10 Totally Wild Facts About the Late, Great Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, otherwise known as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, was an integral part of my childhood. His love of animals was absolutely infectious, helping him become one of the most famous television stars in the world. Sadly, his life was cut short after a stingray pierced his chest while he was filming the documentary, Ocean’s Deadliest.

Below are 10 facts about the man himself that just might surprise you!

#1. He was terrified of parrots.

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You might think he wasn’t afraid of any member of the animal kingdom, but he admitted that wasn’t true.

“The only animals I’m not comfortable with are parrots, but I’m learning as I go. I’m getting better and better at ’em. I really am … For some reason parrots have to bite me. That’s their job. I don’t know why that is.”

#2. He also met his wife, Terri, at a zoo.

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His entire family, including his wife Terri, played important roles in The Crocodile Hunter. Terri’s love for animals also began at a young age – she opened Cougar Country in 1986, a facility that helped rehabilitate foxes, raccoons, bobcats, bears, and cougars before releasing them back into the Oregon wild.

She made a trip to the Australia Zoo in 1991 and saw Steve Irwin for the first time – and it was love at first sight.

#3. His life’s goal was to increase people’s knowledge about conservationism.

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People might have watched The Crocodile Hunter to catch Steve’s zany antics and check out cool animals, but Irwin’s goal was to educate the public and dispel myths that put the animals in danger.

“I’ve always seen Jaques Cousteau as a hero,” he said. “He’s a legend, like my dad, just a legend. And so what he did for conservation in the 60s and through the 70s was just phenomenal. And I was to be just like him, you know? I want to have a milestone, you know? I want to create history.”

#4. He was bitten often, and realized it made for good television.

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Irwin knew he took the chance of one of his animals objecting to being put on display, and he also knew it was one of the reasons people tuned in.

“Now and again I do get bitten,” he told ABC Australia. “And it’s that, you know, that sense of morbidity that people do have. There’s no use sticking your head in the sand and going, ‘Oh, no, they’re only here because, you know, I talk well.’ Nah, man, they wanna see me come unglued.”

#5. He grew up at a zoo.

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His family moved to Beerwah, near Queensland, in Australia and opened the Beerwah Reptile Park in 1970 and Steve spent his formative years helping feed the animals before eventually taking over as the owner. It’s still in operation as the Australia Zoo.

He told Larry King “My dad was a wildlife expert. His field was herpetology, one who studies reptiles, and my mom was a wildlife rehabilitator.”

#6. Both kids are following in their dad’s footsteps.

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Bindi Irwin had her own Discovery Kids series called Bindi the Jungle Girl and starred with her brother on Growing Up Wild for The Pet Collective YouTube channel. In 2015 she won the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars and captured hearts all over America.

Bob Irwin is now 15 and stars with his mom and sister in Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors and co-hosted Wild But True on Discovery Kids. In 2017 he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, introducing the host and audience to a handful of animals.

#7. They filmed the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter on their honeymoon.

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Their honeymoon was spent traveling around Australia trapping crocodiles for relocation (because of course it was). She told the story of how The Crocodile Hunter was born during an interview with Scientific American.

“We dropped our honeymoon, we went to north Queensland, and we helped this crocodile and filmed a documentary on the premise that the cameraman just chases Steve around. Steve hadn’t been to acting school, he had no preconceived notions. His background was exactly what you see on television, he’s done that all his life. We thought we’d do one show. What happened was, it did really well, so we did a part two. And from then on, we found that Steve’s natural behavior in the wild happens to be fascinating!”

Irwin’s natural enthusiasm, of course, turned out to be what made his show an immediate success.

#8. He discovered a new species of turtle.

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It was an accident – he caught it on a fishing trip and realized he’d never seen another turtle like it. They sent the pictures to herpetologist John Cann who confirmed they’d found something brand new – the species is called Elseya irwini (Irwin’s snapping turtle).

You can see one at Baltimore’s National Aquarium if you’re not traveling to Australia anytime soon.

