Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma more than a week after he lost consciousness and has attempted to communicate with family members at his hospital bedside, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Gibb, 62, has begun to show signs of recovery and has been able to nod and communicate with his family, spokesman Doug Wright was quoted as saying by the BBC. Wright could not immediately be reached to confirm the report.
Gibb’s relatives have said they have been singing to him while he was in a central London hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he had cried when she played him the 1962 song “Crying” by Roy Orbison, the BBC reported.
He founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry in the late 1950s. They have sold an estimated 200 million records during a career spanning more than 50 years.
The group helped to define the disco sound of the 1970s with a string of hits, including “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever” and “Jive Talkin.'” Their distinctive sound was characterized by falsetto vocals, tight harmonies and lush orchestration.
Are you scared right now? Symptoms of coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, can include sweating, nausea, feelings of dread, fast heartbeat, crying or screaming, and anger at being placed in a situation where a clown is present.
By Bill Briggs
For those infected with the panic, the monsters typically pounce with mammoth feet as high-pitched, almost-joyful squeals emanate from their frightful noses. Scarier still, these creatures tend to travel in tight clusters, often arriving in the same manner.
One teeny-tiny car.
Based on responses to a recent story on the TODAY.com about a 95-year-old clown named “Creeky,” many people harbor the heebie-jeebies for men and women who traipse around in greasepaint, frilly orange wigs and gigantic bowties.
Among the 83 people who commented on the Facebook post about the story, 20 used the word “creepy” and many others admitted to being spooked by clowns, posting confessions such as “clowns freak the hell out of me” and “I hate clowns, ever since I watched ‘It’ [the movie based on the Stephen King novel].”
“They just look evil to me!” says Sue Molitor, of Valley Park, Missouri, one of people who commented negatively about clowns.
“I honestly do not remember when I began to dislike clowns,” she added in an email interview. “I’ve never encountered one where I turned around and left because I never put myself close enough to one.”
Molitor says if she had her way, Ronald McDonald would be out of a job.
By definition, an irrational fear of clowns is known as coulrophobia, with the prefix “coulro” coming from the ancient Greek word for “one who goes on stilts.” Symptoms of coulrophobia can include sweating, nausea, feelings of dread, fast heartbeat, crying or screaming, and anger at being placed in a situation where a clown is present.
According to Rami Nader, a psychologist and director of the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic in North Vancouver, B.C., the psychological roots of the phobia may be traced to the fact that clowns are basically wearing disguises (albeit funny ones) while displaying artificial emotions (even silly ones) that perhaps hide their true feelings.
“You can’t really tell who they are,” he says. “You can’t really see their face. You don’t really know what that all means behind the mask.”
Researchers asked more than 250 children (ages four to 16) what they thought of the idea of using clown imagery to decorate a hospital children’s ward. According to Dr. Penny Curtis, who helped conduct the study, “We found that clowns [were] universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable.”
How do you treat a clown phobia?
The same way you treat any other phobia, says Nader, the psychologist
“What we need to do is gradually come into contact with that thing – whether it’s spiders or heights, whatever you’re afraid of – and learn to cope with the anxiety, learn to recognize that what you’re afraid of won’t actually harm you,” he says. “You won’t lose control, you won’t panic, you won’t embarrass yourself with other people.”
Judy Chessa, LMSW and coordinator at the Anxiety & Phobia Treatment Center in New York’s White Plains Hospital, says she can’t recall ever treating any person with coulrophobia.
“But I wonder if that’s because this isn’t a phobia as much as a fear,” she says. “You can put the suffix ‘phobia’ after pretty much anything and define it as a phobia.
“Most likely, people with this fear can just easily avoid situations where they encounter clowns. So it doesn’t become an issue for them. They don’t see clowns during the day or at their jobs – except, I guess, those poor people who work at the circus.”
Suspect interrupted piece on Myrtle Beach crime rate
APRIL 19–In the midst of a live TV report about a South Carolina crime crackdown, a 20-year-old man last night shoved a female reporter, grabbed her microphone, and screamed, “I am that nigger!” into the camera.
Shortly after bumrushing reporter Ashley Taylor, 23, during her report on the 11 PM news, Justin Moore, 20, was collared by Myrtle Beach cops. Taylor, a reporter with WMBF, an NBC affiliate, was not injured during the incident.
According to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report, Taylor told cops that “4-5 black males” approached her crew as they prepared for a report. “When she went live with her report one of the black males pushed her to the side almost to the ground and ripped the microphone from her hand.”
After interrupting the broadcast, Moore ran off “laughing and yelling,” reported police. He was later located by cops–who examined video of Taylor’s report–and apprehended after he attempted to flee. Moore, a Charlotte, North Carolina resident, was also positively identified by Taylor.
Moore, pictured in the above mug shot, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Horry County jail in lieu of $1356 bond.
Before Moore interrupted her broadcast, Taylor was planning to report on how escalating crime rates were impacting businesses along Ocean Boulevard, where she had set up with her crew. Immediately after Moore yelled “I am that nigger,” WMBF cut away from Taylor’s report