There’s something about humans and technology that makes them a perfect combo for a disaster waiting to happen. And even though we live in 2020, where tech has become a quintessential part of our daily lives, it doesn’t mean it’s as easy as pie. Don’t believe me?

Ask the tech support workers who have been witness to such monstrosities, it makes you wonder what on earth their clients were thinking. A client upgrading his phone and keeping his old screen protector ‘cause why not? Check. A mouse covered in hand grease up to the point that it’s just a lump of sheer nastiness? Check. Rice inside the iPhone? Sure. Cables tangled so badly, they resemble a wasp nest? Of course.

Thanks (do we really wanna thank them for dis?) to the Reddit community that goes by the all-telling name r/techsupportgore, we now have pure nightmare material for tech support workers or any other person who is no stranger to common sense. Psst! More painfully funny and cringe-worthy tech and gadget disasters waiting in part 1.

#1

4 Hrs Later...

4 Hrs Later...

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Rapunzel got a hair cut.

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#2

I Said "Put It In Rice." Not "Put Rice In It."

I Said "Put It In Rice." Not "Put Rice In It."

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Sorry, I can't stop laughing at this one.

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#3

Apparently Someone Got Tired Of It Ringing, So The Put It In The Oven

Apparently Someone Got Tired Of It Ringing, So The Put It In The Oven

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago

The face of the caller burned into it for all eternity.

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The r/techsupportgore subreddit was created on February 29, 8 years ago, and has since grown into a solid community of 467k members. According to the group’s description, it will make you “cringe to the brink of passing out after a few minutes looking at this subreddit.”

Some time ago, Bored Panda contacted Coffeechipmunk, the moderator of the r/techsupportgore subreddit, who said that the most popular posts in the community are usually the ones that show a device a moment away from exploding.

“It’s both dangerous and cool,” explained the mod. “They probably get so big because people post the pics and you think, 'Wow, that's just a bomb at that point.'"Whoever is wondering why the subreddit got so popular, it all comes down to the fact that “Honestly... it's very fun," Coffeechipmunk said.

#4

This Key After 10 Years Of Entering Orders At My Grandmothers Shop

This Key After 10 Years Of Entering Orders At My Grandmothers Shop

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Pixie
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow

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#5

Just Set It On Fire

Just Set It On Fire

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago

If you don't do it, it will do it itself certainly.

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#6

Broken Clip? No Problem!

Broken Clip? No Problem!

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Lisa Simpson
Community Member
4 months ago

Why this isn't higher?

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“In a time where most of the internet can be incredibly serious and most times saddening or angering, r/techsupportgore is fun because you go on it and you can laugh (and/or cringe) at the crazy posts. Where else can you see a post like, 'Wow, these cables really are messy' to 'A lizard fried my motherboard' back to back?”

Essentially, it attracts a bunch of people that enjoy tech and the very worst of it. Also, it’s especially relevant to the current generations Y and Z who basically grew up with tech around them. For these kids and young adults, seeing the picture of someone trying to charge their new laptop without taking it out of the box is essentially priceless.

#7

One Of My Clients Upgraded His Phone But Kept His Old Screen “Protector”

One Of My Clients Upgraded His Phone But Kept His Old Screen “Protector”

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Wendillon
Community Member
4 months ago

Not only doesn't it fit, but it's also upside down. WHY?!

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#8

German T-Mobile Found 3 Snakes Inside Their Network Unit

German T-Mobile Found 3 Snakes Inside Their Network Unit

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Kari Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah, the irony. The German word for snake is also a term for someone who‘s deceitful. Seeing as our lovely Deutsche Telekom dastardly 'renewed' the contract I had with them (thus making me pay for my phone/internet TWICE for 1,5 years), I vote for this to become their official representation photo.

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#9

Customer Brought In This Imac For Not Powering On... This Is How He Apparently Uses It

Customer Brought In This Imac For Not Powering On... This Is How He Apparently Uses It

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Is he one of those people who has vinyl wrap on his sofa?

