Researchers have "discovered" that children are afraid of clowns. And it's not just the wee ones: In a study reported in Nursing Standard, "found all the 250 patients aged between four and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary." Says Penny Curtis, a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield: "As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. Some found [clowns] quite frightening and unknowable." Next week, expect researchers to "discover" that kids are afraid of the dark. Monsters are on high alert. [Reuters]


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