Cue the carnival music. Tie those balloon animals. Refill the seltzer bottles.
The clowns are here.
Did you jump into the nearest bush when you heard this? Well, you're not alone. You may have coulrophobia -- a fear of clowns.
Richard Arbogast, chief medical officer for McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, said that 10 percent of people, young and old, have a negative reaction to clowns.
A 2007 study by the University of Sheffield in the U.K. polled children at a children's hospital about decorating the ward with pictures of clowns.