Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

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Sometimes all it takes to sell a product is a clever name, a likeable mascot or an eye-catching package design.

Consumers often decide to purchase products they don't normally buy based on how good the packaging looks, and when every little bit counts towards making your product a success in a highly competitive market the packaging is a good place to start.

Please enjoy an eye pleasing selection of 25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves, it's like shopping with your eyeballs and it won't cost you a dime!


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Firefighter Having a Bit of Trouble

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The original title on this video is “Firefighter on a ladder having a bad day on a slippery truck…” But honestly, he’s a firefighter. Any day you fight a fire and make it home is a good day. But the trouble he’s having in this short clip will remind you of some ridiculous predicament you got yourself into once or twice in the past -maybe even on a ladder. It’s okay to laugh, because we’ve all been there. -via Arbroath


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Dog Testifies in French Murder Case


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Be good to your pets. They may finger your killer someday. At least, that's what one attorney in a French murder case hoped. He called to the courtroom witness stand the dog owned by a murder victim. The lawyer hoped that the dog would recognize and identify the killer:

During a recent preliminary hearing the judge called a nine-year-old Labrador named Tango to the witness stand in an attempt to confirm the allegations against his master’s presumed killer, RTL radio reported.

The judge ordered the suspect to threaten the canine with a bat, with the idea being that Tango’s reactions could be used to identify or rule out the suspect. And in a nod to the scientific method of keeping tests fair, a second dog named Norman, of the same age and breed as Tango, was brought in to serve as the 'control group'.

Perhaps not surprisingly the suspect’s lawyer, Gregoire Lafarge, said the whole thing was totally absurd.

“So if Tango lifted his right paw, moved his mouth or his tail, is he recognizing my client or not?’ Lafarge told RTL. “I find it very troubling for the French legal system. If a judge ignores the demands of reason and surrounds himself with experts who are unreasonable, well the system becomes very dangerous.”

The experiment ended up being a total failure and Tango and Norman were allowed to return to their dogs’ lives.

-via Dave Barry


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How Sloths Breathe Upside-down

Sloths spend a lot of time hanging from tree branches, often upside-down. In other animals, this would cause the liver and intestines to press down on the lungs and make breathing difficult. But sloths have developed their own solution. Rebecca Cliffe from Swansea University studies sloths at Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary, and has done many dissections on dead sloths. She found the internal organs were held in place by a strange fibrous adhesions she at first thought was scar tissue. But all sloths have it, and the natural “adhesive tape” eases their breathing between 7 and 13%.

“For many mammals, an energy saving of 7 to 13 percent wouldn’t be particularly game-changing,” says Cliffe. In fact, some mammals like howler monkeys do regularly hang inverted without any organ-anchors. The difference is that “sloths have virtually no flexibility in their energy budget. They generate just about enough energy from their diet to move when and where required, but there is not much left in the tank afterwards. To a sloth, an energy saving of 7 to 13 percent is quite a big deal.”

They also take a very long time to digest their food, and they only urinate and defecate once a week. Most of the time, a sloth is carrying a third of their body weight in waste matter, which means that its stomach and bowels are very heavy. “It would be energetically very expensive, if not completely impossible, for a sloth to lift this extra weight with each breath were it not for the adhesions,” says Cliffe.

Ed Yong has more about the recently-released study of sloth anatomy, which is different from all other animals because sloths are weird.

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A Time-Lapse Stop Motion Trip Around The City Of Light

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The City of Light is full of so much beauty that it has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated, but this time lapse stop motion short by Mayeul Akpovi called Paris In Motion Part 4 does a great job of showing off the finer points of Parisian beauty.

Mayeul compiled thousands of still photographs to create a visually compelling portrait of Paris, taking the viewer on a virtual tour that's a bit jerky, a bit brief, but way cheaper than heading there in person! And if you like what you see make sure you check out parts one two and three in the series.

