If you're a coulrophobia sufferer like myself, here are all your worst nightmares come true: a clown is walking the streets of the British town Northampton during the middle of the night.
The clown, whose red and white facepaint evokes Tim Curry's murderous Pennywise from the movie adaptation of Stephen King's IT, has been spotted a number of times just sort of....standing around, creepily.
The identity of said clown has become something of an obsession on Twitter, with the hashtag #northamptonclown used to speculate on the reasons for his weird existence. The Northampton Herald initially reported that he knocked on someone's door and offered to paint their window sills despite having no painting equipment with him, a story the clown later refuted on his Facebook page. Which he apparently runs himself.
"Too much hate not enough love," the clown wrote in response to all the terrified comments left on the page. "No, i don't have a knife on me!, that's just stupid rumours spread by stupid people."
Some are saying the clown should pack it in, that his antics (which seem to involve just staring) have gone beyond a joke. Others are saying he's harmless, and simply trying to bring a bit of joy to the residents of Northampton.
"If what I am doing does get too much for people," wrote the clown, "I will have to stop."
We're yet to hear reports of the clown hanging out in storm drains or opening his mouth to reveal a hellish set of razor sharp teeth.
Source : ign[dot]com