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In the early days of the telephone, there was some debate about the proper way to start and terminate a discussion.

Many were fond of starting a discussion with 'ahoy', ending with 'that is all'. Alas, 'hello' and 'goodbye' won the competition.

That is all.

Fun fact of the day, in the Simpsons Mr. Burns always answers the phone 'Ahoy-hoy,' which was Alexander Graham Bell's preferred greeting.

Now that I know this I am _very_ angry that 'ahoy' and 'that is all' didn't carry the day.

Never mind what carried the day -- I'm adopting this protocol starting now, convention be damned!

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