-Via Laughing Squid


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A Magical Kingdom For Mutants


Mutant Academy by Warbucks Design

When the gates of this magical kingdom of learning open for you it's time to channel your powers and embrace your mutant heritage, or you can X it all out of your mind and go rogue.

The lands of fantasy and tomorrow are calling, will you accept their offer of admission and don this Mutant Academy t-shirt by Warbucks Design?

Visit Warbucks Design's official Facebook page , then head on over to his NeatoShop: for more magical designs:

Moe's Cantina Galaxy Headphones Soldier of Winter - Rogers Doh! Zombies!

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Nip Vann: Outlaw on the Big Screen

Napoleon Blackstone “Nip” Vann had a dramatic life both on and off screen. He worked in traveling Wild West shows and early Western silent films, along with Tom Mix and other notables. But something went wrong during a night of drinking in 1913 and Marshal John McInroy of Caney, Kansas, was shot dead. Vann fled the scene, and McInroy’s cousin and fellow law enforcement officer Bert Ziegenfuss vowed to catch Vann and bring him to justice. It took 24 years for him to do so.

During the course of Vann being a fugitive from justice, he changed his name almost a dozen times. His confirmed whereabouts included Naples, Italy; Athens, Greece; Richmond, Virginia; Helena, Montana; and even Hollywood, California.

Then, one day in 1935, Ziegenfuss was sitting in a movie theater in Coffeyville, Kansas. He stared up at the screen while Nip Vann stared down at him. Vann had found his way back into the movie business, surrounded by the very men—like Tom Mix—who had ushered his career some two decades earlier.

Read about Vann’s adventures on the lam, and what ultimately happened to him, at This Land. -via Digg


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The Fifth Element - 8-Bit Cinema Edition

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Cult classic sci-fi flick The Fifth Element is beloved by fans for its original sense of humor, vibrant characters, and truly unique twist on the sci-fi genre, but when TFE gets an 8-bit makeover the whole thing becomes even more far out!

Cinefix's conversion of The Fifth Element into a pixel-tastic, video game inspired animated short may not replace the original movie in the hearts of fans, but once again they have done a great job of making me long for an old school style video game that will never come out. *sigh*

-Via GeekTyrant


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What Is It? game 324

It's once again time for our collaboration with the wonderfully entertaining What Is It? Blog. Do you know what the pictured item is? Can you make up something totally wacky? That's what we're looking for: the funniest and most creative guesses. We will award t-shirts from the NeatoShop to two commenters who post the cleverest, funniest, or most outlandish use for this thing!

Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many guesses as you'd like in separate comments. You have until Friday evening to come up with great guesses.

Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize. May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?

See, you don't have to know the answer to win! And there's another picture of this thing, as well as other mystery items, at the What Is It? Blog. Good luck!

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Hilarious Israeli Airline Safety Video

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When you take a flight your life is in the hands of the airline, the pilots and the onboard staff, and normally you trust that they are going to get you where you need to go safe and sound.

Safety videos are created so passengers feel better about flying and don't freak out every time the plane hits a bit of turbulence, but this strange video by Israeli airline El Al entitled "UP" will just plain make folks feel better about life! Have a nice trip!

-Via Topless Robot


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The Beautiful Bond University Architecture Building

Most colleges try to have some impressively beautiful buildings, but if there's one department that really needs a stunning home, it's the architecture department -and the new design at Bond University of Queensland, Australia is truly impressive.

From the wide open coridor to the tiny nooks made into meeting spaces, the the Abedian School of Architecture is a fantastic place for students to not only learn and meet, but also to find inspiration in their craft. 

Check out more cool pictures at Homes and Hues: The Architecture Building At Bond University Can Inspire Any Design Student


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11 Facts You May Not Know About George Clooney

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

George Clooney is considered "the last true movie star" by some. With classic good lucks and just gravelly-enough voice, the guy is the #1 chick magnet and fantasy guy of countless millions of women around the globe. Isn't his life the most picture perfect of any man on earth?

