Thursday, December 28, 2017

STUFF YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS

For some strange reason, Awesome Anna Cade from herding cats & burning soup
and I usually end up spending some portion of Christmas together, and it's always fun.  And every year she'll tell me about an unexpected x-rated event received via her blog, or on one of her social media pages. Then I'll giggle - very loudly, because she really knows how to tell an outrageously humorous story about how it happened. This time it was all about candy canes, and I'll never look at them the same way again. (lol) 

The other thing that happens is we get kicked out of the restaurant because we lose track of time by talking too much and people just wanna close up and go home. 


While there she gave me this really wonderful cookbook for Christmas.

Speaking of porn, here's a really neat recipe for breakfast or a snack. 

OAT PORN WITH DRAGONFRUIT & BERRIES
Okay, so I chose this recipe because it has a pretty creative title, but it actually looks quite yummy.  This is perfect for those who may be a little iffy about eating oatmeal.


Combine 3/4 cups each of old-fashioned oats and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of salt.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  When you're ready to serve, top with 3 slices star fruit or blood orange, 1/4 cup each blackberries and raspberries, 5 apple slices, 5 balls or cubes of dragonfruit and 1 tablespoon toasted unsweetened  coconut flakes.  Feel free to add strawberries or bananas too.

YOUTUBE WINNERS
Almost everyone suggests visiting youtube to get instructions, but there's so much more going on there.  It was surprising to see how much money that people actually make for doing fun stuff every day, and some aren't even adults yet. I wish I could find a way to read all day on my couch, or show people's opinion on what to read next from my massive TBR pile and get millions of dollars, but that's a pretty slim market. How much do they make you ask?

Ryan Toysreview is a 6 year old kid who just happens to love toys, with a subscriber count of over 10 million and growing.  Ranked #8 on Forbes Youtube Entrepreneur's list, he's raked in just over $11 million dollars for reviewing toys, and he can't even drive yet.

This is sort of unbelievable, but Evan Fong (some may know him as VanossGaming) plays games like Grand Theft Auto, etc. with other gamers, and gets paid for it. 

Evan has over 21 million subscribers, is the 13th most subscribed, earns a little over $450,000 a month, and is just 25 years old!

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
Remember that tip I mentioned the other day about revving up your metabolism by standing in the cold for 15 minutes? And remember me telling you that I love the cold weather. Well, it's hard to just stand in the cold and do nothing, so I went out this morning in 25 degree weather and walked around the block - a few times. Yes, a heart will get moving, and it felt like I did a 1 hour workout.  Now I just want to celebrate by eating a cheeseburger and getting my breath back.



FUN NEWS
If you've been reading this blog, you've seen how obsessed I am with pop culture and trivia, so before we end 2017, here's some cool stuff that I can tell you really wanted to hear about. (lol)

You may be surprised to know that the highest grossing movie was one of my faves - Beauty and the Beast.

Ed Sheeran did it again by having his hit The Shape of You streamed and listened to 6.3 million times on Spotify!  I still love that song.
CAN YOU FIGURE THEM OUT?
Do you ever work on crossword puzzles?  Some aren't that easy to finish, but the challenge is fun.   The first one was actually published in 1913 in the New York World , and they quickly became popular throughout the world. One would think that a person who creates this puzzle makes big bucks, but not really.  On average, the New York Times will pay a Constructor in the range of $200 - $1000 per puzzle.


MAKING MONEY MOVES
GET PAID TO SAVE
Many people focus on being more healthy or losing weight as a resolution, but others want to make the effort to save money.  What' better way to make sure you stay on target than to get paid when you succeed.  Head on over to www.stickK.com, fill in your Commitment Contract with your specific goal, and you're pretty much set to start earning.

GET PAID TO LOSE
If you do want to take the leap to lose more weight AND get paid, check out www.dietbet.com.  When you succeed, split the moola with other winners, and get your share via Paypal.  Statistically, lots of people reach their goals AND get unexpected cash.

GET PAID TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS
Yes, you can make money by taking surveys, but they have to be the right ones that won't take up all your time, or don't pay as advertised.  The best ones to use?

www.mintvine.com
www.swagbucks.com
www.paidviewpoint.com
www.bzzagent.com 


WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Have you seen Lady Bird?  It's a great movie about a senior in high school who anxiously needs to exert her independence, and we soon see that she's very much like her opinionated mother.   


One of the things you may notice right away is Christine's desire to be called Lady Bird, and not by her given name.  That changes however, once she leaves home to attend college in New York and gets drunk enough to end up in the hospital.

Actors and authors frequently change their given names for various reasons, and it works, but have you ever wanted to change your own name to something creative or crazy?  


