Coulrophobia...an unnatural/abnormal fear of CLOWNS. I don't know WHY I have this (and my fear of glass eyeballs, too). It's sort of a chic thing to say, "I have Coulrophobia", so maybe THAT'S why. I rather enjoy having DESIGNER disorders. LOL Too bad Multiple Sclerosis isn't considered one of those "designer" disorders/illnesses...maybe I'd feel more inclined to go around shouting to the world, "I have MS!", if it were.
BUT...speaking of clowns and MS (which I WAS rather loosely doing above)...I have stumbled upon a true BRAINCHEESE GEM find today! Naked clowns and multiple sclerosis.
Yes, it's true. And even I (coulrophobic and all) found this website and project to be DELIGHTFULLY worthy and HI LARRY USLY funny!!! It's the Naked Clown 2009 calendar to benefit the Judy Finelli Fund , which, in collaboration with the MS Society of Florida, serves to provide advocacy and research for MS...and also scholarships for those WITH MS wanting to pursue their desires to "clown around" in the performing arts.
"So, WHY naked clowns and Multiple Sclerosis?" you ask. Well, hit the link up there about the Judy Finelli Fund and you will quickly learn a little bit about her life as a clown/performer/juggler, her diagnosis of MS in 1989, and what she is doing today...paraplegic and all, WITH MS. She's legit and so is the fund...I checked it out.
I don't usually DO any kind of advertising or promotion here on CHEESE, but THIS was just too good to pass up. It made me laugh out loud in a maniacal, surprisingly BRAINCHEESE-ishly way! Those of us with MS NEED to laugh once in a while...sometimes, at the expense of the illness...sometimes, just for the sake of increasing our endorphins to stay ALIVE. And this calendar does both for me...because I'm just SICK of "Joining the Movement", and "Finding a Cure", and "I have MS, but it doesn't have me", and...well, most of you KNOW what I mean. This project brings MS Awareness down to MY level: Outrageous, wickedly funny, and mocking! The photos say nothing about Multiple Sclerosis, so even those with a denial and great passion to keep MS a "serious" disease, will find it hard NOT to laugh at this project (this said for all of the "blowing MS sunshine out my a$$" folks).
I just ordered 5 calendars for myself...I plan to give them out to several of my twisted friends and keep one for my office desk. They are listed as $10.00/calendar with a $2.00 shipping/handling fee for each (5 costs $60.00...even I can do THAT math!). The site says "100% of proceeds go the the Judy Finelli Fund". It appears the Judy Finelli Fund does not have the same ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD as some of our more known and "national MS funds" (I don't know...call me a skeptic...actually, call me whatever you'd like. Most do.).
Since I'm doing shameless promotion of this calendar on CHEESE, I took it upon myself to STEAL/SWIPE/BORROW off the Internet my FAVORITE calendar picture...it's from the month of May and here's a sample:
I'm hoping this calendar may provide some kind of IMMERSION therapy for my coulrophobia...who knows, if I laugh enough at these naked clowns, I might just be able to attend a CIRCUS at some point in my future! Better yet, maybe I'll LAUGH my way right out of my MS...
**BRAINCHEESE was paid no fee whatsoever to post this. As a matter of fact, the blog editor may be fielding legal calls for copyright theft in the near future**