This Recipe For Crusty Roasted Fondant Potatoes Will Change Your Food Loving Life

Potatoes are the most versatile vegetable in your kitchen, as they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, but most will agree the best potato dishes are either buttery or cheesy and easy to prepare.  

Which is why this recipe for Fondant Potatoes has been driving foodies crazy online for the last few years- it uses simple ingredients and takes very little prep time to make crusty, creamy and totally heavenly potatoes.

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See recipe for Fondant Potatoes here

-Via Shareably

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Recipes from Artificial Intelligence

Janelle Shane spent some time teaching a neural network how to generate recipes. She set it to learn from 30,000 existing recipes, but learning to cook is hard. After all, it can't taste the results. But even before the recipes are completed, it had a difficult time learning ingredients, measurements, and processes. The results are quite interesting. For example, here are some ingredients the machine suggests.

1 ½ teaspoon chicken brown water
1 teaspoon dry chopped leaves
1/3 cup shallows
10 oz brink custard
¼ cup bread liquid
2 cup chopped pureiped sauce
½ cup baconfroots
¼ teaspoon brown leaves
½ cup vanilla pish and sours
½ cup white pistry sweet craps
1 tablespoon mold water
¼ teaspoon paper
1 cup dried chicken grisser
15 cup dried bottom of peats
¼ teaspoon finely grated ruck

And this is a thing that it came up with repeatedly for some reason, and was quite adamant that I use:

1 cup plaster cheese

Shane also fed recipes into a different neural network that had already been trained on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 32 minutes. Test corners to see if done, as center will seem like the next horror of Second House.

Whip ½ pint of heavy cream. Add 4 Tbsp. brandy or rum to possibly open things that will never be wholly reported.

Cook over a hot grill, or over glowing remains of tunnel mouth.

With blender on high speed, add ice cubes, one at a time, making certain each cube is the end.

Dice the pulp of the eggplant and put it in a bowl with the vast stark rocks.

NOTE:  As this is a tart rather than a cheesecake, you should be disturbed.

She later fed her cooking network some text from H.P. Lovecraft to see what would happen. Yeah, that was just as funny. Read an archive of the experiments at Postcards from the Frontiers of Science. -via Metafilter 

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Experimental Cutlery That Makes Eating An Adventure

When we sit down to enjoy a meal we use cutlery and dishware to help us eat more efficiently, which is why the stuff we eat with and off of hasn't changed much over the centuries.

But what if our cutlery could transform dining into an unique experience every time we eat?

The experimental cutlery and dishware sold by Jouw is designed to be functional yet artsy, really odd looking and equally fun(ky) to eat with, and sure to engage your mind every time you eat.

However, when you see the price of these pretty (strange) pieces of cutlery you may want to leave it on the shelf...and get it insured.

They're functional, engaging, and sure to spark lots of conversations, but boy are they expensive!

For instance, this Binocular Spoon Fork by Sergey Jivetin will look great on your table, but it will also set you back $1600 so don't go using it to eat Franks and Beans.

-Via Bored Panda

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The Soul Of A Baker

The Grim Reaper has many amazing abilities he/she/it uses to help travel across the globe and gather souls, but those powers don't make their life any less monotonous and exhausting.

And what good are a bunch of amazing powers if they're all for taking and not making?

Plus, as this Lunarbaboon comic shows, Death longs to bake and taste baked goods again, so if you aren't ready to go when Death shows up on your doorstep just get them to help you make some muffins!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Long Egg-Speriment- How To Make A Long Egg At Home

A while back one of those "As Seen On TV" companies started selling a product that helps people cook eggs in a long rod shape, which seemed like a mighty strange shape for an egg.

I soon discovered the long egg is an integral part of the British fave raised pork and egg pie, aka Gala Pie, which is baked in a loaf pan with a long egg in the middle.

However, as delicious as the Gala Pie looks, it hardly seems like a dish you'll make often enough to justify buying a new kitchen gadget, but how can we make long eggs without one?

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This video by KeefCooks shows what a long, hard process it is to make a long egg without a device, and nearly a year later Keef returned with the definitive video on making totally tubular eggs.

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-Via Qoll

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Cold Comfort: How to Best Use Your Freezer

The following article is from the new book Uncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader.

