Nathan Hale


An asterisk ("*", see also splat, ASCII). Notionally, from "I regret that I have only one asterisk for my country!" ("life to give" -> "ass to risk" -> "asterisk"), a misquote of the famous remark uttered by Nathan Hale just before he was hanged. Hale was a (failed) spy for the rebels in the American War of Independence.

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Last updated: 1996-09-22

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NATNathan HaleNational Advanced SystemsNational Bureau of Standards

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