Looking For A Great Comic Strip With A Wicked Twist? Head Down A Toon Hole

Comic strips wouldn't be the same without that (typically last panel) twist ending, and even though this last panel reveal is a well known part of the medium there are still plenty of strips out there that can still surprise you.

Toon Hole is one of those comic strips, and their black comedy coupled with the eye pleasing artwork makes Toon Hole the strip you need to brighten up our dark days.

Because you can't go wrong with a comic strip like Toon Hole that delivers the funny without fail strip after toon-tastic strip!

See 10+ Cartoons By Toon Hole That End So Unexpectedly It Will Make You Laugh here


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Cat Fence Erected Around Volcano

The National Park Service has built a five-mile-long fence around Mauna Loa on the Big Island in Hawaii. The purpose of the fence is to keep cats out, making it the longest cat-proof fence in the country. Isn't that nice, they're trying to save the poor kitties from death by volcano. Except, while it might keep cats away from flowing lava, that's not the purpose of the fence. It's to protect nesting birds from the cats.

Mauna Loa’s lava-covered slopes make for some seriously forbidding landscape, but that hasn’t deterred cats, which have adapted to the Hawaiian islands just fine since arriving on explorers’ ships. So fine, in fact, that the little invasive predators are now a mortal threat to the endangered Hawaiian petrel, a seabird that breeds on Mauna Loa. Several thousand of the birds live in Hawaii, but only about 75 breeding pairs are on the Big Island.  

The fence, which took three years to erect, is six feet tall and has a special curved design at the top that is supposed to be cat-proof. I find it hard to believe that cats couldn't scale it if they had to, but I can well believe that it might be more difficult than a cat would consider worth the effort. -Thanks, John Farrier!   

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You Can Do It, And Matsuoka Shuzo Can Help

The world is a pretty dark place right now, and that lack of light makes people want to give up hope and embrace their depression just so they can feel something again.

But who can you turn to when you don't want to go on any further?

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Former Japanese tennis pro Matsuoka Shuzo, that's who, and you should let his shouts of encouragement be the wind beneath your wings.

Matsuoka is here to help inspire us to carry on until we breathe our last, because if he can harvest clams in 14 degree Fahrenheit weather you can survive the rest of 2016!

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Kansas Camera Traps Look for Cougar, Find Gorillas

Police in Gardner, Kansas, got a report of a possible mountain lion sighting in Celebration Park. To determine whether it was true, they set up two wildlife camera traps in the park. Three days later, they were surprised at how many times the cameras were tripped. There were pictures of a skunk, a coyote, a raccoon, two gorillas, a ninja in a ghilly suit, a homicidal senior citizen, Man Bear Pig, and Santa Claus. Chief of Police James Pruetting saw the humor in the situation.

“They did a pretty good job of centering themselves and putting themselves in the camera’s view, because you can’t—it’s like a box and I wouldn’t have known where to stand,” Pruetting said. “We still don’t know who it is. The attention has been 100 percent positive but no one has come forward. I mean, how many people have two gorilla costumes?”

You can see all the pictures at the Gardner Police Department's Facebook post.

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What the Fahrenheit?!



When winter looms, we start to pay more attention to the thermometer. The Fahrenheit thermometers in the U.S. are altogether confusing for folks in most of the rest of the world. Why does water freeze at 32°F instead of the more sensible 0°C? We usually just shrug and say it's always been that way, but that's not true. There's a real history behind the scale, even if we don't know all of it.  

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Veritasium brings us the story of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who made thermometers in the 18th century, with animation by Marcello Ascani. -via Laughing Squid 


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Wear Your Love Of Cinema On Your Chest With A Funny Movie Themed Shirt From The NeatoShop

Boss Battle by Chet Phillips

Everybody loves to watch movies, but only cinephiles study the shots, memorize the lines and see their favorite films as old friends. To them a movie is more than just a plot and a bunch of famous faces- it's a visual work of art that becomes a piece of their heart.

If you're obsessed with movies, or you've got a cinephile on your holiday shopping list, then you need to head to the NeatoShop and peruse our massive selection of movie themed designs.

These great designs can be printed on t-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve tees, kids tees, dog tees and more!

