It seems like clowns have been around forever, because they are everywhere in our modern world. But strangely enough, the clown as we know it is a relatively recent creation.
Whether on TV, in the movies, in music, novels, or in the latest headlines, most of us know a lot about clowns, and their close relatives the jester, the mime, and the jack in the box.
But some of us are actually very afraid of them, to the point of the fear being labeled with a name – coulrophobia. What is it about the lovable circus comedians that has such power over people?