Bait And Switch

That shiny new Nintendo Switch sure is pretty, and the console's future certainly looks bright, but as it stands right now people are hunting down and paying a fortune to play one great game.

Don't get me wrong- Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wind looks totally dreamy, but paying five hundred bucks to play a game is straight up cucco!

My takeaway from this Megacynics comic- buy the boots, they'll get you where you need to go until the price drops.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies

In 1957, Alfred Hitchcock spoke to interviewer Collin Edwards for Pacifica Radio about his upcoming movie, tentatively titled From Amongst The Dead, which the next year turned out to be Vertigo. Subjects covered include dead bodies and humor, as you might expect.

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That radio interview finally gets a proper animation that evokes the way we still see Hitchcock: clever, macabre, and funny all at the same time. -via Boing Boing

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The Worst Marriage Advice From Every Decade

It seems like everyone has advice for married couples, and some married couples will look for advice from pretty much anybody when they feel like their marriage is on the rocks.

But unless they're talking to an experienced marriage counselor that advice is likely to be useless, because every person and marriage is different so the advice must be tailored to the couple.

Good Housekeeping took snippets of horrible marriage advice from "reputable" sources such as Reader's Digest, Bernarr McFadden's Womanhood and Marriage and Walter Gallichan's Modern Woman and How To Tame Her and broke it down by decade.

Think of it as a guide to the decline of sexism....oh wait, this one from Patti Stanger's 10 Commandments for Women Looking for Love was published in 2014...looks like we've got a ways to go!

See The Worst Marriage Advice From Every Decade here

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Student Juggles to Prove Sobriety to Police

Police in Conway, Arkansas, pulled over a car last Friday night because the brake light was out and it was going very slow. Inside was Blayk Puckett, who is a magician and a student at Central Arkansas University. He was driving home from the library, and said he was driving slow because he had a brake light out. Then the cops learned Puckett was a magician. And a juggler! After all, his license plates said "JUGGLER."

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The police didn't really think Puckett was drinking after they talked to him, but they enjoyed how he took the opportunity to drive the point home. Puckett posted the video taken by the cop at Facebook.

Update: Central Arkansas University sported this sign after the video went viral.

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Netflix Wants to Let You Choose the Ending to Their Shows

Remember how disappointing the ending for The Sopranos was? Well, a new Netflix technology is being released to allow you to change what happens on your favorite TV shows (at least, the ones Netflix makes). The choose-your-own adventure concept could make shows way more rewatchable, but it also could make them not quite as satisfying if all the shows you watch end up the way you want them to. Plus, it will hard to ensure the same quality of acting, directing and writing when everyone involved has to create multiple story lines. And, of course, the concept will make also make it harder to talk about with freinds since what you watched might not be the same as what they watched.

You can read more about the idea and how they plan to implement it over on The Daily Mail.

What do you guys think, is this a winning concept or just another marketing gimmick destined to fail?

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The Palace of the Reunification

The Palace of the Reunification in Saigon was the home and office of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After the fall of Saigon, it was renamed and made into a history museum.

Today, it’s called either Independence Palace or the Palace of the Reunification. Robbed of any official role, it has become a window into a bygone era. And what a fascinating era that was. Stepping inside the palace is like being transported back to the early 1970s. The decor and furniture remain unchanged, and (nearly) the entire building has been opened up to tourism — even the underground bunkers in which the president and his staff sought refuge during bomb attacks.

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell took a tour of the palace, soaking in the time-capsule atmosphere and history. You can read about the palace, watch a video of their trip, and see plenty of photographs at For 91 Days.

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Watch Norman Reedus Get Dragged Out Of A Live News Broadcast

Norman Reedus became the runaway star of The Walking Dead during the show's first season, and ever since his star has continued to rise as Norman continues to give us reasons to love him.

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Recently he and TWD producer Greg Nicotero appeared on the British morning show Sky News, and they had quite a nice chat about zombies, gore and Brits acting in American TV shows.

Then the show came back from a commercial break and things got really weird, as Norman and Greg were inexplicably dragged off the set by the floor manager.

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WTF Sky News? Why can't Greg and Norman talk about the weather as well?

-Via Uproxx

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Russian Cosplayer Rei-Doll is a Batman Villain

Russian cosplayer Irina Ushenina goes by the name Rei-Doll. She has costumes for a variety of characters from all fictional genres, although you can tell she's particularly fond of Batman characters, as she portrays the Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy.

