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10-03-2016, 11:03 AM #1
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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It would be all fun and games until someone shot one.

Clown shot in Ind.


https://wanetv.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/...-critical/

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10-03-2016, 05:02 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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It seems like a new kind of pre-Halloween prank, which nobody should be shot for. This is attempted murder and I hope they get the shooter. Senseless.
10-03-2016, 05:20 PM #3
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Despite the fact I personally find them creepy as hell, shooting them is probably a bit over the big top...

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10-04-2016, 01:45 AM #4
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(10-03-2016, 05:20 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Despite the fact I personally find them creepy as hell, shooting them is probably a bit over the big top...

Well they're making threats and menacing children.

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10-04-2016, 12:39 PM #5
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I'm not really sure what to make of this creepy clown thing, was reading it happened in Boston in the 80's... https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/1...story.html
or starting to read...
the story was paywalled for me.

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10-04-2016, 01:55 PM #6
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Quote:In early May 1981, local authorities fielded numerous complaints of elementary school children being harassed by at least one person wearing clown garb, according to Globe articles at the time.

Boston police issued a citywide notice seeking a man who had been reported wearing a clown suit from the waist up, while naked from the waist down. He had been seen frequently driving a black van in parts of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

The head of the school system sent a memo to elementary and district school principals, urging them to warn students.

“Please advise all students,” it said, “that they must stay away from strangers, especially ones dressed as clowns.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/1...story.html

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Stephen King's "It" was published in 1986 so it was rather the author who was inspired by these events, not the other way around
10-08-2016, 06:02 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Here's some explanation as to this clown phenomenon.

Quote:“It is only when we are confronted with uncertainty about a threat that we get the chills,” he writes in an article about psychology. “It would be considered rude and strange to run away in the middle of a conversation with someone who is sending out a creepy vibe but is actually harmless; at the same time, it could be perilous to ignore your intuition and engage with that individual if he is, in fact, a threat. The ambivalence leaves you frozen in place, wallowing in discomfort.”

Quote:Then social psychology kicked in. “Social media fans the flames by giving us a false sense of how widespread something is and how threatened we should be feeling,” McAndrew says. “Better to err on the side of caution by protecting your children from killer clowns than to err in the other direction. We now have the ability to sound alarms and spread rumors with a megaphone, and we never pass up the opportunity to do so.”

Social media fanning the flames - sounds right.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/...38196697=1
10-08-2016, 06:24 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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The fact remains that they are people with masks made up to look happy and funny. They might not be happy and funny on the inside...

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10-08-2016, 07:05 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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True, but then maybe they are happy and friendly on the inside. So, why do we act in the 'better to be safe than sorry mode?

One professional 'good?' clown was interviewed about what he thought of these 'bad' clowns scaring everyone and he said "You can put on a tutu, but that doesn't make you a ballerina". blink.gif chuckle.gif
10-08-2016, 07:34 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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It was not long ago I mentioned something about creepy clowns to my mom and she was all like "wtf other people are scared of clowns???". She was completely unaware it was a named phobia and I was able to educate her

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10-09-2016, 06:15 AM #11
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(10-08-2016, 06:02 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  Here's some explanation as to this clown phenomenon.

Quote:“It is only when we are confronted with uncertainty about a threat that we get the chills,” he writes in an article about psychology. “It would be considered rude and strange to run away in the middle of a conversation with someone who is sending out a creepy vibe but is actually harmless; at the same time, it could be perilous to ignore your intuition and engage with that individual if he is, in fact, a threat. The ambivalence leaves you frozen in place, wallowing in discomfort.”

Quote:Then social psychology kicked in. “Social media fans the flames by giving us a false sense of how widespread something is and how threatened we should be feeling,” McAndrew says. “Better to err on the side of caution by protecting your children from killer clowns than to err in the other direction. We now have the ability to sound alarms and spread rumors with a megaphone, and we never pass up the opportunity to do so.”

Social media fanning the flames - sounds right.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/...38196697=1

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Clo...21641.html

Its beyond heebee geebees now

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10-09-2016, 04:47 PM #12
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-09-2016, 06:15 AM)Screaming Yellow Zonkers Wrote:  
(10-08-2016, 06:02 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  Here's some explanation as to this clown phenomenon.

Quote:“It is only when we are confronted with uncertainty about a threat that we get the chills,” he writes in an article about psychology. “It would be considered rude and strange to run away in the middle of a conversation with someone who is sending out a creepy vibe but is actually harmless; at the same time, it could be perilous to ignore your intuition and engage with that individual if he is, in fact, a threat. The ambivalence leaves you frozen in place, wallowing in discomfort.”

Quote:Then social psychology kicked in. “Social media fans the flames by giving us a false sense of how widespread something is and how threatened we should be feeling,” McAndrew says. “Better to err on the side of caution by protecting your children from killer clowns than to err in the other direction. We now have the ability to sound alarms and spread rumors with a megaphone, and we never pass up the opportunity to do so.”

Social media fanning the flames - sounds right.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/...38196697=1

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Clo...21641.html

Its beyond heebee geebees now

Yeah, but it looks like teenagers are just trying to scare people, but then you have the sick adults donning the clown outfit and who knows what is up with that. Crazy.
10-09-2016, 05:51 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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Creepy clown trend dates back to ’80s, but this time it’s different
http://nypost.com/2016/10/09/creepy-clow...different/
10-09-2016, 06:01 PM #14
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Those creepy clowns are making themselves targets. Beatdown time - see 4:13 on vid (clown hunt).

10-09-2016, 06:20 PM #15
Octo Mother Superior
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omg

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