Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's IT is one of the most terrifying clowns ever. Now there's a real life version of him stalking the streets of Northampton, England! I'm not a big fan of clowns as it is, so if I see this guy you could bet your ass I'm taking off in the other direction.
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."
I found this bit of crazy news over on Geekologie, which sums up the whole situation perfectly in the following statement...
"I think the scariest thing is how nice he is about the whole thing. It's like, if you have a creepy looking clown who's purposefully acting scary, that's one thing -- that's what you expect. But if you have a creepy looking clown who's being nice, that's when you know you're dealing with a real psychopath. Good luck with that, Northampton."