Pt Barnum Would Trick People with a “this Way to Egress” Sign


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This is one old proverb I love, “a fool and his money are soon parted.” It’s a sentiment that rings true throughout the ages. In today’s world the fool is often the victim of an elaborate scheme or conman, working online or through other illicit means. I mean, we all seem to have that distant Nigerian relative that has passed away unexpectedly and has left us a huge inheritance, but to get it we need to send a small security of a few thousand dollars so the funds can be released. Then there’s the scams that involve a cold calling to your phone from Microsoft support claiming that your PC has some problem, and for a small fee they can solve it for you. Obviously these are scams run by lazy con artists, and most of us can see through them as clearly as through a pane of glass. However, these kinds of schemes only exist because people fall for them, the fools. Sure, it’s blatantly obvious that they are nothing short of a con, but the fool and his money are soon parted. But that is today. What about before the internet and telephone age? Did any such dumb and lacklustre scheme ever exist? They sure did, and one of the most famous was the con by PT Barnum who would trick patrons with a sign that read “this way to the egress.”

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