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Old 01-09-2004, 08:30 AM
owlstretchingtime owlstretchingtime is offline
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I have always believed this too (up to reading this thread in fact). It's one of those things that "everybody knows".

I have checked with my (also white British) colleagues and those who thought they knew all blamed Napoleon.

This leads me to suggest that it may be British anti-Boney propaganda (there was a fair bit of this about in the early 1800s). Perhaps the emigrants/immigrants (depending on where you live) took it to the New World with them?

The Sphynx's beard is in a store room in the British Museum. This is not a myth. I've personally seen it.