What’s a Clown Question, Bro? A Guide

Published: Sunday, June 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper. (Paul Sancya, AP) Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper. (Paul Sancya, AP)

Our take: After Bryce Harper was asked a "clown question", Slate takes a look at what exactly a "clown question" is.

While there is no such thing as a stupid question, there is such a thing as a clown question, bro, at least if you ask Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.

Perhaps, like pornography, you simply know a clown question when you see it. But to help our readers and journalistic peers steer clear of embarrassment (or at least being pelted with red, squeaky noses), we’ve compiled this trusty guide to the genre.

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