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October 04 2017

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vuhii:

diocchi:

so as i was looking for scenes to gif i noticed that Dio sometimes does this thing where he looks into the “”camera”” like he’s on some reality tv show or something

with that being said, i present you this

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October 03 2017

17:45

FLEX TAPE

50plusotaku:

surprisebuttspecks:

50plusotaku:

the-spooky-birdy:

the-real-todd-howard:

the-spooky-birdy:

the-real-todd-howard:

friendly-neighborhood-patriarch:

the-spooky-birdy:

friendly-neighborhood-patriarch:

the-spooky-birdy:

skybreakerpony:

the-spooky-birdy:

the-spooky-birdy:

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO

@1-800-wish-a-nigga-would That’s absolutely right Phil, it can even fix a broken marriage! With Flex Seal A̧͐̅ͤ̂͗ͣͬ̅͗͌͋͛̂̄ͨ̃̂̚͟҉͙͙̙̙̲̥̬͙͔̺͜N̵̨̫͍̪̱̣͕͓̯͎̺̰͓̝̘͑͒̋̒̚Y̌̾̉̏͋ͭ͆ͦ̑͌̊̎͏̷͖̞͉̟͔̣̙̦̝̝̦̻̫̼ͅT̄ͧ͑͛̅̽̓͐ͥ̀̔͌̆ͥͥ҉̷͖̯̠̳͍̦͍̙̣̰͕̟͉H̵̢̡̫͎̳̮̖͕̹̖̩̰̲̠͎̩͔̃͛ͮ̽ͩ͝Iͩͭͩͫ͗́̍͊̈́̓̌̍̌҉͈̥̬̞͚͙̰̘̜͈͠ͅͅŅ̷̂ͭͫ̓͊͂ͨ̄͐̂͛͊̈̈ͪͮ̅҉̷͚̠̹̗̯̀G̴̡͒̾̏ͥͮ͐̓͋͊ͦͩ̎ͫ̈̚͜͏̡̮̘̳͇̙̣ ̶̥͈̟͈͈̮̬̘̟̰͓̭̠̲͍̻ͭ̂̎͊ͯ̍ͧͤ̓ͭ̐ͯ̀̄̚͠͞͝ͅỊ̢̞̤͕̗̖̠͖̪̲̗̣̯͕̜̫͕̄̓͆͌͊́͐̂ͧ̚͡ͅŞ̴̶̪̤̜̣͙͙͈̮̱̄̌ͧ̂̌ͮ̐̈́̍̚ ̬̖̮̭͈͔̈̑ͧͭ̀̊̄̌̉͑̄ͣͧ̈ͭͣ́͜P̧̘̺̯͙̤͎̻̣͍͙̺͍̱̘͓̓̅ͥͬ̓̀͜͠ͅO̥͕̤̮̘̤͍̟͕̯̱͎̮͉̳ͤ͑̇̍̾͊͢͟͜͝S̵̛͚̻̞̟̱͎̗͗̑ͦ͐ͩ͗̏ͥ̄̓͂͊͌͆ͮ́̚͜͠S̶̨̢̩̝͇̹͈̳̺̪̭̻̑̔̇̋ͤ͝I̢̡̨̗̩̤̫͚̪̦̩̹͖̎͛̔ͧ̑ͯ͗͛͒̔̚̕͡B̶̸̨̨̜̲̤̼̹̬̩̲̬͉̞̹̳͕̠̳̩͒ͨͨ́̓̓̽ͨ̆͂̋͑͆̄ͮͧ̚͝L̷̨̀ͦ̆͋ͦ͆̍͊̂͂̚҉̡͓̭̝̯̯̣͚̻͕̲̻̝E̶͕̟̯̥͙͖̠̠͓̼͈̖̜̻̘̐̾͋ͪ̑ͣ̆̀̊̓ͥ̓ͨͭ͗̒͆̓̀͘͞ 

IT CAN EVEN STOP THE FLOW OF TIME, PHIL.

