Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Photo: Pennywise, pound foolish...

With Halloween being less than 24 hours away I thought I would post a photo of something that many people take much joy in, but for others not so much. For many people clowns are no laughing matter. In recent decades the term Coulrophobia has arisen to describe those people that are afraid of clowns.

While I am not myself afraid of clowns, Pennywise (pictured above) the clown from Stephen King miniseries does look frightening. As a child I probably would have been afraid of him. Tim Curry did an excellent as Pennywise. It was as if Bozo the Clown had been possessed by an evil demon.

On a side note I discover an interesting information pertaining to children and clowns. The University of Sheffield conducted study when a hospital was preparing for a redesign. The study found that children did not like clown decoration in the hospital or the Doctor's office. According to Dr. Penny Curtis "We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found the clown image to be quite frightening and unknowable.

Something to think about the next time you think of hiring a clown for you child's party.

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