Flea Circus

“Those are some sideburns you have there, Alan,” Tom said pointing to the bushy hair on both side of Alan’s face.

“They’re not sideburns,” Alan icily said.

“Okay,” Tom said. “Mutton chops, then.”

“Mutton chops are big, bushy sideburns,” Alan explained. “What I’m sporting are burnsides, which are mutton chops that flow into a substantial mustache. Burnsides are named after Ambrose Everett Burnside. He was an American soldier, railroad executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician from Rhode Island. He served as the Governor of Rhode Island from 1866 to 1869, and as a United States Senator for Rhode Island from 1875 until his death in 1881.”

“Oh,” Tom said. “I see. I’m curious why you would choose to adorn you face with a style of sideburns that dates back 150 years or so”

“Truth be told, Tom,” Alan said, “I have a rather sizable mole on the left side of my face and I’m very self-conscious about a blemish that substantial and ugly, so that is why I grew these burnsides in the first place. Now I have gotten quite used to my style of facial hair.”

“It must be a challenge to keep those big, bushy burnsides from getting all tangled and mangy-looking,” Tom said. “Do you spend much time each day grooming them?”

“No more so than any man who has a beard and mustache,” Alan said.

“Well, you may want to get some flea powder,” Tom said. “I think you’ve got a bit of a flea circus going on within your burnsides property.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (burnsides), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (blemish), Ragtag Daily Prompt (challenge), Your Daily Word Prompt (tangle), and The Daily Spur (property).

7 thoughts on “Flea Circus

  1. Sadje June 11, 2021 / 5:21 pm

    Very informative story Fandango.

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  2. leigha66 June 20, 2021 / 7:28 pm

    Well I learned something new today! Nice story.

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