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Old 03 May 2007, 11:30 PM
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Ponder Camel's-hair brushes

Comment: This unsubstantiated "fact" has been circulating for quite a
while:

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How did camel's hair brushes get their name?

Camel's-hair brushes are not made of camel's hair. They were invented
by a man named Mr. Camel.

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OK, then,

who is or was the mysterious "Mr. Camel"???

No matter how I search in Google, All-The-Web (from which I've been
getting better results of late) and other search engines, the only
references I've been able to find are reworded versions of that same
allegation: camel's hair (or camel hair) brushes are made of other
animals' hair (most often squirrel) and WERE INVENTED BY A 'MR. CAMEL',
plus a plethora of hits for the allegation included in the "Easiest Quiz
in the World" and variants, which may explain the wide distribution (hits
on) the name "Mr. Camel".
Persistent as I am, I kept searching and came across a reference that
maintains that the camel's-hair brush was invented in 250 B.C. by the
Chinese savant MÍng T'ien, an innovation that revolutionized the writing
of Chinese characters, and more. [see http://tinyurl.com/228mh9 ]
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