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Slipknot: The Clown

Slipknot percussionist Shawn "the Clown" Crahan (aka '6') was asked about his clown mask (without which he was rarely seen in public) almost as often as he was asked about his penchant for making himself vomit onstage.

"Clowns are the ones who teach our children," he once remarked. "Children walk around feeling very protected, very safe -- until they look at a clown one day and learn that life has its weird twists. That's why people get very upset around clowns. They don't feel safe. And they shouldn't -- especially around me!"

[Crahan once played an entire gig dressed as Barney, the purple dinosaur. "It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my entire life," he recalled, "but I made Barney look like he was on crack!"]

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