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#10

The Nastiest Mouse I Have Ever Seen In The Field. Make No Mistake, That Is Not Dust. That Is...uh...hand-Grease

The Nastiest Mouse I Have Ever Seen In The Field. Make No Mistake, That Is Not Dust. That Is...uh...hand-Grease

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Erin Kavik
Community Member
4 months ago

Eeeeeeeeew!

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#11

Shipping Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Computers With No Packaging Material

Shipping Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Computers With No Packaging Material

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Amazon did this to me... I ordered 3 6 TB hard drives and they shipped them in a bubble mailer that looked like a truck ran over it. All of the HD boxes were crushed. The drives weren't damaged but I sent them back anyway along with a really stern phone call. They replaced them (actually sent me 4 instead of 3.) Ordered some lavender soap bars for the wife and they packed them in paper and bubble wrap and in an oversized box that was so secure you could have shipped nitroglycerin in. Go figure.

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#12

Do You Think It Got Too Hot?

Do You Think It Got Too Hot?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Too hot? Nope, not at all. What gave you that idea?

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#13

"You Can Fix Your Sisters Phone Right? It Gets Hot Sometimes And Turns Itself Off A Lot". "What's That Smell?" Battery Acid. Literally Battery Acid

"You Can Fix Your Sisters Phone Right? It Gets Hot Sometimes And Turns Itself Off A Lot". "What's That Smell?" Battery Acid. Literally Battery Acid

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あんぱんまん
Community Member
4 months ago

wow

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#14

“There’s Something Wrong With The Printer In The Lab...”

“There’s Something Wrong With The Printer In The Lab...”

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm blue daba dee daba daa

Anon Yymi
Community Member
4 months ago

How dare you make that song play in my head

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe it's just blue.

Soph the Loaf
Community Member
4 months ago

It looks like it felt sick and had to throw up.

Mojones
Community Member
4 months ago

CYA(n)!

I'm a makeup addict
Community Member
4 months ago

at least it's colorful!

Ulla Clicksteed
Community Member
4 months ago

Unicorn pooped on printer! :D

Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

The blue ink sneezed.

Jaye Rodger
Community Member
4 months ago

It blue up

Robert Thornburrow
Community Member
4 months ago

Cyanara baby!

Angharad Eatough
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope it doesn't make all the paper blue

Raven
Community Member
4 months ago

There is something wrong.

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

Other people, naaaah nothings rong w/ it, toches it aaaaaand BOOOM

wyatt hollingsworth
Community Member
4 months ago

Aaand that'll be 175$!

Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Bob ?

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

woke up this morning....got the printer ink blues- from my head to my shoes...

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
3 months ago

With fingernails like that, maybe you shouldn't be trying to change the toner???

Caleigh Moffett
Community Member
3 months ago

Blue Christmasssssssss I love that song

Micah Pettit
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like it blue up.

Sue Sanders
Community Member
4 months ago

Cyan decided to commit suicide all over the machine.

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

That could actually be a *lot* worse. toner-expl...f82792.jpg toner-explosion-5fcd5dcf82792.jpg

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

Ya think?

Amanda Hartley
Community Member
4 months ago

SMH - working in reprographics I see this all the time 🙄

MAKtheknife
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh I get it, it blue up!

Retro Dan™
Community Member
4 months ago

It's entering into its blue period.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
4 months ago

feeling blue

Mae Mosse
Community Member
4 months ago

It was having a blue phase

B-b-bird
Community Member
4 months ago

good morning, have a beautiful start of a workweek! yuhuuu

Paul Martin
Community Member
4 months ago

yep, that is what happens when you use cheap refilled toner cartridges

Simon White
Community Member
4 months ago

No! Really? When I get to printers like this, I recommend they get themselves a cleaning contract, then call me when it’s done.

