Meredith Vieira: Clown College
"I really wanted to be a clown," Meredith Vieira once recalled. Indeed, while studying at Tufts University, Vieira met with recruiters from Barnum & Bailey's roving clown college. "They let me dress as a clown and I went out to greet children," she recalled. "I realized I was not a good clown." The problem? "I literally scared them. They cried -- and some ran away!"