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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Two German circus families duel over tent space

by Katie Nolan
Germany’s known for a lot of things: beer, fast cars, and more varieties of sausage than there are suggestive jokes to be made about sausage.

One thing I didn’t know Germany had a ton of was travelling circus families.

But if debates over jurisdiction are getting this heated, soon may come the day where we look to the Fatherland for the newest trends in trapeze artistry.
According to a story from Reuters, two competing circus families engaged in a brawl over tent space on Monday night. The situation escalated to a full-on battle when knives, guns, and batons were used by both camps. Three people from each family were injured, including a 48-year-old man who was shot in the leg, but none of the wounds were serious, said Regensburg police.
Totally not where I thought that was going. When I picture a German circus, I picture an old school freakshow with dudes swallowing knives and spitting fire on audience members with no signs of remorse. I expect to be greeted with a waiver upon entry which absolves the performers of all liability for bodily harm caused during the show. So when you see a story like this, you sort of hope there’s video of a knifethrower going head-to-head with a whip-wielding lion tamer. But no serious injuries? Sounds like a bunch of bearded ladies twirling batons and shooting off flare guns. Really blew the bratwurst on that one, Germany.
and here's the story:

German circus families in shootout over tent space

Tue Apr 19, 2011

BERLIN (Reuters) - A shootout between two German circus families competing over tent space has left six people injured, police said on Tuesday.
The disagreement came to a head on Monday evening as the families fired guns, used knives and attacked each other with batons, police in the Bavarian city of Regensburg said.
Three people from each family were injured, including a 48-year-old man who was shot in the leg. None were seriously injured, police said.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by Paul Casciato)

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