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Where did the phrase "wise as an owl" come from? And are they really wise or considered smart?

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They were associated with being smart because in the Greek myths Athena's symbol is the owl and she was thought to always be accompanied by one.

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JoshAllen

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Jadefers

I think the wise owl was named after the potato chip, not before..... Requires research... I'll get back on this one.

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Thanks a bunch, honey!
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