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Open Sesame

In "The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," from Arabian Nights, the doctors to the robbers den could be opened only by giving the command "open sesame."

This tale was so intensely gripping to our forefathers that the magical phrase "open sesame" has become a humorous way to announce our presence at a doorway.


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