However, she also does characters from Disney, manga, science fiction, and more. See a selection of Rei-Doll's impressive cosplay portraits at TVOM.  

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Mr. E.T. - 80s Retro Vintage Mash-Up - He's A Fool For Reese's Pieces

Mr. E.T. - 80s Retro Vintage Mash-Up by Captain RibMan

Nobody pities fools quite like Mr. T, and the man is brimming with so much strength and confidence that some people can't stand to say no to the guy for fear of being clobbered by his mighty fists. This bravado and self confidence was something E.T. was lacking before Eliot introduced him to the A-Team, but once he'd started watching the show and matching T's moves the E in E.T. just kinda fell away. Nobody could figure out if E.T. was just really wrapped up in his roleplaying or if he actually believed he had become Mr. T, but they weren't really worried about the little guy- because the gold chains around his neck made it hard for him to waddle very far!

Show some love for two of the brightest stars from the greatest decade ever with this Mr. E.T. - 80s Retro Vintage Mash-Up t-shirt by Captain RibMan, and you'll be able to pity all the fools who don't have a shirt as cool as yours!

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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 King Kong Story

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

The genesis of King Kong was director Merian C. Cooper's fascination with gorillas when he was very young. As a boy, he had read Paul du Chaillu's 1861 book Explorations and Adventures of Equatorial Africa. His fascination increased when he studied a tribe of baboons in Africa while filming The Four Feathers in 1929. Cooper later claimed the his "original vision" was of a giant ape on top of the world's tallest building, fighting off airplanes.

In 1931, Cooper brought the original idea for King Kong to Paramount studios. Paramount turned the script down, mainly because it was during the Great Depression and the costs of sending a film cast and crew to Africa and Komodo would be too much. Later that year, producer David O. Selznick brought Cooper to RKO studios as his executive assistant, with the promise that Cooper could produce his own films there.

Cooper proceeded to produce The Most Dangerous Game, a 1932 jungle adventure, at RKO- the film starred Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. Cooper was to produce a handful of films after this, but the "ape film" idea stuck in the back of Cooper's mind. After a personal presentation of his idea for the film to executives, he finally convinced RKO to take a chance and produce it.

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Hugh Jackman Doing Wolverine's Voiceover

Watch Hugh Jackman at work on the movie Logan. It's hard to keep a microphone on an action scene, so this was one that needed a voice re-recorded in post-production. He's acting the whole scene all over again! That's another reason he keeps getting the juicy roles. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Smart Glasses With Liquid Lenses That Adjust To Any Prescription

American optometrists have a racket enforced by law that says correctional lenses can't be sold without a prescription, and patients must update their prescription every year (or two for glasses).

But most people don't really need to update their prescription that often, and buying a new pair of glasses ever other year is expensive and a hassle.

So here's hoping these smart glasses created by engineers at the University of Utah make it past the testing stage- because they automatically adjust to any prescription.

These futuristic glasses have liquid lenses adjustable to any prescription via smartphone app, and the adaptive liquid lenses "can automatically switch between two prescriptions using piezoelectric actuation based on what the wearer is looking at."

-Via Laughing Squid

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An Honest Trailer for Moana

Screen Junkies takes a deep dive into the Pacific Ocean for an Honest Trailer about Disney's latest animated film Moana. While Moana was hailed as a big step forward for Disney movies, you can't help but see how every part of it resembles something that came before.  

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Oh yeah, there's a rundown of "honest lyrics" for the songs, too. They also have observations on Moana that you'd have never considered, but you're sure to get a laugh out of them now. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Animals No Longer on the Endangered Species List

If you follow news on endangered species, it can get pretty depressing to see so many animals facing extinction. But not all news about endangered animals is bad news. In fact, on TopTenz, you can read about 10 animals who have been removed from the endangered species list -including the panda that has served as an icon for conservation of endangered species since the WWF chose the bear as their icon in 1961. And while we so often hear about poachers decimating rhino populations in Africa, their cousins in India have also been taken off the endangered species list in the last decade.

There might still be a lot of animals that need our help out there, but articles like this are a reminder that we can make a difference and bring animal populations back from the brink. So see the whole list over at TopTenz.