It's always neat to find out how different someone's real name is.  For example, Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in 1956, even though she was already publicly known that way 10 years earlier.

As a kid, my dad gave me a really outlandish nickname that stuck with me until I met this guy in the Air Force that I really liked.  He told me that I needed to get rid of my ridiculous nickname, and use what was on my birth certificate. So I did. 


Then back in the day, I knew a lot of erotic romance authors, so to ensure they never knew I was reviewing their work, I came up with these quirky pseudonyms.

I strictly stick to interviewing now, and after years of my name being butchered (lol), I changed it up to just RO.  That's pretty hard to screw up, and a lot easier to type.



64 comments:

  1. A multi-millionair before he is 10? He will be able to retire without ever having to 'work'. Mind you, I think it is a great example of how we are happy to pay for the 'wrong' things. I would much, much rather see teachers and nurses attract a half decent wage than pay through the nose for toy reviews.
    I am sooooooo jealous of your weather.

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    1. That's a good point. I like that he's such an entrepreneur, but teachers and nurses should definitely earn hefty salaries for all they do. Hugs...RO

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  2. I do want to see it, I'm a big fan of Saoirse Ronan

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    1. I like her as well, and she's created some great roles. The movie was definitely better than I expected, and of course there were a few tears here and there. Hugs...

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  3. As always, I laughed all the way through this post. You are SO funny. I've also been known to close a few restaurants when the conversation flowed and time was lost.

    It's ironic as I was shivering in my house today, thinking about how much weight I was losing, based on what you had told us a few days ago. It's bitterly cold here, and if I was shivering in my kitchen, you KNOW I wouldn't make it outside.

    I'm no good with crossword puzzles, but I saw a special on them once and saw how little the authors made. And they have so many rules they have to follow, too.

    I have done a few book reviews, but I do them on my blog, so I can't hide my name (grin).

    I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year's eve and day, and 2018 shapes up to be the best ever, dear RO.

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    1. Ah...proof again that we're kindred spirits Elizabeth. YIKES, that's the pits that it's so cold in the house. I've had that happen, and it can be uncomfy until the house warms up. Then again, think of all the pounds you've already lost as you approach the new year. (lol) I think the people who create these puzzles are pretty dang smart, so they should get paid a good amount for their hard work. True, it's hard to pretend to be someone else on your own blog, right? (lol) However, that now makes me wonder if anyone has ever done that. I hope your New Year is a fabulous and fun as you are, Elizabeth! Hugs...RO

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  4. That oatmeal recipe sounds really interesting, but I do like oatmeal.

    The weather has been so warm here lately that standing out in the cold has not been an option, I was actually out working with the Christmas decorations in 80 degree temperatures...I'm really glad it's not in the below zero temps either.

    Changing my name has never seriously crossed my mind, I use my real name on my blog, it's just easier for me. I have thought that if I ever wrote a book to use my full name as the author to sound a little more serious or something...but I'd most likely stick with Jimmy.

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    1. I had oatmeal so much as a kid that I got away from it for a bit. I've recently got back into it because of some of the great flavors now. No, no, no to 80 degree weather, but I imagine it makes it so much easier to take down the decorations. LOL! I'd love it if you wrote a book Jimmy, full name or not. Hugs...RO

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  5. I love oatmeal and can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much, and best wishes for 2018!!!

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    1. I ate so much of the stuff as a kid, that I sort of got away from it as a adult, but this one and others like it seem quite tasty and fun. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year, Angela! Hugs...RO

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  6. Dear RO you really write THE most entertaining posts. There is something for everyone here and lots to return to again and again. I’m fascinated by the You Tube Winners and need to go and take a look, I’ve not seen Beauty and the Beast, but I want to and I’m no good at crossword puzzles although I often like to try. :)
    I hope you have a wonderful New Year. Hugs Barbara

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    1. Barbara, in 201, I'd like to clone you about 20 or so times so I could always get such neat and kind comments. (lol) I'm pretty good at tv/movie related crosswords, but anything too difficult causes me to throw down the pen and head to the television. You're going to love Beauty and the Beast! Happy New Year right back to you and your family! Hugs...RO

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  7. OMG I can just imagine that convo with Anna RO, I LOVE her too.
    I'm putting Beauty and the Beast on my must watch list thanks!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. I laughed so loud that everyone in the restaurant turned around to look at me Debbie, so you can just imagine the conversation. (lol) Beauty and the Beast is definitely a keeper! Hugs and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  8. So much fun information here. I think my favorite was learning that you and Anna get together. I can imagine her story about the candy canes being quite hilarious. You two must have a blast when you are together- especially if you are getting kicked out of restaurants. Awesome. :)

    Hope your holidays were lovely. ;)
    ~Jess

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    1. The entire restaurant turned around to see what was going on because I laughed so loud and soooo long. (lol) Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year, Jess! Hugs...RO

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  9. Wow, I think that's neat how these folks have great opportunities to make money.