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 months ago

A Smurf died

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
4 months ago

O M G--EXPENSIVE!

Mm Ee
Community Member
4 months ago

Retard installing ink wrong

Bella Grasso
Community Member
4 months ago

Colorful? LOL

Carson R Ibach
Community Member
4 months ago

i'd say

Latorria Phillips
Community Member
4 months ago

did that... explode

Luke George
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

We meet again. I really hate printer's my childhood for when i was 3-6 a printer kinda exploded in front of me. My favourite shirt ruined

Marie
Community Member
4 months ago

Nah, looks fine to me

Anggi Angkasa
Community Member
4 months ago

Im blue if i were green i will die i will beat of a guy if i were green i will die

Silvia John
Community Member
4 months ago

I think I saw a laughing unicorn run away :-)

Downunderdude
Community Member
4 months ago

Blue its tiny mind

chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

hahahaha colour bomb.....

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

Only a minor toner spill...I've seen it spilled all over the carpet in one big unicorn vomit.

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Ya think...?

Karen Dyer
Community Member
4 months ago

Nah, suppose to look that way......lol

A Random Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Ya don't say.

BoredPanda is awesome
Community Member
4 months ago

something is definitely wrong

Powercat
Community Member
4 months ago

What was your first clue?

Mary Peace
Community Member
4 months ago

Or maybe it's the tinted glasses I'm wearing...

Lsai Aeon
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone blue the toner

Mishte Tine
Community Member
4 months ago

Printers are just evil. They just are.

KittyGirl
Community Member
4 months ago

Gee i wonder y....

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
4 months ago

give me magenta pathetic mortal

Dotzilla _( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)_/
Community Member
4 months ago

hey it's the pan colors :) 🏳️‍🌈

ThePandaManCan
Community Member
4 months ago

looks perfectly normal to me!

Navy Blue Bandana
Community Member
4 months ago

you don't say

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
4 months ago

OH NOOOOO

Jane Doe
Community Member
4 months ago

SIGH-an...

ZZAM
Community Member
4 months ago

umm... ya think???

Douglas Turner
Community Member
4 months ago

The blue screen of death is taking over...

Marky Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm no expert but I think it blue something.

History Fan
Community Member
4 months ago

ItS bLuE!!!!!!!!!!!!

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

My husband is a tech at Xerox, he says this is a clog, he’s seen it before, and it a FOUR hour fix, yikes

DKS 001
Community Member
4 months ago

raaaiiinnnbbbooowwwwwww

Vikram Bedi
Community Member
4 months ago

some bank robber was counting his money there....

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#15

User Calls About Disc Being Stuck In Another Computer, Mentions Off Hand About This Laptop. They Had Been Using And Charging It Like This For Weeks...

User Calls About Disc Being Stuck In Another Computer, Mentions Off Hand About This Laptop. They Had Been Using And Charging It Like This For Weeks...

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Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh crap, that's about to have the battery ignite. Mine expanded about 1/8th of that and I panicked, took the battery out and shut it in a steel box, before I could sleep soundly.

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#16

Brother Wanted A Wireless Mouse, Kid Wanted To Help

Brother Wanted A Wireless Mouse, Kid Wanted To Help

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago

I've seen people do this when opening up a mouse packed in one of those hard plastic can't-open-it-with-a-chainsaw type packages.

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#17

After Two Days Of Troubleshooting, The Solution Was To Simply Flip It Upside Down. Of Course

After Two Days Of Troubleshooting, The Solution Was To Simply Flip It Upside Down. Of Course

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

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#18

"My PC Won't Turn On"

"My PC Won't Turn On"

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago

No s**t.

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#19

Just One Of Our Printers Doing Its Duty

Just One Of Our Printers Doing Its Duty

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Neon
Community Member
4 months ago

Juss it was drunk

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#20

Someone At Work Secured This Power-Board

Someone At Work Secured This Power-Board

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice! Like someone's Mom thumb-tacking a condom to the bulletin board for their hot date.

