How the Globe of Death Works

The Globe of Death – el Globo de la Muerte to our Spanish-speaking friends – is perhaps the greatest of all the circus arts. It requires no smoke, no mirrors, only motorcycles, a giant sphere and fearless riders with the will to bend physics.

How Freak Shows Worked

Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical disformity. They were called freakshows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide.

Tattoos: Not Just For Dirtbags Anymore

Most Europeans first encountered tattoos after sailors visiting the South Pacific returned covered in them. From then on, with a few notable exceptions, tattoos have been associated with fringe dwellers in the West. Learn all about tats in this episode.

Just So Everyone Remembers: Etymology of Geek

I'm very proud of the geek community. As the gay community did with the word queer, geeks wrested control of a disparaging term from the disparagers and took it as their own. What was once derisive is now a source of pride. That is all well and good; I think it's important to remember what a geek once was, however, if at least only to preserve the really unique and weird original sense of the word alongside the new one.

A clown, one kindly beyond his ilk, so much so, in fact, that one can only suspect that he has a hidden agenda beyond the one he advertises, offers therapy for people who are afraid of clowns. I don't trust clowns, and so likely I wouldn't go, but I do think it's necessary to tip the cap to the clown, Popol, named by his parents Peter Carpenter.