Rephotography is the act of taking a photo of a place that has already been photographed some time ago. While being a challenge for the photographers to recreate all the angles as close as possible to the original, these images also speak wonders about the passage of time.

Whether we're looking at expanding cities or melting glaciers, these side-by-side comparisons tell fascinating stories about the state of the world we live in as well as humanity's abilities to create and destroy.

A few subreddits -- most notably, r/OldPhotosInRealLife -- have created huge archives of these photos, so we're inviting you to take a look at some of the most fascinating ones.

#1

My Grandfather And I In Tokyo, 73 Years Apart

My Grandfather And I In Tokyo, 73 Years Apart

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

how the tree is grown!

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Looking at some of these photos, human progress seems self-evident. City skylines keep expanding, people within them switch from horses to cars... But that's just the visuals. How do we actually calculate our advancement?

For this task, many use the Human Development Index (HDI).The HDI provides a single index measure to capture three key dimensions of our development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living.

#2

The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

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Erin
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2 months ago

Oh wow....That's more than a bit alarming.

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The Human Development Index utilizes four key metrics: 1) life expectancy at birth – to assess a long and healthy life,

 2) expected years of schooling – to assess access to knowledge for the young generation, 3) average years of schooling – to assess access to knowledge for the older generation, 4) gross national income (GNI) per capita – to assess the standard of living.

#3

Chichen Itza 1892 And Now

Chichen Itza 1892 And Now

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A Shipper
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2 months ago

That's so cool. I've never thought about it but, of course it would have been overgrown.

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In 2019, the United Nations Development Programme used the HDI to find out which countries are the most developed. The first place went to Norway, Switzerland came in second, and Ireland was third. The US tied the UK for the 15th spot.

Naturally, the HDI -- just like most similar metrics -- has been criticized. Mostly, for the alleged lack of consideration of technological development or contributions to human civilization. But it remains one of the most used measures worldwide to calculate how advanced countries are.

#4

Bike Ride In Berlin Kreuzberg ( ~1985 / 2018 )

Bike Ride In Berlin Kreuzberg ( ~1985 / 2018 )

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

Much better now

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#5

Utrecht, Netherlands 1982 vs. 2020. They Converted The Highway To A Canal

Utrecht, Netherlands 1982 vs. 2020. They Converted The Highway To A Canal

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LilicatUK
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2 months ago (edited)

A big improvement!

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#6

The Shambles In York (UK) Inspiration For Diagon Alley From Harry Potter. Late 1800s And Today

The Shambles In York (UK) Inspiration For Diagon Alley From Harry Potter. Late 1800s And Today

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

could be in Ankh-Morpork

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#7

Bishan Park, 30 Years Apart. Top Pic, 1988. Bottom Pic, 2020

Bishan Park, 30 Years Apart. Top Pic, 1988. Bottom Pic, 2020

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Jeff
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2 months ago

Trees!!!

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#8

World War I Trenches

World War I Trenches

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Michelle Line
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2 months ago

Much much better now.

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#9

Moscow Pictures 20 Years Apart

Moscow Pictures 20 Years Apart

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Norma
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2 months ago

I love seeing the older buildings renovated/maintained/lit so beautifully!

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#10

The Flatiron Building, New York (1917 And 2012)

The Flatiron Building, New York (1917 And 2012)

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

Stands the test of time

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#11

Atomic Bomb Dome - 75 Years Later

Atomic Bomb Dome - 75 Years Later

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ProductofNZ
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2 months ago

They left it largely untouched. There is still masonry debris surrounding the building. It is theorized that the atom bomb detonated above this building as the walls were not blown out by a horizontal blast wave but rather a vertical force that caved in the roof.

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#12

The Banyan Tree In Maui. Top Photo Taken By My Grandfather While He Was Stationed There During Wwii. Bottom I Took Without Knowing His Photo Existed

The Banyan Tree In Maui. Top Photo Taken By My Grandfather While He Was Stationed There During Wwii. Bottom I Took Without Knowing His Photo Existed

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LaDonna Hulcy
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2 months ago

I have this same picture! it's a beautiful spot.

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#13

The Changing Face Of St Bartholomew-The-Great's Gatehouse In Smithfield, Which Was Built In 1595 And Some Point Bricked Over. It Was Bombed During A Ww1 Zeppelin Raid Knocking Off Some Bricks Revealing Its Tudor Half-Timbered Facade. It Was Restored To How It Looks Today. 1916 vs. Now

The Changing Face Of St Bartholomew-The-Great's Gatehouse In Smithfield, Which Was Built In 1595 And Some Point Bricked Over. It Was Bombed During A Ww1 Zeppelin Raid Knocking Off Some Bricks Revealing Its Tudor Half-Timbered Facade. It Was Restored To How It Looks Today. 1916 vs. Now

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MrTree1779
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2 months ago

I've always loved timber framing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_framing

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#14

My Hometown, Approx 100 Years Ago vs. My Pic From Last Week.... Not So Much Has Changed...

My Hometown, Approx 100 Years Ago vs. My Pic From Last Week.... Not So Much Has Changed...

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Michelle Line
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2 months ago

Love the blend of photos!

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#15

My Great Grandfather And I Trained At The Same Location, Exactly 100 Years Apart. He Left For France Shortly After This Was Taken In 1917

My Great Grandfather And I Trained At The Same Location, Exactly 100 Years Apart. He Left For France Shortly After This Was Taken In 1917

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Norma
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2 months ago

This is amazing!

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#16

Singapore 2000 vs. Now

Singapore 2000 vs. Now

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Michelle Line
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2 months ago

I don't think there's anything from 2000 that's still there today.

Nathan Girard
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2 months ago

Some of the buildings on the right. It's tough to tell because the two photos are at pretty different angles

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Louloubelle
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2 months ago

Amazing how much has been built in just 20 years.

Death Metal Kitty
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2 months ago

This area has been undergoing intensive development over the last 10-15 years, so it's no surprise really.

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What's In Your Head?
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2 months ago

Those buildings on the bottom left (second picture) look like the eyes of a fly...

Tired-Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Haha my first thought exactly. I wonder why they decided to make them look like that. I can't complain though as London, England two fairly new skyscrapers that have become colloquially known as the "gherkin" and the "walkie talkie" due to their shapes!

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Dre Mosley
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2 months ago

Singapore is a stunning sight to behold. I recommend going there to see it if you can.

Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

Why does any government allow building right on the shoreline?! Haven't we learned YET not to do that? This is terrible.

Draga Millani
Community Member
2 months ago

Those metal building bottom left look like noodle strainers, I swear

SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Yes! I thought they looked liked upside colanders too!

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PurpleUnicorn
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2 months ago

Pictures taken from different angles make it more difficult to compare

Mara Adams
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2 months ago

Why is the pic from 2000 in black and white? And why is it so grainy? Maybe it's just the gen Z in me, but I thought there were better cameras back then.

Linda Geale
Community Member
2 months ago

I was there in 1999. Worked in the Suntec for 16 days. Was nothing like the bottom photo. I would love to go again now.

Ami Temi
Community Member
2 months ago

That's really impressive !

Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
2 months ago

STUNNING..!!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, that is the most drastic change , and only 20 years difference

Clever Dog
Community Member
2 months ago

wow this is amazing to me, I went in 2002 and the top picture is how I remember it. Its so different now

WildBerry
Community Member
2 months ago

I was there in 2001 right before 9-11. The top pic looks too underdeveloped, as far as buildings.

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Mumof1
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2 months ago

Looks like everything from 20 years ago has been obliterated.....only 20 years!! Is this even the same place! Those shiny buildings front left, look like woodlice. Doesn't make me think - Oh wow - I have to see this place....

WildBerry
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2 months ago

It's a beautiful, spotlessly clean and vibrant city and should be visited.

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Katt Renaud
Community Member
2 months ago

Such an amazing city to visit. Loved the times we spent there.

Just me
Community Member
2 months ago

Concrete jungle. All of the country is concrete

Anita Cher
Community Member
2 months ago

Very wrong. Lot's of plants and trees if you really look. One million trees are going to be planted within a timeframe to make Singapore cooler - as in bring the temperatures down.

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

Wow!

Kittie Lacker
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a LOT of bright lights.

Barbara Skolly
Community Member
2 months ago

The land was shipped in from Indonesia specifically for this new neighborhood. Its a City State with no room to grow.

Fairlight Sorilla
Community Member
2 months ago

What a difference. Just WOW !

Ina Waiariki
Community Member
3 weeks ago

that is so cool bro

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

Good grief!!

Tyna Harrison
Community Member
1 month ago

dramatic changes wow....

Elaine King
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't understand these Far East places with the terrifically tall buildings, where there are earthquakes & typhoons!

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
2 months ago

IN 20 YEARS!

mithril
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy shit...

Sean Baxter
Community Member
2 months ago

Crazy how fast things got built

Wendy Newhouse
Community Member
2 months ago

Mind boggling .... fantastic superstructures and architecture!

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
2 months ago

I-- DAMN !!

Starlee87
Community Member
2 months ago

Why so much change???

Amy Pontious
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow what a difference!

Sharon Hyatt
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW . . . . .only 20 years ? ? ?

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
2 months ago

wow!

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
2 months ago

I was last in Singapore in 1997 do I guess I will barely recognize it

Christopher Chang Peng Yen
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, the buildings on the right still standing.

Mel Schmidt
Community Member
2 months ago

Monthra!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

I was there in July/August 1981. I wonder what it looked like from this view then?The growth is massive.

Luis Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

I think the pic is off. The geography doesn’t line up today’s pic should be more to the left

Marvin HoG
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow 😮 and then I think about what I've done in the last 20 years... Doesn't even compare.

Judy Rofe
Community Member
2 months ago

Those "cages" in the foreground remind me of heavily magnified eyes of a fly.

Just me
Community Member
2 months ago

Concrete jungle... All of the country is Concrete.

Sherri Richardson
Community Member
2 months ago

Lived there 1998 - 2001. Fondly remember the top picture. We used to have dragon boat races in that river!

Tim Willis
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow are to believe that’s all in 20 years. I love Singapore wish I could visit

D J Productions
Community Member
2 months ago

Been so many times since 1994...place has got worse, so sterile now, like one big airport mall....i never go anymore... a city that was ruined over time.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

Man, one fucked up place.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
2 months ago

Sad...

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#17

1920 / 2020 . San Francisco, Ca

1920 / 2020 . San Francisco, Ca

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Maria Vasilieva
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2 months ago

I have a whole book "then and now" about SanFrancisco ... the city went through several fires, earthquakes, and boom of Silicon Valley and ... it still keeps a lot of Victorian charm mixed with hipster style graffiti. It's so different, I love SF

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#18

Early Los Angeles Compared To 2001

Early Los Angeles Compared To 2001

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

Find 5 differences between the two pictures.

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#19

The Former Island Of Urk - The Netherlands 1930 vs. 2020

The Former Island Of Urk - The Netherlands 1930 vs. 2020

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ProductofNZ
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2 months ago

History: A Dike was added in 1939 and later, land reclamation took place. No more Island of Urk.

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#20

From Fascism To Kebabs, Durham 1934 vs. 2020

From Fascism To Kebabs, Durham 1934 vs. 2020

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Caged Beer
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2 months ago

A positive change I think!

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#21

Buckhurst Hill Station (London Underground Station) - (1875 - 2020)

Buckhurst Hill Station (London Underground Station) - (1875 - 2020)

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sbj
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2 months ago

Nice!

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#22

University Of Montana ~150 Years Apart

University Of Montana ~150 Years Apart

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

Taking away the native people's land. :(

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#23

Dubai Marina (2000 - 2020)

Dubai Marina (2000 - 2020)

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LaDonna Hulcy
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2 months ago

Sad

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#24

The Trams They Are Changing ( 1990 / 2018 )

The Trams They Are Changing ( 1990 / 2018 )

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Mark Wilson
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2 months ago

Berlin, by the way

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#25

1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles

1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles

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NMN
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2 months ago (edited)

So... that pic is not from 1820... nor the building in the back. More like some decades ago maybe?

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#26

I Just Made This To Show Just How Much Melbourne's Skyline Has Grown In 20 Years...

I Just Made This To Show Just How Much Melbourne's Skyline Has Grown In 20 Years...

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True Blue
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2 months ago

We are going to big to fast but I still love Melbourne

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#27

Dresden In Ww2 vs. Dresden Now

Dresden In Ww2 vs. Dresden Now

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Nadine
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2 months ago

How can humans do that to one another

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#28

The Development Of This City In Georgia

The Development Of This City In Georgia

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Bottom one looks like a motherboard

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#29

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

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Michelle Line
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2 months ago

According to Wiki: "In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began a contract with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair and rebuild the sign. The contract stipulated that "LAND" be removed to spell "Hollywood" and reflect the district, not the "Hollywoodland" housing development."

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#30

Subang Jaya, Selangor. 44 Years Apart

Subang Jaya, Selangor. 44 Years Apart

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Jaded Queen
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2 months ago

the damage it does to nature in name of development. No body ever think about eco-friendly alternatives until it's too late. No problem if built fewer buildings and established greenery . It is such a wasted opportunity. There could be a large area of lush green . But noooo .Places like California and Australia have burned due to contribution by all over the world. And still only wildlife nd plantlife suffers largely. They have bleed the earth. Humans will pay with their burning and blood. Earth demends your head . Die disgusting selfish people . Suffer horribly

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