Millionaire, famous, good-looking, an Oscar-winning actor (he got his Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for Syriana in 1995), he owns an 18th century villa in Italy, and has cut a path through scores (no pun intended) of beautiful women. Not bad.

Okay, let's take a look at a few things you may not know about the most perfect guy any of us can ever imagine- George Clooney.

1. He suffered for a year with Bell's palsy as a teenager.

At the age of 14, George took a sip of milk one day and it started dribbling out of his mouth. It was the beginning of a year-long battle with Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis. With his face partially paralyzed for a year, his nickname as a high school freshman became “Cloon-dog" (his face took on a droopy, Basset hound look).

“You know how cruel kids can be", recalled Clooney, "i was mocked and taunted. but the experience made me stronger".

2. He worked a tobacco cutter.

His early jobs included selling men's suits and shoes and working in the stockrooms of department stores. He was also a tobacco cutter ("a miserable job") Clooney was a smoker himself from his late teens to his late twenties (something he regrets to this day) He finally kicked the habit when he saw his uncle joe die of lung cancer.

3. He used to sleep with a pig.

Okay, that is literally, not figuratively. George often shared his bed with Max, a 300-lb. black-bristled, Vietnamese pot-bellied pig that was given to George as a gift by actress Kelly Preston. George often shared his bed (obviously when he wasn't sharing it with a lady) with Max. He owned his beloved Max for 18 years (crippled with arthritis and partially blind, Max finally passed away in 2006).

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Star Wars - Bad Foley Edition

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Star Wars is one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of all time, and both the special effects and the movie soundtracks still hold up decades later.

A big part of the original trilogy’s charm is the fun foley sound effects created specifically for the films- they're so iconic you can tell a lightsaber from a blaster rifle from a TIE fighter just by hearing the sound, but what would Star Wars be without those iconic foley sound effects?

YouTube user Hudson Hongo brings us Star Wars: Bad Foley Edition in an effort to prove just how important sound effects are to those wars in the stars.

-Via Gamma Squad


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The World's Fastest Elevator Will Shoot You Up and Down at 45 MPH


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The fastest elevator in the world is in Taipei. It moves at 38 miles per hour. But it looks like that record will be blown away in 2016. Hitachi plans to build an advanced passenger elevator in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a skyscraper in Guangzhou, China that is 580 yards tall. Hitachi, which has been building high-speed elevators since 1968, promises that this one will move 45 miles per hour.

-via DVICE


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Fingersnapping Super Mario

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I can snap my fingers as well as the next person, but I never knew until today that you (or at least some talented people) can make snapping fingers play different notes. Emil Axelsson is pretty good at it. Watch closely and you’ll see that he’s not snapping the same fingers over and over, but different fingers to make different tones. Enjoy his version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. -via Viral Viral Videos 

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Playing Golf with 15-Inch Holes

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It's not miniature golf. Far from it--you play on regular golf courses. But Big Hole Golf, as the sport is called, uses holes that are 15-inches across. That's much bigger than the 4 and 6-inch regulation hole diameters.

Hack Golf developed the game as part of an effort to lure more people into a sport that is declining in popularity in the United States. John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal explains that much of a round of golf is spent waiting on other players to finish their times on putting greens. By making putting easier, a game goes quicker, often shaving 30-45 minutes off an 18-hole round.

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To The Bar Princess!


To The Bar Princess by Retro Review

Getting kidnapped by a giant fire breathing turtle with a spiked shell can turn you into a bit of a lush, and when your moustachioed beau spends days leaping through the levels to save your royal behind you have a lot of time to drink peach wine and think about how your life is one big game.

You're not as think as you drunk you are unless you're wearing this To The Bar Princess t-shirt by Retro Review, perfect for late night gaming sessions or pub crawling until last call.

