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Tomorrow is Monday perhaps isn't the only short scary story you've heard. Other one line horror stories include: your debit card has been declined, the McDonald's ice cream machine is broken, or your memory card is full. And although that's some horrifying stuff, there're plenty of two sentence horror stories and short scary stories lurking online that might actually give you nightmares at night.

With the spooky season soon approaching, there's a lot of planning beforehand: look for Halloween costume ideas, purchase and hang up some Halloween decorations, research some Halloween-themed snacks, and compile a list of ghost movies to watch. However, the to-do list wouldn't be complete without some freaky ghost stories and scary campfire tales just to add to that extra spookiness.

However, while we certainly urge you to read horror books, there are alternative ways to get in that spooky spirit ahead of All Hallows Eve. The terrifying thing with horror is that sometimes it takes just a few words (such as the gas prices) to give someone the heebie-jeebies and scary horror one-liners do just that.

Below, we've compiled a list of the most haunting short horror stories (think one or two sentences long) that will take seconds to read but may take hours (or more) to forget. Do you know of any scary short stories? Let us know! And if you are interested to read about real-life horror encounters, check out these creepy stories shared by fellow Pandas. Happy Boo-ing!

#1

One line horror story I've been living with the love of my life for 5 years now, I think it's more than enough time to finally introduce myself.

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#2

It actually really bothers me when people call black girls ‘chocolate’, and white girls ‘vanilla’ because neither taste any different than pork.

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#3

The existence of the uncanny valley suggests that in the past, our survival instincts had a reason to be afraid of something that looked human, but wasn't.

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#5

They say cats have 9 lives, but I swear I’ve buried him at least 11 times.

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#6

I’m watching my girlfriend through the window. I wonder how much longer I need to keep the oven on.

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radioactivecandy (they/them)
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

their gf is outside and they're making sure she doesn't come in bc they're cooking for her

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#7

One line horror story They celebrated the first successful cryogenic freezing. He had no way of letting them know he was still conscious.

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#9

To the girl who keeps pounding on my door at night. I’m not letting you out.

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#11

They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap. From the main room I begin to hear popping.

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#12

I don’t mind that my housemate brings guys home. But just once, I’d like to see one of them leave.

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#14

I always thought my cat had a staring problem, she always seemed fixated on my face. Until one day, when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.

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#15

They found her dead body hanging from the ceiling. AGAIN.

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#16

One line horror story She figured the quickest way to help him get over his fear of the water was to hold him under the surface until he stopped panicking.

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#17

My father wasn’t too terrible, but I certainly preferred my mother. Though, in hindsight, I may have simply overcooked him.

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#18

A few hours after I was buried alive, I was thrilled when I heard someone digging me out. My joy quickly faded when I realized the sound was coming from under me.

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#19

Nurse’s Note: Born 7 pounds 10 ounces, 18 inches long, 32 fully formed teeth. Silent, always smiling.

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#20

My wife keeps trying to convince me that our daughter passed away 2 years ago. As we argue, a small voice asks me, “Who are you talking to, daddy?”

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#21

One line horror story My sister died yesterday. Now I wish the doctor separated us at birth.

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#22

Why are the speed bumps screaming?

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Ruby
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My driving instructor always told us no screaming speed bumps and one kid asked well what is they don't scream.

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#23

The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door.

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#24

When death came, I begged her not to take me as my newborn son needed me. Death laughed dryly, “But dear mother, I’m not here for you”.

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#25

My dad is a mad scientist and does his experiments in the basement. He doesn’t let me out because he says that mom will be horrified of me.

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SheamusFanFrom1987
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Uh dad, I'm 20 now!!! I'm allowed to meet people and have a social life, you know!!! Don't matter if I have an extra limb or my ribs are popping out of my skin, I am 20 and can mingle!!!

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#26

Don’t worry, you will learn to love me with time.

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#27

You just won a staring contest against a doll.

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#28

One line horror story “Oops”, said the surgeon.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

let me just get my ring out of your chest cavity real quick before i try to stop the bleeding from your lung that i punctured.

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#29

"In the oven," said the note found inside the empty crib.

