Something that you have to know about me, Pandas, is that I’m a geek, through and through. From books, movies, and TV shows to anime, manga, tabletop top games, and video games, I’m a fan of it all. I love exploring new worlds and immersing myself in adventures. Video games, especially, have been an important part of my life since I was a kid, helping spark my interest in storytelling and the fantasy genre as a whole. For me, they were—and always will be—gateways into someone else’s imagination that help expand my own. So when it comes to discussing games and anything related, I know a little something.

One of the most satisfying things that you can encounter in any video game is the sense of wonder and shock you get when the situation takes an unexpected turn. Say you just defeated a really difficult boss after having seen the GAME OVER screen flash at you a dozen times. You’re euphoric. You punch the air. You’re the best! That’s when your smile fades, as you realize, the boss is getting back up and has another health bar. Cue some epic music, the fight’s far from over.

This is where the r/2healthbars subreddit comes in. An online community of nearly half a million members, the online community documents bizarre, funny, and odd examples of the so-called ‘2 health bars’ phenomenon. It occurs when you think you’ve defeated a video game boss only for it to start a new phase with another health bar. Scroll down for some of the sub’s best pics, upvote your fave ones, and remember—don’t you dare go hollow, dear Pandas.

Bored Panda reached out to pop culture, entertainment, and lifestyle expert Mike Sington, from Hollywood, to hear his thoughts about why certain photos and posts go viral online while others get left by the digital wayside. "In my experience, there are three main reasons why a photo goes viral: uniqueness, humor, or cuteness. But even with one, or more than one of those qualities, luck and timing are still required to drive a photo across the internet," he explained to me. Read on for some more great insights from Mike, including how there's only one way to be truly original on social media.

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#1

Fish Mascot Has More Layers Than It Seems

Fish Mascot Has More Layers Than It Seems

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

damn, that's creative!

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In Mike's opinion, bizarre photos can make us stop our scrolling and do a double-take. "Weirdness, or uniqueness, is one of the driving forces behind internet popularity," he told Bored Panda.

He noted that there's an over-saturation of content online and many of us can feel like there's nothing new to be seen or experienced on the internet. "In a 'seen it all' world, seeing something you’ve never seen before, tends to really pop and grab attention," Mike said.

#2

The Dog's Ear Is Another Dog

The Dog's Ear Is Another Dog

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

good boy squared

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#3

Grandma And Grandma

Grandma And Grandma

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

No matter how you look at it, it is just wonderful!

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According to Mike, if we want to be original, we can't pander to anyone else, which is thoroughly exhausting. Instead, we must focus on who and what we're truly like. "There’s only one way to truly be original on social media, and that’s to be authentic and just be yourself. Be confident in knowing there’s only one you, let your own original content speak for itself," the LA-based expert shared with Bored Panda.

"Trying to outcompete the competition and chase internet popularity, is just going to lead to frustration and burnout. If you’re not having fun while you’re posting, and your content seems inauthentic, you’ll lessen your chances of going viral. 'Do you,' and let luck and timing control the rest."

#4

Chain Link Icicles

Chain Link Icicles

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s so beautiful and cool! That one part of me wants to destroy it too!

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#5

This Man Was Born For This Job

This Man Was Born For This Job

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it when people's names match their jobs. I had an English teacher named Mr. England and knew a choir teacher named Mr. Singmaster.

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#6

A Ship Shipping Ship Shipping Shipping Ships

A Ship Shipping Ship Shipping Shipping Ships

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N G
Community Member
1 month ago

near the sea shore

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Though things might seem clear and simple, r/2healthbars isn’t focused on content that is simply a photo of two identical or very similar things next to each other. The subreddit’s mods explain that at the core of the subreddit lies the idea of transformation.

“We are about one thing that exists, that thing gets defeated, that thing has a physical or perceived transformation, and that thing, after this reveal/transformation, reveals a second layer of life (a new health bar),” they explain. Or, as they summed things up: “One item, four steps.”

Currently, the subreddit is home to just over 494k members. The community has grown to such a size in just over 4 years, since having been founded in late March, 2017.

For any fresh-faced redditors who are thinking of joining r/2healthbars, you should definitely have a thorough read through all of their rules. The moderators have even typed up a handy wiki with various clarifications. It’s detailed and will most likely help you get settled in quicker.

#7

Today My Boyfriend Accidentally Broke The Ear Off Of His Dog Statue, Which He’s Had For Twelve Years, And Discovered Another Smaller Dog Inside… I Have So Many Questions

Today My Boyfriend Accidentally Broke The Ear Off Of His Dog Statue, Which He’s Had For Twelve Years, And Discovered Another Smaller Dog Inside… I Have So Many Questions

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Statue cannibalism?

