There's no circus without clowns, so to celebrate the 10th World Circus Day on 20 April, 2019, here are 10 amazing clown facts.
1 - The word clown is believed to come from the Icelandic word klunni, meaning a clumsy person.
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3 - Clowns are nicknamed Joeys after the early 19th century pantomime star Joseph Grimaldi.
4 - The full name of Krusty the Clown in The Simpsons is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yercham Krustosky. He’s voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
5 - The declaration of International Clown Week was passed into US law by President Richard Nixon on August 2, 1971.
|Clowns have always been|
a big draw, as this 1946 poster
7 - There are an estimated 20,000 clowns in the world.
8 - Johnny Burnette had a hit with Clown Shoes, written by PJ Proby.
9 - Ronald McDonald was first played by Williard Scott in a 1963 TV commercial.
- serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Bonus Fact: Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. If you suffer from it, DON'T click here to read about the Northampton Clown and Britain's clown crime-wave!
|The Northampton Clown|
- the clown who started a craze!