Movies are made to give audiences all kinds of different feels

A Clockwork Racer by Donovan Alex

From the darkest depths of terror to the hilarious heights of high flying comedy

X-Wing! by Captain RibMan

And everything in-between!

Peter Pan's Labyrinth by Hillary White

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27 Amazing Accomplishments of Elderly People

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Some people never give up. John Green tells us about some folks who are over the age of 80 and put us all to shame with the things they do, in athletics, in travel, in working, and in the arts. It just goes to show, you're never too old to be the best at something. Enjoy the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.


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These Birdhouses Are Decorated From the Inside

Everyone has seen nicely decorated birdhouses before, but have you ever seen one that looks good on the inside? Artist Jada Fitch takes plain cardboard boxes, decorates them on the inside, fills them with bird seed and then tapes them to her windows.

The result is a charming set of images featuring all types of birds in quite cozy cottages complete with furniture and birdie portraits. You can keep up with her newest works on her Facebook.

Via Incredible Things

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Mad Shelia Is The Chinese Mad Max Ripoff The World Needs Now

Asian companies have been creating bootleg versions of American merch and media for decades, and in that time they have become masters of making knockoff products that are just different enough to avoid a lawsuit.

But when they decided to rip off mega hit Mad Max they didn't care how much their film resembled the original, and this attitude shifted Mad Shelia from bootleg to full blown parody film.

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Mad Shelia looks like it might be the most enjoyable ripoff movie ever made, and the studio who made the film already has two sequels in the works, so the Mad Max crew better get to work or they risk being run over!

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The Pinocchio Familia Museum in Seoul

A teacher in South Korea has turned a lifetime love of Pinocchio into a museum. The Pinocchio Familia Museum in northeastern Seoul houses her dolls, artwork and ephemera related to the Italian tale of a wooden puppet that became a real boy. Renowned Korean architect Moon Hoon (previously at Neatorama) designed the three whimsically-shaped buildings of the museum. They are named Wave and Whale, Whale Tale, and Nose Fountain.

The Nose Fountain is the final building making up the Pinocchio Familia Museum. It is seemingly simple, but it is a great finishing touch to the whale-inspired structure. It is also perhaps the most relevant building to the main character behind the Museum. It features an elongated pipe affixed to its nose, and this small detail represents Pinocchio’s elongated nose. What’s more, the pipe is continuously spouting out water to add an element of the sea.

When a nose spouts water, the sea is not exactly what I think of. Take a tour of the architecture of the Pinocchio Familia Museum at Housely.


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80's SAMUS - The Original Video Game Misfit


80's SAMUS by MRCLV

Samus may not be the most famous bad girl of the 1980s, but her rebellion against Mother Brain and her misfit nature has made her the most enduring role model for girls who aren't content to sit by in silence while men run their lives. With her weapon array and awesome abilities Samus became the character both boys and girls wished they could become, even if only so they could wear her sweet armor and fire her blazin' hot arm cannon. But like many 80s pop culture icons Samus Aran has gone from household name to novelty character gamers bring up when they want to prove they're from the old school. However, those of us who remember how her adventures spiced up our otherwise boring lives, and that cool helmet removing reveal at the end of Metroid, will always think of Samus as the raddest!

Get your old school swagger on with this 80's SAMUS t-shirt by MRCLV, it's the fashionable way to take your geeky wardrobe back to the good old days of gaming.

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UNDEAD BOY Adventure of Linkle MAGIC SWAMP BLACK MANA SKULL THE HAND OF DESTINY / LA MANO DEL DESTINO

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The Bee Movie Sped Up Every Time Someone Says "Bee"

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The Bee Movie is hardly considered a classic film, but it's still one of those movies that everyone knows about, even if they've never seen it. And even without watching it, you probably know that they say "bee" a thousand times over. This ridiculous clip shows what happens when yo speed up the movie a little bit every time someone says "bee." It's seven minutes of insanity that's a lot more enjoyable than the original 95 minute film.


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A Blue Cup for Ben

Ben Carter is 14 and has severe autism. He takes his medicine in liquid, served in the only cup he will drink from -a blue Tommee Tippee sippy cup with two handles. That particular model is the only cup he will use, and his parents have gone through several of them over the years. Still, Ben has been to the hospital twice for dehydration because of his issues with drinking liquids. Since the manufacturer discontinued that model cup 12 years ago, it's been difficult to find replacements. So Ben's father Marc appealed through social media. His Tweet vent viral, and people responded.  