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#30

The band was so loud that I couldn't even hear the guy next to me scream as the knife went in.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

how f****n dare they! ask them to turn it down! how inconsiderate *shakes head in disappointed*

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#31

It only dawned on me once he slid the lock bolt firmly shut that his badge didn't look very convincing at all.

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#32

One line horror story I had to quit my job as a surgeon because I had minor cravings I never knew about.

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#33

She always had restless leg syndrome, but the weird thing was that it didn’t stop even after she died.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"So come the day when I don't exist / If the worms are flying through the graveyard mist / Don't go bothering the exorcist / It's just my restless legs" - Restless Legs, Half Man Half Biscuit

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#35

If you get scared at night, don’t keep your eyes closed for too long because there’s a reason you’re scared, and now you can’t see it approach.

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#36

I’ve been looking for my sister all day long. But I don’t remember where I put all of the pieces.

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#37

You hear your mom calling you from the kitchen, and as you are heading down the stairs, you hear a whisper saying "Don't go down there honey, I heard it too".

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, I’m goin’ downstairs. They’re not ghosts, they’re lesbians.

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#38

There's nothing like the laughter of a baby unless it’s 1 am and you are home, alone.

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#39

Rats taste better the longer you’ve been without other food.

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#40

“I can’t sleep” she whispered, crawling into bed with me. I woke up cold, clutching the dress she was buried in.

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#41

You start to drift off into a comfortable sleep when you hear your name being whispered. You live alone.

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#42

“Don’t worry guys, the alien is dead,” said my mute friend.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not sure if I should be offended by this one......so many possible interpretations!

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#43

As I held my only child in my arms, I heard her crying from the nursery on the baby monitor.

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#44

One line horror story Ladies and gentlemen, this is NOT your captain speaking.

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Sanchi
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is an assistant helper, the captain is on a break, we will be arriving in 5 minutes. Please.

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#45

If you were away yesterday... Who was the masked man who spent a romantic evening with me?

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#46

“Doctor I got rid of all my friends that you said I was imagining,” he said, “but now the problem is that when I try to explain, the cops say they can’t see you!”

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#48

I’ve been nailed to a wall for six months, the only thing she’s fed me is my own flesh. Today she showed me my reflection, I can see my spine but I’m so hungry.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The whump weiter part of me likes this. The other half is screaming at that part going don't you dare. That's dark man... (whump means hurt/comfort btw. Lots and lots of hurt so the comfort can be real soft)

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#49

His fingers brushed the raised bumps on the placard and he felt the words "Danger. Do not touch."

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#50

It was the fear of dying alone which ultimately made me bring that bomb to the nearest subway station.

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#52

Working the night shift alone tonight. There is a face in the cellar staring at the security camera.

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#53

You get home, tired after a long day’s work and ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm pretty sure there's at least one fanfic somewhere that starts like this. Then it's probably like "Both of your hands collided. You felt your hand in a pair of stronger ones and quickly looked up..."

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#55

The longer I wore it the more it grew on me. She had such pretty skin.

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#56

One line horror story The new job at the blood bank was ideal for me, but I had to leave. They caught me drinking on the job.

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#57

It’s a tough job, being a butcher in the middle of a meat shortage. I think the homeless are starting to wise up to why their friends are disappearing, too.

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#58

I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant, until it started trying to claw its way out.

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#59

I watched in terror as the microwave countdown turned into negative digits.

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#60

The death of grandma was tough on us all, but we had to eat or we'd starve.

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#61

One line horror story "Who the hell left that thing running?", you hear shortly before you feel your brain begin to shut down.

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#62

She insisted it was only a birthmark, but birthmarks don't have teeth inside them.

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#63

I love daddy so much I bought him a bigger freezer.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

dad: thanks so much, sweetie! kid: no problem, daddy! i thought you could use a new freezer.

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#64

One line horror story My daughter won't stop crying and screaming in the middle of the night. I visit her grave and ask her to stop. But she doesn't.

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#65

He went inside the infamous haunted villa and spent a night there just to prove ghosts do not exist. When he returned home he was talking in three different voices.

