Clowns are either harmless fun or the stuff of nightmares, it depends on whom you ask. For years, clowns have been the subject of horror stories. Here are seven interesting facts about clowns!
1.The Egyptian clowns came around 2500 B.C and were known as Pygmies.
The first ever clown sightings can be recorded as the court jesters in the courts of kings and royal families. The court jesters entertained the Pharaohs of Egypt and the Emperors of China. The Egyptian clowns came around 2500 B.C and were known as Pygmies. They were playful and could comment on any policies made by the king, without facing any consequences. Their comments were taken as jokes.
2. Clowns MUST follow the eight clown commandments.
Being a clown is no laughing matter, and Clowns of America International asks professionals to follow the Clown Commandments. They include “remember that a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others”. Clowns should never drink or smoke while in clown outfits, for instance. They should never be intoxicated while working.
3. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy was a clown known as Pogo.
John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer who raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy became known as the “Killer Clown” because of his charitable services at fund-raising events, parades, and children’s parties where he would dress as “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown”, characters that he had created.
4. People often underestimate clown career.
In fact, it may earn a year about $38,000. If it is the Rodeo clowns, you can earn at least $50,000 a year.
5. If you are afraid of clowns, never watch Horror movies with clown villains.
Even if you know that that is just a movie, still it might have a bad influence on your psychology. Nowadays it’s so difficult to avoid clowns, even a single balloon can remind of them. Anyway, it is not a joke and any phobia like this should be accepted seriously always.
6. Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.
Studies have been ongoing on this phobia, and it would appear that the underlying concern with people and clowns is the fact hat you can never really tell their true identity, and it is this fear of not-knowing that causes the state of panic to happen. It was the 1990’s film directed by Steven Spielberg, IT, that set the Caoulrophobia wheels in motion. In fact, scientists believe that the hit film caused many of the cases of the phobia around us today. As a general rule, the fear of clowns is a fear that will come across from an early age, with many kids being impressed by the unfamiliar faces in the seemingly familiar bodies. Any kids who fear of clowns have their reason. It is because clowns have abnormal size of human parts including big nose, feet, and others. Perhaps it may disturb in how children learning about human body.
7. Johnny Depp is a famous clown-o-phobe.
“I have this fear of clowns. So I think that if I surround myself with them it will ward off all evil. There’s something about the painted face, the fake smile. There always seemed to be a darkness lurking just under the surface, a potential for real evil”.