I SAWED THIS BOAT IN HALF

SLAP ON THAT FLEX TAPE IT’S NOT A FUCKIN MIRACLE


SLAP IT ON WITH THE MIGHT OF ZEUS

*Epic Music*

THATS NOT ENOUGH DAMAGE

I̸̭̹̻͐͒̏͗ͥ͛̀͡S̷̲̝̭̦̰̫͆͐͌ͥͩ̇͛ͩ́͢ ͉̥̥͚̭̣̞̽̑̽̑̓ͩ͋ͮ̇͜ͅT͕͓̠̳͕ͫͩ̇ͩ́H̯̠̦̯̩͊͂ͨ̑̏ͣǏ̧̢̳̼͙̞͉͔͑S͚̻͇̠͉̰̞͔̮ͮ̉ͭ̉ ̧̲͍̥͔̳̓ͫͣ̑W̨̙̞ͧͫ͗͌͛ͧ̓͌̕͝H͒ͬ͏̵̯̻̪̜͎A̬̰̝ͤͬ̒T̸̲̖͙͖ͧ̂͜͡ͅ ̣̳ͨ͆͐̿̏̚H̘͑ͤͨ̓̉͟A̮̙ͭ͐ͮ̔̋̒͟͞P̝͍͔̱͎̗͚͙ͤ͒ͭͦͮͪͣ̎͢Pͧ̋ͣͯͥ̅̈ͭ͘҉̺̰̥͕̺̪̰E̶̻̪̙̭̳͐͋ͣ̒̆ͫ͘Ǹ̴̦͕͈̮̗̟͖̼͡S̨͙͉̜̦͔̙̯͛̈̂ͥ͂ͤ̿ ̷̶͙͓̼̟̠͕ͩ̓ͪ̈͛̂͟W͇̘͇̜̜̲̯̭̅̂͐̍ͣ͞H͈͔̞͖̮̆̓̒͊̂̃̒͐E̮͇͍͔̠̲̦ͨ̈́̎̂N͒̚҉͇̝͙ͅ ̧̗̦̲͍͛̂ͣ͜͢Y̶̥̤ͥ̾̆͗̐͂͢Ȍ̗̬͓̺̗͗͛ͮ̉ͥ̎̒͘̕Ũ̢̻͓̜̼̞͈̆͠ ͎̥̼̫͎̘ͯ̆̔T̰̬͖͔ͧ̃ͪͥͧ́͝R̨̙̩̪͎̻͚̥̜̓Y͈̮̯̞̼͎̅ͪ̆̚̕͡͡ͅ ̗̩̟͕͍͓͇̊ͧ̀̿ͩͧ̇͝T̿̆ͯͬ҉̸̺̗̺̪͎͙̩͈̜O͇̦͔̖ͤ͌̾͑̐̆ͧͩ̕͡ ̴̛͋̈́̋͗̎ͨ̑̑͘ͅP͎̞̤̥̰͇͉̫͛̅̏̉L̺̳̪͓̘̺̱̜ͤ͋ͩ̇͜A̩̳͛ͥ͋̐ͤ̍ͯ͐Y̽ͪ̀҉͚͍ ̲̫͉͒̆̓͌͆G̡͔̼̖̜̪̫̓̕O̪͇͍͛ͬ͗ͪD̹̬̺̞̜̜̱̬̆ͪ

I destroyed god with flextape

FLEXTAPE IS GOD NOW

@surprisebuttspecks

@surprisebuttspecks Okay you can stop now

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surreal–memes:

He will destroy us all.

Submission by @sam-the-robot
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itsalwaysoctober:

Halloween movies I can’t go without 😍🎃

17:40
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toastyhat:

hi is anyone else reading Miss Kitty and Her Bodyguards

it’s adorable

got some quality anthro art

and hilarious!

inb4 anyone else: “lol toasty are you a furry or something”

yes sure, and also go read this man-hwa it’s great

This webcomic is honestly one of the few scheduled joys in my life.

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introvertunites:

If you’re an introvert, follow us @introvertunites

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sneakyfeets:

adumbrant:

literally no one is asking for it and every single one of their previous attempts have failed so like why

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zorri:

2dollars:

berlin1991:

pls kill all men who yell at girls from cars

A lotta men you know would be dead. Surprise

I love surprises

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50plusotaku:

darkrose-9:

inkskinned:

HOW TO WRITE 20 PAGES (from one girl w/mental illness 2 the rest of u, but please keep in mind all of this is just personal Stuff That Worked for me n u might be different):

