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Clown Skull

Alas, poor Giggles! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest. I hope that artist Vik Muniz returns the clown’s skull to the churchyard for proper burial. Artist’s Website -via Wunderkammer

Weird, Wonderful and Terrible Movies You’ll Never See

If you’re a regular mental_floss reader, you might remember Eddie’s article about The Day The Clown Cried, the lost Jerry Lewis film. If you just love hearing about movies that you’ll never get to see, check out this great article on io9 featuring a massive list of 24 lost films. Anything on there you really [...]

Why The Nose?

Why The Nose is a site full of images and videos of people wearing red clown noses. In answer to the obvious (and titular) question: Whythenose.com is dedicated to the act of wearing a clown nose, in order to make people smile. It’s really that simple. In a world filled with distractions and distrust, you’d be amazed [...]

The History of Ronald McDonald

A search for the origin of a clown costume led Elyse Luray of the PBS series History Detectives to do research on how the character of Ronald McDonald came about. Several people had a hand in creating the advertising icon. Around 1963, a McDonald’s in Washington, D.C., decided to boost business by sponsoring “Bozo’s Circus,” a [...]

Clown Car Physics

There’s really no trick to clown cars, according to Car and Driver. No trap doors, no hidden panels, and the cars are made from real cars. The vehicle’s guts are totally removed and clowns are crammed in every which way. In fact, they even know exactly how many clowns different car makes and models will [...]

Clowns Can Help Women Get Pregnant

Strange, but true. A recent study led by Shevach Friedler published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility showed that laughter can promote pregnancy: To test the idea, the research team had a medical clown visit their fertility clinic periodically over one year. Of the 219 women in the study, half underwent embryo transfer on a [...]

Unicycle-Riding Clown Finds Cell Phone Users Inattentive

Researchers at Western Washington University wanted to test how alert cell phone users were of their surroundings compared to the general population. So they dressed a student as a clown and had him ride his unicycle around campus: The observers asked walkers if they had noticed anything unusual, and for those who didn’t, they asked specifically [...]

First Clown in Space

Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte is paying $35 million to catch a ride to the International Space Station on a Russian spacecraft later this month. Laliberte calls himself “the first clown in space.” Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte told reporters he plans to tickle the professional astronauts while they’re sleeping, and he’s also bringing red clown [...]