Wednesday, September 22, 2010

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

P.T. Barnum has taught me some very interesting lessons recently.
One very interesting one is that P.T. Barnum has been wrongly credited with claiming "There's a sucker born every minute".  In reality this phrase was made famous when a competitor of his stated it after Barnum outfoxed this scoundrel. 
A man named George Hull, in 1869 had devised a hoax that would convince people that there were giant humans roaming the Earth millions of years ago.  Once he had crafted this “giant prehistoric human” fossil he sought funding.  A group of investors headed by a banker named David Hannum provided two-thirds of the necessary capital.  While Hull was getting all of this lined up, Barnum created a fake prehistoric giant of his own and put out the word that he had bought the original from Hannum and that Hannum's giant was a fake.  When Hannum filed a lawsuit against P.T. Barnum Hull stepped forward and admitted that it all was a hoax.  "The judge ruled that Barnum could not be sued for calling Hannum's giant a fake since it was a fake after all. Thereafter, Hannum's name was lost to history while Barnum was left with the misplaced stigma of being the one to say "There's a sucker born every minute." David Hannum
And the rest is history. I thought this was very interesting and if you do too, I'd encourage you to read for yourself the account (here) as written by R.J. Brown who serves as the Editor-in-Chief at  It is a fascinating site with tons of interesting information.  I'm losing myself in the presidents section right now.  I'm reading Abraham Lincoln's First inaugural Address. This site has the inaugural address of every single president.  That's just awesome. 

Edit:  I've just found a blog where the writer shows photos of the cardiff giant and also tells a bit more about Harrum. It appears there was a movie made about Harrum starring Will Rogers.   Here's the URL:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Muff VS. Love

So, today one of my facebook friends posted on their profile a simple request. Reply with the name of a song that includes the word love in it, but remove the word love and replace it with Muff.
Well, there were tons of replies some very funny. Myself, being the way I am, I decided to google songs with “Love” in the title and i got a very long list. Too many songs to list on her page so I thought I could do it in a blog entry. So here you go. Hope you find this as funny as I do.  They’re listed in chronologic order. 
•Benny Goodman - Taking A Chance On MUFF (1943)
•Mills Brothers - You Always Hurt The One You MUFF (1944)
•Perry Como - Prisoner Of MUFF (1946)
•Mario Lanza - Be My MUFF (1951)
•Four Aces - MUFF Is A Many Splendered Thing (1955)
•Elvis Presley - MUFF Me Tender (1956)
•Tab Hunter - Young MUFF (1957)
•Elvis Presley - A Big Hunk O' MUFF (1959)
•Tymes - So Much In MUFF (1963)
•Beatles - MUFF Me Do (1964)
•Peter and Gordon - A World Without MUFF (1964)
•Supremes - Where Did my MUFF Go (1964)
•Dixie Cups - Chapel of MUFF (1964)
•Beatles - Can't Buy Me MUFF (1964)
•Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders - Game of MUFF (1965)
•Supremes - Stop! In The Name of MUFF (1965)
•Supremes - You Can't Hurry MUFF (1966)
•Beatles - All You Need Is MUFF (1967)
•Lulu - To Sir with MUFF (1967)
•Supremes - MUFF Child (1968)
•Paul Mauriat - MUFF Is Blue (1968)
•Henry Mancini - MUFF Theme From 'Romeo And Juliet' (1969)
•Jackson Five - The MUFF You Save (1970)
•George Harrison - Give Me MUFF (Give Me Peace On Earth) (1973)
•O'Jays - MUFF Train (1973)
•Paul McCartney - My MUFF (1973)
•Eagles - Best Of My MUFF (1975)
•Captain and Tennille - MUFF Will Keep Us Together (1975)
•Bellamy Brothers - Let Your MUFF Flow (1976)
•Ohio Players - MUFF Rollercoaster (1976)
•Diana Ross - MUFF Hangover (1976)
•Paul McCartney - Silly MUFF Songs (1976)
•Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your MUFF (1977-1978)
•Bee Gees - MUFF You Inside Out (1979)
•Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called MUFF (1980)
•Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless MUFF (1981)
•Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (No More MUFF on the Run) (1984)
•Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I MUFF You (1984)
•Tina Turner - What's MUFF Got to Do With It (1984)
•Whitney Houston - Saving All My MUFF for You (1985)
•Foreigner - I Want to Know What MUFF Is (1985)
•Huey Lewis and The News - The Power of MUFF (1985)
•Bon Jovi - You Give MUFF a Bad Name (1986)
•Robert Palmer - Addicted to MUFF (1986)
•Steve Winwood - Higher MUFF (1986)
•Peter Cetera - Glory of MUFF (1986)
•Whitney Houston - Greatest MUFF of All (1986)
•Def Leppard - MUFF Bites (1988)
•Phil Collins - Groovy Kind of MUFF (1988)
•Nelson - (Can't Live Without Your) MUFF and Affection (1990)
•Taylor Dayne - MUFF Will Lead You Back (1990)
•Roxette - It Must Have Been MUFF (1990)
•Madonna - Justify My MUFF (1990-1991)
•Mariah Carey - MUFF Takes Time (1990)
•Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed To MUFF Without You (1990)
•Mariah Carey - Vision of MUFF (1990)
•Color Me Badd - All 4 MUFF (1992)
•Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything for MUFF (But I Won't Do That) (1993)
•Janet Jackson - That's the Way MUFF Goes (1993)
•Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting - All for MUFF (1994)
•Celine Dion - The Power of MUFF (1994)
•Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My MUFF (1999)
•Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z - Crazy In MUFF (2003)
•Usher feat. Young Jeezy - MUFF in This Club (2008)
•Eminem feat. Rihanna - MUFF the Way You Lie (2010)