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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bad News For Shriners - Coulrophobia Widespread

In what is clearly bad news for Shrine clowns, a University of Sheffield study says that, universally, children can't stand clowns. The study was made during a hospital redecoration program:

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.

Some experts believe that as many as one in seven people experience some level of coulrophobia, a fear of clowns.

No reaction yet from the International Shrine Clown Association.


  1. Clowns I can stand. I am just glad no Shrine Center has a Mime unit. I don't think I could handle that

  2. Since the University of Sheffield is located in England and the Shrine of North America is located, well, in North America, there may be no correlation between that English study and the affects in the U.S. and Canada. Those types of studies are culture sensitive.

    Bro Ronald D. Martin


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