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"We are all repositories for genetically-encoded information that we're all spreading back and forth amongst each other, all the time. We're just lousy with information."
- Neal Stephenson

'Fresher  
  Short for 'refreshing chamber', a device that performs various personal services.  

Gilead threw off his clothes and stepped into the 'fresher. Twenty minutes later, shaved from ear to toe, scrubbed, soaked, sprayed, pummeled, rubbed, scented, powdered, and feeling ten years younger, he stepped out.
From Gulf, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1949
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See also refreshing chamber, an earlier and simpler version from Heinlein's 1940 novella Coventry.

Thanks to an anonymous reader for pointing this reference out.

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