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The Art of the Toxic Con

There’s some disagreement about who really first uttered the quintessential statement about the gullible of the world: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Like so many famous quotes, it’s been misstated, misattributed and misapplied. 547 more words


Psycho in the White House

Psycho in the White House

Donald Trump is a lot like P.T. Barnum, a politician, showman and businessmen of the 19th Century. With Trump supporters genuflecting and fawning all over him, and Trump Administration lackeys acting like “Bagdad Bob,” is it any wonder that Donald Trump, the Prevaricator-in Chief, would strongly believe in the quote often attributed to P.T. 2,294 more words

After The Circus

The last great American circus is about to pull down its Big Top for the final time! Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, heir to the legacy of the great nineteenth century impresario P.T. 342 more words

Arts And Culture

The Paris Hilton of Presidents

A tip of the hat to Fredda Foxy, upstairs here at Happy Acres, for directing me to Tim Wu’s article How Donald Trump Wins by Losing… 270 more words


The Circus is not Coming to Town

Well, this is sad.

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus…

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What's Happening

"Only laughter can blow [a colossal humbug] to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."*...

P.T. Barnum, impresario behind the “Greatest Show on Earth,” could not abide a humbug: a man who tricked and swindled others for naught but his own gain. 174 more words