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Old 01-17-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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Clowns are scary

Clowns universally disliked by children

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

That's the finding of a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital children's wards.

The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all the 250 patients aged between 4 and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary.

"As adults we make assumptions about what works for children," said Penny Curtis, a senior lecturer in research at the university.

"We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."
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One of my sister in law's has a really big fear of clowns. Want to say it started for her when she was really young. She's 30 now and still can't be near one without getting afraid.
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this is bbc news
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:41 PM   #4
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THEY ALL FLOAT
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Gah! Even though I'm not a kid anymore, I can safely say that I really, really dislike clowns
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"Let's put a smile on that face"
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Can't sleep...clown'll eat me...
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THEY ALL FLOAT
*screams*



I'm nearly done reading the book, but thanks to it, I'm now afraid of balloons and giant birds as well as clowns
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His father was a drinker
And his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne's T-shirts
When the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things
Rotting fast in their sleep of the dead
Twenty-seven people, even more
They were boys with their cars, summer jobs
Oh my God

Are you one of them?

He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He'd kill ten thousand people
With a sleight of his hand
Running far, running fast to the dead
He took of all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips
Quiet hands, quiet kiss
On the mouth

And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floorboards
For the secrets I have hid
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I don't like clowns! And we had a frame with a clown on it. Scared me everytime I entered the room
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I. HATE. CLOWNS.

My friend had to buy a poster to hang in his room to eventually get over his fear of them. He's 15.
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Clowns never scared me... Although that Pennywise is one badass mutha'. (One of King's greatest books, along with The Stand and The Talisman. )
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I´m not afraid of clowns buty I don´t like them at all
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Question: Even if you're not scared ... does anyone like clowns?
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His father was a drinker
And his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne's T-shirts
When the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things
Rotting fast in their sleep of the dead
Twenty-seven people, even more
They were boys with their cars, summer jobs
Oh my God

Are you one of them?

He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He'd kill ten thousand people
With a sleight of his hand
Running far, running fast to the dead
He took of all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips
Quiet hands, quiet kiss
On the mouth

And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floorboards
For the secrets I have hid

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