Monday, January 21, 2008

To all you clown haters, you're not alone

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all the 250 patients aged between four 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."

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison);_ylt=AtCRmJaPba4IrKXihofLxXojr7sF


julia said...

I HATE CLOWNS!! I'm so glad that people are starting to scientifically prove that those things are straight from the depths of the earth.

Anonymous said...

i'm 100% with you on that one Jules. clowns are simply the evil, wicked and no man woman or child should ever have to look upon the face of a clown. not now, not ever.


Jenn said...