Since the last time we wrote about Terrible Maps, a project that is dedicated to sharing maps no one asked for or needs, they've kept themselves rather busy. So it's only natural we created a follow-up article about the cartographers who are so bad, they're actually good. After all, what is the Internet for if not to poke fun at politics and our geographical illiteracy?

From hilarious guides on how to find the state of Kentucky to showing how many Switzerlands fit in Brazil, continue scrolling and check out these gems and tell us which one would you hang on your office wall!

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Kesam
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1 month ago

How is this map "terrible?" It's great!

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OK. We can clearly see these are bad maps. But how to know you're looking at a good one? Brant Scheidecker, a sales engineer at Cartegraph, highlighted some of the main essentials for accurate and easily interpretable map use.

"Every map should have a title. It allows the user to assess the purpose of the map quickly; allowing them to determine if it meets their needs," Scheidecker wrote.

Next, origin. A fancy name for a compass or the North arrow. "This allows the user to determine the maps reference to the earth. While most maps these days have North being straight up, occasionally you will encounter a map that has a skewed orientation, perhaps to better fit it on the physical medium it's presented on (i.e. paper), or simply because it’s easier to interact with the map in that orientation."

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Aaron W
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1 month ago

Dammit, I'm going to see this every time I look at a US map now. Thanks, Bored Panda.

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When it comes to the source, it's a two-fold element. "It allows the map maker to provide the map viewer an idea where the data the map is representing is from; a necessity in determining the accuracy of a map. It also allows the map maker a way to cite the source of their data, avoiding all those pesky cries of plagiarism and the ensuing lawsuits," Scheidecker explained. "You have better uses for your time, like ensuring the rest of the T.O.S.S.L.A.D. elements are on your maps."

Let's not forget the legend (the area where a user can determine what a particular color or symbol represents on the map). "Without a legend, a user cannot successfully interpret what your map is trying to represent, 'Does the red skull and crossbones over my favorite restaurant mean what I think it means?'"

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SoozeeQ
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1 month ago

Love the caption!

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You should also know when was the map that you're analyzing made. If it was created in 1962 and shows commuter levels in Chicago—it might not be such a valid source for the traffic data you are looking for today, unless you are feeling nostalgic, Scheidecker joked.

There you have it. You may now have become a cartographic genius, but you should be able to tell if you're looking at a terrible map or not!

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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1 month ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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1 month ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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1 month ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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1 month ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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1 month ago

I don't understand why Iceland is not green, but Spitsbergen is

Evelyn Luise-Katharina Hinz
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1 month ago

Because Spitsbergen is part of Norway and Iceland is another country would be my explaination. But then it doesn't make sense that Denmark is green but Greenland -which is part of Denmark- isn't.

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Michael Se
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1 month ago

The "American Dream" is a joke. And 99% of us aren't laughing.

John Baker
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1 month ago

"They call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." ~ George Carlin

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Ami Temi
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1 month ago

Very accurate, but Iceland and New Zealand should be included!

Enuya
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1 month ago

Yeah, yeah, tell me more about achieving *any* dream in Poland right now...

Kines Tezja
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1 month ago

I don't know, I achieved 2 really big dreams in Poland. Not right now-now, but in general.

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Russian Otaku
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1 month ago

The AD died in the early 1900s

NMN
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1 month ago

I'd add more countries to the list

Zintoki
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1 month ago

To Bill Newsome: What poverty you talk about? Czech Republic have lowest uneployment rate in whole EU and GDP per capita higher than Spain. So we stay classy. How is your healthcare system and uneployment rate that treating your people?

Wouldn't You Like to Know
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1 month ago

The American Dream is freedom from gov't oppression.

Jace
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1 month ago

Incorrect. It’s supposed to be that anyone from anywhere can become a success and prosper in America, so long as they “work hard”. It’s bullshit promoted by survivorship bias & propaganda.

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Nia Loves Art
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1 month ago (edited)

Really? ALL of those European countries. I’m a bit suspicious.

Astrid Nineor
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1 month ago

Without further ado, here are the top places to live according to the United Nations' Human Development Report, in ascending order: Norway Switzerland Australia Ireland Germany Iceland Sweden Hong Kong Singapore The Netherlands https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/best-countries-to-live-in

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

The American dream is also a Covid-19 dream

Jace
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1 month ago

Wut?

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Margaret Wells
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1 month ago

New Zealand should be green too!

Marcella Antal
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1 month ago

Hungary... well, seems legit, if the american dream is a nightmare.

elfin
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1 month ago

That's because America has a nightmare going on: Minority rule by trump and corrupt Repubs.

Anna Repp
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1 month ago

Why not New Zealand???

Jamie S. Martindale
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1 month ago

Hey - add New Zealand! (Did you not see the map above about how important NZ is?!)

Gianni Sermon
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1 month ago

New Zealand is missing from this map,it should be dark green

Grzegorz Chyła
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1 month ago

Oh, really? (From Poland)

Randy Klefbeck
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1 month ago

Not sure about Spain and Portugal.

Kalis VarKrom
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1 month ago

I have been to some of these Countries, but they do not have what I like about America.

J. Kasilo
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1 month ago

Check the number of "immigrants" going to all those countries compared to America & you will see what country is the best - people are dying to get to America...

Emilia Graf
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1 month ago

Poland???? no way

Sara MacFarland
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1 month ago

sadly prophetic

Jewels Vern
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1 month ago

The American dream is to win the lottery.

