Guild of Fools
Since I've been on kind of a clown kick this week, I would feel remiss if I didn't mention the Fools' Guild of Ankh-Morpork, an institution in the Discworld series. And vilajunkie
recommended that I try writing some more Discworld-related posts, so I guess I'm killing two birds with one stone. Or is that one custard pie?
The Guild is actually a very dreary place, where fools in training go through their routines with no sense of fun for themselves, and new jokes have to be approved by a council. The leader is Dr. Whiteface, a clown with (surprise) a totally white face. The Guild trains both court fools and clowns, the latter of which are so devoted to their profession that they lose all sense of non-clown personality, and even (as seen in Men at Arms
) consider their false noses to be real. Clowns' faces are registered by painting them on eggs, which is an actual practice in our world
. For more information on the Fools' Guild, consult your local Librarian (ook!), or maybe this Wikipedia page
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