Bertrand Russell once said, "to conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
We think people should wise up and stop being afraid of clowns.
Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, consistently ranks as a top fear. A study of how to improve children's hospitals at The University of Sheffield found that the majority of children polled found clowns "frightening and unknowable."
But if wisdom is to be reached, people must put on a big red nose and face their fears.
So today, why not do exactly that? Somewhere safe.
As part of National Clown Week, the Idaho Gem Jesters want you to put on your oversized shoes and join them to go paddle-boating. It's a way for you to face your coulorphobia head-on but from the safety of a different boat where it's impractical for them to attempt to dismember you.
The event starts at 4 p.m. and costs $8-$12. Plus whatever it will cost for therapy you'll require later.
If for some reason you get out there all made up like John Wayne Gacy on a cruise and you panic, just repeat the ol' Bene Gesserit "Litany Against Fear" from Dune.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Just me and the clowns.