Saturday, April 12, 2014

Barnum Was Right

From Wiki: "There's a sucker born every minute" is a phrase most likely spoken by David Hannum, in criticism of both P. T. Barnum, an American showman of the mid 1800s, and his customers. The phrase is often credited to Barnum himself. It means "Many people are gullible, and we can expect this to continue."'s_a_sucker_born_every_minute
And then there is this: 
Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.
He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors late last month, and it fetched 5,250 yuan ($860).
“Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar,” Liang said in an interview. “This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”
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Next time I'm up in Mount Charleston, I am going to bottle up some of that fresh and cool mountain air and sell it for only $100 a bottle, and that is such a bargain compared to stuck up French air.

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