However, not only did the family receive several dozen old cups of the same model but the interest prompted the manufacturers to search factories across the world. Eventually they tracked down an original production mold in China which had not been disposed of as should normally have happened. After confirming it still works and is in a food-safe condition, they have told the family they will produce a lifetime supply of cups for Ben.

Marc Carter (@GrumpyCarer) was overwhelmed by the response and plans to make a documentary about the cups. Read the entire story, with a news video, at Geeks Are Sexy.


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A Timid Gibbon Needs Help From His Mom To Shoo Away A Wayward Rat

Nobody likes their home to be full of rats, even if they enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, so watching a gibbon struggle to get rid of a rat that has invaded his enclosure is something we can relate to.

Of course, if I were a gibbon I'd simply use my monkey kung fu skills to dispatch the rat and toss it to the nearest predator as an offering.

But the timid little gibbon in this video appears to have given up on his kung fu training- so he has to ask his mom for help.

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This video was shot at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in the English West Midlands, which may explain why the gibbon is so timid- he's not used to roughing it among the rats!

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The First Time John, Paul, George, and Ringo Played Together

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

It was the autumn of 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. The young, fledgling group who had recently changed their name, officially, to The Beatles were playing at a local club called the Kaiserkeller.

Hamburg was a vice-ridden city, a 24-hour-a-day unofficial red light district in itself. Hookers, pimps, thugs, gangsters, drug dealers, and other various and sundry "characters" and habitués roamed the streets during the day, and came to the clubs to hear the raucous music and bands a night. At the time, the Beatles consisted of five members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, plus their then-drummer Pete Best and their pretty mediocre bass player, Stu Sutcliffe.

During this time, the Beatles were playing 8-hour shifts at the club, alternating with another band that had come over from Liverpool called "Rory Storm and the Hurricanes." Each band would play five or six 90-minute sets every night, shifting back and forth. Although the Beatles had arrived in Hamburg first, the Hurricanes were the higher paid of the two groups, being the bigger name band at this point in time.

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Just Like Mom

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This toddler is learning to be just like the adults she sees around her. When a new parent sees things like this, it really drives home the importance of setting an example. Well, to be honest, that revelation comes after your initial reaction, which is to grab another phone and record the fun for viral posterity. -via reddit

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Matchbloc: A Collection of Matchbox Art

Jane McDevitt and Neal Whittington have an Instagram account devoted to matchbox covers of the Eastern Bloc, the communist Warsaw Pact nations of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. They are quite varied.

The scenes depicted on these labels vary massively in content, making their Instagram account very addictive to scroll through, “Images of power and revolution, industry and national pride were celebrated, but also featured are public service information such as health and hygiene, money saving, alcohol abuse and road safety” says Jane. However no matter the subject matter or artist in question, the matchboxes consistently match as a set, “The designers and illustrators embraced mid-century bold contemporary design and bright colours.”

Check out the rest of the Matchbloc collection at Instagram. -via Everlasting Blort


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New Adobe Software Can Make You Say Anything After 20 Minutes Of Listening

The technology of the future seems to be designed to make us paranoid, and technophobes are often terrified when they discover what artificial intelligence software can say and do nowadays.

But the new Adobe audio software VoCo isn't artificial intelligence software- it's an editing suite designed to help people warp and modify audio tracks in any way they can imagine. 

It just so happens to have one very cool, very AI feature that can simulate a person's voice after listening to them talk for about 20 minutes, allowing users to type out whatever they want that person to say.  

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This software seems like a good idea that will inevitably be used for evil, but Adobe tech Zeyu Jin says they're working on ways to tell the real voice apart from the fake:

“Don’t worry,” Jin said. “We actually have researched how to prevent forgery. Think about watermarking detection. As we’re getting the results much better, making it so people can’t distinguish between the fake and the real one, we’re working harder trying to make it detectable.” He then gave a thumbs up and grinned.