Did you know that you can keep eggs in your freezer? (There’s a trick to it.) Here are some tips on how to freeze foods you probably thought couldn’t be frozen, and how to better freeze the stuff you’re already freezing, preventing waste and saving money in the process.

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• Before freezing, chop raw vegetables to the size you are likely to use when cooking. Thawed vegetables are more difficult to chop.

• Vegetables tend to lose color, favor, texture, and even vitamins when they’re frozen, thanks to the activity of enzymes in the veggies. Blanching the vegetables (immersing them in boiling water for a short period of time) before freezing interrupts the activity of the enzymes, and will keep the frozen vegetables fresher longer.

• Blanching times vary from 11⁄2 minutes for peas and 11 minutes for large ears of corn; consult a cookbook for the correct amount of time for the vegetable you want to freeze.

• After blanching, quickly immerse the vegetables in cool water to prevent them from overcooking.

• Leafy greens, tomatoes, and watery vegetables like zucchini and squash can be frozen without blanching. If you plan on making zucchini bread, grate the zucchini before you freeze it.


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Super Mario Bros Pop Up Bar

Photo: Farrah Skeiky

Forget mushrooms, this Mario prefers whisky!

Mockingbird Hill, a Washington DC sherry bar transformed itself into a Super Mario Bros. Pop Up Bar, complete with bartenders dressed as your favorite plumbers and decor that would make Princess Peach feel quite at home.

"It's A Me, Amario" drink Photo: Farrah Skeiky via Drink Company

Photo: Farrah Skeiky

The back room has a King Koopa's Castle theme - via Drink Company

Globo has a YouTube video clip of the Super Mario Pop Up Bar (alongside the cherry blossom-themed pop up bar next door):

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Chef Wears Raw Ingredients From His Menu On His Face For Creepy Portraits

Chefs who only serve raw and organic ingredients in their restaurants go out of their way to advertise that fact, turning their fresh food philosophy into a branding element.

They call their eatery something cute like "Organically Yours", put images of fresh fruits, veg and grain on all their advertising and include a long list of things their dishes are free of, such as hormones or gluten.

But chef Robbie Postma is an odd duck, so he skipped all the cheesy name games and went straight for the shock factor, posing for portraits while covered in raw ingredients from his kitchen.

MENU is a deliciously bizarre photo project created by Postma and photographer Robert Harrison, and these photos are so much more than just pics of some guy with food all over his face:

When creating these images, Postma and Harrison stuck to the same principles and values a chef would when creating a menu: paying a lot of attention to the details, the composition, the preparation and of course the ingredients. From cutlery to coffee bean, every component is painstakingly prepared to produce the ultimate effect. And every grain of rice was added by hand, without the aid of digital manipulation. MENU is hand crafted. Just like the best food.

MENU - The craft behind the project. from Tim Arnold on Vimeo.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Utterly Stupid Restaurant Customers

We've all seen stupid people in restaurants before, but few can compare to those in Thrillist's most recent list of bad restaurant customers. From the woman who ordered steak tartare well done to the customer who ordered pizza delivery to the hotel across the street from the one she was actually staying at, these patrons might just make you feel embarrased for humanity.

So check out the whole list here.

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The World's Most Expensive Taco Will Set You Back $25,000

Hungry? Wanna taco? Got $25,000?

That's how much the Grand Velas Los Cabos hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, charges for the world's most expensive taco.

Created by Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcala, the taco comes with langoustine, kobe beef, black truffle brie cheese, and Almas Beluga caviar. The tortilla is infused with 24-karat gold flakes and the whole thing is served with an exotic morita chile salsa and civet coffee.

The taco will set you back $25,000 - more if you pair it with the Ley .925 Pasion Azteca Ultra-Premium Anejo tequila (at $150,000 a bottle). But, you know by now, guac is extra.

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Now You Can Enjoy Butterbeer Ice Cream at Home

Harry Potter fans everywhere know that butterbeer is the go-to drink for witches and wizards and while you can buy a real-life version of it at the Wizarding Worlds in Universal Studios parks, most people can't get their fix at a theme park on a regular basis. If you're longing for that sweet buttery greatness and don't want to head to Orlando or Hollywood though, you're in luck -Yuengling's Ice Cream is now introducing a new butterbeer ice cream available at retailers through the country. The flavor consists of buttercream ice cream with a butterscotch swirl.

