Hysteria 51

Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird - UFOs, Aliens, Mysteries, the Paranormal, the Unusual, and the Unexplained. Hosts John Goforth, Brent Hand, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.



episode 218: Clowns | 217

We get funny like a clown this week as we take a look at...well...clowns. Where did these much maligned children’s characters come from? Why do we find them so frightening? Did anyone ever win the Grand Prize Game? Well, for the relevant and interesting stuff we have some help as author and journalist Linda Rodriguez McRobbie joins the fellas to break down why we all float down here. Plus, Conspiracy Bot starts work on a clown robot (scary), Brent discloses his unhealthy obsession with grease paint (scarier), and only a couple ICP references are made all episode (are the guys feeling ok?). All of that and more on the podcast that doesn’t always cover clowns, but when we do Conspiracy Bot seems extra excited - Hysteria 51.

Special thanks to this week’s research sources: 
Research Assistant - Raymond Walden IV

Wrinkles The Clown - Official Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSOt0Ks97_E
Creepy clowns in 30-second 'stare off' with Wisconsin police - https://youtu.be/9DtMbQtOtvE
Creepy Clown Craze Raising Concerns - https://youtu.be/gWT5h2Nj_is

Brtiannica - https://www.britannica.com/story/why-are-people-afraid-of-clowns
Clownopedia - https://clownopedia.fandom.com/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy
Clowns Without Borders - https://clownswithoutborders.org/
2016 Clown Sightings - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_clown_sightings
Smithsonian Mag - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-history-and-psychology-of-clowns-being-scary-20394516/
Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-excess/201909/why-are-clowns-so-scary
The Daily Beast - https://www.thedailybeast.com/wrinkles-the-clown-the-real-life-clown-scarier-than-joker-that-terrorized-americas-kids?ref=scroll
Clowns Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clown#:~:text=The%20harlequinade%20developed%20in%20England,jester%20than%20a%20comical%20idiot. 

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