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Coulrophobia: An Epidemic
One of many clown masks that can be found masking a creeper.

Coulrophobia: An Epidemic

The clowns. No doubt you’ve heard about them. Walking around at night with knives and baseball bats. Red frizzy hair. Faces painted white. Oversized shoes. 

You probably think about them every time you have to walk alone in the dark. You imagine one creeping out from behind a tree, stalking its prey. You can see in its dead, dark eyes that it doesn’t just want to make you a balloon animal. Chances are, you’re affected by Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns.

Guys, stop worrying! It is all in your head- for the most part.

True, there have been “clown” sightings in almost every state, but the majority are not actually dangerous. Rather, the clowns are people looking to scare others for Halloween fun.

It all got started in South Carolina when a random dude dressed up like a clown, loitered on the outskirts of a forest, and gave some people the creeps. That was in August. Since then, there has been a long slew of copycats (or copyclowns, in this case) all around the US.

You can rest assured that none of these clowns are on some John Wayne Gacy level. Most of the stories that have circulated are purely fictional.

Most of the so-called “attacks” have just been dumb pranksters in costume chasing after innocent pedestrians. There have been some reported violence stemming from the white-faced weirdos, but there has also been a number of civilian attacks on clowns, some being of the occupational sort.

The most violent incident was when some teenagers jumped on the clown bandwagon to rob some fast-food restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona.

Some of the more memorable events that have taken place have no real clown involved. One 11-year old girl was taken into custody for bringing a knife into school for protection against clowns. Another teen was arrested when she asked a Twitter-based clown to kill her teacher.

Some people think this whole craze is just a publicity stunt for upcoming horror films such as It or 31. (If you haven’t heard of these, go watch the trailers. They look pretty intense.)

So, it’s really not worth it to worry about the clowns. You’re much more likely to be struck by lightning or be attacked by an alligator than you are to be murdered by a clown. Now, I’m not advising you to go out alone at 1am for a random stroll down Linden Street, but rather don’t fret because there are much more productive things to worry about.  

 

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Hey I'm Natalia. I'm a first year student, supposedly an English major. (We'll see how long that lasts. I keep changing my mind) I'm an active member of Amici. I like watching Parks and Rec and Archer. My favorite movie is probably Juno, or maybe Tangled. I also really like writing, and I am super stoked about

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