These days, it's generally accepted that clowns are simply the most terrifying thing on the planet.
Scarier than sharks, more chilling than real bad bears, and more horrifying than a caravan full of tax inspectors. They are the apex predator of fear.
And yet... once upon a time, people deluded themselves that clowns were funny. We have gathered together 21 photographs from those days before enlightenment, when clowns were still considered appropriate entertainment, rather than nightmare fuel.
Our legal advisers have asked us to recommend that you do not proceed. But if, for some reason, your curiosity compels you onwards, we strongly advise that you only view this gallery before sunset, preferably surrounded by people you know and trust...