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Words have always been fascinating to me. I am a voracious reader and as a child, I often ran into words I didn't know. That was way back before the internet and sometimes I found words that weren't in my little dictionary.

I am fairly sure I asked Dad what an "egress" was one day and he told me a story about P.T. Barnum to help me remember it. I always figured he might be making it up.

Free This Way to the Egress Photo © Connie G. Barwick
He was famous for that. He once told his class a local community was named after an old Native American god that was worshiped at a stump in the woods. "Teloga, Teloga" they would chant. The story was vivid, but completely fabricated.

The P.T. Barnum story turns out to be true. According to my dad and About.com Guide Susan Ward, "American P. T. Barnum is perhaps one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs. At one point, Barnum had signs posted in his Museum stating, "This Way to the Egress!" Excited visitors who followed the signs ended up outdoors - necessitating going back to the front of the Museum and paying another entrance fee if they wanted to continue their tour!" Susan considers P.T. Barnum a perfect example of an entrepreneur.

Since that story stuck with me, I am glad to know it is true. Old P.T. Barnum was very sneaky. Now you can be too. No matter which way your egress is, I have a pattern for you. Stitch the Free This Way to the Egress design in the floss colors of your choice. I provide both cross stitch and back stitch charts.

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August 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(1) John says:

I had never heard that story about P.T. Barnum. That is hilarious. I also like the one about Teloga, as some of my kinfolk lived there when I was growing up.

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