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The Surprising History Behind the Scary Clown Phenomenon

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The History of Scary Clowns

Humor : Neatorama

When a study in 2008 found that children, on average, do not like clowns, many people were surprised. The rest of us weren't because we never liked clowns, either. Sometime over the past 50 years, clowns in popular culture moved fro...

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Creepy clown seriously regrets trying to scare badass mum

Humor : Mashable: Watercooler

Terrifying reports of pranksters dressed as clowns have begun to pop up across the U.K. in a phenomenon that began in the U.S. and has now swept across the sea to Britain. The creepy clown craze has gotten so out of hand that Batman...

Where Scary Clowns Come From

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan

We can credit Dickens with the “scary clown” meme. In 1837, the young writer was tasked with editing the memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, “the Homo erectus of clown evolution”: Dickens had already hit upon the dissipated, drunken clown t...

Now Creepy Clowns Are So Scary They're Making Pinatas Poop Themselves

Humor : Huffington Post: Comedy

Creepy clown hysteria has gone into the crapper. In a Halloween ad from Atomic Candy in Denton, Texas, a baseball bat-wielding clown makes a trembling donkey pinata poop in terror. Thankfully, this ass excretes candy bars but we’re ...


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