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Disappearing Cryptography, 3rd Edition by Peter Wayner

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Chapter 16. Watermarks

16.1. A Patent for Watermarking Humans

Why should watermarks be limited to digital files and pieces of paper? Can any way of leaving a trace act like a watermark? We offer the claims to an unfiled patent application for “implanting a memetic watermark through humorous banter”.

Claims:

  1. A method for implanting and detecting a watermark in a human subject byidentifying a funny sentence selected from a group of witticisms, whimsical retorts, riddles, puns, limericks, jokes, droll patter, parodistic remarks, and satirical levity;offering said funny sentence to said human subject in a manner designed to attract their attention and implant said funny sentence in their brain and create an instance of a memetic watermark;detecting ...

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