America is facing down a crisis, and it's a sad one. Sad enough that you should grab your red grease paint and draw a giant frown on your face.
Apparently, we're facing a NATIONWIDE CLOWN SHORTAGE.
According to Glen Kohlberger, the head of Clowns of America International, new clowns aren't signing up fast enough to replace all of the old clowns who are DYING OFF.
The number of working clowns in the U.S. has dropped from about 3,500 in 2004 to 2,500 now.
Kohlberger says the big problem is getting kids who love the circus today to consider going pro.
Quote, "They go on to high school and college and clowning isn't cool anymore. Clowning is then put on the back burner until their late 40s and early 50s."
Another reason people might not be interested in becoming clowns? It's a tough way to make an average salary of $38,000-a-year. (New York Daily News / eHow)