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I've never been a big fan of circuses, and I'm not even sure I've been to a Ringling Bros. circus (I've attended only two, and the one I attended as an adult was not Ringling), but I find this mildly sad, though the animal rights activists are gloating:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing forever in May. Here is a timeline of its 146-year history.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 15, 2017

Whenever I see a reference to "circus" or "freak show," I think about that doctor who used to show premature babies as freak exhibits in order to fund his studies on how to save them. If you haven't heard the story, you can read about it here.