Marketing, Motherhood, and Mayhem

How do you train a flea?

March 16th, 2011 by Deb McLean

Flea circuses may seem like a joke, but they actually existed and may still today.   In the flea circus heyday, from the 1830s to the 1930s, owners would host up to six short street shows an hour.   Admittedly, it is hard for fleas to hold anyone’s attention for very long, and because they are so tiny, only a few people could really watch at once so they never had a chance to be the Greatest Show on Earth. 

They worked by using the insects’ natural response to certain stimuli.  People were able to “train” or condition them to move in certain directions or to jump.   

Fleas are able to jump two thousand times their height.  And, although fleas can easily jump out of a jar, if you put fleas in a jar and put the lid on, they will hit the lid for about 24 hours.  Then, you can remove the lid and they’ll only jump as high as the jar allows. 

This basically useless fact got me thinking…do you approach your life like a flea?  Are you able to jump out of your comfort zone or are you conditioned to do things the same way because that’s how it’s always been?

Take the lid off…

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