The bizarre run of people pretending to be clowns and somehow scaring people for real has forced the World Clown Association to address the issue, with a spokesperson saying through heavy sad-face make-up that no real clown would try to be mean on purpose. A tear fell on his lapel, then he cried into an oversized handkerchief.
The quotes are attributed to World Clown Association boss Randy Christensen, who told the AFP that: "We're full of people that love children, bring smiles and want to help people laugh and bring comic relief. The people dressing up are trying to scare people, no professional clown would ever take part in anything like that."
So the world is being scared -- or pretending to be scared, we've lost track of the layers of irony -- of a group of rogue clowns, clowns not officially sanctioned by the governing body of clowns. So remember, always ask to see the ID of a clown before deciding whether to be scared, or pretend to be scared, or look upon them in pity. [News.com.au via Mashable]