Apparently some nutcase has been dressing up like Pennywise, the terrifying clown from Stephen King's 'IT', and posing for pictures/staring at people around Northampton, England. I would scream. I would scream like a little girl and run, I don't care how hard I was trying to impress a date.
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 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.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots.
Thanks to Chris and ChaosLex, who want to stalk their towns dressed as My Little Ponies.