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The phrase "bread and circuses" has become a commonplace to describe how the Roman Empire managed to keep the populace contented during the long centuries of its decline. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
Helga, the "Fat Lady" in the circus side show was simply FURIOUS! Zeke, the owner, spent a whole $150 on Frannie's specially downsized hula hoop! Sheesh! What was he thinking? Frannie just trailed after the elephants for GAWD'S sake! Helga was an entire attraction!