Terrifying Uzbeki clown wants you to wash your hands

This is an actual poster that UNICEF used to promote Global Handwashing Day in Uzbekistan schools in 2012. I like to think of it as a brilliant example of why images can speak louder than statistics. After all, I can tell you that 58% of communicable diseases could be prevented with regular handwashing. But, really, would that change your behavior as much as a menacing clown threatening to fist you (I think) if you don't wash up properly? I suspect not.

Via the HIAControversies blog

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  1. 75% of communicable diseases can be prevented by locking this clown in prison for the rest of his life.

  2. I once played a drunk, angry clown sitting in a bar talking about how every night he contemplates suicide in a small independent film.

    I wish I had seen this poster so I could use that Uzbek clown as a model. It would have added so much.

  3. Awww . . .

    Now, I'm no fan of clowns, and enjoy "evil clown" humor, but really . . . this clown really isn't too bad!

    He doesn't have a 5 O'Clock shadow, have a creepy frown painted on him, or look like he'd spent the night in his clown suit drinking Night Train and doing unspeakable things with the circus horses.

  4. And gratuitous coulrophobia rears its ugly, bulbous-nosed, fright-wigged head again!

  5. I agree. At worst, this clown qualifies as vaguely amateurish. But otherwise, he looks clean, his makeup is simple and neatly applied, and his expression is largely neutral. (He's not even showing any teeth!) Very low on the evil-scale.

    I would definitely call this a wholly misguided attempt to encourage proper handwashing and that almost any other imagery could be an improvement. But not terrifying.

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