[Ads-l] "There is a sucker born every 15 minutes."

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 29 20:14:09 UTC 2015

> On Aug 29, 2015, at 3:50 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> It's amazing the amount of fresh information available on line. According
> to Anne-Marie Hislop - no, I don't know who she is - the above was said by
> P. T. Barnum.
And according to the best internet wisdom, or maybe the second best, what Barnum said was "There's a customer born every minute", which of course is consistent with, but distinct from, the sucker stat.  

On the other hand, wikipedia informs us, : 'There's a sucker born every minute' is a phrase most likely spoken by David Hannum, in criticism of both P. T. Barnum, an American showman of the mid 1800s, and his customers."  YMMV.  (Haven't checked QI on this.)


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