By Ben MacIntyre
'No invention more clearly showed the benefits of brevity than the telegram'
MARK TWAIN ONCE RECEIVED the following telegram from his publisher: NEED 2-PAGE SHORT STORY TWO DAYS. Twain replied: NO CAN DO 2 PAGES TWO DAYS. CAN DO 30 PAGES TWO DAYS. NEED 30 DAYS DO 2 PAGES.
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