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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1 month ago

There are some missing.

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

yup- that looks right - especially with our 'idiot in charge' still in the WH

Gary Townshend
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1 month ago

Wait - this is almost the same as Map #9!

Pompilius
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1 month ago

What, in Spain too? Maybe in some of your American *wet* dreams...

Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Surely it is not the American dream then.

RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

What even is "the American dream"?

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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

Wish I lived close to Canada.

Julie BT 120
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1 month ago

Accurate !

Gipsy Kings fan
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1 month ago

Sadly, this is too true these days. Yet, persecuted people from some of the "gray" countries on this map still seek political asylum in the U.S. -- not in Europe, Canada, Australia, or Japan. I recently saw a TV documentary about young people from Africa and the Middle East who feared for their lives in their own countries, because they are gay. They all fled to the U.S. to apply for asylum. Volunteer organizations help them find housing and help them through the asylum process.

Peko
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1 month ago

Um... For obvious reasons there are a lot more African and Middle Eastern asylum seekers in Europe. Germany by itself takes in more per year than the US. The people in that documentary may have gone to the US but don't kid yourself into thinking that's where the majority goes.

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Raphael Biock
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1 month ago

Lol. Luxembourg, the richest country by income per inhabitant is not green.

Just another bot
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1 month ago

Yeah, a bit too many European countries in the green here too

Elijah Snow
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1 month ago

You United Staters... For your information, "America" is the whole thing, from Greenland to the Caribbean to Tierra del Fuego.

John Baker
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1 month ago

And for the edification of the pedantic dimwits who can't resist repeating this inanity every goddamn time the US is a subject of discussion, we know that. We, and most of the rest of the world, refer to the US simply as "America" as a matter of convenience. It's just less awkward.

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Denise Stanley
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1 month ago

Why is NZ not green? That’s right because the American dream sucks

John Baker
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1 month ago

It isn't green because it's been bought up by American billionaires who are now the only people who can afford to live there.

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Marcella Schechter
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1 month ago

Living in Canada is definitely not the Ametican dream. Long waits for "free" healthcare. 50%+ taxes brackets to pay for everyone's everything free. Super expensive, limited food. No thanks

John Baker
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4 weeks ago

Never been there, have you?

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Michael Barrow
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1 month ago

False

Vorknkx
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1 month ago

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Plot twist: Many of these countries have socialism - something that many Americans are scared of ;)

Nia Loves Art
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1 month ago (edited)

None of these countries actually have socialism, except under a weird American definition of it.

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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This truly is a terrible map. Even Croatia is in green! :D

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

I think this is sarcasm y’all

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Ojberretta Berretta
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lmao portugal?italy?hungary?poland czech republic SLOVAKIA LMAOOOO..... this map highly inaccurate i been to these places and ppl from there migrate to america if they can ...stop lying just to bash america

David K
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1 month ago

You don't even know how wrong you are in what you wrote here. Migration to America was a thing fór Europeans 30 or more years ago, but not anymore.

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lara
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BS. This is so full of crap it should be brown.

plush n puppet shenanigans
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im probably going to get hate for this since bored panda hates Americans but i would much rather live in America because i prefer how life is in America compared to the other countries on the map.

Rosanna Jackson
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1 month ago

You ever been to any other countries? You ever looked up health care services, employment, racism, education, equity in social classes, or so many other factors? All that aside, this map is just representative of where it is specifically easiest to achieve life, (health care would be a priority), liberty (not for profit prisons would be a priority) and the pursuit of happiness (equity, job security and opportunities across economic divisions). The highlighted Nations have their own issues, but it would still be easier to achieve this "American Dream".

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Bill Newsome
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Beg to differ. Pick an ethnic group. ANY ethnic group and compare to the US. That is why the US is still the top spot for immigrants. It is ironic that all those wonderful socialist paradises are still gray. Capitalism rules baby.

MrTree1779
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1 month ago

Take your OANN crap somewhere else, Trumper.

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Ralph
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1 month ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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1 month ago

This map is so accurate. And I feel quite ashamed about this fact.

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Kesam
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1 month ago

I'm an immigrant in "aesthetically tasteless" country and I totally agree! :D

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Kesam
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1 month ago

I always knew Brazilians are brainy. (But wait, what does that make northwestern Canada??)

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Belgium imports a lot of electricity from France. I wouldn't be surprised if this particular power plant mainly produced electricity for the Belgian market

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Cat Nip Gal
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1 month ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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1 month ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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1 month ago

No surprise, if the person with this opinion is a believer, that the Earth is flat...

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Electric Ed
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1 month ago

That "typo" in Aren'tgentina just makes it funnier :)

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Ivo H
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1 month ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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1 month ago

Me: Country roads.. take me Rome.. CR: Which one?

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Nah. We see a giant ass bible for most of those middle states. Oh and guns. Lots and lots of guns.

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Sadie Shapiro
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1 month ago

i don't even want to try saying that one. you know which one I'm talking about.

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Aaron W
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1 month ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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1 month ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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1 month ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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1 month ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago (edited)

According to my dots in MS Paint over each: 132. Might be wrong, but I am not doing it again. EDIT: Did it again and Beto River is right, I missed 10 at some point. Thank you Beto!

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Oathbraker
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1 month ago

I understand mistaking it with Iraq or Afghanistan, but how the fuck did they go to Africa and the Balkans? A couple are even in the UK, for crying out loud.

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Juririn
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1 month ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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