  • first of all, and probably most importantly, make that paper about something you actually give a shit about. if you can write an essay on how long shakespeare’s dick is when you’re talking to your friends, that’s a good topic. don’t choose something u don’t care about, you will Want To Die
  • “okay but the only topics are ones i don’t care about” talk 2 ur teacher 99% of the time if you’re like “here’s a well-thought-out thesis can i talk about this instead” they’re like “sure lmao i just couldn’t think of other paper topics to suggest”
  • “they said no” cool find the one u hate the least and try to tie it into something u like. for example i really hated this stupid paper i had to write about a stupid book so i ended up writing about the food inside the book and whether or not it was a historically accurate depiction of food. turns out i fucking love talking about food. i also remade some of the old recipes and brought them in as part of the presentation of my project and people went fuckken nuts bc BREAD. basically i thought about “what motivates me? uh food” and followed that. it was a 45-page book about bread and i looked like a really good student when really i just love bread (somewhere, oprah smiles over me)
  • the 20-pagers are the ones you Actually Cannot Do the night before. i know we all got real fuckken cocky back in hs when we learned how to do 5 pages in one night w/out trying too hard but 1. as a teacher now i can tell u for sure that teachers do know you rushed it, we just Don’t Care bc We’re Not Paid Enough and 2. twenty pages is not the same thing. you need to actually take the time to do it. this is the actual version of “you’re not in hs anymore” DONT lie to yourself and think “it’s fine i’ll do it in one day” you will !! Regret it!!!! 
  • “raquel. raquel. listen to me. do you actually believe i’m capable of time management. raquel i have depression i barely manage to exist.” same. but the truth is that when i started like?? actually following the rules of timelines and taking my time etc it actually really helps mental illness. you don’t feel pressured all the time by a deadline, so your anxiety chills a little bit. small progress being acceptable means that on depression days, you don’t have to worry you’re fucking it all up. when it’s 15 minutes every day (even if it’s only 1 word a day) it feels a lot better.
  • ask the teacher what timeline they’d recommend. they actually Know.
  • always ask if it’s informal or formal (if you can use “I” statements or not). informal essays can rely on personal feelings and are so much easier and trust me if you find out on the day it’s due that you could have written 12 pages about your feelings instead of 12 pages of research, you will Be Very Upset
  • i lie to myself all the time and move the deadline up. i write it in my agenda as at least 2 days before it’s due. surprise!!! i tricked u, self!!! you can’t procrastinate!! 
  • agendas/planners need to be what actually works for you. i liked to prioritize w/colors + keep lists. i really love crossing things off lists. it’s like… a balm. for me, i usually say i have to finish the first 2 things, start the 3rd thing, and “touch” at least half the list. if i finish the whole list i get a prize. also i get to cross off everything which is so satisfying i’m sure it’s someone’s idea of a rush. there’s so many “how to” documents on these that i won’t get into it but frankly?? if you don’t write it down you will not remember it. “yes i will” no you won’t greg. just do it. write it down. write it where u can see it. not there, greg. greg, somewhere good. my friend is smart af and uses a post-it on her laptop. that doesn’t work for me bc i can just? use my hand to cover the anxiety? so choose somewhere good greg.
  • nervous system, skeleton, meat, skin. nervous system is the thesis. skeleton is quotes/data. meat is the analysis of that data. skin is the fancy transitions + beautification.  meat goes on both sides of bone, and skin goes all around. nervous system has to touch everything. do what your teachers have been begging u to do since 3rd grade and start w/an outline. do this while you read/research. i usually have a starter thesis like “lady macbeth is a feminist ICON” then take the quotes i think fit. but if while you’re reading u realize u wanna talk about the use of feminine language and how shakespeare parallels daintiness w/sharpness, u still have a bunch of quotes you can use or not use. this works also w/research papers. just pull what u think is something u wanna talk about. copy-paste it but leave a link to where u got it. then put a bullet point under that says roughly why u mention it
  • if you just write the outline like you’re keeping notes to yourself you’d be amazed how quickly you write the essay bc we get stuck in academic language but it’s easier to translate “this is why bees are the #bomb” into a paragraph. i mean you just rewrite your notes to yourself in academic speech. “The above passage illustrates the growing necessity of pollinators such as bees in an agricultural environment.”
  • keep track of your sources + label them. don’t just write “(SOURCE)” instead if you’re using multiple sources use the lazygirl way which is (SA1) or whatever shorthand u have for each source. then when you need to finish your sources you go to your little source document, find the one labelled SA1 and then “Find+replace” w/the actual source.
