Wow I didn't expect this. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is closing after over 140 years. I had heard that they were doing away with the animal acts, which I think was a good thing, but I figured they'd continue on with Cirque Du Soleil type acts, lots of clowns and some crazy bike and motor cycle acts.
I think they needed changes but it's kind of sad that they are closing completely. I have to admit I can't remember the last time I was at the circus but it's kind of a tradition like the Harlem Globetrotters and whatever on ice.
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