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Heartwarming Stop Motion Short - I Am Tom Moody

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It’s open mic night at the Egg and Sparrow, and a young musician named Tom Moody takes to the stage, ready to share his vocal gifts with an eager audience. But can he overcome his fear, ignore that cynical voice in his head and belt out a tune

Directed by Ainslie Henderson, I Am Tom Moody is a charming gem about overcoming insecurity and being comfortable in your own skin. It's full of humanistic warmth and relatable situations, and the adorable characters are sure to make lovers of stop motion animation go squee.

-Via GeekTyrant

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Adorable Pics Of Pets Before And After They've Grown Up

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The time we get to share with our beloved pets seems fleeting in comparison to our own life spans, and losing a little furry friend you’ve had since you were a kid makes the whole thing that much harder. That’s why it’s important to celebrate the time you have with your fur covered family members by taking lots of pictures of, and sometimes with, them!

This series of photos collected by "The Only Magazine For Pandas" Bored Panda shows pets (and sometimes their owners) before and after they're all grown up. Some of the pets stayed relatively the same size, most became huge when compared to their younger selves, and all seem to share an unconditional love with their adoptive human parents.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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The Most Ridiculous Mashup Ever - SpongeMen SquareWatch

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It takes a sponge wearing square pants to solve the greatest murder mystery to ever rock the annals of Bikini Bottom superhero history, a special kind of square pants wearing sponge with a cool face mask thingie and really cool detective style clothing.

Born to raise the WTF factor to infinity times infinity, SpongeMen SquareWatch is the animated mashup nobody asked for, nobody thought they wanted, but now leaves us waiting breathlessly for a full length sequel.

Created by Rodrigo Huerta and Hans Van Harken for El-Cid, SpongeMen SquareWatch is a hilarious way to scar the already troubled minds of SpongeBob fans, and an adorably clever way to pay homage to Alan Moore's masterpiece Watchmen.

-Via Topless Robot

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Disney Princesses As Game Of Thrones Characters

It’s safe to say that Walt Disney would absolutely not approve of this Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters crossover, unless it made him a couple million bucks of course, but as of now old Walt has yet to come back as a zombie, and nobody has discovered his talking head in a jar, so I guess illustrator Sam Tsui, aka DjeDjeHuti on DeviantArt, can safely share his character redesigns with the world.

Elsa from Frozen conveniently fits right in, but if Sam had come up with these designs years ago he would have been sorely lacking a fitting princess for the role of Daenerys, however casting Mulan as Brienne is absolutely perfect.

It’s a good thing this crossover will never happen in real life, because I don’t think Disney fans would enjoy seeing these lovable princesses being butchered like Westeros hogs at a Red Wedding!

-Via Sploid

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Marc Almond Sings Along With Floppy Drive Version Of Tainted Love

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People are playing all kinds of songs with linked up disc drives these days, from The Ghostbuster’s Theme to REO Speedwagon’s Keep On Loving You, but YouTuber Gigawipf is officially the first computer hardware musician to get the original singer to add their voice to a techno-comp creation.

Singer Marc Almond heard the floppy drive version of Soft Cell's Tainted Love created by Gigawipf and liked it so much that he decided to add some vocals to the original video, bringing New Wave icon and outdated computer tech together in a totally 21st century way.

-Via MetaFilter

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Young People Swap Clothes With Their Elders

People are always making fun of senior citizens for the way they dress, referring to their look as outdated and slouchy, but is that perception entirely based on the age of the person wearing the clothes?

Photographer Qozop decided to test that theory in a series called "Spring-Autumn" in which hip youngsters swap clothes with their elders, either a parent or grandparent.

Some of the style swaps are pretty subtle, especially when the young person is already dressed conservatively, but the pics of the mother(?) and daughter standing in front of a bunch of saris is one hilarious example of a radical style update!

-Via 22 Words

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New Batman Figures From DC Collectibles

Fans of Batman: The Animated Series were pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of figures that came out for the series back in the 90s. Kenner did a surprisingly good job of not only capturing the iconic look of the series, but also in making toys which were fun to play with, complete with lots of accessories and even a few vehicles and playsets.

