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There's a sucker born every minute



   Those of P. T. Barnum's acquaintances who mentioned the subject were unanimous in insisting that he never said this.  The closest thing to it that can be found in Barnum's writings is: "I said that the people like to be humbugged when, as in my case, there is no humbuggery except that which consists in throwing up sky-rockets and issuing flaming bills and advertisements to attract public attention to shows which all acknowledge are always clean, moral, instructive, elevating, and give back to their patrons in every case several times their money's worth" (the Bridgeport Standard, 2 Oct. 1885).

   Captain Alexander Williams, a New York City police inspector at the time, attributed "There's a sucker born every minute, but none of them ever die" to Joseph Bessimer, a notorious confidence trickster of the early 1880s known to the police as "Paper Collar Joe". 

   "There is a Sucker Born Every Minute" is the title of one of the songs in the 1980 Broadway musical Barnum by Jim Dale.

来源:http://alt-usage-english.org

    熟悉芬尼司·泰勒·巴纳姆并且提到这个话题的人都一致坚持说巴纳姆没有说过这句话。在巴纳姆作品中被发现的与此最接近的是:“我说当没有欺骗除了以燃放钻天的烟花和发行闪光的海报及广告来吸引公众对总是纯洁的、讲道德的、有教育意义的、令人振奋的并能在每个方面都能给他们的老主顾所花费的几倍的回报的致谢演出的注意的时候,人们喜欢被欺骗,就像我说的这个情况一样。”(《布里奇波特的标准》1885年10月2日)

    亚历山大·威廉姆斯上尉,当时是纽约的巡警,提供这句话"There's a sucker born every minute, but none of them ever die(每分钟都会诞生一个傻瓜,但还没有一个死掉)"给约瑟夫·贝斯莫,是十九世纪八十年代一个臭名昭著的善骗的骗子,被警察称为“纸领乔”。

   "There is a Sucker Born Every Minute" 是1980年由吉姆·戴勒导演的百老汇音乐片《巴纳姆》中的一首歌曲的名字。

(翻译:大卫)

译者注: P·T·Barnum(菲尼亚斯·泰勒·巴纳姆 1810-1891年),美国巡回演出团老板和马戏团老板。他被认为是世
         界最伟大的巡回演出团老板,并因展现畸形人的表演而闻名,尽管只有部分是真材实料。他喜欢大做宣传,经常夸
         大其词,以吸引那些好奇和容易上当的观众。“每一分钟都有一个傻瓜诞生。”这句话是他的名言。

 

 

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