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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Human Serial Number  
  A unique number tattooed on body of a person.  

Early use of this idea - does anyone have an earlier reference?

In the course of time their child was born in a government hospital. A serial number was tattooed on his back and he was transferred to a Government nursery, for the care of the infant was felt to be one of the most important duties of the Commonwealth. What use to produce babies one hundred percent perfect and then have everything spoiled by an untrained mother?
Technovelgy from Unto Us A Child Is Born, by David H. Keller.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1933
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