them women, come to think of it. Must be the over-sized shoes.

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One Response to Send in the clowns!

  1. Pingback: Excuse me if I seem defensive « Write in the Kisser

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