Meet Wrinkles the Clown, the Real-Life Pennywise Who Scared Kids Into Behaving

Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures

In 2014, a couple of fed-up parents in southern Florida paid Wrinkles the Clown to hide under their unruly daughter’s bed. Wrinkles was to scare her so that they could spend the rest of her young life threatening to bring him back if she ever put another toe out of line.

The video of the ruse went viral, and Wrinkles’ popularity skyrocketed. Before long, his voicemail was flooded with messages from other exasperated parents, prank calls from kids, and even (hopefully joking) requests from people who needed help dumping a body.

Now, Geek.com reports, Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing have unveiled the rather terrifying trailer for Wrinkles the Clown, a new documentary about the man behind the mask, which will debut on October 4. The film features audio recordings of messages left for Wrinkles, viral video sightings, reactions from locals and law enforcement officials—and even an interview with Wrinkles himself.

According to a 2015 profile in The Washington Post, Wrinkles is in fact a divorced Rhode Island native and military veteran who’s now around 70 years old. He took up professional clowning after retiring to Florida and realizing he didn’t want to golf, play shuffleboard, or lounge around a country club like so many of his fellow retirees.

“I’m just a good old-fashioned clown,” he told The Washington Post. And by old-fashioned, he means frightening; the nameless clown doesn’t love children, calls balloon animals “stupid,” and “wants to bring scary back.”

As the recently renewed interest in Pennywise and the Joker have demonstrated, people are much more interested in scary clowns than sunny ones, anyway. “No one was hiring me when I was just a regular clown,” Wrinkles says in the documentary trailer.

But coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) has been around for much longer than Stephen King stories or comics—find out where it all began here.

[h/t Geek.com]

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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