#9. His show was popular around the world.

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The Crocodile Hunter was a huge hit in America and Australia, but the series was seen and loved by hundreds of millions in 130 different countries.

#10. There’s a snail named after his famous catchphrase.

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“Crikey!” It’s the phrase everyone associates with Steve Irwin, and in 2009, Dr. John Stanisic discovered a tree snail that he named accordingly – the crikey steveirwini.

He told ABC Australia that it was “a colorful snail, with swirling bands of creamy yellow, orange-brown and chocolate giving the shell an overall khaki appearance.”

His legacy, I’m sure, is in good hands.

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Jack Black Accidentally Became a Real-Life Version of the “Distracted Boyfriend” Meme

Jack Black is a man of many talents. Actor, comedian, musician, singer, and YouTube vlogger are just a few of his accomplishments. Now, he can add “meme” to his resume.

The actor accidentally recreated the famous “Distracted Boyfriend” meme while he was walking around Atlanta (where he’s currently shooting the next Jumanji movie). As he was filming a segment for his YouTube channel, he walked by a couple holding hands, causing the boyfriend to do a double take.

The original “Distracted Boyfriend” meme has been around for a while now, showing a man checking out another girl while walking with his girlfriend.

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Undoubtedly, the man in this version was undoubtedly thinking “Holy s***, is that Jack Black?!?”

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While the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme has plenty of remixes, the fact that it was accidentally recreated so perfectly naturally caught a lot of attention online.

As a matter of fact, people have even made new remixes featuring the Jack Black version:

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Check out the full video from Jack Black’s YouTube channel below:

What a lovely Tribute.

(see what I did there?)

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Here’s the Mystery Man Voicing Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Rami Malek is the talk of the town all around Hollywood thanks to his recent Oscar win for Best Actor, portraying the legendary Freddie Mercury in “Boheminan Rhapsody.” But you’d better believe taking on a role like that took a LOT of hard work learning to sing… and another vocalist.

Marc Martel is a Canadian singer who plays a prominent role in the hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody – but you wouldn’t recognize his face if you passed him on the street. The film relied heavily on Martel’s uncanny ability to mimic Freddie Mercury’s voice in order to get the perfect soundtrack for the film, while still allowing star Rami Malek to portray the Queen vocalist onscreen. Malek’s voice and master recordings of Mercury, who died in 1991, were also used in the film, but Martel played an important part in the process.

Martel is credited in the film with providing “additional vocals”, but he signed a nondisclosure agreement, so he can’t get into too many details about how much his voice was actually featured.

Martel has previously gained notoriety on YouTube for his ability to imitate the iconic singer. His audition tape for Queen drummer Robert Taylor’s tribute band went viral in 2011.

Martel tours with his tribute band Ultimate Queen Celebration and has released an album of Queen cover songs. And though Malek is a bone fide star, Martel’s YouTube videos singing Queen songs have made him a minor celebrity in his own right.

Martel previously fronted a band called Downhere, and it was the bass player in that band that originally commented on his ability to sound like Freddie Mercury. Good thing he spoke up!

Learn how Rami Malek “sunk his teeth” into the role of a lifetime

Rami Malek also got a lot of help from dental technician Chris Lyons, who’s given actors like Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton their chops. Learn all about about Malek’s teeth transformation:

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Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Famous Movies Showing How Special Effects Work

Modern movies have the ability to create entire worlds in ways that were completely unimaginable to our parents, thanks to advanced CGI.

If you’re a skeptic, check out the photos below that highlight just how complicated special effects are and how movies have the power to transport all of us to another world.

The Instagram page movies.effects shows its followers how incredible CGI is these days – here’s how the Hollywood big shots pull it off.

1. Atomic Blonde

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2. Harry Potter

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3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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4. The Jungle Book

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5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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6. Alice In Wonderland

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7. War for The Planet of the Apes

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8. Game Of Thrones

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9. Jurassic Park (1993)

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10. The Matrix

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11. Deadpool

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12. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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13. Deadpool

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14. Beauty And The Beast

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15. Doctor Strange

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16. The Avengers

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17. Pirates Of The Caribbean

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18. Guardians Of The Galaxy

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19. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

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20. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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Like I said, it’s magic!

