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Winner: Pluto, followed closely by Jacqui, then NOLA Girl, Judge Judy, and Barbara

Last week 28 players and the top 4 finishers were female. This week four of the top five finishers are female. What’s going on here?

Pluto felt the weight of all mankind, a strong responsibility to put a male on the winners platform. He tied Jacqui in regulation, then beat her in the playoff, when only he knew that Pelota was a Spanish sport (Jai-Alai in the U.S.)

Good Question!: Who said: “There’s a sucker born every minute?”

Choices: a. Harry Houdini   b. P.T. Barnum  c. Donald Trump   d. J.P. Morgan

 

Answer: P.T. Barnum

Many people thought this was an easy question and answered Trump. The conventional wisdom says it was PT Barnum, but that may not be right either.

There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase closely associated with P. T. Barnum, an American showman of the mid-19th century, although there is no evidence he in fact said it. Early examples of its use are found instead among gamblers and confidence men.

One source credits late 1860s Chicago “bounty broker, saloon and gambling-house keeper, and eminent politician” Michael Cassius McDonald as the originator of the aphorism. When McDonald was equipping his gambling house known as The Store, his partner expressed concern over the large number of roulette wheels and faro tables being installed and their ability to get enough players to play the games. McDonald then allegedly said, “Don’t worry about that, there’s a sucker born every minute.”

Closely related is W.C. Fields in “Never Give A Sucker An Even Break”:

 

 

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