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 for field circus
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  field circus
   n.
  
      [a derogatory pun on ?field service?] The field service organization of any
      hardware manufacturer, but originally DEC. There is an entire genre of
      jokes about field circus engineers:
  
  
      Q: How can you recognize a field circus engineer
         with a flat tire?
      A: He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat.
  
      Q: How can you recognize a field circus engineer
         who is out of gas?
      A: He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat.
  
      Q: How can you tell it's your field circus engineer?
      A: The spare is flat, too.
  
      [See Easter egging for additional insight on these jokes.]
  
      There is also the ?Field Circus Cheer? (from the old plan file for DEC on
      MIT-AI):
  
  
      Maynard! Maynard!
      Don't mess with us!
      We're mean and we're tough!
      If you get us confused
      We'll screw up your stuff.
  
      (DEC's service HQ, still extant under the HP regime, is located in Maynard,
      Massachusetts.)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  field circus
  
     A derogatory pun on "field service".  The field service
     organisation of any hardware manufacturer, but especially
     DEC.  There is an entire genre of jokes about DEC field
     circus engineers:
  
     Q: How can you recognise a DEC field circus engineer with a
     flat tire?
  
     A: He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat.
  
     Q: How can you recognise a DEC field circus engineer who is
     out of gas?
  
     A: He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat.
  
     See Easter egging for additional insight on these jokes.
  
     There is also the "Field Circus Cheer" (from the plan file
     for DEC on MIT-AI):
  
      Maynard! Maynard!
      Don't mess with us!
      We're mean and we're tough!
      If you get us confused
      We'll screw up your stuff.
  
     (DEC's service HQ is located in Maynard, Massachusetts).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-12-01)
  

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