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Darling
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I WANNA TALK LIKE THAT SO BAD THAT I JUST GOT A SICKENING WAVE OF DYSPHORIA

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#66

Oh snap, where'd the spider go.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Uh, he has a job as a web designer, duh... (I know this is old but I can't help it XP)

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#67

One line horror story Normally the bodies in bed with me don’t breathe, much less snore.

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#68

You’re laying in bed and with your feet dangling out of the covers. You feel a hand grab your feet.

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#69

I’m sorry Tommy but we’ve got to eat, I promise I’ll make this as painless as I can.

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#70

My wife woke me up last night to tell me there was an intruder in our house, though she was murdered by an intruder 2 years ago.

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#71

Why has our dog began to bark at you since you have returned from Afghanistan?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dear, I have to confess: I got close to an Afghan hound while I was there and she was pretty sad to see me go. I guess Ranger here smelt her on me... Sorry...

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#72

One line horror story I have never tasted this meat! Whose is... Where is my daughter?

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#73

She wondered why she was casting two shadows. After all, there was only a single light bulb.

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#74

She asked why I was breathing so heavily. I wasn’t.

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#75

I need to make this look like he just died in his sleep, otherwise my son won't ever trust me with my other grandkids.

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#76

Your hands are in the air, you are waiting to be cuffed, but the officer smiles, takes aim, and speaks into his radio, “Suspect is attempting to resist - I THINK HES GOT A GUN!”

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*Bang* The bullets whizzes past you and hits the guy holding a gun behind you dead between the eyes. Officer: Next time, DON'T stand in the path of the perp, fella! I almost had to use two bullets instead of one! What a waste that would've been though would probably have been fun. *Still smiling*

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#77

I can’t move, breathe, speak or hear and it’s so dark all the time - if I knew it would be this lonely, I would have been cremated instead.

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#78

I died, I feel myself floating up away from my body. Then I look down and see my body there, then, it wakes up.

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#79

She was walking down the road at night when she heard laughing voices coming from a closed cemetery.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Voices: Hey, it's our Poker Night! Can you please leave???!!! Intruders, so rude...

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#80

One line horror story She put her hand in his hair when he was lying on her lap, then she moved that hand on his neck, released him from the mortal world and welcomed him to her own world.

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#82

I cleaned my whole apartment looking for that noise, as it turns out the scratching was in my ear all along.

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#83

The sudden constriction of his throat had Santa Claus struggling to breathe as he stared in horror at the half eaten cookie in his hand.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then the guard boa constrictor of the house realized it was Santa and got off of Santa's neck and they had a cookie party.

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#84

The grinning face stared at me from the darkness beyond my bedroom window. I live on the 14th floor.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grinning face: Hi, Grin (Green) Goblin Delivery. *Throws package through window* Your purchase is here... I ain't paying for the window though, my contract exempts me but now I have 5 more stops so, bye-bye and remember Grin Goblin for all your delivery needs! *Glides away on glider*

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#85

One line horror story It's been almost a week since I was bitten, and three days since I turned, but I can't fight this insatiable hunger any longer; and my family looks tastier with each passing moment.

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#86

The chief looked at the rooky's blood flecked badge and told the sergeant, "It was worth it, just make it look like the protestors did it."

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#87

They told me I wasn't a werewolf and said that it was impossible - but if I'm not a werewolf, then what made me kill all those kids?

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#88

The boy sat at the back of the classroom, he didn't own a watch, but everyone could hear the ticking.

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#89

One line horror story Growing up, I always thought water was meant to be red-tinted.

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SheamusFanFrom1987
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone turned water into wine again... C'mon, there are kids here! Cut back on the alcohol!

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#90

One line horror story Growing up with cats and dogs, I am used to the sounds of scratching. But now that I live alone the sound is unsettling.

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#91

One line horror story She regain consciousness to be found in warm water mixed up with onions, garlic and tomatoes.

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ew i hate tomatoes in soup. They get that weird texture and then everything else tastes like tomato

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#92

He lost all of his excitement for his marriage when he got an RSVP from his dead ex.

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#93

Housesitting alone isn't so bad as long as they have a dog, after all, what else could that scratching noise be?

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#94

She went upstairs to check on her sleeping toddler and found that the window was open and the bed was empty.

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#95

I looked out my window. The stars had gone away.

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