Saturday, June 10, 2006

Coulrophobia


I have a co-worker who is afraid of clowns. When my desk was next to hers, I used to paste clown faces on sticks and line the top of my cubicle with the clowns facing her.

I think people should face their fears.

I am going to have to come right out and say this. I pretty much have to put clowns in the same category as mimes...annoying. I have never found them funny, even as a child. I don't like balloon animals. I don't think I am alone.

This is not to say I don't acknowledge other's rights to like clowns (Hayden). I don't understand it, but I accept it as long as it doesn't involve me being in the same room as a clown.

Seattle has it's own uniquely annoying form of the clown--a Seafair Pirate. Every summer, Seattle celebrates Seafair. It is basically an annual hydroplane race ( basically NASCAR on water). For some reason this opens the door for a bunch of middle aged guys to ride around on a flatbed truck dressed as pirates wearing clown makeup. They say argggh alot and acost women with wooden swords (shades of Freud). Every time I see them on the streets of Seattle, I automatically raise my middle finger in salute.

But I digress.

If you haven't figured it out by now, coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. And more people fear them than you might imagine. William Gacy, the freaky mass murderer in Chicago was a clown at kid's parties. That is pretty scary.

The giant clown outside Circus Circus in Reno and Las Vegas is (are) pretty scary. George W. Bush is pretty scary. Tim Curry playing the scary clown in Stephen King's IT was pretty scary (especially because he still looked like his Frankenfurter character from Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Come to think of it, clowns are pretty scary ass things.

So are mimes.

I don't much like jugglers either.
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