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#21

People That Use PC Cables To Rest Their Feet

People That Use PC Cables To Rest Their Feet

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Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Offices should supply foot rests or smaller desks for short people. Looks like she would struggle get her heels on the ground.

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#22

How Not To Transport A Laptop

How Not To Transport A Laptop

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago

Who would've thought.

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#23

My Parents New WiFi Mount

My Parents New WiFi Mount

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Necessity is the mother of invention.

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#24

Came To A Restaurant With My Dad To Fix Their Internet Issues

Came To A Restaurant With My Dad To Fix Their Internet Issues

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

This restaurant has a lot of issues.

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#25

"I Forgot That I Left My Laptop On The Top Of My Truck. It Flew Off When I Was On The Highway. Can You Fix It?"

"I Forgot That I Left My Laptop On The Top Of My Truck. It Flew Off When I Was On The Highway. Can You Fix It?"

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The hope is strong with this one.

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#26

Spaghetti Baguette. "I Was On A School Trip. 6 Electric Sockets For 70 People"

Spaghetti Baguette. "I Was On A School Trip. 6 Electric Sockets For 70 People"

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

He wasn't in school trips, he himself was on a school trip.

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#27

Drilled Right Into The Battery

Drilled Right Into The Battery

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Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Classy

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#28

Psu Thermal Throttling

Psu Thermal Throttling

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago

Ancient power supply... coal fired!

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#29

“My Tablet Is Not Charging” - Is This A Battery Or A Pillow?

“My Tablet Is Not Charging” - Is This A Battery Or A Pillow?

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Scary!

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#30

Customer Tried To Change The Mainboard

Customer Tried To Change The Mainboard

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Pixie
Community Member
4 months ago

*blink* ... That... Thats not how it works... Oo

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#31

This Beauty Came In For Repair Today

This Beauty Came In For Repair Today

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago

What... is that?

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#32

My Girlfriend's Xbox 360 Hard Drive Was Rattling... Can I Recover The Data?

My Girlfriend's Xbox 360 Hard Drive Was Rattling... Can I Recover The Data?

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Saara-Elina Kaukiainen
Community Member
4 months ago

..How? Just.. How?

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#33

Some Beautiful Patchwork

Some Beautiful Patchwork

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

1 MBit/s for the win

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#34

Dispatched About A Computer That Wouldn't Boot, It Was Epoxied To The Desk. They Had To Cut It Out For Us

Dispatched About A Computer That Wouldn't Boot, It Was Epoxied To The Desk. They Had To Cut It Out For Us

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Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

It certainly looks cool, even though it's totally impractical.

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#35

Hey Boss, The UPS Had Some Crazy European Connector, But I Fixed It!

Hey Boss, The UPS Had Some Crazy European Connector, But I Fixed It!

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

Ummm...

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#36

He Paid Extra For The Expert Installation

He Paid Extra For The Expert Installation

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Pixie
Community Member
4 months ago

What are we looking at?

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#37

Teacher Was "Multitasking" And Set Laptop On Hot Stove... It Still Works Other Than A Few Lines On The Screen

Teacher Was "Multitasking" And Set Laptop On Hot Stove... It Still Works Other Than A Few Lines On The Screen

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Wendillon
Community Member
4 months ago

Is this the Nokia of laptops?

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#38

Customer Attempted Their Own Hdmi Repair With A Blowtorch

Customer Attempted Their Own Hdmi Repair With A Blowtorch

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
4 months ago

And for lunch they borrowed a sledgehammer to have some nuts.

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#39

I Tried To Use My Old Case As A Chair

I Tried To Use My Old Case As A Chair

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Wendillon
Community Member
4 months ago

but...why?

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#40

"I Straightened Bent Pins With Tweezer, But It Won't Work Afterwards"

"I Straightened Bent Pins With Tweezer, But It Won't Work Afterwards"

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Patience!

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