When I generate a git patch from a branch then I see this:

>From a8ac227fac30c4ac36abe768c124b8eada0757a9 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: James Byrne <byrn...@xxx.xxx>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 11:27:54 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] xxxxx

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What does the object identifier refer to and why is the date Mon Sep
17 00:00:00 2001?

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