Somebody finally has the courage to state the obvious:
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.
Adults dressed in funny clothes and wearing scary makeup. Who ever thought kids would like that? My former colleague Nancy Nall kept a clip file under the title "clowns gone bad," which always seemed redundant to me. If you've never seen the movie "Killer Klowns From Outer Space," I recommend it as the perfect illustration of what I'm talking about.