It’s International Clown Week, when we celebrate clowns around the world. While it seems most of the US has some kind of fear of all things clown-related, it wasn’t always that way. In the early 1970s, the House, Senate, and President Nixon actually signed International Clown Week into law. Nixon gave Public Law 91-443 a full proclamation, stating, “All men are indebted to those who bring such moments of quiet splendor — who redeem sickness and pain with joy. All across America good men in putty noses and baggy trousers following a tradition as old as man’s need to touch gently the lives of his fellowman, go into orphanages and children’s hospitals, homes for the elderly and for the retarded, and give a part of themselves. Today, as always, clowns and the spirit they represent are as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as the builders and the growers and the governors.” Whether you love or hate clowns, we’re sure there is something for you to enjoy in our gallery of kooky clowns.