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51: Oh What a Circus

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Come one, come all! Behold as we uncover tasty circus and carnival factoids from under the big top: circus lingo, superstitions, and codes for danger. If so many people are scared of clowns, why are they an integral part of the circus? Join in on our elephant parade of pachyderm myths and the story behind Jumbo. And find out how carnival games are rigged and the best ways to beat them. 

ALSO: "International House of Pancakes" quiz

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 31 seconds


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"Circus Apocalypse" by Vermillion Lies  Amazon | iTunes 


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    Circus is made for the people to make them happy and relaxed in their life. The picture of the dog is very unique and I am sure the people will love the performance of the dog.

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I grew up near Vancouver, Canada and we have lots of ihops here

The ihop website doesn't list them but this is very common for american restaurants in Canada

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff J

Listening to the this ep, they start talking about pikelets being the same as crumpets which here in New Zealand is not the case - we and Australia have a small thick pancake we call a pikelet which is normally severed with whipped cream and jam

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

One of the few MythBusters episodes I've ever seen involved them testing the whole idea of elephants being afraid of mice...while the elephants didn't freak out all cartoon-like, there was definitely a nervous reaction when a mouse was introduced to the elephants' personal space; the guys considered the idea to be plausible.

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn R

My wife was a cook at an iHop in Saitama, Japan in the 1990s.アイホップ

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I posted that Mythbusters bit on the Facebook page. I thought of it immediately when they mentioned it on the podcast.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGiantAsianMan

Thought you might like to know that Jumbo the elephant actually came to America as JAMBO the elephant. Jambo is Swahili for "Hello, How are you". The name later morphed into Jumbo.
PS- Good Job Brain is my favorite podcast of the 20 or more that I listen to.

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Re: International IHOPs, I think Karen meant to say "outside of the Americas" - they are indeed found in Canada and Mexico as well.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Dubai is in Asia.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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