O Zap faz referência a uma suposta epidemia de "palhaços assustadores" que estaria a provocar alarme (a Business Insider também falou disso ontem ou hoje).
Na verdade há vários meses que a Reason anda a seguir essas notícias, e ao que tudo indica não passa de uma fantasia:
As is often the case during these phantom-clown scares—yes, this isn't the first one—the incidents generally fall into four categories:
1. Someone, usually a kid, reports that he spotted a clown lurking or that a clown attacked him. No one finds the clown. The episode never gets resolved, but it probably didn't really happen.
2. Someone reports that he spotted a clown lurking or that a clown attacked him. No one finds the clown. The episode does get resolved, because the person who made the report confesses to making it up.
3. Someone circulates a clown threat or clown sighting or clown something on Facebook or another social media platform. No clown actually shows up.
4. A prankster decides to take advantage of the fear spread by #1-3 by dressing as a clown and scaring people. He does not kidnap, molest, or shoot anybody.
In other words, the scare is almost entirely a mix of hoaxes and hysteria.