The act of signing ones name at the bottom of a letter is a recent occurrence. There are two possible origins for this practice. One was the Marquis De Sade, who loved writing his name so much, he often used up all the spare paper of an evening by writing his name. As a consequence, he would then be forced to write missives and correspondance on the pre-used sheets.

The second possibility is that at the signing of the declaration of independance, there is historical evidence that John Hancock tricked the others into having a competition to see who could write their own name the fastest, and then stole the paper for his own ends.

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