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15 Aug 2012, 6:10 am

I'm British but occasionally get assumed to be French when I say I'm studying French at university.Also when I was like twelve in a playground a bunch of less than pleasant NT kids started asking me questions,when I answered they all found my voice hilarious and assumed I was Russian.



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15 Aug 2012, 7:33 am

People have thought I looked Latino, Filipino, Chinese, Ukranian, Russian and Native in the past. Don't ask, I know some of them are way off. Sometimes I ask people what ethnicity they think I look like. I'll post a picture and you can guess. If you know my background please don't tell people, I want to know what people think I look like.

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15 Aug 2012, 7:42 am

I guess Eastern Europe.



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15 Aug 2012, 11:50 pm

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People have thought I looked Latino, Filipino, Chinese, Ukranian, Russian and Native in the past. Don't ask, I know some of them are way off. Sometimes I ask people what ethnicity they think I look like. I'll post a picture and you can guess. If you know my background please don't tell people, I want to know what people think I look like.


I'd also guess something eastern European -- Polish? From a neat generalizations chart I found (link), Latvian or Lithuanian would also be another guess (also eastern European).
(As a side note, I would suppose it is the relationship between the top of your eyes and your eye brows that led to the prior Chinese guess by someone.)

Personally, there were some random people at a place where I worked that seemed to have reached the conclusion that I was Jewish and asked me one day if I was. I said I wasn't, but then when I told my Dad about the incident recently, he told me a story about how I apparently do have a sort of Jewish relative or two a ways back. And then on my Mom's side, there are the mystery parents of one of my great grandpas, rumored to be at least half native Canadian; so, I end up with a bit more of a tan than I should considering how little sunshine I get.

Edit: I see later you have answered your question in another thread, and the guess was incorrect. (One of your answers was not in my chart, however, but does appear if I google for "average faces + [nationality which is not in the chart but that you still have left as a mystery in this thread].") Combining the two answers together and comparing your face with these two averages, it is interesting to see how they combine to partially create your facial features; from one we see the wider and rounder face, and the other pulls it all upwards giving higher cheekbones and gives you a thinner and wider mouth, for example.


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16 Aug 2012, 4:36 am

I am guessing Eurasian. I wish my eyes were as big as yours.


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16 Aug 2012, 7:05 am

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I'm Australian, and some people think I am European. English and German were two. Also Swedish I think. It is probably because I am white with not much tan, and I have dyed blonde hair. Also I apparantly talk with an English accent. Sometimes I do it deliberately, but others times it seems I do it without knowing XD


People also say that I sound pommie and even english ex-pats ask me where in the UK i am from. I was born and raised in Australia.

It is hard to mistake my german heritage though. I am a 6'4", pale, blonde hair, blue eyes, round rosy cheeks.



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16 Aug 2012, 7:42 am

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I'm Australian, and some people think I am European. English and German were two. Also Swedish I think. It is probably because I am white with not much tan, and I have dyed blonde hair. Also I apparantly talk with an English accent. Sometimes I do it deliberately, but others times it seems I do it without knowing XD


People also say that I sound pommie and even english ex-pats ask me where in the UK i am from. I was born and raised in Australia.

It is hard to mistake my german heritage though. I am a 6'4", pale, blonde hair, blue eyes, round rosy cheeks.


Lol, that's funny XD But strange though XD

Go you :D



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16 Aug 2012, 10:37 am

I have been mistaken for a black man on the phone before. I had a customer call in and did not want to speak to me because I was black. so I transferred him to my coworker. She was able to get his problem solved and he was happy to talk to her.

ME: Caucausin (half German/half Polish)
HER: Black

So we transferred him from the white guy to the black lady. And he thought we were both the other ethnicity. lol



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16 Aug 2012, 3:48 pm

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I have been mistaken for a black man on the phone before. I had a customer call in and did not want to speak to me because I was black. so I transferred him to my coworker. She was able to get his problem solved and he was happy to talk to her.

ME: Caucausin (half German/half Polish)
HER: Black

So we transferred him from the white guy to the black lady. And he thought we were both the other ethnicity. lol


:lol: That's pretty funny. I was surprised that he refused to talk to a black man! Can't he get fired for racism?



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16 Aug 2012, 6:09 pm

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lostgirl1986 wrote:
People have thought I looked Latino, Filipino, Chinese, Ukranian, Russian and Native in the past. Don't ask, I know some of them are way off. Sometimes I ask people what ethnicity they think I look like. I'll post a picture and you can guess. If you know my background please don't tell people, I want to know what people think I look like.


