For decades, carnivals and the circus have been one of America’s favorite pastimes. These days, the traveling shows are few and far between, and most people get their gaming fix at amusement parks. But once upon a time, these entertainment capitals ruled the world for excitement, dating back to the 1770s in Europe with Philip Astley.
The rise of the circus in the 1800s was due to Phineas Taylor Barnum (better known as P.T), James Anthony Bailey, and of course, the Ringling Brothers. You’ll be able to take a visual tour of the circus’ history this Christmas when The Greatest Showman hits theaters; the film shows P.T Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) as he rises to fame hosting The Greatest Show on Earth. What makes it even more poignant is the fact that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus took their final bow just a couple months ago. The last show ever was performed on May 21, 2017. A message on their website reads:
The Hammer/Mallet Swing
The Softball In The Jug
“The secret to winning Milk Can is to give the ball a bit of backspin and hit the back of the can’s rim. The backspin will decrease the ball’s momentum, and instead of bouncing off the can, it will slide into the hole. Easier said than done, of course!”
Boredom-beating website Blifaloo has some tips: “The trick to climbing carnival rope ladders is to completely ignore the “rungs” and only use the outside ropes to climb on. While applying equal pressure with your right foot and left arm, move your left foot and right arm uat the same time. Then do the same thing with the opposite limbs — shimmying yourself up the ladder. Do not move both hands or both feet at the same time – you will lose your balance.”