  • integrate quotes so it reads w/clarity which means don’t do this but if you’re running late on it and don’t have time to look up the quote u want to fit this situation, technically you can “use any” word you want (56). so yeah “there is” a moral question about it but you “can” make up quotes (79, 90). don’t “actually” do this unless you’re seriously in a crunch. which u shouldn’t be, bc u managed ur time, right?
  • running late part 2 (which again would never happen bc you followed my advice and made a little time table for yourself but anyway if it does somehow magically happen) i really recommend using school computers to do your work. ur surrounded by people who will hold u accountable + u will focus
  • running late pt3 on the day of it being due, around 5 PM, be honest w/yourself and see where you are. if you’re like “it needs 2 more hours” okay. but if you’re like “this is……… not started” email the teacher. they’ll be so much more receptive the earlier you do this in the process. it looks like “i’m genuinely struggling and i hope to finish this on time but i’m worried i won’t” instead of “i started this at 11:58PM and am asking for an extension”. please also just… be honest? 
  • “my teacher won’t accept late work!” they all say that, he probably will, particularly if you have a note from the school therapist being like “lmao she’s got so many mental illnesses idek how to help her”
  • “no he really doesn’t, he doesn’t care” you can file for disability if you have mental illness, and, in fact, you should if it’s something that often stops you from completing work on time. i didn’t bc i found that it just let me procrastinate for a longer time, but having that on file means you can go to the dean.
  • “no!!! raquel you’re not listening i have 2 pages and he doesn’t take late work!!!!!!!!!”  okay. yeah that’s bad. but nerves, skeleton, meat, skin. what is it that you’re struggling with? is it that your can’t find any quotes to back up your thesis? impossible, tbh, you need to be more willing to purposefully misuse quotes (don’t do that). but the better option is to just change the thesis. 
  • “i don’t even have that!!” did you. do the reading? if you even just watched the movie, you probably have an opinion on something even if it’s “this is bad.” you can use that. use why you didn’t like it to write a hate-fueled examination on how whiny the main character is and why u think the author is trying to point out how miserable cis white boys are to deal with. 
  • “i don’t have enough sources!!!” go to wikipedia’s page about it and look @ the sources. try to like actually read some if you have time but frankly in a hurry a student (me) might be compelled to just slap the source in there. 
  • “how the fuck do i analyze this”. u know how ppl agonize over why an actor breathed in a scene. melt into that kind of thinking. you can literally force the words to mean whatever you want. i’ve talked about word choice so specific that i based a 12-page essay on three separate uses of the words “my dear”. i talked about the possessive “my” and how it developed for like 5 of those pages. and always repeat the thesis like a million times. after every analysis you should talk about how it links to the thesis. that is like a free 3 sentences every paragraph.
  • “i did all that and it’s still 3 pages too short” quick ways to Beef Him Up: definitions are great in research papers + essays bc you can talk about either word choice or like the definition of every process used in getting the data. also make the conclusion hella informative (it should answer “what does this mean moving forwards” most of the time, tie it into modern life or into the past). thicken ur intro with “here’s a quote from this guy about it and what he personally felt about acid-base titrations”, use a paragraph to talk about the history of the data/book, use a paragraph to talk about the modern reception of the data/book. also look for where you can use two words instead of one even tho like grammatically don’t do that.
  • worst comes to worst, brevity is the soul of wit. most teachers prefer concise over rambling and all over the place. if you choose to scoot under the page limit, tho, your writing etc needs to be exceptionally clean. frankly i’ve only done this once and it was terrifying
  • make computer read it aloud 2 u before u submit. “raquel….. i can’t look at it anymore”. you’re not looking @ it, you’re discovering you wrote “breath” not “breathe” and u need to change it
  • tutoring centers exist, i worked in one, and this is how i know they actually Help and have Good Ideas
  • ask about extra credit and do it tbh
  • good luck…. breathe. and remember u are astronomically more important than a grade could ever be.
  • if you have a good grasp on writing beautiful prose, use passive voice. It’ll make your papers longer, and NOONE will ever notice. I mean it. No one.
  • Create your works cited page(s) first. ALWAYS. Make it extensive, and make it perfect. You can always delete citations you don’t end up using, and it will save you a HUGE amount of time when you’re rushing to to turn it in.

