With its origins reaching as far back as 1893, traveling carnivals are still alive and kicking to this day. Although the modern versions no longer have such attractions as the Living Mermaid and the 600-pound woman – because nowadays that’s really not that uncommon – adults and children alike can still enjoy the various activities that can be found at these mobile shows. And no matter where you are in the world, the “Carny”, as the workers of these fabulous funfairs are called, are a unique breed of individuals who live for their work just as much as they work to live. Despite the excitement of constantly migrating across the continent, these carnival employees have become a thing of legend for their loyalties to their job. Where else can you find a bunch of people so weathered, so blasé, yet so resolute in what they do? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of carny culture.