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Me: I can't talk to Pam herself?

Kelly: There isn't a Pam.

Me: Oh no! How was the product named?

Kelly: Let me see if I can find out.

[A brief pause.]

Kelly: OK, the patent was in 1957 and the product became a household name in the 1960s. It was invented by Arthur Meyerhoff. Oh!

Me: Wait, it's an acronym?

Kelly: It is! Product of Arthur Meyerhoff! Pam!

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Me: Yay!!!

Kelly: I am going to have to update our information! I will send it over to our teams!

Me: Hey, what about renaming the product "Arthur Meyerhoff"? That would be a much better name.

Kelly: I can absolutely pass that along to the team!


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