Egyptian tourism officials, rattled by a recent case in which a Chinese tourist scratched graffiti into an ancient artifact, today discovered another act of vandalism: the nose of the Sphinx is missing.
Tourism officials would neither confirm nor deny that this case is related to the graffiti "Ding Jinhao was here" that appeared on a 3,500-year-old temple artifact. One representative, speaking on condition of anonymity, remarked: "Ding Jinhao was here, but the Sphinx's nose is not."
Archaelogists offered varied opinions on a solution. Some believe that the original nose, if found, could be reattached with Krazy Glue and rebar. Others recommend a nose-cloning procedure a la Woody Allen's film "Bananas."
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