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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Sucker quote: Phineas T not guilty?

Always the last to know...

According to this page [1], the begetter of
There's a sucker born every minute.
was not Phineas T Barnum, but one David Hannum, part owner of the Cardiff Giant, a fossilised giant 'found' at Cardiff, NY in 1868.

Cutting a long story short, Barnum tried to buy the 'giant', was refused, and had one of his own carved. Hannum uttered the immortal line in response to Barnum's PR that the Cardiff Giant was fake.

Whoda thunkit...

  1. Already history: it's a Wayback cache.

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