Read more about the ice cream on the Huffington Post

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Your St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Roundup

It's not so much of an Irish tradition, but an American tradition for St. Patrick's Day to enjoy some alcoholic drinks that are green, contain Irish whiskey, or are somehow connected to Ireland in some way. Your choices go far beyond green beer. The drink here is called an Irish Breakfast, and it was developed by the mixmasters at Datz in Tampa, Florida. It contains several kinds of liquor, coffee, "Guinness mint whipped cream," and Lucky Charms as a garnish. It's not quick or simple, but other cocktail recipes in this roundup at Uproxx will be easier to whip up in a hurry.

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How to Cook Lunch at Work

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Yeah, you probably don't want to actually copy what you see in this video if you actually want to keep your job, but if you really just don't give a crap anymore, it is certainly a fun and interesting way to make lunch at work. And crepes are delicious, so there's always that.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Insane Eating Challenges from Around the US

Do you have a stomach that can expand five times its size? Well, if you hope to beat any of these ten epic eating challenges,you'd better. 

Our own Miss C rounded up some of the craziest eating challenges from around the US -like the Dawg House Challenge at Dobb's Dawg House in New York. The restaurant features dozens of specialty hot dogs including outrageous ingredients like Fruitty Pebbles, bananas, marshmallows and a whole fried egg. Their food challenge includes eating twelve random hot dogs chosen by a roll of the dice. 

So read about the other eating challenges on the list (including the burrito up top) over on Mental Floss.

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Vi Hart's Pi Day Venn Piagram

Math whiz Vi Hart makes a pie for Pi Day, even though she doesn't like pi, finds it boring, and prefers tau. But she likes to cook. This year, she's been thinking about Venn diagrams, so she made a Venn "pieagram."

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Okay, she started out to make a fruit pie, and ended up with a fish pizza. Read the chain of thought that led Hart to make this pie at her blog. -via Boing Boing

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Artist Repackages Popular Junk Food For Hipsters

The Hipster movement has been all about craft- hand crafted clothing, craft beer and finely crafted food and cocktails made with raw, locally sourced and organic ingredients.

This craft mentality means most Hipsters don't go for packaged junk food like Twinkies, Slim Jims and Fruit by the Foot, so they're missing out on the best/worst crappy food products available today.

But if artist Dan Meth's rebranding project catches on Hipsters may soon start trading in their craft fruit leather for a tin of Fruit Par La Metre!

Dan's rebranded packages appeal to the Hipster's pretentious sensibilities and their love of new stuff in old timey looking packaging, so they can finally see what the crunchberries craze is all about.

See Artist Repackages Favorite Snack Foods For Hipsters here

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This Epic Shaved Ice Dessert Feeds up to Six People

Bangkok's Luk Kaithong sells one of the most massive and beautiful shaved ice treats around. It features a Thai tea blend consisting of Ceylond Island Sri Lanka Tea, local Southern Thai Tea, Red Tea, Black Leaf Tea, and Emperor Oolong Tea. The tea and the ice are then topped with boba, whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and sliced almonds. Impressively, the treat feeds 4-6 people and costs only $8.34.

Via Foodbeast

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This Magic 3 Layer Custard Cake Looks Divine

When people make a cake to bring to an event it usually falls into one of three categories- sheet cake, cheesecake, or some sort of carrot or fruit cake with a twist they saw on Pinterest.

These are all fine and delicious cakes to bring to an event, but what if you want to bring a dessert that knocks their socks off and makes you look like a cake genius?

Then you need to make this magical three layer custard cake and pretend you're the inventor of the latest trendy dessert.

The magic custard cake is a miracle of dessert science, created using a normal batter which is baked at a low temperature so the batter has time to separate into layers as it bakes. It's ooey gooey genius!

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See Magic 3 Layer Custard Cake recipe here

-Via Good Housekeeping

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Ten Of The Best Geek Bars In The U.S.

Geeks were once stuck in libraries, movie theaters and comic book stores, since the cool kids were always picking on them, but now geeks are the cool kids for a new and more accepting generation.

Which is why businesses cater to geeky tastes like never before, and since geeks like to drink gloriously geeky bars with pop culture themes have started popping up all over the United States.

