Entertainment - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The American Treasure Tour clearly has a strong appreciation for history - all sorts of history, really.  But we cannot get enough of the fun sort of stuff, including mechanical music, automotive and, of course, entertainment.  Life has admittedly gotten easier for most people over the centuries, but they still resort to distractions like entertainment to make themselves feel better when times are hard.  The American Treasure Tour may be considered a museum of entertainment by some, or a museum of transportation, retail, music, movies, or all of the above.

We have a room devoted to the circus, though.  Walls covered in art depicting performances at the freak show, table-sized miniature circuses wired with electricity, human-sized (if smaller) carousels going in circles with no one riding the horses.  And, of course, clowns.  Clowns definitely inspire different reactions in different people - they exist to make us laugh, but enough people experience fear of them that a word has been described to explain their issues (coulrophobia).  For the record, our clowns are happy clowns and would never hurt anybody. 
QUESTION:  What is it called when a person has a fear of chickens?
A)  Alektorophobia
B)  Chirophobia
C)  Hedonophobia
D)  Xerophobia
ANSWER BELOW

There are only one hundred days left in 2015, everybody.  Enjoy them all!

DUCK, GERRY!  On this day in 1975, Sarah Jane Moore made an attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in  California.  Her attempt was averted by inactive Marine Oliver Sipple.  Hers was the second attempted assassination of Ford in three weeks in California, the first being made by Charles Manson family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme.  The two of them have the distinction of being the only women to ever attempt the life of the POTUS.  Considering that Mr. Ford died peacefully in 2006 at the age of 93 - the oldest living president to date - I'd say it all worked out for the best in the end.

OH TONI YOU'RE SO FINE.  We are pleased to celebrate the 72nd year of choreographer, dancer and musician Toni Basil today.  Most famous for her Number One hit song "Mickey" from 1982, Ms. Basil has had an extremely distinguished career choreographing shows since her early twenties, following in the footsteps of her mother, who danced in vaudeville before her.  Happy birthday, Toni, and keep on dancing!

ANSWER:  A)  Alektorophobia.  The 'wrong' answers are as follows:  B)  Chirophobia (fear of bats), C)  Hedonophobia (fear of feeling pleasure), D) Xerophobia (fear of dryness)