So why create a whole new series of action figures based on Batman:TAS? Because the dream of the 90s is alive in Toyland and this new series, released by DC Collectibles, is sure to make collectors feel like a kid again.

DC Collectibles is not only releasing some sharp looking figures from B:TAS, they’re making figures from The New Batman Adventures and more, and it’s a sure bet that Batfans will be lining up to get their hands on these new figures when they’re released in November.

-Via Geek Tyrant

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Deleted And Extended Scenes From Game Of Thrones Season 3

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Audiences are so enthralled with all the bloodshed, battles and political intrigue the HBO series Game of Thrones has to offer that they’re crying out for more, and with the fourth season nearly upon us our favorite murderers, liars and deceivers are back to keep Westeros weird.

Here’s a bounty of deleted scenes from season 3, fifteen minutes worth to be exact, which should be enough to whet your appetite for the upcoming fourth season.

But beware- there are spoilers a-plenty and NSFW language in this compilation of deleted and extended scenes.

-Via Nerdist

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20 Facts You Might Not Know About Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong started out as a barrel throwing kidnapper with a deep seated hatred of plumbers, and now he’s the star of his own series called Donkey Kong Country.

But how did a gorilla come to be called Donkey, and what happened in his life that made him go from barrel tossing maniac to defender of the Kongo Jungle and enemy of the evil King K. Rool?

Check out this insightful article from the fine folks at Gamma Squad and up your DK game with 20 Fascinating Facts You May Not Know About Donkey Kong Country, just in time for the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

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Stunning Photographs Of Asia By Weerapon Chaipuck

Everybody knows that Asia is full of beautiful picture perfect scenery- from the ancient architecture to the natural wonders that abound, the colorful wildlife and the equally colorful populace. Much of the continent still looks like it has for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, so a photo series based around beautiful Asian scenery is a no-brainer.

What makes this series by photographer Weerapon Chaipuck different is the fact that these scenes are being shot by a native, someone who knows the land and strives for these ideals with every shoot:

To create a project, you must do homework about the place; which season and period of time are optimal for taking photographs, what is the vantage point, which lens should be used, and what your post production process is going to look like...

Weerapon's images have been enhanced by Photoshop, although he claims:

When shooting landscapes, it is 100% natural, and pinpointing the exact time of day to shoot, whether that be 30 minutes before the sun begins to rise or 30 minutes before sunset, is a constant challenge.

-Via Bored Panda

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Street Artist Replaces Billboard Ads With Classical Art

This isn’t the street art you’re used to- it isn’t created with spray paint or stencils, and it doesn’t mar the face of the urban environment in Paris. In fact, this unusual form of street art beautifies the cityscape, replacing advertising eyesores with classical works of art.

This is the work of street artist/city beautifier Etienne Lavie, who is on a mission to replace billboards all over the city of Paris with something people actually want to look at, such as classical paintings like "Liberty Leading The People" by Eugene Delacroix, in a project called "OMG who stole my ads?"

Eugene's cause is truly noble, although it's doubtful that the advertisers will agree when they find out that their billboards have been appropriated.

-Via Flavorwire

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Northlandz- An Epic Level Model Train Environment

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Model train builders generally start with a small track and a few plastic trains bought at the local toy store, but for those who feel the calling of those tiny rails in their blood model trains soon become a lifetime obsession.

Flemington, New Jersey is a mecca for model railroaders, thanks to hometown hero Bruce Zaccagnino, a fairly obsessed mini railroad man who has been working for over a decade on his mindblowing 52,000 square foot railroad paradise known as Northlandz.

Here's what visitors to Northlands can expect to see:

a vast network of mountains, bridges, and sky scrapers, all with tiny trains snaking along on the miniscule landscape.

The museum as it now stands is a maze of rooms, tracks, and tiny scenes. There are little plane crashes, cemeteries, and factories — it's way more than just a train going around a track with some fake trees alongside of it.

Miniature photographer Matthew Albanese went to Northlandz with the Sony QX-100 lens-style camera, and while the video may be a glorified commercial for the camera it's certainly an effective way to sell your product!

-Via Studio@Gawker

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Thrift Store Paintings Are Given A Pop Culture Makeover

As a frequent thrift store shopper I’m always coming across terrible paintings being sold for a few bucks because nobody else wants them, a sad testament to the time and energy spent by a budding artist who had no idea of the cruel fate that awaits their painting.