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Wheelchair Man: The Superhero Based on a True Story

Mohammad Sayed was injured in Afghanistan when he was a young child, and became a paraplegic. His mother had died, his father left him, and he spent seven years in a hospital. Sayed earned money by fixing other patient's cell phones. In 2009, he came to the U.S. and is now an American citizen. Sayed studied engineering, developed several devices for wheelchair users, and started his own company. Now at 19, Sayed has has created a comic book superhero: Wheelchair Man!

I thought: "This is the greatest country, how is it possible that they have no wheelchair superhero?"

Well, I wasn't going to wait for Marvel to do it. I want to celebrate the powers and abilities that wheelchair users have, so I started to create a superhero called Wheelchair Man based on my own real-life story.

I write the stories and then I have an artist, Arielle Epstein, who is very talented, draw the images.

Wheelchair Man is a teenager, he's an immigrant and he's a Muslim. He's against hatred and he wants to end violence and make this world a better place. One of his main superpowers is that he can make criminals see the consequence of a crime before they have even committed it.

My plan is to develop a comic book series to inspire people with disabilities. There will be four other original superheroes - Wheelchair Woman, Wheelchair Girl, Wheelchair Boy and Captain Afghanistan - and all of them will be based on the real lives of wheelchair users from developing countries.

You can read the story of Sayed and his alter-ego Wheelchair Man at BBC News. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Mohammad Sayed/Arielle Epstein)

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Guy Expertly Pilots Speedboat Straight Into A Pole

As a general rule drivers should refrain from crashing into stuff, no matter what kind of vehicle they're driving, and all vehicles come standard with a way for the driver to steer clear of danger.

But the guy in this video seems to think steering wheels are made to enable crashing rather than avoidance, and he seems to think speedboats are indestructible.

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Judging by the look on his face he just froze when he should have steered away from the pole, but if he actually meant to hit that pole he should consider a career in stunt boating!

-Via Boing Boing

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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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The Disney Characters In Every Office

Most Disney movies do a poor job of presenting real life because the characters pretty much all live in a fairy tale world, where they're only forced to work in deplorable conditions as a way to develop their heroism.

But in the real world we've gotta work just to pay rent and bills and eat and stuff, and we don't become heroes by running the rat race- we just become worn out.

But if you think about it every office is full of people who resemble Disney characters- because they wander around aimlessly all day and act like they're from another world. (Comic by Paul Westover)

See The 6 Disney Characters In Every Office here

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A Terrichu Fate - The Legend Of Pika

A Terrichu Fate by Don Corgi 

Pikachu had a habit of playing video games for days on end, and during his downtime Ash couldn't drag that little lightning mouse away from the TV set because Pika was too busy gaming his heart out. One night he fell asleep while playing a Zelda game and proceeded to have the worst nightmare he'd ever had. It involved a magical mask, a boy with a skull head and a grinning moon destroying the Earth, and while the scenario would have been fun to play out in a game it was totally terrifying to experience in a dream. Pika was startled awake by the lunar collision, and he thought his Link to the nightmare world was over, until he saw the strange mask laying at his feet...

Make your fellow fans squeal with delight by wearing this A Terrichu Fate t-shirt by Don Corgi, it's the freshest way to show the world you're a poke-fan and a gaming legend!

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Brain-controlled Robots

MIT developed a system to control robots with electroencephalogram signals. The robot is tasked to sort objects, while the subject wearing an EEG cap watches. The robot is looking for an error-related potential (ErrP) signal that a human brain emits when the person sees the robot about to commit an error. That's why the robot appears to make a selection and then pause to see if it's correct before dropping the object in a basket.

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While the robot itself is not all that impressive, the interface between the brain and the action is almost supernatural. That an EEG can actually sort these kinds of messages is amazing. Read about the experiment in the original MIT paper. -via Laughing Squid

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More Stunning Capes and Scarves From El Costurero Real

We have previously featured the work of talented designer Alassie of El Costurero Real, but in our past article, we only showed her butterfly scarves and antlers. Since then, she has added all number of new fantasy-inspired clothing and accessories to her shop

The butterfly dress at top, the peacock cloak above and the bat wing cape below are all beautiful examples of her work.

Whether you're looking for hair accessories, cloaks, capes, full outfits, wedding dresses or jewelry, the shop is bound to offer some type of beautiful creation perfect for entering your own private fantasy world. See all of El Costurero Real's offerings here.

