Why are People Afraid of Clowns?

Clowns are supposed to be funny. We’ve all seen clowns at the circus or carnival, or entertaining kids at a party. They wear funny costumes, giant shoes, colorful wigs, and cheerful makeup. They do magic tricks and carry huge bouquets of floating balloons. Sounds innocent, right? But some people find clowns to be just as scary as ghosts, vampires, or other monsters. In fact, some are more frightened of clowns than of any mythical demonic beast — a fear so common it has its own name: coulrophobia.
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