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The origin of scary clowns

With the circus coming to town this weekend, I thought I'd do a little searching of my memory banks to determine when I started getting creeped out by clowns. On a 1-10 scale of clown aversion (10 being an all-out panic attack with possible fainting), I'd say I fall at around a 3. When I was young, I actually thought clowns were a different race of people that were born that way. I got this idea from a children's book that featured all kinds of clowns..including babies and children.  So I wasn't afraid of them then. I also liked to watch Bozo's Circus, and was a big fan of Bozo and his friend Cooky. I don't think it was until that dreaded Poltergeist movie that I started getting the heebie jeebies from them..and I think that's also around the time the pop culture world starting talking more and more about the fear of clowns. I'm also afraid of new housing developments that are built on top of cemeteries, but maybe that's just me.

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02/15/2011 10:43AM
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