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.