For the foolishly rational among you, coulrophobia is the term for an abnormal fear of clowns. And the mere fact that a term like this exists illustrates just how clown-hating has gotten out of hand.
Below you'll find a selection of the good, the bad and the truly scare clowns who, in their own ways, have contributed to the spread of coulrophobia.
Clarabell: Howdy Doody's horn-honking best good friend was originally played by Bob Keeshan, the one and only Captain Kangaroo. Who could possibly be afraid of him? OK, Mr Green Jeans, we get that.
Emmett Kelly: His sad clown "Weary Willie" inspired decades of clowns, like Red Skelton and David Shwimmer.
Shakes the Clown: Bobcat Goldthwait's movie about a drunken womanizer gave clowns -- and acting -- a bad name.
Bubbles the Clown: The BBC puppet clown appeared on TV for years, apparently creeping out the entire country of England.
Eric the Clown: Played by Jon Favreau in a memorable episode of Seinfeld, he made the cardinal sin (in George's eyes) of not knowing who Bozo was.
THE TRULY SCARY
Killer Clowns from Outer Space: 'Nuff said.vote.