Well, that's all folks. After 146 years of shows, the Ringling Bros. circus will have it's final performance of the "Greatest Show On Earth" this May. The news comes after years of declining ticket sales and protest of the treatment of elephants, CNN reports.
The circus had become unsustainable to maintain, according to Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the past 50 years. Ticket sales were already down, and with "the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop," he said in a press release about the decision. Well, I for one won't pretend to be sad. Circuses are one of those bad things we used to do, that we all finally managed to get on the same page about. Now, we all agree: this is bad and we should not do this anymore.
Don't get me wrong, we will surely move onto enjoying something else that's mostly unethical, but we just won't realize it until much later. Are people sad about the circus shutting down? Not really. Mostly, they've just been making different iterations on the exact same joke about the subject. Can you guess who or what they compared to a circus? I bet you can't. Here are at least a dozen examples of these jokes. Enjoy!
Haha, good one guys. Oh, and there was also this:
Ann Coulter, everybody!