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@ Last

The humble asperand or @ sign is now a part of the architecture and design collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.  The @ sign has many possible origins dating back to the medieval monks to a unit of measure in  16th century.  The Dutch call it the apenstaartje (monkey tail), the Chinese, little mouse.  The Russians, sobaka, (little dog)    Ray Tomlinson, a legend in the internet/computer circles, then used it to send messages between computers by separating the name from the address.

More info – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/@