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This Adorable Japanese Mascot Drums Like A Heavy Metal God

Metal bands are made up of more than just darkly clad characters these days, and with bands like Mac Sabbath, GWAR and Green Jelly out there it's becoming hard for an ordinary human to stand out.

But the Japanese apple mascot character in this video is such a badass drummer he doesn't need a band!

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His name is Nyango Star, and he's an apple-cat thing from Kuroishi city in Aomori prefecture who really knows his way around a drum set. Here he is absolutely killing it while playing the Slipknot track "Before I Forget":

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Nyango Star recently came to the world's attention when this video of him playing Anpanman's March was shared by Twitter user @ak1225_062708 :

Now every metal band in the world is trying to get Nyango Star to audition, but he's so metal he thinks joining bands is for posers!

Read Japanese Cat-Apple Mascot Is Actually A Killer Drummer, Rocks Out To X-Japan here

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Un-Purpling Mark Hamill's Hair

Not that I ever really thought about it, but you might think that a working actor who needed a temporary color change might use something temporary, like Manic Panic, to make their hair purple. But Mark Hamill went the extra mile, and then went the extra mile three times to get his hair back to normal. And he isn't too self-conscious to share it with us.

The purple hair was for his portrayal of the Trickster in a December episode of the TV series The Flash. You see that some time had passed since his Trickster role when this photograph was taken, because he's busy growing out his Luke Skywalker beard. Maybe there was some Star Wars stuff he had to get ready for quickly.

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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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A The Problem with My Books

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

By Catherine Caldwell-Harris
Department of Psychology
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

[Editor’s note: This is a case study inspired by the report “Where The,” that appeared in July/August 2006 issue (vol. 12, no. 4) of AIR. That article profiled the study “The Definite  Article: Acknowledging ‘The’ in Index Entries,” Glenda Browne, The Indexer, vol. 22, no. 3, April 2001, pp. 119–22.]

Three long shelves span the wall of my office. Over a period of years I neglected to shelve books and they piled up in odd stacks. So many students responded to my announcement seeking a research assistant for $10 an hour that I felt compelled to pick a student almost at random. I chose a student from China, enrolled in law school, because I thought I might learn something about Chinese students, as I had recently been assigned to be the doctoral supervisor of a student from Taiwan, Hui-Wen. I asked my new assistant, Yi-Chuan, to alphabetize the shelves, and indicated where there were clumps of books that needed to be alphabetized in with the others.

Alphabetizing took Yi-Chuan a long time.

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Crafty Father And Son Build An Assault Trombone

There's something special about a parent and child creating and constructing something together, and hearing about these stories of building and bonding remind us of fun times from our own childhood.

But these endearing builds are even better when the project they're building is absurd, fun for the kid to play with and totally unique.

Back in 2015 YouTuber CAPTAINQUINN and his son built a real life cartoon weapon- an Assault Trombone that takes down wascally wabbits and daffy ducks with a deafening toot!

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-Via Laughing Squid

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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 Best Photos From The B&W Child Photography Contest 2016

(Looking For The Queen by Magdalena Hutchins)

Kids have a unique(ly short) view of the world, but it's hard for them to effectively convey their view to adults because they have yet to learn how to use language to make the content of their minds known.

(Untitled by Alicja Brodowicz)

Photographers who work with children as their subjects therefor try to show us what the children see, and how the wee folks feel in the land of the big people.

(Batman by Anna Kuncewicz)

These fantastic photos are winners from the 3rd annual International Photo Competition B&W Child 2016, and looking through them all is like taking a visual trip through the highs and lows of childhood.

(Ghost by Oriano Nicolau)

See The Best Photos From The B&W Child Photography Contest Of 2016 here

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The Hotline Hollywood Calls for Science Advice

Once upon a time, any scientist in a movie would likely be an evil mad scientist. Luckily, we got away from that and made more scientists the hero in films. But movie producers and scriptwriters are not scientists. To avoid being made fun of on internet forums, moviemakers try their best to be as scientifically accurate as possible within a story. So they consult the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which connects scientists to scriptwriters in order to bring realism and accuracy to their films. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, has a few movie credits for science consulting, most recently for Arrival.

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Plait tells more about Arrival and the the Science and Entertainment Exchange at his new SyFy Wire blog. Actually, it's Bad Astronomy with a new home. He also has links to a lot of scientists on the internet you can follow, and a longer video about the science in the movie Arrival.    

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