Tutankhamun’s beard actually a chair leg

THE facial appendage on Tutankhamun’s burial mask is a hastily-attached chair leg, it has emerged.

A spokesman for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo said: “To be honest the original beard got snapped off where some of the curators were enjoying a game of indoor football. As you can imagine we were all like, ‘Noooooo’.

“The beard rolled under a sarcophagus and would have been a lot of hassle to recover.

“After an exhaustive ten-minute search we found a nearby chair whose legs had a vaguely beard-esque look. Few blobs of Bostick, job done.

“We think it looks pretty good. Sometimes people can be too precious about these priceless art treasures.”

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Fake Sheikh ascends to Saudi throne

UNDERCOVER reporter Mazher Mahmood, posing as an Arab sheikh, has become the new ruler of Saudi Arabia.

The notorious trickster’s most successful sting yet has seen him succeed King Abdullah as controller of more than 20 per cent of the world’s oil.

A source close to the sheikh said: “He’s been building up to this one for years, claiming to be the King’s half-brother and buying a Mercedes for anyone who doubted him.

“Now he’s in control of untold wealth and is the de facto leader of the most repressive faction of Islam, he’s possibly even more powerful and corrupt than he used to be at the News of the World.”

Mahmood now has access to secrets, including the truth behind 9/11, that could change the course of history but is reportedly committing more than £2.3 billion and seven US stealth planes to making it look like Alesha Dixon did cocaine once.