Driving past a Chicago cemetery at night, Julia Graham and her husband were "freaked out" when they noticed a clown who climbed the 7-foot gate and "waved slowly" at them as they took photos.
"I mean, this was somebody putting forth a lot of effort — and being really weird,” Graham told CBS Chicago.
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Coulrophobics were unable to convince England's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban a movie poster with a sinister-looking clown.
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From 1995 to 2007, Joe Maggard was Ronald McDonald. "The clown is right in there. The clown is ready to go."
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"Sparky's wheezy baritone voice is loud and grating," writes Esquire's
Mike Sager. "He is at once funny and annoying, ingenious and stupid, insightful and insipid, friendly and backstabbing, attractive and repulsive
Tonopoah, NV's Clown Motel is a relic of the Gold Rush town's faded glory years, and it is filled with clowns. Hundreds of clowns stare from every corner, the walls are hung with clown-portraits, and there is a "historic miners' cemetery" out the motel's back door, wherein rest the mouldering corpses of the victims of a mysterious epidemic that is only known as "Tonopah plague." Redditors who've stayed at the Clown Motel have taken to this thread to one-up one-another with tales of the establishment's freaky weirdness. Norwegiancoconut dropped a link to this gallery of photos from a previous stay.
America's scariest motel is haunted... by hundreds of clowns
Redditor CptQuestionMark posted this photo of a birthday clown from 1969. The clown is so frankly terrifying, it suggests some kind of profound aesthetic/cognitive shift in human perception in a scant 45 years.
Our friends at Futility Closet (hosts of Boing Boing's wonderful Futility Closet podcast) have a short item about The Clown Egg Register. Apparently, a clown's face can't be copyrighted, but if you decorate an egg with the clown's face, you can copyright that, which stops unscrupulous clowns in their tracks.
This is Colin Smith, a con artist clown who was busted for posing as a charity collector. Apparently, there were nearly 20 unrelated police incidents last year in Manchester, England involving clowns reportedly engaged in creepy behavior like following children to school, vandalizing property, or robbery.
“The clowning profession can do without stupid people who don’t understand the profession and appreciate that it is a performing art and not a spontaneous jolly jape," Dave Tawney, European director of the World Clown Association, told the Manchester Evening News.
The Northampton Clown -- AKA Alex Powell -- made headlines for a series of creepy selfies taken around the English city of Northampton. Now, his notoriety has sparked a nationwide trend of copycat clown-pranksters who make mischief such as rapping on peoples' windows while brandishing weapons. England's clowns are furious.
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Over at Accidental Mysteries, John Foster posted several dark and unsettling vintage snapshots of clowns from his personal collection of vernacular photography. A celebration of coulrophobia! "Clowns Are Evil"
I blogged the GOP clown college (WMxdesign's Flickr set of Republican politicians, leaders, and mouthpieces in clown makeup), but it's worth revisiting today, given all the shenanigans.
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The evil clown stalking Northampton, England, was revealed as student and filmmaker Alex Powell.
Photos of the sinister figure at the National Lift Tower, posing on Elm Street, next to a town statue and in a lake have been posted on Facebook and attracted more than 180,000 likes from all over the world. He often teases fans about where he will turn up next by posting clues hidden in riddles on his Facebook page. He told a local paper anonymously: “I just want to amuse people. Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out, then they laugh about it afterwards.”
Yes, he is local.
Steve Scoles reports for Northampton Herald & Post:
The sinister clown that has been appearing on Northampton's streets made another visitation last night. He was pictured in his trademark white make-up and red wig on St Michael's Road waving forlornly with a clown teddy hanging from his other hand.The appearance came after a posting on the Facebook page Spot Northampton's Clown promised the clown would be in town.
He said: "To prove i'm real to all the lovers and doubters, i'll see you in town today. Keep those eyes peeled."
Is he local?
Afraid of clowns? Perhaps you suffer from coulrophobia. Smithsonian looks at the "History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary". Above, serial killer clown John Wayne Gacy who famously told police, "You know… clowns can get away with murder."
I'll admit it, as a kid Killer Klowns from Outer Space scared the heck out of me.
Long before ICP comes to earth, this bunch of goofy clowns, with a really great toy-based arsenal, land their space-going big top and get to making mayhem! A really useless cop, his love interest and the heroic Terrenzi brothers are all that stand between us, these man-eating clowns and their terrifying pop-corn. There really isn't much more to this classic terrible scifi horror, there doesn't need to be.
If you missed it when it was released you may have been among the fortunate!
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The original Ronald McDonald was pure nightmare fuel (click through for video of him in action). Fun fact: he was played by Willard Scott, who went on to be the weatherman on the Today Show.
The Original Ronald McDonald or The Joker?
(via Neil Gaiman)
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I give you Sugar Krinkles, bearing the finest cereal package art in the history of the world, a relic of 1950, the vintage year for such work. Be sure to click through onto the whole Vintage Ads post, wherein the epic Mr Man Writing Slash has also embedded a clowns-drinking-whisky ad that will make you scream with terror and delight.
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