Coulrophobia – that’s my word of the day!

It refers to the fear of clowns. Even kids who are far too young to know It or other evil clowns don’t find these guys funny, but only odd and sometimes scary.

This is the outcome of a study done by the University of Sheffield with 250 children in hospital between the age 4 and 16. The hospital was hoping to reduce anxiety in kids by placing images of clowns, but this seems to have backfired.

“Children are much more happy with things stuck on the wall that have some sort of personal relevance for them, not images that are foisted upon them by adults.”