Still in my scroogy mood, I found the following story so heartening. It even made me smile.
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)
I hate clowns. There, I’ve said it. And now I see that I am vindicated! I can totally see how they would frighten children, what with their exaggerated features, maniacal laughs, big red noses, wild eyes, huge feet, wide and jerky gestures, freaky color combinations, and in-your-face humor. I totally get that! Stephen King didn’t have to stretch too far when it came to Pennywise.