The Phoenix

Friday, June 23, 2006

Can Bozo Help Solve Infertility?

Clowns. Some people think they're funny. Others have an actual fear of them. Personally, watching the Stephen King mini-series It totally messed up my opinion of clowns. I'm now a little creeped out by them.

But how doctors originally linked clowns and fertility is beyond me.

Women undergoing treatment at a fertility clinic in Israel received a bedside performance by professional clown Shlomi Algussi. The clown was dressed in a chef's hat and yellow and white vest as he told jokes, did magic tricks, and played the fool in front of patients. The result:

The 93 women, who had been implanted with embryos, saw their pregnancy rates shoot up from 20% to 35%. Another 18 other women served as the control group.

How is this possible?

Dr. Shevach Friedler, who came up with the idea, said: "We know that fertility patients are very stressed, and laughter could have an effect on the immune system." Dr. Friedler is also a trained mime artist.

"We know that fertility patients are very stressed, and laughter could have an effect on the immune system," Dr. Friedler explains. The researcers, who submitted their findings to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting, believe that humor can reduce the stress and anxiety of the IVF treatment, particularly after the embryo had been implanted in the woman’s womb.

So is it the humor that helps these women conceive? Or is Shlomi The Clown responsible? Look at a couple pics of some of these "miracle babies" and you be the judge:

A Christmas Baby

Would You Like Fries With That?

I think Shlomi's got some explaining to do.


Blogger DaBich said...

OMG! The Phoenix strikes again. I'm laughing so hard, I'm almost crying.
Start 'splainin' Shlomi!

6/23/2006 7:53 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

Clowns scare the living CRAP out of me.

I would prefer the exorcist girl spewing bile on me during implantation over a fucking clown act?1


6/23/2006 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clowns? Yikes!

6/23/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger FantasticAlice said...

That is just creeepy. Are you serious! Clowns scare the crap out of me, I always thought of John Wayne Gacy whenever I saw one.

The guy in the Chuckie Cheese's (aka Showbiz my child hood hang out) outfit, well, I just felt sorry for him.

6/23/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

Reading the movie "It" creeped me out to clowns.
I first freaked out with clowns because of the movie "Poltergeist"--that clown thing that smiled from the corner.
I'm a big scardy-cat.

6/23/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

dabich, I'm glad I could make you laugh! I was going to do a joke about Shlomi's shlong, but thought it was too tasteless.

NWG, Pea soup does seem less harmful.

jenna, maybe your next romantic story should involve a clown.

angel, Holy crap! I remember that clown on the chair, and when the boy turns to check on it, it's gone!

alice, Don't college, I was the one inside the Chuck E. Cheese costume. I was violated daily.

6/23/2006 8:49 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Too, too funny! And very creepy. I have never liked clowns... all that face paint really freaks me out.

6/23/2006 9:14 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

That is baby clowns are too cute!

6/23/2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger starbender said...

hahaaa... I luv it!
IT sure made clowns c-r-e-e-p-y!
laughter IS the BEST MEDICINE!

6/23/2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Five words... Killer Klowns From Outer Space


6/23/2006 10:45 AM  
Blogger Perplexio said...

Around 1970 there was a movie being made, I believe it was called Tears of a Clown Jerry Lewis was cast in the lead. He was playing a Nazi who dressed as a clown at concentration camps to try to get Jewish children to enter the gas chambers.

The movie was never finished, the plug was pulled long before it ever got that far.

But I can't help but think-- what a terribly disturbing idea for a film! After hearing about this film (which IS mentioned/listed on the Internet Movie Database) my idea/perception of clowns has not been the same.

And I don't think the clowns from Killer Clowns from Outer Space (one of the better movies from the golden era of USA Up-All-Night) or the Insane Clown Posse have helped clowns' image that much either-- all around it just seems like a lot of really bad PR for clowns.

6/23/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger Fated said...

I am seriously creeped out. Once when I was young there was this really scary creepy big guy and he was whistling circus music, I haven't liked clowns ever since. I picture them like whistling that and sharpening their clown knives.

The laughter and ease helping fertility I think I can understand though.

6/23/2006 10:54 AM  
Blogger OnMyWatch said...

that's hilarious! great post. if that's what it takes for those women, then by God, send in the clowns.

6/23/2006 11:03 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Oh my god! Those baby clowns are HORRID! (and I'm not even scared of clowns)

Did anyone see Master of Champions last night? Princess Elayne, a contortionist, was there with her dad, aka Coco the Clown. Coco is kind of scary even without the makeup!

6/23/2006 11:38 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

KC, face paint of any sort is always scary.