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#8

It's A Me

It's A Me

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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, I can see why he got the job of Mario impersonator...

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#9

Painting Nature

Painting Nature

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s beautiful

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Naturally, all the content that you share on r/2healthbars has to be relevant to the subreddit. However, there might be some confusion about where exactly the line lies between photos that fit the spirit of the community and images that, for whatever reason, fall short of this.

The moderators stress the fact that all of the photos need to have a “physical or perceived transformation” that then reveals a second layer, aka “a new health bar.” Duplicates of the same thing don’t technically count as being in line with r/2healthbars.

#10

Clock

Clock

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

The ultimate test to see if children really learned how to tell time.

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#11

This Tree Has Been Adding Layers Of Another Tree Every Year

This Tree Has Been Adding Layers Of Another Tree Every Year

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
1 month ago

That's beautiful..... Just sad it was cut down.

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#12

People Of Walmart

People Of Walmart

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

Why not? He loves the shirt and wants more.

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What you need to focus on is a single thing, one item that transforms, not two items that are independent of each other. “One layer of life can't exist at the same time as the other, one has to be defeated,” the mods explain.

Even though something might be ironic, like two coffee shops of the same brand being next to each other, it doesn’t automatically mean that it’s worthy of r/2healthbars. The subreddit has a neat list of things that might sound like they fit the spirit of the sub but should be avoided.

#13

Cute²

Cute²

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Double trouble the best kind!

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#14

This Town Hall Has A Mascot Of Itself

This Town Hall Has A Mascot Of Itself

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

It also has a face.

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#15

How Are They Already On The Textbook If They Are Posing For It

How Are They Already On The Textbook If They Are Posing For It

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mentally unstable rat
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

send help my mind is overheating and probably about to explode

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Things that should be avoided include: someone or something holding a thing that is holding a thing; two people wearing the same thing, pictures of a thing next to itself, a sticker under a sticker, a mask under an identical mask, or a camera attached to a camera. Unfortunately, doors behind doors also don’t count!

As the subreddit has grown to quite a size, the moderators have started taking a different approach to what kind of content they let through and which posts they remove. Currently, they’re focusing on increasing the number of high-quality photos and filtering out low-effort and/or low-quality content.

#16

Someone Tried To Break Into An Auto Parts Store Near My House

Someone Tried To Break Into An Auto Parts Store Near My House

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Joke’s on you! We don’t let our employees experience natural daylight!

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#17

Cockatwo

Cockatwo

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I am one with my mug!

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#18

4 Health Bars: The Abyss Watchers

4 Health Bars: The Abyss Watchers

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

at least somebody gets social distancing

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“Content posted on our subreddit should resemble something new and original. It's low effort when you have posted something that is comparable to, but is not as good as, already existing content on the subreddit,” they explain.

If something looks dull, unappealing, or generally brings the quality of the community down, the mods have the power to remove it. “In this past year, this sub has grown in size. No longer are the days when literally all the posts were about ‘seeing double’ of something. In fact, we are trying to move forward from that kind of content. In the past, we didn't remove low-quality content because that would ultimately kill the sub. Now is the time for change,” they explain their reasoning.

#19

Japanese Mascot Kumamon Putting His Face Through His Own Cutout

Japanese Mascot Kumamon Putting His Face Through His Own Cutout

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Miss Melanie
Community Member
1 month ago

Soo cuute!❤️

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#20

This Candle Which Makes A New Candle From Its Melted Wax

This Candle Which Makes A New Candle From Its Melted Wax

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Ali H M Salehuddin
Community Member
1 month ago

What a neat idea. A reusable candle.

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#21

He’s My Step Son

He’s My Step Son

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Clearly they added a new staircase that meet modern steepness requirements. I’m frankly glad they didn’t bother with the expense of tearing out the old stairs just for aesthetic purposes.

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Some examples of low-effort posts include: double-labeled items, boxes in boxes, packages in packages, glasses over glasses, double notebook covers, smaller versions of fruits and vegetables inside one another (alas, a favorite of mine), and anything food or drink-related. Screenshots of any kind also don’t count.

#22

Mandarin Double Time

Mandarin Double Time

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mentally unstable rat
Community Member
1 month ago

reproduction is a beautiful thing

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#23

This Ducks Beak Looks Like A Duck

This Ducks Beak Looks Like A Duck

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Arianna Ibbotson
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks more like a platypus

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#24

My Aging Shift Knob And A Perfectly Good One Lurking Underneath !

My Aging Shift Knob And A Perfectly Good One Lurking Underneath !

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LuckyL
Community Member
1 month ago

But - but - but - is it turned the wrong way?