    Hah, fun that you and Anna can visit.

    My name gets messed up often, but mostly b/c I am confused with another one of the thousands of Sophias.

    Happy New Year, Radiant Ro! :)

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    1. We should be able to talk about books as a group and get paid Super Sophia. Wouldn't that be a great idea? (lol) Anna is definitely fun for sure. Happy New Year right back to you and your family! Hugs...RO

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  10. I wanna review toys for money!!! *ahem* yes that's probably not happening. :) But glad someone's making money! And that cookbook is making me hungry. Mmm... burger night. :)

    Have a happy New Year!!!

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    1. It never ceases to amaze me how people can make money these days. Reviewing toys, playing games, teaching people to tie a tie - the sky is endless! you know I'm always about my cheeseburgers Greg. Happy New Year to you and your family too! Hugs...RO

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    1. He just seems like such a humble guy and it's hard to imagine he was once homeless. The things he does behind the scenes are pretty phenomenal. Hugs...RO

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  12. Hi Ro, thanks for visiting my blog, nice to meet you and see your blog. Happy New year to you and yours, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hello there and thanks a bunch for stopping by. I enjoy your blog, and love to see how you visit Elizabeth faithfully every day. That's really cool! Happy New Year right back to you and your family too! Hugs...RO

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  13. Oooooooooooo....Burger Night!!! That is one cookbook on my wish list! I have the "Pizza Night" in the same series! I also have Taco Night on my wish list!! I love Williams Sonoma! I think you should celebrate often with a cheeseburger lol! :)

    I giggled at the thought of your naughty candy canes lol! :) As for crossword puzzles I absolutely adore them and I really think that the more you do, the better you get at them!

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    1. Why am I not surprised that you have that book from Williams Sonoma Wonderful Rain?(lol) What's cool about the book is that it gives some really great vegetarian versions to try and look quite tasty. I'm still laughing over that conversation too. I can usually get through the ones that are movie/tv related, but fall apart with the other stuff. (lol) Hugs...

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  14. Wow. That kid is very lucky. I was lucky if I made $20 by the end of the year by mowing lawns and shoveling snow. LoL

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    1. I know, right? I sure didn't make that kind of cash as a kid either Kristin. Hugs...RO

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  15. I am not surprised that Beauty and the Beast was one of the top grossing movies of the year!!That is awesome, adored Emma Watson's role. She did a great job. Even my nephew is obsessed with that movie.

    Awesome you are so close with Anna, I would love to meet her one day. And Dragonfruit just looks so GOOD and would be great in oatmeal.

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    1. I have always liked Emma Watson, and it she was one of the main reasons I wanted to see the remake. She did such a great job with it, and the movie was wonderful. Anna is definitely a fun person to hang out with Hugs...RO

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  16. Man, it would be awesome if I made that much money as a kid. I wouldn't owe so much for college! LOL Sounds like your meet-ups with Anna are a blast! How fun. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. You're right Lauren. That kid is set for life should he go to college, which I hope he does. It's always fun to hang out with Anna for sure. Hugs...RO

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  17. OMG, my kids are OBSESSED with that toy review kid.. I figured he was making bank on those vids, but DANG! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Wow! To actually meet someone who knows this youtube kid firsthand is pretty cool, Gingi! Yes, he's seriously raking in the cash. Hugs...RO

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  18. I love reading Anna's posts. She is so funny and has such a fun outlook. My daughter tried Dragonfruit for the first time not to long ago and she loved it.

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    1. Anna is fun for sure, and we both adore you too, Marvelous Mary! The fruit is pretty yummy for sure. Hugs...RO

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  19. As always, another fun post, Rockin Ro.
    I'm going to try that oatmeal!
    Hope your Christmas was wondrous and that your new year will be too.
    Hugs,

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    1. Thanks a bunch Super Sandra and appreciate the stop by. Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year, aadn I look forward to lots of cool posts in 2018! Hugs...RO

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  20. I've made overnight oaths a few times and it's pretty good. Those pictures you posted look great, so colorful! There was a dutch site I sometimes did surveys for and got gift cards to spend at a store a few times.

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    1. That's cool that you earned some cash doing surveys Lola! Some oatmeal is really good, but I need a lot of stuff in it for sure. (lol) Happy New Year! Hugs...RO

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  21. What a fun post! Anna does tell the best stories and I'm so jealous of your get togethers! I want to join you guys! That oatmeal looks amazing so I might have to give that a try. Happy New Year Ro!