Catch, I hope you're joking.

starbender, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

bruce, I need to check that movie out.

perplexio, Funny...I could see Jerry Lewis playing that role quite successfully.

fated, Why a clown? Why don't they play some of Eddie Murphey's RAW on a television screen.

onmywatch, You do that, and you'll see an increase in human/clown babies.

WG, I remember Coco the clown!

6/23/2006 11:44 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I love clowns. :D

My grandma collected them, when she passed away I got her collection, so, each time I look at a clown I think of my grandma.

As for Shlomi, are we sure that the ONLY thing he was doing at their bedside was tricks and humor??? LOL

6/23/2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

hahahahahahahahaaaa... you slay me, baby!!!

Seriously, though - laughter is the best medicine for sure :-)

6/23/2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger jay lassiter said...

i think there is something to that whole laughter-immunesystem thoery.

but funny funny funny anyway.

By the way, Steven King ruined it for me too with clowns. I have since found them terribly ghoulish.

6/23/2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger cube said...

Coulrophobia is nothing to clown about. Some folks are seriously upset by grotesque clowns.

6/23/2006 3:21 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I have been a clown and in training it was mentioned that we should be aware of peoples fear and let people approach you. Humor is healing and would reduce the stress. The pictures sure surprised me.

6/23/2006 7:27 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

at least, now we know what they do in those little cars

6/23/2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

quit clownin' round, phoenix! :-)

6/23/2006 8:47 PM  
Blogger divine oasis said...

yeah, IT definitely screwed up my vision of clowns. i don't like them not one bit. i'm just really confused about an adult dressing up in a way that makes them unidentifiable. and they do this for a living???? completely cooky.

6/23/2006 8:58 PM  
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6/23/2006 8:58 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said... seems most people here don't like clowns at all. So why do circus shows still have them?

6/23/2006 10:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Shlomi has been spreading happiness, and apparently those women like a guy who makes them laugh.

Those clown baby pics are really something!

Funny stuff!

6/23/2006 11:44 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It seems that clowns would make kids NOT want to join the circus.

6/23/2006 11:45 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

LMFAO! Clowns freak me out..think clowns, think John Wayne Gacy!

6/24/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger Carmel said...

that is so funny. I dislike ronald mcdonald so I feel sorry for that baby ;)

6/24/2006 5:36 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

I don't mind clowns at all - in fact I did need one to become pregnant myself. My theory is that the borders between the clown and man are continuing to fade and those two things will end up being the exact same thing.

6/24/2006 7:49 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

JD, He's spreading "happiness" alright. Many kids still love clowns, but I think the fear grows as we get older.

michelle, That is so freaky. Just the thought of a John Wayne Gacy clown in some kid's home gives me the chills.

carmel, Poor child will have such HUGE shoes to fill when he gets older. Literally.

nan, Man = clown. 'Nuff said.

6/24/2006 8:02 AM  
Blogger Phats said...

Hello Phoenix
I don't really have a preference one way or the other towards clowns. Although some of the pictures you have posted are a bit creepy haha.

You should play the wimbledon suicide pool, it's free and makes the tournament more fun. I would love to go to Wimbledon someday.

6/24/2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

This reminds me of my favorite clown joke:
What did one cannibal say to the other cannibal as they ate a clown?

"Does this taste funny to you?"

-- david

6/24/2006 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Tasa said...

clowns are creepy =(

6/24/2006 7:35 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

I laugh all the time...I guess I'll be fine :)

6/25/2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

Shlomi Algussi? Nothing less scary than a Jewish clown right? Even the name is funny. But I'm sort of a clown so I guess I have increased the fertility of those around me.

6/25/2006 11:26 PM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

The cnibal joke reminded me of one I heard.

Two cannibals are walking down the jungle path. They find a freshly dead body. One looks at the other and says, "I'll start at the top and you start at the bottom."

An hour later the guy on the top calls to the guys on the bottom and says, "Hey, how's it going down there? Having fun?"

The other cannibal, who started at the bottom says, "Oh man, I'm having a ball!"

Ta Dum Dum.

6/25/2006 11:31 PM  
Blogger Phats said...

my favorite clown is Krusty
K to the C ha

6/26/2006 12:09 AM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

Now here is a case of supposition being misconstrued as fact. What was really going on is the display of Shlomi's fertility. He's just got some serious tenacious sperm...

6/26/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Etchen said...

I have neen teerrified of clowns ever since my older brother made me watch "It" when i was little! I think they are just bizzarre.

6/26/2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I love reading these comments more than my own posts. You people are so entertaining.

6/26/2006 4:27 PM  
Blogger vani said...

LMAO- i love the pics to go with the article, you are too much!

6/26/2006 8:02 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I think that its all a McDonald's conspiracy.

6/26/2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger BrianAlt said...

Laughter is excellent medicine!

6/28/2006 3:11 PM  

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