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Circus Duty

Like jury duty, but with a circus
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Every citizen is required to spend a day performing in the circus. And not some frilly little girl-circus like Cirque du Soleil, but a real circus with elephants, lions, hairy women, and midgets who can tear a phone book in half.

Circusers are chosen at random, just like jury duty, and it is a felony to skip circus duty without a valid excuse.

Circusers are compensated for their lost wages at a rate of $10/day or they can trade their $10 for a year of free circus admission.

It is a felony for an employer to prevent you from performing circus duty, as it is your obligation as a citizen.

DeathNinja, Sep 02 2003

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       At least give me a choice between jury duty and circus duty!
phundug, Sep 02 2003

       Can I be a clown?   

       Oh wait...
Cedar Park, Sep 02 2003

       How are you going to randomly find enough hairy women and midgets?
FarmerJohn, Sep 02 2003

       [FJ]: Have you ridden the subway recently?
Cedar Park, Sep 02 2003

       It's a circus down there?
FarmerJohn, Sep 02 2003

       I put my head in a lion's mouth just last week in fact.
waugsqueke, Sep 02 2003

       Recent studies have suggested that due to the acceptance of a wide range of 'valid' reasons for missing jury duty, most juries in the UK show a skew toward pensioners and the long-term unemployed. While this is not a massive problem for jury duty I suspect it would make for an unappealing circus (roll up, roll up, see the wrinkled lady).
dobtabulous, Nov 24 2003

       Too bad you may only do this twice in your lifetime. +
sartep, Nov 25 2003

       CIA agents have mandatory circus duty. They train at the Ringling Brothers Clown College in Venice, Florida (where Mohammed Atta learned to fly) to learn sleight-of-hand.   

       Source: "Mohammed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus" by Daniel Hopsicker.
mystic2311, Dec 05 2003


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