@surprisebuttspecks

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FLEX TAPE

50plusotaku:

the-spooky-birdy:

the-real-todd-howard:

the-spooky-birdy:

the-real-todd-howard:

friendly-neighborhood-patriarch:

the-spooky-birdy:

friendly-neighborhood-patriarch:

the-spooky-birdy:

skybreakerpony:

the-spooky-birdy:

the-spooky-birdy:

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO

@1-800-wish-a-nigga-would That’s absolutely right Phil, it can even fix a broken marriage! With Flex Seal A̧͐̅ͤ̂͗ͣͬ̅͗͌͋͛̂̄ͨ̃̂̚͟҉͙͙̙̙̲̥̬͙͔̺͜N̵̨̫͍̪̱̣͕͓̯͎̺̰͓̝̘͑͒̋̒̚Y̌̾̉̏͋ͭ͆ͦ̑͌̊̎͏̷͖̞͉̟͔̣̙̦̝̝̦̻̫̼ͅT̄ͧ͑͛̅̽̓͐ͥ̀̔͌̆ͥͥ҉̷͖̯̠̳͍̦͍̙̣̰͕̟͉H̵̢̡̫͎̳̮̖͕̹̖̩̰̲̠͎̩͔̃͛ͮ̽ͩ͝Iͩͭͩͫ͗́̍͊̈́̓̌̍̌҉͈̥̬̞͚͙̰̘̜͈͠ͅͅŅ̷̂ͭͫ̓͊͂ͨ̄͐̂͛͊̈̈ͪͮ̅҉̷͚̠̹̗̯̀G̴̡͒̾̏ͥͮ͐̓͋͊ͦͩ̎ͫ̈̚͜͏̡̮̘̳͇̙̣ ̶̥͈̟͈͈̮̬̘̟̰͓̭̠̲͍̻ͭ̂̎͊ͯ̍ͧͤ̓ͭ̐ͯ̀̄̚͠͞͝ͅỊ̢̞̤͕̗̖̠͖̪̲̗̣̯͕̜̫͕̄̓͆͌͊́͐̂ͧ̚͡ͅŞ̴̶̪̤̜̣͙͙͈̮̱̄̌ͧ̂̌ͮ̐̈́̍̚ ̬̖̮̭͈͔̈̑ͧͭ̀̊̄̌̉͑̄ͣͧ̈ͭͣ́͜P̧̘̺̯͙̤͎̻̣͍͙̺͍̱̘͓̓̅ͥͬ̓̀͜͠ͅO̥͕̤̮̘̤͍̟͕̯̱͎̮͉̳ͤ͑̇̍̾͊͢͟͜͝S̵̛͚̻̞̟̱͎̗͗̑ͦ͐ͩ͗̏ͥ̄̓͂͊͌͆ͮ́̚͜͠S̶̨̢̩̝͇̹͈̳̺̪̭̻̑̔̇̋ͤ͝I̢̡̨̗̩̤̫͚̪̦̩̹͖̎͛̔ͧ̑ͯ͗͛͒̔̚̕͡B̶̸̨̨̜̲̤̼̹̬̩̲̬͉̞̹̳͕̠̳̩͒ͨͨ́̓̓̽ͨ̆͂̋͑͆̄ͮͧ̚͝L̷̨̀ͦ̆͋ͦ͆̍͊̂͂̚҉̡͓̭̝̯̯̣͚̻͕̲̻̝E̶͕̟̯̥͙͖̠̠͓̼͈̖̜̻̘̐̾͋ͪ̑ͣ̆̀̊̓ͥ̓ͨͭ͗̒͆̓̀͘͞ 

IT CAN EVEN STOP THE FLOW OF TIME, PHIL.

I SAWED THIS BOAT IN HALF

SLAP ON THAT FLEX TAPE IT’S NOT A FUCKIN MIRACLE


SLAP IT ON WITH THE MIGHT OF ZEUS

*Epic Music*

THATS NOT ENOUGH DAMAGE

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I destroyed god with flextape

FLEXTAPE IS GOD NOW

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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool

Humans, you all know historical medicine ain’t my Thang™, but if any of you have any interest about plague times or just want to understand these bitchin’ get ups, this post is for you!

What a great lesson :D

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