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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

No More Clowning Around

A recent study shows that clowns aren't what they are cracked up to be.

Bad news for Coco and Blinko -- children don't like clowns and even older kids are scared of them.

The news that will no doubt have clowns shedding tears was revealed in a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital children's wards.

Now if I'm honest, while clowns are silly and cheesy they are kinda creepy, too. Maybe it's something to do with the carnival/circus environments - smells like cabbage! But I know, too, movies that I watched growing up - Uncle Buck and Spawn to name a couple - gave the impression that clowns were of the weird drunk type.

But, on the other hand, Bozo was huge for me. That clown totally rocked! I wonder, too, what this kind of perception does to Ronald McDonald or is he untouchable having achieved rock star branding status?

So all you people working with kids in a ministry, church or educational setting that focuses on kids, does it make you think twice about calling Slappy the Wonder Clown? Or will you do anything to get balloon animals, juggling and bicycle horns to be apart of your program?

Oh, where, oh, where have all the good clowns gone!?

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