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A two-way wireless e-mail pager from the Canadian company Research in Motion. It has a small LCD display as well as a small QWERTY keyboard that one can type on with one's thumbs. I believe it uses the mobitex network in the United States and Rogers AT&T's data network in Canada.

The BlackBerry wireless e-mail pager became a part of American political history during the 2000 Presidential election. It was the device upon which candidate Albert Gore, Jr., having privately conceded the election to his opponent George W. Bush and on his way to deliver a speech making it official, received the message "never surrender" from campaign manager Donna Brazile. Though Gore was not convinced, further messages received by aides on their own wireless pagers made it clear that the battle for Florida was not yet decided and the election could still be won by the Democrats.

So there you go -- one of the most momentous political events of the late twentieth century, all made possible through wireless technology.

Rubus villosus

Also called bramble, cloudberry, dewberry, goutberry, high blackberry and thimbleberry. Blackberry is a perennial, trailing plant which grows best in dry soil. It has slender branches with sharp, recurved prickles. The leaves are doubly serrated with fine hairs. White, five-petaled flowers bloom from June to September. The familiar fruit takes the form of an aggregate of black drupelets.

The leaves and roots of the blackberry plant are astringent and tonic, and are a well known treatment for diarrhea. Prolonged use of the tea is good for enteritis, chronic appendicitis and leucorrhea, and may also have an expectorant effect. One ancient remedy for bleeding gums is to chew on the leaves of the blackberry plant.

Black"ber*ry (?), n. [OE. blakberye, AS. blaecerie; blaec black + berie berry.]

The fruit of several species of bramble (Rubus); also, the plant itself. Rubus fruticosus is the blackberry of England; R. villosus and R. Canadensis are the high blackberry and low blackberry of the United States. There are also other kinds.


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