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Which of these photos did you enjoy the most, dear Readers? Have you seen anything recently that would be a perfect fit for r/2healthbars? What’s the most surprising video game boss fight that you’ve ever encountered? Share your thoughts below. Oh, and if you’re curious (and a small spoiler warning here), I’m a huge fan of what happens with the Guardian Ape boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I think there’s hardly a better example of a boss that’d fit the r/2healthbars sub!

#25

Pumpkin Skull In A Pumpkin Face

Pumpkin Skull In A Pumpkin Face

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant!

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#26

When An Enemy Splits Into Several Small Enemies Instead Of Dying

When An Enemy Splits Into Several Small Enemies Instead Of Dying

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Drones in the mothership

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#27

Ready For Some Serious Walking

Ready For Some Serious Walking

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I use a cane - if I had one like that - I truly could kick ass!

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#28

They're Evolving

They're Evolving

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Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago

Onwards, my faithful steed

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#29

Found This Hammer In The Airbnb I'm Staying In. I Was Intrigued To Discover It Rattled. Then I Discovered The Extra Health Bars!

Found This Hammer In The Airbnb I'm Staying In. I Was Intrigued To Discover It Rattled. Then I Discovered The Extra Health Bars!

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Buren
Community Member
1 month ago

I want one

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#30

Triple Snail

Triple Snail

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mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

All aboard the snail bus.

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#31

Apple-Ception

Apple-Ception

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

If I received that gift my hopes would be going up and down and it would be an emotional roller coaster

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#32

This Apple Has An Apple On It

This Apple Has An Apple On It

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
Community Member
1 month ago

An apple developed by the Apple company. Must’ve cost a fortune since apple products are expensive

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#33

This Mouse Gave Birth

This Mouse Gave Birth

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mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice, combining a travel mouse for your laptop bag and a full size mouse for your desktop.

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#34

Toilet Paper Mitosis

Toilet Paper Mitosis

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Mike Wizowski!

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#35

Hard Boiled Rock

Hard Boiled Rock

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Called Inclusions. These are rounded to angular masses of solid material enclosed within a rock of recognizably different composition or texture. Those consisting of older material not directly related to that of their host are known as xenoliths, and those representing broken-up and detached older parts. We live on a dynamic planet geologically speaking

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#36

Cookies On Cookie

Cookies On Cookie

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks delicious Gimme

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#37

This Second Window Created By Ice

This Second Window Created By Ice

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

Smash it

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#38

Though This Place Was Closing But It Was Just Entering Phase 2

Though This Place Was Closing But It Was Just Entering Phase 2

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Francesca Rachel
Community Member
1 month ago

This is in my home city of Nottingham in the UK ☺️🙌🏻

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#39

This Tree Has A Second Later Of Different Bark

This Tree Has A Second Later Of Different Bark

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Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago

That's interesting, does someone know why? Is this normal for this kind of tree?

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#40

Incognito

Incognito

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mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

"Yeah I drive a Ferrari Testacardboarda."

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#41

"Take That Ridiculous Thing Off"

"Take That Ridiculous Thing Off"

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

"Put that ridiculous thing back on."

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#42

Bottle Of Rum Within A Bottle Of Vodka

Bottle Of Rum Within A Bottle Of Vodka

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

What a nifty container. I think I'd reuse it for olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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#43

Thy Lover Is Thyself

Thy Lover Is Thyself

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

That's great. Love yourself at both your highs and your lows. Good self-esteem.

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#44

Pulling Up The The Flooring In My Porch To Reveal More Flooring

Pulling Up The The Flooring In My Porch To Reveal More Flooring

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Katrina Gibson
Community Member
1 month ago

That's lucky! Got a good floor under the fake floor.

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#45

The Room Before The Final Boss Where The Game Lets You Stock Up

The Room Before The Final Boss Where The Game Lets You Stock Up

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

This is what ppl wanted in their bathrooms during the pandemic. That’s why they hoarded paper items and soap.

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#46

My Headphones With An Adapter Actually Already Had The Correct Piece Screwed Under The End

My Headphones With An Adapter Actually Already Had The Correct Piece Screwed Under The End

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mentally unstable rat
Community Member
1 month ago

well

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#47

Burburguer

Burburguer

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

Baby burgers! I would eat like 10 lol

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#48

This Car That Has A Smaller Car Inside It

This Car That Has A Smaller Car Inside It

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Anthony Nizza
Community Member
1 month ago

That's awesome!!!

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#49

Looks Don't Matter, It's What On The Inside

Looks Don't Matter, It's What On The Inside

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

🎶I’m a piece of garbage🎶 Does anyone even know the song I’m talking about lol

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#50

A Case For The Case

A Case For The Case

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Lilith the Demon Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a case for three emergency tampons that looks just like this

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