I'd also guess something eastern European -- Polish? From a neat generalizations chart I found (link), Latvian or Lithuanian would also be another guess (also eastern European).
(As a side note, I would suppose it is the relationship between the top of your eyes and your eye brows that led to the prior Chinese guess by someone.)

Personally, there were some random people at a place where I worked that seemed to have reached the conclusion that I was Jewish and asked me one day if I was. I said I wasn't, but then when I told my Dad about the incident recently, he told me a story about how I apparently do have a sort of Jewish relative or two a ways back. And then on my Mom's side, there are the mystery parents of one of my great grandpas, rumored to be at least half native Canadian; so, I end up with a bit more of a tan than I should considering how little sunshine I get.

Edit: I see later you have answered your question in another thread, and the guess was incorrect. (One of your answers was not in my chart, however, but does appear if I google for "average faces + [nationality which is not in the chart but that you still have left as a mystery in this thread].") Combining the two answers together and comparing your face with these two averages, it is interesting to see how they combine to partially create your facial features; from one we see the wider and rounder face, and the other pulls it all upwards giving higher cheekbones and gives you a thinner and wider mouth, for example.


Good guess though!



I am actually Filipino/Dutch and I have some Chinese, Spanish, Russian and French that goes way way back. Good guesses everyone.



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16 Aug 2012, 8:17 pm

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Personally, there were some random people at a place where I worked that seemed to have reached the conclusion that I was Jewish and asked me one day if I was. I said I wasn't, but then when I told my Dad about the incident recently, he told me a story about how I apparently do have a sort of Jewish relative or two a ways back. And then on my Mom's side, there are the mystery parents of one of my great grandpas, rumored to be at least half native Canadian; so, I end up with a bit more of a tan than I should considering how little sunshine I get.



That's one reason the Aryan philosophy doesn't make any sense. I'm sure a lot of white supremacists have someone part Jewish in their family history, and they don't even know it.



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16 Aug 2012, 10:09 pm

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Personally, there were some random people at a place where I worked that seemed to have reached the conclusion that I was Jewish and asked me one day if I was. I said I wasn't, but then when I told my Dad about the incident recently, he told me a story about how I apparently do have a sort of Jewish relative or two a ways back. And then on my Mom's side, there are the mystery parents of one of my great grandpas, rumored to be at least half native Canadian; so, I end up with a bit more of a tan than I should considering how little sunshine I get.



That's one reason the Aryan philosophy doesn't make any sense. I'm sure a lot of white supremacists have someone part Jewish in their family history, and they don't even know it.


Even though this invokes Godwin's law (that suggests an internet discussion of sufficient length will approach the topic of Hitler or Nazis), Hitler himself is said to have been likely of partial Jewish descent. See link for a bit about the DNA testing that was done recently to find out more.


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16 Aug 2012, 10:29 pm

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Personally, there were some random people at a place where I worked that seemed to have reached the conclusion that I was Jewish and asked me one day if I was. I said I wasn't, but then when I told my Dad about the incident recently, he told me a story about how I apparently do have a sort of Jewish relative or two a ways back. And then on my Mom's side, there are the mystery parents of one of my great grandpas, rumored to be at least half native Canadian; so, I end up with a bit more of a tan than I should considering how little sunshine I get.



That's one reason the Aryan philosophy doesn't make any sense. I'm sure a lot of white supremacists have someone part Jewish in their family history, and they don't even know it.


Even though this invokes Godwin's law (that suggests an internet discussion of sufficient length will approach the topic of Hitler or Nazis), Hitler himself is said to have been likely of partial Jewish descent. See link for a bit about the DNA testing that was done recently to find out more.


It's pretty funny that most of the high-ranking Nazis didn't look anything like their ideal pure-aryan with the exception of Reinhard Heydrich.



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17 Aug 2012, 12:23 am

Yep. I have olive skin that tans very easily, have high cheekbones, small slits for eyes and dark wavy hair (not so dark now...lots of gray). I've been mistaken for Hispanic and Native American. In truth, I'm a mutt -- a combination of lots of things. Mostly Scottish on both sides, with a big glob of Ukrainian and a splash of Chinese on my mother's side, and some English, Irish, German and Hungarian on Dad's side.



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17 Aug 2012, 7:08 pm

With blonde hair, blue eyes, and fair skin that burns easily, nope.



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