47: Cheers to the Circus | P.T. Barnum, Drunk Elephants, Hartford Circus Fire


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We're celebrating P.T. Barnum's birthday this week in an episode featuring the history (and name) of the infamous circus theme music, a history of P.T. Barnum, the Hartford Circus Fire, stories of elephants in the circus, and circus lingo.

This episode's wine: Michael David Winery 2013 Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon
This episode's cheese: Jalapeño Havarti & Basil and Herb Cheese

If you've ever wondered about the name of the theme song most associated with circuses, you probably would never guess it's called Entry of the Gladiators or, even more grandiose, Thunder and Blazes!

P.T. Barnum, as it turns out, was not only an incredibly devious businessman, but also astonishingly brilliant. Even though he never actually said, "There's a sucker born every minute," he might as well have.

We went a little Connecticut-heavy in this episode. Emily talks about the Hartford Circus Fire, and if you follow us on Snapchat, you might have seen the pictures and videos taken from her field trip.

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We find out just how awesome elephants are, and how they apparently like to get a bit tipsy.

And, if you ever hear "Stars and Stripes Forever," it means there's an emergency. Learn this and other circus lingo in this episode.

Thanks to Bryon from Everyone Has a Podcast for sending us some audio feedback, breaking down Benford's Law, which we talked about Cheers to Numbers!

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