And now for the weirdest research I've pretty much ever heard of:
Sending in the clowns can significantly increase the chances that fertility treatment will be a success, Israeli researchers have found.
The team looked at women undergoing embryo transfers, where an IVF embryo is put into the womb.
Just over a third of women entertained by a clown conceived, compared to 19% of a group who were not, a European fertility conference heard.
Most hypotheses come from an observation. What the fuck was going on for this study to be conducted? Secret underground clown orgies?
Dr Friedler, who attended a movement and mime school in France before he entered the medical profession, said he knew fertility patients became stressed - and that laughter could reduce stress.
Could you ever trust a doctor who went to Mime school? Or one who thinks clowns create laughter instead of fear, anger, and shame?