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Gym Clowns

Clowns in gymnasia.
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Hire clowns to clown in gyms. They can
a) entertain patrons
b) terrify patrons into exercising.
my face your, Feb 24 2003

Clownoid. http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Clownoid
Just leave one of these laying around. [sild, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

clown bop bag http://www.surprise.../clown_bop_bag_.cfm
If that don't get you, my shot- shot- shotgun will [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Pennywise (the Clown) http://members.home.../Pennywise/it73.jpg
From “It” – Stephen King... I thought it was scary. [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Bop Bags http://www.geocitie...n/9622/index36.html
Not clowns, but made me reminisce... [RMNixon, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Email for all of you clown-haters http://www.ihateclowns.com/
"web based email and the official site for people who are afraid of or just plain hate evil, creepy clowns." [reap, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

And for the clown lovers http://www.clownsquad.net
A web-mail based on a comic book, all about clowns. [reap, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Richard Simmons http://infomercial....en.com/rsimmons.htm
[my face your, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       You should see some of the people I know that go to the gym - they already are clowns.
Jinbish, Feb 24 2003
  

       The idea might be better backwards: put over-muscled steroid freaks in the circus.
snarfyguy, Feb 24 2003
  

       Oh yes. This is good.
AfroAssault, Feb 24 2003
  

       I hate clowns. Can they be used as punching bags instead? Their facepaint could mark vital body-stike points, and would hide the blood.
Flex, Feb 24 2003
  

       I used to have a toy when I was a kid - an inflatable clown with a bunch of sand in the bottom to weight it down. It stood about three feet high and was designed to be punched. It would right itself when knocked over due to the weight in the bottom. Lots of fun! Anybody else have that one?
snarfyguy, Feb 24 2003
  

       I hate flecks.
beauxeault, Feb 25 2003
  

       I've never found clowns very funny for some reason so locking them away in a room with the health nazis sounds good to me. I would give you a croissant but I appear to have eaten it.
DrBob, Feb 25 2003
  

       It's only February, but it's never too early to get on Sorta Claus' good side. I hate flecks, too.
jurist, Feb 25 2003
  

       I also had a sand-bottom clown years ago, snarf. They have a name...it'll come to me. Clowns are pitiful. Wouldn't cheerleaders be more effective?
lintkeeper2, Feb 25 2003
  

       On the contrary. The bells etc. are not a problem. You know what they say about a man with comically enormously-sized shoes...
Jinbish, Feb 25 2003
  

       No, no, no... It is supposed to go 'blah...man with big feet - wears big shoes' <cue laugh or groan>
Jinbish, Feb 25 2003
  

       [lintkeeper2]: Aunt Sally.
angel, Feb 25 2003
  

       This would be entertraining.   

       oh yeah and; We're down here in the dead lights; We all float down here!!
Zircon, Feb 25 2003
  

       "Are your feet extra large, or are you just pleased to see me?"
FarmerJohn, Feb 25 2003
  

       Those inflatable thingys were "Bop Bags" [link]   

       Oops, got beat to the punch by Thumbwax.
RMNixon, Feb 25 2003
  

       The Lord of the Clowns...   

       "Much that once was, is no longer, for there are none who are alive who remember it."   

       "Remember Floppo, the nose wants to be found. Never put it on."
RayfordSteele, Feb 26 2003
  

       <simpsons>Can't sleep, clowns will eat me</simpsons>
roby, Feb 26 2003
  

       Coulropho-bee-a (Just clownin’ around bee) ;-)
Shz, Feb 26 2003
  

       hehe - good response.
Shz, Feb 26 2003
  

       I'm just back from the gym where, as I slid back and forth on the rowing machine, I thought for what must be the thirteenth time how boring gyms are. There's not much to look at save the walls or - worse still - one's sweaty reflection, getting more and more bedraggled as the flight from heart disease progresses. There's not much to listen to, either, except the displeasing whir of the rowing machines and thundering footfalls of the fatties on the running machines. [Both of these noises, however, fail to drown out the inanities of the piped commercial radio.]   

       So what gyms need is some sort of soundless entertainment to help those seeking fitness to block out the pain and the discomfort and the fact that the little LEDs tell them they've only burned off 100 calories (less than half a croissant!) in the last 20 minutes. A soundless entertainment? Well, what better than clowns - with their jolly faces and whimsical shtick - to take your mind off "the burn"?   

       Clowns in gyms. An all round Good Thing.   

       [Changing the subject entirely, I'm fairly sure I can't be the only person who found the ending of "It" a major let down. Clown clown clown clown clown clown spider. Stephen King must've got bored, or something.]
my face your, Feb 26 2003
  

       Back to the idea… When I work out I’m in ‘meditative’ mode. I don’t acknowledge the things I see or hear. I tune everything out. The less distracting the environment the easier it is to do that. I want to know that it hurts and concentrate on not feeling it so I can make it hurt more. I’d rather not have clowns to distract me.   

       And yeah, I thought the second half of “It” ‘stanked’ – liked the first half though.
Shz, Feb 26 2003
  

       Richard Simmons.
waugsqueke, Feb 26 2003
  

       Oops… just reread my last anno. It’s a martial arts perspective – sorry ‘bout that. My “gym” is actually a dojo. There’s a *huge* difference between that and this idea. I’m leaving the anno intact because most have probably read it already, but if you want to delete it [mfy], I won’t be offended at all – it doesn’t belong here.
Shz, Feb 26 2003
  

       Oooh... ninja clowns might have an advantage. If you can concentrate on your fighting technique while staring them down, then you're one bad dude.
RayfordSteele, Feb 26 2003
  

       'Scool, [Shz], all perspectives welcome.
my face your, Feb 27 2003
  

       Vision of MFY sweating on a rowing machine with a mime sat on a chair next to him, effortlessly mimicking his actions, looking across and grinning then suddenly doubling rowing speed, waving nonchalantly as a challenge to keep up.
egbert, Feb 28 2003
  

       [egbert]: thats a brilliant idea! Now, where is my mime outfit...?
Jinbish, Feb 28 2003
  

       Not saying.
egbert, Feb 28 2003
  

       "Must work out, or clowns will eat me."
Vegan_Princess, Apr 25 2005
  
      
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