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'Fraud' Examines Two Centuries' Worth of Hucksters and Swindlers

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” That adage–often wrongly attributed to legendary circus showman P.T. Barnum–was first uttered by Michael McDonald, who operated a gambling empire in nineteenth-century Chicago and knew a sucker when he saw one. 972 more words


Barnum Effect: "Something For Everyone"

For this week’s blog post I will talk about the Barnum Effect, its cognitive effects and biases.

“At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved”. 822 more words


The American Circus is dead .

When you read that headline what do you feel?

If you have any story to share for an up coming piece on the American Circus and the demise of the Ringling/ Barnum and Baily ” retirement” Email scoop@superbasicnews.com 8 more words



P.T. Barnum wasn’t just the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was a man who celebrated hoaxes and he had goofy hair. He had a museum for a while and once displayed the Fiji Mermaid, which was actually the head of a monkey sewn onto the body of a fish. 324 more words

Please Do Not Feed The Clowns

Ringling Brothers and  Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced it will be closing soon.

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Kicking myself over this elephant

I’ve had this Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Elephant for probably about 10 months now. It has sat in my “warehouse” , among the many other forgotten and  abandoned stuffed animals, that are patiently awaiting new homes. 269 more words

The Barnum Effect

This morning, I woke up with a mood to write. Unfortunately, with no idea of what to write. Logged in to Facebook. And there they were, so many posts about ‘Virgos’. 161 more words