Visit Retro Review's official Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more totally geeky designs:

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Humans Are A Dog's Best Friend

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Ze Frank takes on the persona of a Bassett hound to explain how dogs and humans relate to each other. It’s  dog food ad, but it’s not intrusively so. The story of the human’s date is lovely, sticking random things the man found in the garden into their mouth holes. -via Daily of the Day

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The World's Longest Conveyor Belt is 61 Miles Long


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Western Sahara, a territory currently ruled by Morocco, looks like a desolate place. There's little vegetation, but there are substantial phosphate resources. Bou Craa, a mining town in the interior, extracts phosphate ore and ships it to the coast.

Phosphate is one of Morocco's largest exports and Bou Craa is the crown jewel of that country's phosphate industry. Spanish colonial officials discovered it in the late 1940s and began exploiting what geologists estimate is 146 million tons of extractable ore.

Rather than trucking the ore to the coast, the mining company found an inventive way to convey the ore a great distance. It built a conveyor belt to do the job. It caries the ore 61-62 miles across the desert to the port of El-Aaiun. This conveyor belt is the longest in the world. The wind blows some of the phosphate off of it, creating a white streak across the desert that is easily visible from space.


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Stinky Candles

Would you light a scented candle that boasts of car exhaust smell? How about gasoline, chlorine, body odor, or fish? There’s even one called “Rest Stop” that smells of urine! They’re all products of the Stinky Candle Company. They’ve got more conventional candle scents like leather, coconut, and bacon, as well as some that are hard to classify, like toothpaste and wet grass. Those may be pleasant to some, unpleasant to others. And then there’s a scent called Spawn of the Devil that we don’t even want to know what it smells like! See the selection at their website.


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50 Years Ago Today: The Only Losing No-Hitter Game in Baseball History

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The Major League Baseball team of Houston, Texas is the Astros. Before that team adopted its space-themed name, it was known as the Colt .45s. On April 23, 1964, pitcher Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. That's a game in which the opposing team is unable to land a single hit from the pitcher.

It's quite an accomplishment for a pitcher. But Ken Johnson did not take pride in it because the Colt .45s lost anyway. In a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson explained how an error that he made secured a loss:

"It wasn't until a few years later that it set in that I had pitched a no-hitter. I was proud to have pitched it.

"For a pitcher, a no-hitter is the ultimate."

Johnson's frustration at the time is understandable. His ninth-inning error contributed to the loss.

With one out, Pete Rose bunted down the third-base line, and Johnson's throw to first was wide, enabling Rose to go to second. He went to third on a groundout and scored on an error by second baseman Nellie Fox.

"After the game, I saw Nellie sitting there with his head down and went over and told him, 'Hey, it was my fault. It was my error that cost us the game.'

"Runnels overheard me, and that's when he pointed out that at least they'd be talking about this for 20 or 30 years.

"It wasn't much consolation at the time."

-via The Houstorian

P.S. Be sure to read Eddie Deezen's article about the only double no-hitter in baseball history.


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New Art from Hanksy


The New York parody artist Hanksy has been busy, bringing us more great pun art in several locations. These works have shown up in New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles -and right here on the Neatorama Spotlight blog! We also have a video in which you can meet Hanksy -although you cannot see him.
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Dog Gets Revenge on the Driver Who Ran Him Down


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Once again, we peer into the wonderful world of Russian dashboard camera video. Many Russian drivers keep them to protect themselves from insurance fraud, but we've also seen footage that shows the crazy antics that take place on Russian roads.

In this video, a driver runs into a dog crossing a road. She gets out to check on him. She thinks that the dog is dead.

She's wrong.

-via Jalopnik

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Empathy

Children aren’t born knowing empathy. Even if they were, it wouldn’t extend to putting someone else’s needs before theirs. That takes years of living -sometimes decades. And some people never get that far! Parents just have to deal with it. This undoubtedly true-life vignette is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Nikon Small World in Motion 2013 Winners

If you love the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competitions (featured many times previously on Neatorama), where scientists around the world submit their best and most intriguing micrographs, then you'll love this!

The Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography 2014 is open for submission, and while we wait for this year's batch of super awesome entries, let's feast our eyes on the winners of the 2013 competition, which have just been announced:

First Place

Subject matter: Quail embroy at 10 day incubation (3D reconstruction) 1x
Technique: Optical tomography, illuminated with a blue LED light (green fluorescence)

Captured by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of The Instituto Gulbelkian de Ciencia, this video shows a sequence of "virtual" slices through a quail embryo at 10 day incubation:

This 3D reconstruction of a quail embryo – comprised of more than 1,000 separate images – shows in startling clarity and detail the anatomy of the specimen. The winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo with 10 days of (in egg) gestation. With this technique, studying the whole anatomy of large specimens like this embryo (23mm long) is possible.

Second Place

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Lampposts Behaving Badly

The story begins, “Three anthropomorphic lampposts got drunk, and one fell down.” That’s what it looks like, at least. These lampposts are an art installation called The Way Things Are in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The lampposts are a collaboration between Waterfront Development Corporation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  Together they have brought the work of duo Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg to the Halifax waterfront. Hanson and Sonnenberg are graduates of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design so there is a local connection.

On weekends, the lampposts are joined by other inebriated beings on the waterfront. There are plenty more pictures of these posts at Kuriositas. -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: Flickr user Glenn Euloth)


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Defendant Thinks Murder Tattoo Might Hurt His Case

Jeffrey Chapman’s trial on murder charges begins Monday in Benton County, Kansas. The crime occurred in 2011, and at this late date, Chapman is concerned that the jury may be prejudiced by the large tattoo of the word “murder” on his neck.

According to the motion filed by defense attorney Kurt Kerns, Wichita, Chapman has asked the jail to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove and/or cover up the tattoo across his neck that is a mirror image of the word “murder” in capital letters. The motion notes it is a large tattoo that cannot be easily hidden with clothing.

“Mr. Chapman has secured a licensed tattoo artist from Hays who is willing to go to the jail,” the motion states. “Mr. Chapman’s tattoos are not relevant to any material facts and Mr. Chapman asks for the court to exclude any mention of his tattoos at trial and further to be allowed to cover them up in an appropriate manner. The fact that he has ‘Murder’ tattooed across his neck is irrelevant to the State’s case and extremely prejudicial to Mr. Chapman if introduced at trial or observed by the jury.”

Sheriff Brian Bellendir points out that it is against Kansas law for a tattoo artist to work anywhere outside of a licensed tattoo parlor, and the state is not willing to transport Chapman out of the jail. It is not clear whether the tattoo was done before or after the crime for which Chapman is being tried. -via Uproxx


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My Neighbor The Moon


Neighbor's Moon by swissette

By the light of that mystical moon your neighbor has come to pay you a visit, will you get on that odd cat shaped bus and join him for a grand adventure into imagination?

Critters of all shapes and sizes will love this Neighbor's Moon t-shirt by swissette, and your friends will applaud your sense of adventure...and your taste in anime movies!

Visit swissette's official website and Facebook, then click on over to her NeatoShop for more dreamy designs:

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A Beautifully Weird Piano

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This wonder is the PH Grand Piano, a wood and chromed steel instrument edged in brown leather. Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), a Danish furniture designer, developed it in 1931. Andreas Christensen, a piano manufacturer, built this one in the 1950s. It's currently up for sale in Denmark with a price tag of $140,000.

You can see photos of other PH Pianos here. They're amazing.

-via Geek Art Gallery


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23 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare on his 450th Birthday

Today is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. Or at least as close as we'll ever know -his date of birth was not recorded, but his baptism three days later was. The playwright who contributed to much to the world of language, storytelling, and drama is a virtual mine of trivia, so you may as well learn some of it in honor of the occasion.

2. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language.

Estimations of his vocabulary range from 17,000 to a dizzying 29,000 words – at least double the number of words used by the average conversationalist.

5. Shakespeare never published his plays.

They are known today only because two of his fellow actors – John Hemminges and Henry Condell – recorded and published 36 of them posthumously under the name The First Folio, which is the source of all Shakespeare books published.

Read the rest in a list at Buzzfeed.

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