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Distractotron put together this list of Geek Destinations- 10 Must Visit Geek Bars in America, featuring The Lovecraft Bar in Portland, Oregon, Donnie Dirk's Zombie Den in Minneapolis, and the big kid's paradise The 1 Up Arcade Bar in Denver.

-Via That's Nerdalicious

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Japanese Artist Carves Intricate Details Into Fruits And Vegetables

When we're young our parents tell us not to play with our food, but for an artsy few disregarding this direct order leads to great things as they become full blown food artists.

Japanese artist Gaku is certainly going places thanks to the success of his artfully carved fruit and vegetable pieces on social media, and his skills are second to none.

Gaku's mukimono masterpieces are full of fine details that often seem impossibly sharp given the softness of the medium, but after years of playing with his food Gaku makes the impossible seem easy to swallow.

See Japanese Artist Uses Traditional Art Of Fruit And Vegetable Carving To Make Intricate Masterpieces here

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This Burger's Bun Is Made From Fried Brie

Some days you want to diet and some days you just want to eat yourself to death. When you want to watch your body's whole world burn, there is the EatFamous Burger from Holy Chuck Bugers. This marvelous monstrosity takes two full wheels of brie, breads and deep fries them and then uses them as buns for an already over-the-top burger that features four burger patties, eight strips of bacon, four slices of aged cheddar and a fried egg on top.

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Of course eating this beast isn't just difficult due to all the calories, but also because those two gooey cheese buns don't exactly make it easy to pick up and chow down. But a mess is a small price to pay for something this ooey-gooey good.

Via Food Beast

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The Loneliest Five-Star Restaurant in the World

Concordia Station is a French-Italian research facility in Antarctica. It is roughly halfway between the Antarctic coast and the South Pole, which makes it pretty isolated from anything. However, the French and Italians care greatly about the food served to the station's crew. Luca Ficara spent a year as the station's chef.  

Each year, the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research (which maintains the base along with the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor) holds a lottery to determine who will be spending the next year as the resident chef at Concordia. This lottery system has won the station something of a reputation for its food, which received a nod in the Lonely Planet as a place "considered by many to enjoy Antarctica's best cuisine, with fine wines and seven-course lunches on Sundays."

While Ficara didn't really expect to end up in the Concordia Kitchen, he turned out to be the perfect fit for the job given his diverse culinary repertoire. The chefs chosen by the PNRA must demonstrate not only proficiency as cooks, but also a robust knowledge of international culinary practices so that they can cater to the tastes of the 13-person Concordia winter crew, who hail from England, Switzerland, France, and Italy.

Ficara was challenged with feeding 75 people during the summer (November to February) and then providing interesting meals for 13 during the long dark winter, using an inventory of supplies that must last eight months, with no assistants. And for the Sicilian Ficara, another challenge was that the wine is all French. Read about how he worked with what he had to create amazing meals at the bottom of the world. -via Digg

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How To Make Your Own Blooming Marshmallow

Paying five bucks for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate is hard for customers to swallow, so baristas come up with clever gimmicks that make people want to fork over a fiver.

But one of the coolest coffee shop gimmicks I've seen in a long time is pretty easy to replicate at home- the blooming marshmallow.  

Dominique Ansel's fancy sugar flower has been taking social media by storm just like his Cronuts did before, but this one's actually pretty easy to make at home thanks to this video and recipe by POPSUGAR.

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See Blooming Marshmallow recipe here

-Via Boing Boing

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The Best Breakfast Spot in All 50 States

Yes, of course, "best" is always a subjective word, and a list of the best of anything is going to cause a little controversy. However, you cannot argue that these breakfast diners aren't good. Too bad the Kentucky pick is in Paducah, all the way across the state from my town.

If you like meat with your breakfast, Gold Rush Cafe is the place to go. Their bacon cheeseburger skillet omelet and breakfast burger melts are rich and decadent, but the meatloaf omelet is truly an original. It comes with meatloaf bits, veggies, cheese, and barbecue sauce. If the thought of that much breakfast meat is giving you the sweats, try the bread pudding waffles with baked cinnamon apples on the side.

Check out the list of the best breakfast restaurants in each state at mental_floss, let us know how well they picked the best from your state, and if you've got a road trip planned, you might want to make notes on breakfast for your traveling days ahead.