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People Keep NOT Recognizing Tony Hawk, and It’s Absolutely Hilarious

Tony Hawk is a man of many talents. He’s easily one of the greatest skateboarders of all time, a video game tycoon (I literally grew up playing THPS, so good!), author, and businessman.

He’s a pretty famous guy whose name and image are pretty widely recognized… except when they’re not. For reference, here’s what he looks like:

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But Hawk keeps running into people who have no idea that they’re dealing with the man himself. The skateboarding legend has taken to Twitter to share some of the funny stories of people not recognizing him in public.

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And then there was this guy…

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Bottom line, keep an eye out for Mr. Hawk. You never know where he’ll pop up…

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8 Awesome Facts About All Sorts of Stuff

These facts are about a wide variety of topics, but they’ve got one very important feature in common: they’re memorable, interesting facts that’ll impress anyone you drop them on.

Heck, you might even share them with your pals.

You may proceed.

1. American Badass

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2. Enjoy yourself

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3. Did you know that?

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4. A full investigation

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5. Face to face

6. Keep that cat quiet

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7. It’s that simple

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8 Genius

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Charles Darwin needs to be honored for this achievement.

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10+ Child Stars After They Hit Puberty: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The life of a child star isn’t easy. People often get so fixated on the child version that they lose sight of the fact that this is still a real person who is going to get older, go through puberty, and probably not be as cute anymore as they were as a kid. A lot of child stars have been negatively affected by these unrealistic expectations, with several notable examples turning to a life of substance abuse when they just couldn’t grow beyond the persona that first made them famous.

Below are 13 actors and actresses you loved when they were kids and since then…well, you’ve probably wondered, “What the heck happened to them?” at least once.

Answer? Puberty. Puberty happened to them, as it does to everyone, but the average guy or gal doesn’t have to go through it and still land roles in Hollywood.

#1. Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids)

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#2. Kel Mitchell (Kenan and Kel)

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#3. Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens)

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#4. Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense)

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#5. Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire)

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#6. Dylan and Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody)

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#7. Daveigh Chase (The Ring)

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#8. Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101)

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#9. Dakota Fanning (Charlotte’s Web)

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#10. Tia and Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister)

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#11. Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park)

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#12. Elden Henson (The Mighty Ducks)

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#13. Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids)

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Now you know!

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10+ Movie Details That Most People Miss

Fancy yourself a movie buff? Even if you think you notice every single detail, you may be surprised by one of the 12 details below that most people tend to miss.

#1. Bruce Almighty calling himself a “false god.”

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During the wild party scene, Bruce rests his arm on a golden calf and references the “sin of the calf” from the Bible…in which the golden calf signifies a false god.

#2. The potion Ursula takes to transform into Vanessa contains a butterfly.

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“Vanessa” is a genus of butterfly.

#3. The rubble in Thor: Ragnarok provides an important piece of foreshadowing.

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It foretells Thor’s eventual injury.

#4. Deadpool 2 made Ruth Bader Ginsberg a superhero.

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Her headshot is among the X-Force applications and “Notorious R.B.G.” is written under her photo.

#5. In Ratatouille, restaurant critic Anton Ego’s typewriter is in a very telling shape.

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It’s a skull, because his reviews are killer.

#6. Daisies are everywhere in John Wick.

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Every time Helen is mentioned, there’s a daisy present (even the dog’s name is Daisy).

#8. The door on Luke’s hut in The Last Jedi has a special meaning.

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It was salvaged from his old X-Wing fighter.

#9. The makers of the latest Halloween didn’t miss single detail.

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Right down to the circular scar on his neck where Laurie stabbed him 40 years earlier.

#10. The word “cuss” takes the place of any and all curse words in Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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It’s even spray-painted as graffiti.

