Flea!

Did you know that flea circuses, although more recently involving tricks of the eye, have in the past included actual fleas? Some were tied with a wire harnessed to objects which the fleas can move with their strong legs.

This image of fleas in costume was in The Seattle Times in 1919, more recently reproduced in 2000 in Kate C. Duncan’s book 1001 Curious Things.

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