Helpfully you can use the translate button to send a reply, which I did in a dozen cases, but so far, no replies have been forthcoming when I enquire what it is about clowns they find so alluring. Looking around at the members and groups pages painted a sad and decidedly uncolourful picture: Another thing that is confusing in its own way is that a lot of people who have sent me messages are sending them in foreign languages. It turns out Clown Passions is just one of a large number of niche interest dating sites on the Passions network, which also caters to Trek, Shy, Seniors, Truckers, Goth, Gaming, Cosplay, you pretty much name the passion.
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In which case my questions would seem quite bizarre and I wouldn’t reply to me either.
I think it’s possible to deduce from this that quite a few people on Clown Dating have been lost in translation and are seeing it, in their second language, as just a particularly jaunty dating site for extremely happy people and they quite possibly have no romantic interest in clowns.
You won’t find coulrophobia–the fear of clowns–in the official guide to human diseases but that doesn’t mean it isn’t very real. I forge on in the hope of finding one person in their clown getup, or at least one person who wants to progress beyond “flirting” on the site, which can take the form of winking, sending a card, giving a thumbs up, marking you a favorite or asking for more information about you, which I provide.
Any person with a searing, traumatic memory of being scared half to death by a clown as a child can attest to that. Which for something so specific seems like a lot, but this is the Internet. Like many dating websites, Clown Dating also seems to be very interested in up-selling me to status.
I came into clown dating imagining that I would enter a few details about myself and then be met with an overwhelming number of people to choose from. Clown Passions didn’t even let me see anyone’s face, let alone their clown-made-up face.
The Passions company has a very charming, if slight, Success Stories page about obsessives who have found each other through its sites, but sadly, there is no entry for Clown Passions. ) It offers a range of services–forums, groups, webcams, direct messaging and chat. Here was hopefully where I would be able to find some clown daters to talk to about their community, but alas, there were technical difficulties: This is … Clown Passions was also lacking a match algorithm to deliver me a tantalizing array of suitors.