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    1. We always have a blast, Katherine! Wishing you and your family the best New Year ever and be safe! Hugs...RO

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  22. So much to read in one post!
    I enjoyed it, thank you.

    Have a Happy New Year.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Happy New Year Jan. You're the best! Hugs...RO

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  23. I love oats, especially in the winter time.

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    1. Happy New Year Deanna! Yes oats are definitely healthy to eat, and it's easy to add all kinds of goodies to make it eve better. Hugs...RO

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  24. Since this is the last day of 2017, I want to personally wish you a lovely, safe, and joyous New Year and a blessed, friendship worthy 2018.

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    1. Dearest Elizabeth, I wish you the best New Year ever, and lots more of great stories and laughter. Happy New Year! Hugs...RO

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  25. Love the post! I've used Swagbucks a long time ago... My account is probably deleted by now. Oh well.

    Happy New Year, dear!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. Happy, Happy New year! Hugs...RO

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  26. wow !
    i always be amazed with your posts which have so much fun within and so much to share .
    i lved to imagine the moment when you and your friend got lost in your talking for as long as it was time to close lol
    this sounds so cute to me .

    thank you for such RICH post really enjoyed each bit of it
    wishing you and precious family a happy ,healthy and prosperous new year my friend!

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    1. Baili, you are so kind, and I appreciate your lovely comments. That brunch was so funny for sure! May you and your family have the best New Year ever! Hugs...RO

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  27. I love Dragon fruit, definitely gonna have to try the oatmeal and some other berries together now! Beauty and the Beast was so good, it took me a while to give in cuz it was my all time favorite Disney movie. But I just loved the movie and so glad I have in. ☺ I hope you had a wonderful New Years!!! {Hugs}

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    1. It took me a while to watch it too Jenea, but once I did, I was laughing and crying. Then I watched it again! (lol) My day has been quiet, and looking forward to lots of new things. Happy New Year to you! Hugs...RO

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  28. Happy First Day of the New Year, Rockin Ro.
    I tried the oat porn! Added cinnamon, peanut butter, pecans, apples and coconut:) Left out the kitchen sink. Ha.

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    1. Happy New Year Super Sandra! That sounds neat to add pecans and peanut butter, and I need to give that a try. Hugs...RO

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  29. It's so fun getting to visit for part of the holidays together :) And oh those are some pretty dishes!

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    1. Now it's on to more fun, books,blogging, food and stuff for 2018 Awesome Anna! Hugs...

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  30. Happy New Year Ro!

    I'm a big fan of useless but interesting information. I love behind the scenes secrets of movies and tv shows too. I've had a lot of nicknames growing up given to me by relatives. I didn't care for them because they all had to do with physical features that I was less than thrilled about (Who calls their grandkid Mango Nose in Spanish???? Or Big Foot?). My friends gave me nicknames too. I hate them because 9 out of 10 times they're names you hate. Lol. I have also always hated my birth name. It's so plain and common. Plus the last name made me a huge target for bullies in middle school and perverted jokes in high school. It's a pretty unique last name though, and if I meet up with another person with the same last name, chances are we're genetically related somehow. If it didn't belong to an abusive man then I'd keep it. But it does so I plan to change it ASAP.

    I love that we can build a persona to go with a chosen name when we write, I understand why authors have so many pen names. "Adria" isn't my name and while I'd love to say I got it because it's a shortened version of my middle name, Adriana, it's actually not true. I fell in love with the name about eight years ago when I discovered a sci-fi show, Stargate SG-1 and the villain was named Adria. I know right? I'm such a dork.

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    1. Happy New Year right back to you Adria. That's so cool that you found your name from Stargate, and a brilliant idea. As beautiful as you are, you can pretty much get away with calling yourself anything you like though.(lol)It's great that you'll be changing the last name to one that makes you more comfortable. What I really like is that your inner beauty actually matches your outside beauty, making me so happy that I found your blog. Happy Tuesday and HUGE Hugs...RO

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  31. Interesting about the crossword puzzles. My grandmother loved them.
    Have you warmed up from your walk yet?
    Hugs,

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    1. I used to work as a caretaker for an elderly man who had some brain trauma, and he seriously kicked my butt with doing crossword puzzles and picture puzzles. It was so amazing to watch him look at all those pieces, and know where to put each one without a second thought. Me on the other hand, well, had I not had his help, the puzzle would still be in pieces on the table. (lol) When it came to crossword puzzles he just knew them so quickly. I still get amazed thinking about how awesome he was. I'll bet your grandmother would have loved him. Walking around in that cold left me breathless and exhilarated enough to want more cheeseburgers Super Sandra!(lol) Hugs...RO

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  32. Wow, this was a fun post. I learned so many new things!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Hey Nasreen, glad you liked the post and hope your day is amazing! Hugs...RO

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