(Image credit: Gold Rush Cafe via Facebook)

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The $120 Tasting Menu Based Around Beauty and the Beast

Hungry for a more immersive way to enjoy the new Beauty and the Beast movie? Then you'll want to head to Hollywood's The Bazaar to check out chef José Andrés' $120 ten-course tasting menu based on the film. 

Aside from delicious treats like the “Belle of the Ball” cocktail, an Enchanted Rose, a Chocolate Beast and Chip’s Sweet Chips, diners will also gain VIP admission to see the film at the famous El Captian Theater. 

It's a great date night plan for beautys and beasts alike.

Via Fodors

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Spreadable Coffee

There's nothing better than a nice fresh hot cup of coffee in the morning. If you love coffee that much, you might want to try it on your toast! Or not. When people talk about coffee that's way too strong, they sometimes say it sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. That's the joke I thought of when I heard that spreadable coffee is now available in Japan.

According to Curazy, Snow Brand Milk is releasing a spreadable version of its coffee to mark the 55th anniversary of its release.

If you’ve ever had Snow Brand Milk’s Coffee, you’ll know it’s rather creamy and sweet, so it should make a good toast spread.

Ah, so it's from a milk company! The "spread" is probably mostly milk and sugar with some coffee in it for flavoring. That might not be bad at all, if you like that sort of thing. -via Boing Boing

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KFC Creates Fake Food Blogger To Introduce The "Clean Eating Burger"

The way fast food companies use social media to advertise has changed quite a bit over the last few years, and these days it's not uncommon to find companies like KFC trolling for laughs via Tweets.

But making up a fake food blogger just to troll the "clean eating" set has earned KFC UK & Ireland the award for "the most surreal social media campaign of 2017 (so far)".

"Clean eating fanatic" Figgy Poppleton-Rice was brought to life so she could introduce the world to the KFC "Clean Eating Burger":

Mmmm, spiralised chicken breast and the other white meat- cauliflower! Figgy's "burger" is one of the many "recipes" shared on her website, and people who randomly stumble upon Figgy's website or social media accounts may have no idea she's connected to KFC in any way.

But anyone who actually tries one of her "recipes" is gonna be in for a real treat!

See KFC Expertly Trolls Clean Eating Fanatics With The "Clean Eating Burger" here

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Your Perfect Dessert Based on Your Zodiac Sign

We already covered what cocktails you should order based on your zodiac sign, but now you can find out what dessert you should be eating based on your birthday. Tablespoon put together the list of zodiac-based desserts, but while they all look delicious, I can't say that they're totally accurate. I know I (a Scorpio) might enjoy hot fuge icebox cake, but I know my Gemini BF would prefer something with fruit on it or even just a classic cheesecake to a chocolate cheesecake swirl bundt cake. 

So how about you guys, is your recommended dessert a winner or as off as a crummy horoscope?

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Scientists Have Come Up With A Way To Make Bread Out Of Cockroach Flour

It's hard for most Americans to imagine a time when there won't be enough wheat, rice or whatever with which to make flour, but should this apocalyptic scenario ever become a reality the roaches will run rampant.

And since cockroaches are the ultimate survivors just like humans we'll probably be forced to consider adding cockroaches to our daily diet.

That's why scientists Andressa Lucas and Lauren Menegon from the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil are working on a way to turn cockroaches into a flour that's actually better for us in some ways than wheat flour.

Their cockroach flour contains 40 percent more protein than wheat flour, and it's high in essential amino acids, lipids and fatty acids, making it a perfect fit for a balanced and healthy diet.

And while the cockroaches they used aren't the kind we see running around in the city this idea of turning insects into flour may work just as well with any other kind of insect- so they're studying whether flour can be made out of crickets and mealworms as well.

Read Meet the Scientists Who Are Making Bread with Cockroach Flour here

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What's the Worst Thing to Put on a Pizza?

This pizza looks like it has a lot of toppings on it. What kind of pizza could it be? If you thought fish pizza was bad, take a look at this.

I have to wonder if Air-ic was trying to be funny, or if he really ordered this. And ate it. You do not want to go to Twitter and see the images posted in response to this Tweet. People wanted to make it clear that they felt sick at the thought of pizza with peas and mayonnaise. -Thanks, John Farrier!

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