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March 30, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Stop clowning around.

Just when you thought it was safe to laugh, IT arrives.

Truth or Dare? You Pick it.


man in oddly threatening clown costume. 1868-169. Weir Collection/Nat.Lib.of Scotland (, artist life/

Oddly unsettling.(USPD/

Steady yourself for new reports of terrifying clowns.

Stephen King’s chiller and killer film It once again takes the center ring to dance across your fears on Sept. 8.

Featuring an updated era from the original script’s 50’s, the new IT movie spooks during the 80’s with a third movie planned with the survivors becoming adults and being determined to make that clown stop joking and stalking for good.

Until that final movie, get ready to deal with the nightmares created by this one.

(If you have company stock in red balloons, you might want to consider…)

And drum roll for the trailer:

Clowns a horror? Truthfully, these should give some additional chills:

Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University were the focus of a recent study. (PDF report here)

Although these prestigious not-for-profit Ivy League Schools have wealthy donors, large endowment funds, and many financial resources including student tuition and fees, these schools grabbed tens of billions of tax dollars over six years.  Received more federal money than 16 state governments. Less money from undergraduate student tuition than from taxpayers. Billions.

Not to mention the endowment tax breaks these schools get.

So, seem like you’re paying to provide a great university experience for someone else’s kid?

Gravy train reality check, please.

Get ready for some get down clown time.

(Have a wild weekend. Outta here early)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Drunk clown holding wine glass while seated at table. 1862 by Faverot (USPD Pub. date, reprod of PD art, artist life/

“OK. Is everyone ready to review those college admission applications now?”(USPD/



  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 30 2017 8:14 am

    I drove 80 mi. to my parents after I saw It in the 80’s, just because I was no brave enough to seel alone LOL I will watch it, now I have company and haven’t to sleep alone…. that would be a challenge to run home to momma’s kitchen… more than 1000 mi :O))))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 8:22 am

      Ads for the movie should have a caution: “Must have blanket to hide under or large fuzzy dog to duck behind (not a cat. Cat would just get annoyed and walk off after clawing you up…the are creatures of the night…) Thanks for risking a peek between paws!


  2. Beth / Mar 30 2017 8:22 am

    Clowns of all varieties scare me, but nothing gets me quite like the IT clown. While normally Tim Curry in make-up works for me, not so much here. In fact, I’m going to have to trust you about the Teaser Trailer, because no wayyyyy am I clicking that. I need a nightmare free evening. You can send in those clowns, and I’ll be fleeing in the opposite direction. I may not even be right after some of those photos. 😦


  3. Amy / Mar 30 2017 8:24 am

    This information about the private university publicly funded isn’t at all funny. Guess the joke is on the taxpayers.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 3:29 pm

      These amounts are stunning. And since these are elite schools well connected to powerful people and private schools, it probably would be difficult to require they all publish yearly what grants and what federal money each received for what. Talk about sneaky.
      Thanks for glaring along

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Mar 30 2017 9:14 am

    Not a clown fan ever! Even as a kid. Sometime eerie about them hiding behind all that makeup. As for big colleges, not surprised. Just as much “stuff” goes on there as does in the government. Nothing is as it seems.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 3:35 pm

      I never liked clowns either – mainly because in this hot climate they often smelled bad and their greasy white makeup would rub off and get on you. There was one who smelled like cigars….hand me the balloon animal, but stand downwind, please.
      The universities should be ashamed – but I guess all those smug smarty pants know there’s a lot of gullible and suckers born every minute.
      This report reminds me of turning on the kitchen light late at night and seeing roaches dart for cover. Hope the information brings some result and turns that money spout off a bit.
      Thanks for boxing up the clowns today

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ally Bean / Mar 30 2017 11:06 am

    The Donald graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Funny how everything that clown is connected to has a scam of some sort attached to it! Just saying…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 3:18 pm

      Really? Interesting. A good portion of Congress/elected officials/politicians were also graduated by those schools.
      It used to be every parent dreamed of giving their child the benefit of an elite private university and an Ivy League degree, but few could afford it – or had the connections to get in. Once again it appears that the elite who have the money and power work to keep hold of it and keep it all in the family. That wealth should be spread around a bit…like to some state schools where ordinary people go? Yep. gotta keep your eye on them all – and they just seem to slip hands in taxpayers’ pockets without any shame.
      Thanks for adding another adding another clown to the show!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. ksbeth / Mar 30 2017 11:55 am

    i fear and hate clowns.

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 3:37 pm

      Clowns remind me of smelly, loud, men with bad breath and greasy makeup that rubs off. This climate is not really clown friendly. Thanks for sending a comment ballon this way

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Mar 30 2017 12:41 pm

    All the NOPE to seeing that movie.

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 3:41 pm

      Horror movies where little kids get hurt are scary now – they weren’t when I was a kid, but now…
      and the special effects are so close to reality.
      I really like the old black and white horror shows where so much was left to your imagination and the carefully built suspense like Hitchcock created. Wonder if kids are so used to having the special effects give all the scary details that they wouldn’t get/appreciate the old ones?
      Thanks for backing off the clowns with a comment

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Mar 31 2017 10:34 am

        My mom won’t read or watch the Hunger Games movies – I think the reason is the kids getting killed.

        And I am with you – those old horror movies are great, probably because they don’t rely on gore and guts to scare you, but that which is already inside you. I’m guessing kids like those more as they get older – I think even when those movies came out, there were contemporary horror movies more like modern ones (what we now probably think of as B-type movies).


  8. sportsattitudes / Mar 30 2017 12:49 pm

    I just saw the trailer yesterday and was – even while expecting “R-rated” action – didn’t quite expect what I saw. It looks like it might actually be a combination of being well done and well done enough a lot of folks won’t want to see it. I enjoyed the TV version but this ain’t that. I do not fear clowns but I might after seeing this film. I know if I do go to see “It” I’ll be alone. Just describing the trailer to my wife got a “NOPE” from her.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2017 3:44 pm

      This one’s so close to reality with all the magic of special effects available, it may be just too much of a scare.
      Funny how a movie can change how you feel about things like clowns, objets like Chuck, and animals like Willard and Ben?
      Thanks for shivering along ( and rest up those eyes for the hoop madness ahead!)

      Liked by 1 person

  9. The Hook / Mar 31 2017 5:11 am

    “It” looks genuinely terrifying and honestly awesome!
    The whole “clowns as objects of terror” still amazes me though.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 31 2017 7:06 am

      A giant emotional roller coaster you can ride even if it’s raining or winds are excessively high…in fact that might be the best time. Maybe some find it more easy to suspend reality for entertainment, then check back in once the movie is over?
      The clown terror has always mystified me. It’s dressed up people – usually men who smell bad and have bad breath who think kids will freak if they yell excessively loud in your face. Not impressive or worthy fright. Hitchcock. Now that was impressive.
      Film technique/style is always impressive.
      Thanks for screaming a along


  10. heretherebespiders / Mar 31 2017 6:29 am

    So excited for the new IT!!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 31 2017 7:08 am

      On a dark and stormy night, the screen flickered. (And the rumors of a third and final episode is promising, too!)
      Thanks for sending a shivering comment

      Liked by 1 person

  11. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Mar 31 2017 1:35 pm

    No way would this chicken go to a dark movie theatre to see THAT movie. Gotta say, though, my imagination while reading the book was/is far worse than the trailer images 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈 (No Ivy League for my family or friends. Community college, then state schools & those were expensive.) Good protection in a Molly!


  12. RKLikesReeses / Apr 4 2017 4:05 pm

    ::whispers:: I left some comments for you from my other account. They’re “awaiting moderation.” 🙂


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