5 weird facts about clowns
International Clown Week begins today and runs through Aug. 7. On Saturday, National Clown Day is celebrated. Here are five weird facts about clowns:
An Egyptian creation
They were first introduced in the Fifth Dynasty (about 2500 B.C.) and were thought to be pygmies.
Nixon loved ’em
So much so, he signed the bill for a National Clown Week in 1971. It is from Aug. 1-7, and it happens every year.
Custom-fitted floppy shoes
According to failed clown Mark J. Drozdowski, this is an actual work-study job offered at his clown college.
That’s the word for the extreme fear of clowns. It’s believed the word comes from the Greek kolon, roughly translating to “stilt-walker.”
Rodeo clowning a tough gig
Rodeo clowns are responsible for protecting riders in bullfights. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rodeo Clowning is ranked No. 8 in the most dangerous jobs in America (as part of the farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers group).
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