Luckily there’s a good Samaritan named Dave Pollot shopping thrift stores and bringing a geeky new life to reject paintings. With the simple inclusion of pop culture icons like Darth Vader, Bender from Futurama and that cute little Android spokesrobot Dave gives these abandoned works of art a new life.

Dave’s appropriated paintings may not land him in the MoMA, but they’re sure to get him some geek love on the interwebs.

-Via Nerd Approved

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The True Faces Of Olympic Figure Skating

Olympic figure skaters may look like the picture of grace and sophistication when they’re skating for the gold, but these high speed photographs show the derpy side of figure skating.

Their facial expressions seem to say “oh god, this is going to hurt!”, “why are you hitting yourself?” or “boy are these pants tight!” but they’re probably just trying their hardest and caught up in the moment, oblivious of the derpy look on their faces.

But whether they’re making faces because they’re exerting so much energy and concentrating so deeply, or because they just don’t care about the cameras flashing all around them, one thing’s for certain- any one of these derpy photos would make a great new Facebook profile pic!

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Couture Star Wars Dresses By Rodarte

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Star Wars went from being the stuff of geek dreams and a surefire way to remain abstinent to a pop culture phenomenon accepted and enjoyed by all. It’s no longer totally geeky to declare your love of Star Wars, and now it has even become an inspiration for a line of dresses from fashion label Rodarte.

Designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy were fans of the space opera before they became fashion designers, so it’s only fitting that they explore their geek roots and create a couture collection featuring iconic images from their beloved Star Wars.

Now you can say “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” while pointing at your dress and the uninitiated will actually get the joke!

-Via Gamma Squad

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Terribly Good CGI Recreations Of Pop Culture Classics

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Creating good looking CGI artwork, models, shorts, etc. requires a lot of experience, some technical know-how and a good eye for detail. But creating utterly terrible CGI works can be an art in itself, or simply an (un?)happy accident along the way to your final 3D destination.

The folks behind Really3D are trying to create “The best 3D animations of the world!”- in other words 3D shorts that are so bad they’re grrrreat!

Watch as they bring a horrible mutation of Jurassic Park to life, complete with a lumbering cantaloupe, err, I mean Brontosaurus.

Stare in amazement as classic Mickey incarnation Steamboat Willie is brought into the digital age, with just a bit of chromosomal damage along the way.

Wonder why you’re watching such deliciously bad CGI animation, then keep on watching until it looks good!

-Via Gizmodo

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Ancient Chinese City That Lies Beneath A Lake

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There’s a city in China that is sure to become the number one destination for scuba divers and adventure seekers from all over the globe, a place that’s not likely to be overrun by tourists because it lies over 30 meters below the surface of Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang, China.

The massive underwater ruins of a city dubbed “Shicheng” (“Lion City”) were discovered by archaeologists in 2001, and even though the city was built in 208 A.D. and has been underwater for over 50 years it is remarkably well preserved, with stunning examples of ancient architecture and intricately carved arches waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to throw on some scuba gear and pay the sunken city a visit.

-Via DesignTAXI

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Everywhere - Let's Draw Sherlock

Viewers are obsessed with the latest incarnation of that most famous of detectives- Sherlock Holmes as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, and since audiences can’t get enough Benedict’s face is starting to show up in all kinds of unusual places, from Sesame Street to fun photo shoots to classical works of art.

Let’s Draw Sherlock is a Tumblr site dedicated to art featuring Benedict's beloved mug, with various projects like replacing the subject of many famous works of art, like Modigliani’s “Franz Hellens” and Lempicka’s “The Blue Scarf”, with Mr. Cumberbatch's face, and drawings featuring Sherlock and Watson attending historical moments, just to name a few.

Whether Mr. Cumberbatch's fifteen minutes of fame extend ad infinitum, or he ends up shying away from the spotlight, these remixed artworks bearing his instantly recognizable face will live on.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Mellowest Park In Canada- Dude Chilling Park

There's a park in Vancouver which sports a most unusual name on its official sign- Dude Chilling Park.

