Clown question

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jun 18 01:10:17 UTC 2012

Bryce Harper may have said "clown question" on June 13, after two
consecutive 3-for-4 games.  But in his next three games he would meet
a real team, the New York Yankees.  I'll bet I know what he said
yesterday (June 16) in the 14-inning game, after going 0 for 7 with 5


At 6/17/2012 06:23 PM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake wrote:
>Two or three days ago a college basketball player I follow on Twitter
>simply tweeted "That's a clown question" and I wondered why.  Now I
>know (see far below).
>Even Charles Krauthammer is getting in on it, having used "That's a
>clown question, bro'" in reply to a long question asked him on TV on
>"Inside Washington" yesterday.
>It'll be interesting to see how far "clown question" (or the larger
>phrase) gets this summer.
>-- Bonnie
> From NPR's "The Two-Way" Blog
>'That's A Clown Question, Bro' Or The Rhetorical Comeback Rounding Twitter
>Eyder Peralta, 13 June 2012
>If Twitter has its way, "That's a clown question, bro." will join
>"Don't tase me, bro." in the annals of popular rhetorical comebacks.
>"That's a clown question, bro" comes from 19-year-old baseball phenom
>Bryce Harper. That's what he told a Canadian journalist yesterday,
>following his second three-hit game in a row.
>The journalist asked the Nationals' Harper if he was going to
>celebrate by drinking a beer, being that the legal drinking age in
>Canada is 19.
>Harper, who is Mormon, rolled his eyes and said, "I'm not going to
>answer that. That's a clown question, bro."
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