Warning: The following story may be upsetting to some people.
That’s because it’s about clowns.
Yes, clowns. Painted white faces, red lips, receding hairlines with tufts of wild hair, and — of course — the red foam nose. Fun for all ages, yet plenty of people are downright scared of them. There’s even a word for it: coulrophobia, though that’s not an official diagnosis.
Rest of story from NPR HERE
The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary
You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries
The rest of the article from the Smithsonian.Com can be read