The park was originally called Guelph Park, but a crafty individual named Viktor Briestensky replaced the boring original with a more appropriate sign, based on a piece of public art found in the park that looks like a dude chillaxing on the grass taking in the scene. (Previously on Neatorama)

Park officials promptly took the sign down, but due to a petition signed by 1,500 residents in favor of the sign the park has been permanently renamed Dude Chilling Park, making it the mellowest park in all of Canada!

-Via Booooooom!

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Never-Before-Seen Photos Show Decrepit State Of NYC Subway In 1981

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People are constantly complaining about the poor conditions, rude people and general discomfort experienced when they ride the subway around New York City every day, but if they could see what the NYC subway system looked like back in 1981 they’d probably stop whining and appreciate how far those railcars have come.

Photographer Christopher Morris captured the seedy nature of subway travel back in the early 80s, spending six months purposefully documenting the decrepit state of affairs found aboard New York City’s subway system.

Christopher recently discovered some photos from the series that hadn’t been published, so he shared them with TIME Lightbox in hopes that people will see how far those MTA rapid transit cars have come in the last thirty years.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Forensic Scientists Create The Face Of Crystal Skull Vodka

Forensic artists can’t come across a skull, or skull shaped decanter, without wondering what that person’s fleshy face looked like when they were among the living, and there’s no better testament to your artistic skills than creating a skull sculpture from scratch that actually looks like a human being when clay skin is added.

Some hitherto unnamed forensic scientists couldn’t help themselves when they saw a bottle of Crystal Skull Vodka sitting on the shelf at their local liquor store, they just had to see what that laughing face would look like properly skinned.

So they bought a bottle and went to work properly replacing layers of muscle and flesh until they revealed the face of a drunken fool, very appropriate for the spokesskull of a popular alcoholic beverage!

If anyone knows the name(s) of the forensic scientists behind this project please share in the comments below!

-Via Cheezburger

Update: These photos came from Crystal Head Vodka’s Facebook page. The forensic artist who did this is Nigel Cockerton.  -Thanks, kdub!

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African Ghost Town Reclaimed By The Desert

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Ghost towns are the product of a booming then bottomed out economy that causes people to abandon the town, and when the people are all gone the town has nowhere to go, it merely bides the time until it all comes tumbling down in decay, or until the earth has finished reclaiming the space for its own.

The German settlement Kolmanskop resides in Namibia, serving as a testament to the European exploitation of resources in Africa and the fleeting nature of communities based around diamond and gold mining.

Abandoned in 1954, this series of pics by photographer Romain Veillon appropriately entitled Les Sables Du Temps (the Sands of Time) shows the town sixty years later, as it's slowly devoured by the desert sand.

-Via Dangerous Minds

Previously on Neatorama- A Ghost Town Buried in the Sand

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Infinite Friends Machine - A Bot That Writes Sitcoms

Here to demonstrate that even a robot could have written scripts for the sitcom Friends is the Infinite Friends Machine, a bot programmed to write an episode of Friends and may be credited as the creator of a sequel series called Frenemies. Okay, that last bit may not be true, but the fact that a bot and a bit of coding is all it takes to write your average sitcom isn’t really earth shattering news.

 Creator of IFM Tom Armitage explains how he used a program called Plotagon to create the strangest episode of Friends ever made:

The machines does a few simple things. First, it scrapes Friends transcripts. For now, it works for most of Series 1. It then parses those scripts and chops them up into episodes, scenes, and lines attributed to individual characters. It also strips out some directions. Then, using all that, it offers ways to generate new scripts.

Is this the future of televised entertainment, with rooms full of sketch writers being replaced with server racks and script writing code? I certainly hope not...

-Via Gawker

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Photo Series Reveals The Last Meals Of Death Row Inmates

To an inmate waiting for the inevitable conclusion to their sentence, namely death by one of the five legal methods of execution, their last meal is guaranteed to be the best thing to happen to them since they were sent to death row.

Photographer Henry Hargreaves finds the whole practice of public execution to be "a remnant of an earlier era", which compelled him to recreate the last meals ordered by notorious death row inmates like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy and Timothy McVeigh, photographing the recreated meal next to a card that details info about each prisoner.

