There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute: Not P.T. Barnum

There’s a sucker still being born every minute apparently

In our recent article, “Illinois Shaped Cornflake Fetches $1350 on e-Bay“, we mentioned the phrase, ‘there’s a sucker born every minute’.

It was attributed to famed American showman, P.T. Barnum, one of the founders of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Then it was pointed out by DBKP’s own RidesAPaleHorse that this was an error: Barnum never said the phrase. He was completely right. In fact, it’s been pointed out that Barnum’s philosophy was more along the lines of “there’s a customer born every minute”.

RAPH sent along a link to an interesting history site, History which had an article dedicated to the “sucker born every minute” phrase.

The article was so engaging, we decided to reference part of it–in the spirit of historical accuracy–below.

P. T. Barnum is most often associated with the circus sideshow and the display of freaks. While this is true, he is also the founding force behind one of America’s most famous circuses: Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum is also affiliated with the famous quote “There’s a sucker born every minute.” History, unfortunately, has misdirected this quotation. Barnum never did say it. Actually, it was said by his competitor. Here’s the incredible story.

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