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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Great articles on Hitchcock, sideshow legends, plane crashes, missing children, AI and lots more stuff.

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.