easiest way to get kernel version without uname

The dmesg will show the kernel it is booting. No more dependency on files
Sample Output
# dmesg                                  
Booting Linux on physical CPU 0
Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
Linux version 3.4.67-01422-gd3ffcc7-dirty (digit@tyrion.par.corp.google.com) (gcc version 4.8 (GCC) ) #1 PREEMPT Tue Sep 16 19:34:06 CEST 2014

2014-10-22 10:03:56

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