Friday, April 3, 2009

P. T. Barnum

Early in his career, P. T. Barnum created an exhibit, entitled "The Happy Family," consisting of a cage housing a lion, a tiger, a panther - and a baby lamb. The remarkable display earned Barnum unprecedented publicity and attendance figures. Some time after its opening, Barnum was asked about his plans for the happy family. "The display will become a permanent feature," he declared, "if the supply of lambs holds out."

[Turkish President S├╝leyman Demirel once alluded to this anecdote while addressing criticism of his handling of the Islamic movement in Turkey.]

Barnum, Phineas Taylor (1810-1891) American showman, founder of the emonymous circus (in 1871) [noted for his shrewd business acumen]

[Sources: L. Davidson, Wit's Thesaurus; Turkish Daily News, 12 April, 1998]

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