#11. There’s physical proof that the “one ring” is getting heavier around Frodo’s neck.

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Once they’re inside Mount Doom, he’s got visible sores and bruises on his neck.

#12. There’s a reason Marvin the Martian is the referee in Space Jam.

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He’s both a toon and an alien, so he’s totally impartial.

#13. The way Andy writes his names on his toys’ feet has significance.

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The ‘N’ is backward on Woody’s boot but not Buzz’s, showing how Andy is growing up.

Did you know them all? I know I didn’t!

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7 Little-Known Facts About The Beatles’ Famous Debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

Whether or not you’re a fan, there’s simply no denying that The Beatles are right up there amongst the most iconic bands of all time. Their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 was a total game-changer that sparked a musical revolution.

Here are 7 things you might not know about The Beatles’ first trip to America.

#1. Seeing it live was like winning the lottery.

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Only 728 lucky people were chosen to attend, out of 50,000 fans who requested tickets.

#2. One of The Monkees was there that night, too.

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Davy Jones was on the show to promote Oliver! on Broadway, in which he played the Artful Dodger (and was nominated for a Tony).

#3. They got paid for their appearance.

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While most acts appeared on the show in exchange for mere exposure, The Beatles would only agree to hop the pond if The Ed Sullivan Show agreed to not only cover their travel expenses, but to pay an additional $10k fee (around $80k in today’s dollars).

After getting an agreement for 3 appearances and not just one, a deal was struck and history was set in motion.

#4. That said, it was a bargain.

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Close to 74 million people – an astonishing 40% of the country’s population – tuned in for the band’s first U.S. performance.

#5. The “very nice” telegram from Elvis Presley wasn’t actually from Elvis Presley.

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The telegram reportedly wished the Fab Four “tremendous success,” but it was actually sent by Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, because he thought it would make The King look good. Elvis was notoriously jealous of The Beatles, and the feeling was likely mutual – Harrison responded to the telegram backstage with a mocking “Elvis who?”

#6. They weren’t the only act that night.

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Don’t feel badly if you don’t remember Brill & McCall – few do. They followed The Beatles performance and recall that they couldn’t hear each other during their sketch because of the screaming still going on.

Still, McCall doesn’t regret it, saying “we were there when the world changed.”

#7. The show’s musical director didn’t think much of the band.

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His comment to The New York Times? “The only thing that’s different is the hair, as far as I can see. I give them a year.”

Keep on rockin’!

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Netflix’s “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” Inspires Massive Wave of Thrift Store Donations

Tidying up with Marie Kondo hit Netflix on January 1st, and exploded in popularity almost instantly. You’ve almost certainly seen some people on your friends’ list talking about it and maybe also going a little nuts purging their stuff. The signature “KonMari” method helps you keep your spaces clutter free and encourages people to get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” – i.e. it’s better to have 5 shirts you love and look forward to wearing than 15 shirts you’re “meh” about. The show has not only inspired thousands of people to take stock of their possessions, it’s also had an unintended (but awesome) side effect.

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People aren’t tossing their joyless items – they’re donating them.

A Chicago bookstore reported getting as many donations in 2 days as they typically receive in 2 months, and Goodwills and libraries around the country are reporting the same or similar upticks in generosity.

That said, Goodwill’s public relations and multimedia manager Malini Wilkes told CNN that it’s tough to attribute the increase in donations to Marie Kondo and her methods alone: donations are typically up this time of year.

“People have New Year’s resolutions, people have time to get their boxes together, that kind of thing. Unfortunately, at the current time, it’s too soon to determine the impact from the Marie Kondo show.”

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Regardless, people who shop at thrift stores are ready and waiting to scoop up your castoffs. One person’s joyless blouse is another person’s ruffled chiffon pleasure, right?

Or something like that.

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If you’re into tidying up, I wish you luck. If you’re excited about gorging on other people’s purged items, it seems that, whether or not Marie Kondo is responsible, now is the time to head to your local Goodwill or used book store.

Just be ready to fight for the best stuff.

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