Bubbles, balloons and maths clowns—oh my! (she says)

Investigator Patricia Jonas sent us this note:

I was directed to a web site that says: “Imagine making maths fun using soap bubbles, balloons and a Maths Clown.”

I do not want to imagine making maths fun using soap bubbles, balloons and a Maths Clown.

I enjoy maths. But I find clowns disturbing. Very disturbing. My children find clowns disturbing. There is research that says that many people, especially children, find clowns disturbing. I now fear for the future of mathematics.

Here is a picture from that web site. Need I say that this picture disturbs me?

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.

BONUS: Other opinions about clowns

BONUS: Video of the aforementioned maths clowns:

BONUS: The documentary, of sorts, called “Lady is scared to death of Clowns — Coulrophobia”: