We all know that nothing is perfect. Our modern society included. Many things are problematic and troubling, and even though we notice them, we are not too fast to work on fixing pressing social issues.

Al Margen, an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, creates depressing drawings pinpointing the world problems of our times. He creates dark drawings that are sometimes louder than words and are extremely thought-provoking. The author himself is very critical about his works and talks about them in a really artistic manner: "They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <...> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other sad drawings because they have no obligation to please. <...> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the problems with society."

Take a look at some of his satirical works on social problems below and let us know which one was your favorite.

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Amy Radie
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3 years ago

Too true.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Black mirror-ish

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varwenea
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3 years ago

A viewer/reader needs to be judicious on how they process info. Information is rarely absolute. Hero and villain are often opposite sides of the same coin; just a matter of perspective.

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varwenea
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3 years ago

This is so horrible and so true. Sad for the child.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Those drawing are really dark and powerfull!

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Too many extra-academic obligations.

DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

I see here too much unnecessary crap, when we should still be just kids.

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Parents pay attention. Let your kids be kids, not an attempt to redeem your past failures or an attempt to replicate your success

Amber Nicole
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3 years ago

yes....childhood last about 16-19yrs......of course in the latter part you would have some ideas but give the children a break...i mean seriously...if you live long enough..most of your life is spent as an adult

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Princess Jade
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3 years ago

Idk what's worse this or having a parent that wouldnt let me just try shit out, if I wasnt going to commit 110% then I wasnt allowed to do it... Unless it was something my mum WANTED me to do (read: stuff she wanted to leatn herself but wouldn't just go out and learn)

Joanna Lagey
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3 years ago

This hit me the hardest, my thoughts about my grandson entirely.

vita ariztegui
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3 years ago

top five! imao

Hikari
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3 years ago

This was me in high school, plus all of the academic clubs. Not worth the resulting stress and mental illness.

Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Parental expectations.

AnikatheUnicorn
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3 years ago

You must get at least 100 in your exam...wth?

AnikatheUnicorn
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3 years ago

Too much pressure. Just let us be kids. Please

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Hannah Ross
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3 years ago

Why do they teach me so much crap?

Yudum Yaman
Community Member
6 months ago

On shoulders!

Shane Shaw
Community Member
1 year ago

So true

Jim Peploe
Community Member
1 year ago

You will crush your children with the weight of your expectations.

Michelle Sweeney
Community Member
1 year ago

The extra-curricular activities are the most creative and sadly lacking in society. The mandatory requirements are the lies...

Kelly Kirkpatrick
Community Member
2 years ago

This says it all~

Catherine Moore
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what we cram this is how they feel.... let them grow

Joseph Hui
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2 years ago

they forgot to draw him Asian

Lyn Limpert
Community Member
2 years ago

It is the repetition of commitment and concentration that helps a young mind grow enough to compete, but it is play that grows empathy.

Diane Romero
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2 years ago

Oh! Look at those small bony shoulders!

Valerie Treichel
Community Member
2 years ago

Many parents are absolutely cuckoo. As a high school teacher...I’ve seen it up close.

Dunja Mersch
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2 years ago

🙄

Robert Snow
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2 years ago

Lost Childhood 😪

Aurea Parker
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3 years ago

This looks like why a child would quit school...so sad..

Hamid Latif
Community Member
3 years ago

Parents and society,s pressure on children.

Chitta Mylvaganam
Community Member
3 years ago

The effect of Rat-Race mad parents on the overworked children

J.L. Reign
Community Member
3 years ago

The demands of colleges and expectations of parents are beyond overwhelming! Parent's need to let their children decide their path and their interests.

Raul de Vera Jr.
Community Member
3 years ago

For me, this is the most significant illustration of all. In the age of specialization, youths should be allowed to choose the careers they wanted to and taught with all the related subjects therein. It is understandable how much we all need to study and understand the general subjects of mathematics, science, arts and music, basically speaking. But it is pointless to commercialize the profession of education or teaching by putting so much useless subjects in the minds of our youth.

Cynthia Outlaw
Community Member
3 years ago

No fun, no jobs and no life

Ashley Dopp
Community Member
3 years ago

Too many expectations on today's youth.

Matt McNeil
Community Member
3 years ago

So true. The cross was a major part of my education at school for 10 years, religion being shoved down my throat, teaching students not to think for themselves. I left Christianity after graduation.

Dianna Slowey-Thomas
Community Member
3 years ago

You will be...

Mindi Oakes
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor kids! Never enough play time. Never enough daydream Tim. Have to memorize so much info in school that they aren't interested in and may never use. What are we REALLY teaching them that even WE don't realize?!

Lyone Fein
Community Member
3 years ago

parental expectations/demands

Diane Phillips
Community Member
3 years ago

All of us are human beings. We are not robots. We think, we feel, we embrace life!

Koko Sempai
Community Member
3 years ago

This is very relatable to me. People expects us to do all these things and be an adult even though we are being treated as kids. (T - T )

Intensive Panda
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3 years ago

"you shall succeed where I failed" - nearly every modern parent

PARANOIDANDROID
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3 years ago

the worst part is that he has to learn windows!

Georgina Zarate
Community Member
3 years ago

Let kids be kids.

Andrew Kurkovsky
Community Member
3 years ago

They try to cram it in there.

Cheryl Adams
Community Member
3 years ago

And you must be the best at all of them!

endelbendel
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3 years ago

The kid resists culture. Smack him around a little.

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Bob 3.0
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3 years ago

This perfectly sums up anorexia.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

I prefer coffee :)

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

2 seconds before a jaguar eats her face off

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

I know how it feels to walk up dollar stairs and be met with a dick to the face

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

reminds me of dr who

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Alia Gail
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3 years ago

I hate seeing old buildings knocked down, or old businesses going out, or anything like that. It makes me so sad.

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

'I woke up like this'

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Diana Lazar
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3 years ago

Tinder?

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

It reminds me a scene from Midnight Express

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

A baby machine to feed a hungry world.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Crimefighting sistem dissected

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Tina Nebiolo
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3 years ago

When the mind's defense mechanism is to drown the possibility of thoughts in music.

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Peace does not always bring about freedom. And not hard to become a prisoner of peace. Bane said it best, victory has defeated you.

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Sweep the Leg
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3 years ago

I really like this one!

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Stefania PiovPr
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3 years ago

I think , socety tries to make you look mad if you have different opinions ...or ideas

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

In today schedule no need for brains.

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bon dok
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3 years ago

Some refugees couldn't find a land

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Allie Orona
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3 years ago

It's hard to be a kid in a money-less family, when the parents won't change their lifestyles to the lesser amount of money they now have. You have to give up so much of yourself to try to make things better, as far as money goes, and it all goes down the drain anyway. It really, really sucks.

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Ποιητικό Αίτιο
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3 years ago

Look at that. He's only chained by his mind. His feet and arms are let free. And the chains leading to his mind are connected to negligible obstacles. It's the mind that's keeping you away from love...

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Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Shackled to the internet. So true. So many people live their lives on the Net, they forget there's a life away from it.

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Alex Libre
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3 years ago

I think it's more to do with stereotyping and how we view people based on a few arbitrary "defining" characteristics. Rich people are greedy, fat people only think about food, police officers are just out to stop people from having fun, and a beautiful woman is just a beautiful body. Flawed thinking.

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Taylor Chrisley
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3 years ago

Domestic Violence

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Edouard Youssef
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3 years ago

The one think too much of the past, the other one is embarrassed by the future and the third one can't live the present day, so they all come here to take their "carpe diem" pils...

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Turn off consumer mentality. We're supposed to care for the earth, not consume it.

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Martin Forbes
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3 years ago

With these drawings, as I believe most of us get what the artist is trying to say here, its clear that we really are in a dystopian society and we just don't see it because we don't want to see it. sigh...

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Danielle Scott
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3 years ago

Really? I see power stripping away dignity, strength, and freedom from helpless individuals & obliterating them

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Amy Noble
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3 years ago

They don't fit

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Kaeli McIntyre
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3 years ago

anxiety

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Biological clock is ticking

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Stealing other people's ideas ?

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Jennifer Nicholson
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3 years ago

mowing down the resistance

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

Plastic surgery

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It was Mark!
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3 years ago

The thinker. Planting more seeds to ponder about.

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Love is blind. You will open the door to your heart and let them walk right in if you don't know the person and only go by appearances, and they could be hiding their intent to do you harm.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Trapped by TV

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Cue the Kardashians.

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Religion as big buck business.

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Surrogate

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Cup half empty or half full

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

She graduated and now she's in deep shit? In the real world? This one is lost on me

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Patti
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3 years ago

The price she had to pay to get there

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Finding inspiration.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

Dude takes pills either for drug addiction or Rx and it alters his state of mind so that he is unable to write. Everything that comes from him goes to waste hence the trashcan

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Patti
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3 years ago

Horse power

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Finger nails have a nail bed, so the roses under the nail of the fingers with wedding rings are "a bed of roses". The barbed wire represents a prison you can't escape from. What they though was bliss when they got married turns out to be a life sentence. The man and woman are popping up from a toaster. They are done, dry. Their love has dried up. From her head is a spool of silk. A spring silkworm produces silk until it dies. There is a Chinese thought that likewise, giving one's thought to another person is like a spring silkworm producing silk until it dies. He has a banana on his head. There is a book called Mr. Bananahead at Home about Mr. Bananahead who tries hard to do all the chores on Mrs. Bananahead's list but can't get them right. So the symbolism on their heads means even though they both have tried to to please each other, in the end it is no good, if that is all they do. It is too consuming and they dry up as people.

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

It's a diary. Maybe his thoughts are destroying him

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Nickie Pacheco
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3 years ago

The life of social media. Everyone posts looking for validation via likes. Only to find opposition from people close to them.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

She is a prostitute. Her tongue holds powerful men in her prison. Bc with the ability to blackmail she has power over them with the words she speaks. The only one who pleases her is her drugs where she can find escape from what it is she does.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Possessiveness

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Arshad Ali
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3 years ago

Ayer means yesterday in Spanish and his mind is a pencil being shaven (wasting away) because all he can focus on is the past.

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Drew Williams
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3 years ago

Staying Squared Away with Military Service

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Cala Sophia
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3 years ago

She looks at him as her knight in shining armor. She sees the man as her warrior, her savior. People generally look to other people to complete them.

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