Each meal says something about the man who placed the order, and whether they used it to make a profound statement or simply wanted one last chance to chow down the meal will go down in history as part of their dark and mordid story.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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New Blog Pairs High Fashion Photos With Their Visual Influence

High fashion clothing designers create pieces of wearable art that are meant to garner the wearer attention from the public and bring a sense of wonder to an otherwise khaki colored world, and many designers draw influence for their fashion works from many diverse and surprising sources.

A new blog called WHEREISEEFASHION puts high fashion wardrobe shots next to works of art and photographs of natural elements, in a side-by-side comparison that attempts to show a possible influence for each garment.

Seeing the artistic, natural and elemental influences behind these fashion artworks clearly shows the design aesthetics and textural decisions that go into each piece, and may give you a better appreciation for fashion design.

-Via WeTheUrban

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Sesame Street Meets Street Fighter

The puppets that occupy Sesame Street all seem to get along pretty well on the show, but even furry monsters that eat cookies and sing songs all day need to blow off some steam every once in a while.

For that there's Sesame Street Fighter, a new, and of course semi-educational, game played with typing control mechanics similar to games like Typer Shark and The Typing of the Dead. As you type out words your Street Fighter inspired character throws balls of fuzzy fire or lays a cookie fueled smackdown on the opposition, all to a sweet chiptune version of the Sesame Street theme song.

So get yourself a cookie, give your knuckles a good cracking and prepare for the typing fight of your puppet life, which you can play at Flavourmachine.

-Via Gamma Squad

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Textural Sculptures Made From Strands Of Clay

The colorful works of Joseph Barbaccia have a delightfully textile quality about, looking like they’re made out of yarn with a texture similar to macramé,  but surprisingly these totally tubular sculptures are made out of polymer clay.

Joseph captures the likenesses of Charles Bukowski, a Poe inspired raven and everyone’s favorite neighbor Totoro with thin strands of colored clay, which he meticulously rolls out by hand then lays out in various colors to form sculptural 2D images infused with a sense of motion and writhing, squiggling life.

We previously featured a crayon self portrait created by Joseph here on Neatorama, and although he has shifted his style up quite a bit since then his new works are every bit as colorful as his crayon point portrait.

-Via My Modern Met

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Famous Movie Scenes Depicted In The Style Of The Ottoman Empire

Turkish artist Murat Palta blends the art style of his native land with pop culture scenes from his modern geek heritage, creating art prints that look like they would fit right in during the Ottoman Empire or a geeky fandom convention.

Each piece is rendered in Miniature Style of the Ottoman Empire, and Murat’s choice to keep the characters simple, with an aged and weathered aesthetic, really adds to the charm of pieces depicting iconic scenes from geek friendly films such as A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars, Alien, The Shining and Scarface, just to name a few.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Artist Creates A Different Kind Of Selfie

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When Spanish artist Eloy Morales wants to create a selfie, capturing a moment in time when he finds himself covered in various colors of paint, he doesn’t pull out his digital camera or cell phone- he grabs tubes of paint and some brushes and gets to work on a hyper realistic selfie painting.

His attention to details, warmth of contour lines, rendering of natural light and the colorful paint splattered across his face give each piece a hyper realism that fools people into believing they’re actually looking at a photograph, but Eloy’s selfies are so much cooler than some smartphone snapshot.

And if you think Eloy's incredibly realistic renderings are created using Photoshop watch the included video showing the master portrait artist at work.

-Via Bored Panda

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GIFs Compare NES Game Screens To Original Film Source

Gamers were blown away by the surprisingly detailed pixel art graphics created for the intros and cutscenes used in Nintendo Entertainment System games, especially the adaptations of movies and TV shows.

Players weren’t staring at an abstractly arranged pile of pixels, they got high quality 8 bit art with their updated console gameplay, and the crowds went wild. But how close were those pixel art masterpieces to the actual movie footage?

Technologically advanced duo Brother Brain and Low Interest have created some scintillating morphing image GIFs as a futuristic form of side-by-side comparison.

The conclusion- game artists in 1985 were really good at replicating the original source with a limited color palette and a handful of pixels, and these morphing images would make totally rad wall art pieces.

You can see ten of these amazing morphing NES screen GIFs here.

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