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Migrations in Motion

This map shows the optimal migrations patterns for wildlife looking for a better environment in the face of climate change. Migrations in Motion is interactive at the link, and has data only for North and South America so far. It's a collaboration between the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy. UW professor Joshua Lawler explains the map.

The map is color-coded to depict separate movement patterns for mammals, birds and amphibians. The animations show a mass exodus toward northern regions, with empty black zones showing where large cities or landscape features like the Great Lakes block migration. It's important to note that each dot and subsequent streaking line show the accumulation of species' movement, not just one animal's future migration, Lawler explained.

The researchers were surprised to see how clearly migration routes appeared once the data were visualized. They knew from the data that the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains were important movement areas, but once the data were animated on a map, those routes popped out like well-trodden paths, Lawler said.

In South America, the general movement is for species to leave the Amazon basin for the Andes. You can zoom into an area to see more detail at the site. -via How Stuff Works


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Hogwarts Versus Real High School

We all know Hogwarts has very little in common with the average high school, but when the differences between the two are spelled out for you Muggle life pales by comparison.

High school students are picked on, sorted into dozens of cliques and stereotyped according to their differences and style of dress by their fellow students.

Meanwhile at Hogwarts students are required to dress the same, but they're only sorted into four different cliques, so that's different.

Oh, and every meal at Hogwarts is a mouth-watering feast, while high schoolers wash down bread with cartons of milk.

But there are some similarities between Hogwarts and Muggle high school- students get bullied in both places, and jocks tend to rule the school.

George Rottkamp drew up this magical side-by-side comparison comic strip for Dorkly so we can all see what we missed by attending our simple Muggle schools. 

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How to Find Your Own Tardigrades

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals that are pretty much indestructible. They can survive almost any hardship condition, including dehydration. When they lack water, they go dormant, for years if necessary, then rehydrate and begin their lives again. There are at least a thousand species of tardigrades, which make up their own phylum and aren't closely related to anything outside it. The picture above was taken with a scanning electron microscope, but tardigrades can be seen under much less magnification. This video shows a tardigrade living in a wet slide mount that acts like a tiny aquarium. 

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You can have one (or more) of your very own, because they exist pretty much everywhere. The Stanford Tardigrade Project has detailed instructions for finding tardigrades and making microscope slides. They use a Foldscope, but if you have any kind of microscope, you should be able to see your tardigrade pet. -via Metafilter

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D-Va - She Makes Multiplayer Mayhem Look Good


D-Va by Carterson

Divas sing, dance and wear outfits that scream "look at me, love me, pay attention to me!" but D.Va doesn't need to rely on her moves or her voice to get attention- she has a badass mech to do all the talking for her! Watching D.Va and her mech in battle is a thing of beauty, as Hana does her dance of death while fusion cannons blaze away, but her opponents don't have time to watch the show- they're too busy trying to stay alive!

Get geared up for the game with this D-Va t-shirt by Carterson, it's the stylish way to show love for your favorite over powered video game character!

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Can You Spot the Queen In A Sea of Corgis?

We all know the Queen loves corgies and has a massive pack of them -so this image showing the queen lost among her sea of pups is entirely appropriate as far as hidden pictures go. This adorable image was created by the fashion website Stylight for Elizabeth's 90th birthday.

Can't find her? The Daily Mail has the answer for you.

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The War on Squirrels

During World War I, rations were doled out carefully, but food in California was being consumed voraciously by ground squirrels. School children were urged to aid the war effort and wage a war of their own by killing squirrels during a 1918 promotion called "Squirrel Week." Above is a pamphlet distributed to schools that contained information on the programmed instructions for using strychnine. There were even cash incentives for the kids who killed the most squirrels.

Children were asked to verify their kills by bringing in squirrel tails to their schools. Some impatient exterminators delivered their trophies directly to Commissioner Hecke even before Squirrel Week kicked off, causing a “pronounced odor” in his office. He requested that children not send him any more tails, and instructed his county commissioners to bury all tails after tallying them.

By the time Squirrel Week ended on May 4, children across the state had turned in 104,509 tails, though this was thought to represent a fraction of the total casualties. Even after the contest ended, the Commission of Horticulture reported that kids’ enthusiasm for killing squirrels continued for “an indefinite period.” During an anti-squirrel campaign in Lassen County later in the year, one girl brought in 3,780 tails; a boy brought in 3,770.

