While I’m not terrified of clowns, I’m not particularly fond of them. I especially wouldn’t love one that just randomly showed up around my town. Luckily, I don’t live in Northampton, England — a town located about 60 miles outside of London.
Since Friday the 13th, a clown — dressed in full make-up and a red wig — has been spotted around town…
… just simply standing. He’s not juggling. He’s not riding a unicycle, slipping on banana peels or falling head first into whipped cream pies. He just stands, stares and haunts the dreams of people everywhere.
Sometimes, he carries around a teddy bear. Or balloons. He was inspired by Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the horror movie, ‘It.’
One witness told the Northampton Herald and Post: “He doesn’t juggle. He doesn’t twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares.”
Film buffs can’t help but note that the clown bears a striking resemblance to Pennywise, from the 1990 movie It. Pennywise was responsible for the nightmares of an entire generation of movie-goers.
One female resident told the paper that the Northampton clown knocked on her door and offered to paint her window sills, although he had no painting equipment with him. (Also — If you’re not hosting a children’s party and a clown knocks on your door, a good bit of advice is to never.open.the.door.)
People of the town went from seeing the clown’s presence as a joke to now being intimidated and scared (and rightfully so). Police are now trying to track down the person behind the paint. They have released reports that they are looking for two teenagers who have been spotted dressed as clowns and have acted in a peculiar fashion.
A Facebook page titled Spot Northampton’s Clown has been created and already has over 3,000 likes, despite being only a day old. The page allows residents of the town to post pictures and sightings so that others can be on alert.
#NorthamptonClown has also been trending on Twitter.
Thanks to this jester, I’m sure cases of coulrophobia — fear of clowns — skyrocket in London.
Thanks to the internet, we may see cases of the phobia skyrocket everywhere.
PS – I’m sorry for showing this to you. But if he’s in my thoughts, it’s only fair that he’s in yours, too.
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