Sunday, 24 March 2013

Barnum (effect)

Barnum Effect, Greatest Show on Earth, PT Barnum
Flying horses, dogs in wheels ... what's not to like?


Noun. M19.
Humbug; empty showmanship.



The tendency of individuals to accept types of information such as character assessments or horoscopes as being particularly true of themselves, even when the information is so vague as to be worthless.

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  1. Huh, yes. Yes indeed. GET OUT OF MY HEAD YOU STRANGE MAN!

    A very long time ago, the Barnum & Bailey circus performed on a field where later, they built my secondary school. So now everything that was built on that particular site is called Barnum, including my old school. How's that for random yet awesome information?!


    - Clueless