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How Cut Fruit Reacts Under UV Light

Fruit always looks delicious even if it's sliced, chopped, crushed or otherwise mangled, and watching someone cut a piece of fruit tends to make my mouth water.

But it turns out color has a lot to do with produce appeal, and when a piece of fruit is sliced open to reveal flesh that's a different color than expected it triggers our WTF response rather than our salivary glands.

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This video by Mathieu Stern and UV photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer shows what the inside of our favorite fruit looks like when viewed under UV light. Here's how it was made:

For this UV video, the subject is illuminated directly by UV emitting lamps . UV filter is placed on the lens, which allows ultraviolet light to pass and which absorbs or blocks all visible and infrared light. UV filters are made from special colored glass and may be coated or sandwiched with other filter glass to aid in blocking unwanted wavelengths.

-Via Laughing Squid

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The Largest Drug Seizures In U.S. History

The illegal drug trade is extremely lucrative because of the risk markup. A large enough bust can also affect the overall price, at least locally, because it can affect the supply, but not the demand. The estimated worth of seized drugs is just an estimation, and may be exaggerated, but this list of the biggest American drug seizures by estimated worth are big enough to impress upon us how huge the trade is.

In June 2016, The Miami-Dade police made the largest cash seizure in history. According to police, the discovery was something out of the movie, Scarface. The investigators found $20 million in cash stuffed into 5-gallon paint buckets. The buckets were hidden behind a false wall that led to a secret room of the suspect’s home. According to police, a confidential informant told them that the suspect was involved in an indoor marijuana growing operation. When the police searched the suspect’s home, the found the cash hidden in the buckets.

And that's just a marijuana growing operation! Read about much bigger import seizures, going back almost 30 years, at Money Inc.


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You've Never Been As Chill As This Husky

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Most dogs' natural instincts kick in when they hit the water, even if they're wearing a life jacket, but this husky is just too chill for that.  He may be failing his swim class, but he's winning at life. I mean, why waste energy swimming when you can just float on?

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Unique Star Wars Christmas Decorations

Star Wars and Christmas have had a happy connection ever since the first child asked Santa for a lightsaber in 1977, but even more so now that the annual Star Wars movies are apparently all going to drop in December.

Show your geeky side with Star Wars Christmas decorations that will surprise and impress your guests, and spark wonderfully nerdy conversations. Etsy vendors have plenty of unique handmade Star Wars crafts, like this one-of-a-kind Chewbacca door wreath from Buttered Burlap. See a list of the best handmade Star Wars Christmas decorations at Rue the Day. They'll make great gifts, too!


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Disney Reveals Their Newest And Most Eerily Realistic Animatronic Robot

Ever since Disney started making tons of money with their theme parks they've been funding research in the field of robotics in order to improve the animatronics and effects they use on their rides.

And all of that money and research has led to the creation of the most realistic animatronic robots to date- the Na'vi characters which will appear in the Pandora attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.

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It appears our robotic overlords will be built by Disney Imagineers...

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The Medical Dangers of Kissing

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!

Research about some of the risk that comes from osculation
compiled by Ernest Ersatz, Improbable Research staff

Kissing can be a dangerous enterprise. These studies attempt to clarify some of the dangers.

Pleasure Not Untainted (1)
“Food Allergies and Kissing,” Rosemary Hallett, Lori Haapanen, and Suzanne Teuber, New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 346, no. 23, June 6, 2002, pp. 1833-1834. The authors, at the University of California, Davis, report:

[T]here are rare reports of transmission of allergens through kissing. We were recently surprised by the number of people in our data base of subjects with food allergies who spontaneously reported such reactions....

Reactions began rapidly after the kiss in all interviewed subjects (all in less than one minute). All 17 reported localized itching and swelling or urticaria in the area kissed. Four subjects reported the development of wheezing with at least one episode of kissing. Patient 5 was kissed on the cheek by his mother right after she tasted pea soup on the stove and a large wheal immediately developed at the exact site of the kiss, followed in minutes by flushing, urticaria, angioedema, and severe wheezing, requiring the administration of epinephrine in the emergency department.

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