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Sphinx on Long Island

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the sphinx with your own eyes, but have continuously balked at booking a flight, getting your passport updated, and traveling around the globe to the barren deserts of Egypt—fear no more! New York boasts its very own sphinx—located not in the sands of Northern Africa, but along the highway within close proximity to the sands of Long Island’s beaches. Standing on route 27A in Bayport, the sphinx is on the property of the Fontana Cement Company, and has been on the same spot for over 30 years. It originally stood in Blue Point, along the train tracks outside of the Anchorage Inn, and some say it dates back as far as the early twentieth century.

This sphinx is not quite as large, nor nearly as ancient, as Egypt’s, but it does have a more palatable cartoon-ish face—and, as a bonus, its nose was never shot off by evil Nazi soldiers looking to allay their boredom. In addition to that, this mythological concrete creation offers a real prize to those luck ladies willing to do it’s bidding. An inscription carved between its outstretched lion paws promises, “She who climbs the sphinx’s head, a millionaire will surely wed.” This odd come-on might explain the disturbingly lecherous, google-eyed expression on ol’ Sphinx’s face.

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