Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and long-lasting goods. These are the things that we know coronavirus panic buyers want. They buy them in packs. They buy them in pallets. And supermarket shelves end up empty.

But not completely empty! Some poor items get left behind. Things that even panic-driven preppers don’t want. What are these things? We’re so glad you asked. Bored Panda compiled a list of the things that get left behind on supermarket shelves, from Hawaiian pizza (pineapples and ham, anyone?) to chocolate hummus. So scroll down and leave a comment below about what unwanted goods you’ve seen left behind in shops.

From what we’ve seen so far, strange brands and peculiar foods like weird-flavored potato chips (not to mention Corona beer) seem to get left behind. But what flies off the shelves like hot buns is toilet paper. But why is that?

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Brandy Grote
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10 months ago

Finally can find gluten free stuff in stores!

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Even In Such Shortages Nobody Wants Pineapple Pizza

Even in such shortages nobody wants Pineapple Pizza

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teeshy hedding
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10 months ago

noooo I love Hawaiian pizza

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Monday
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10 months ago

OH NO...that store has a case of corona

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Well, this mass buying of products is related to two things: anxiety (buying things tricks us into thinking we have things under control) and the fear of missing out (or FOMO). Massively buying TP obviously doesn’t make sense. It has more to do with herd mentality than with rational thinking.

“What you've got to remember is that when 50 packs of toilet paper rolls disappear off shelves, you really notice it because they take up so much room. It's much more noticeable than say 50 cans of baked beans or hand sanitizer disappearing," Professor Debra Grace from Griffith University told the BBC.

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Rob Chapman
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10 months ago

I've got like 10 cans of that in my cupboard. Been there for about a year.

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teeshy hedding
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10 months ago

thats when you know your product has failed

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ZombieGirl
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10 months ago

HaHa...this one is hilarious! I bought cauliflower rice once and my husband saw it and threw it away! haha...he said no mam!

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Meanwhile, Associate Professor Nitika Garg from the University of New South Wales explained that seeing this scarcity makes us believe that the missing product is much more valuable than it really is.

"They think if this person is buying it, if my neighbor is buying there's got to be a reason and I need to get in too," she said. Garg also pointed out that people believe that TP can be used for pretty much everything: from tissues and napkins to “makeshift masks.”

Dr. Rohan Miller from the University of Sydney believes that because we’re not used to scarcity or shortages, we want to maintain the same lifestyle during the coronavirus crisis. “The rush to get toilet paper is just this sheep mentality to maintain that status. I think people want to make sure they have some comforts in their lives if they're going to be shacked up with their family for a long time," he told the BBC.

"Toilet paper doesn't really matter—it's just so far down the survival list compared to other things like food or water—but it's just something people cling to as a minimum standard."

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Malakai
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10 months ago

Boar's Head dark chocolate hummus is effing delicious. You can enjoy your boring fruit with no dip while I chow down on strawberries and cherries with it :)

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Kali Fugatte
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10 months ago

I loooove the shrimp ramen! More for me!

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Ana Ferreira
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10 months ago

Are people seriously avoiding Corona beer just because it has the same name as the virus? That is painfully stupid.

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Bored Panda spoke with David Savage, associate professor of behavioral and microeconomics at the University of Newcastle in Australia, about how uncertainty and a lack of information lead to stockpiling and hoarding supplies.

“Uncertainty is the starting point, but what the general public is dealing with at the moment is ambiguity, that is people do not know what it is that they do not know! They are uncertain if or when the virus will spread to the region, they do not know if they themselves will be infected, which also means they do not know if they need to go into isolation and need several weeks’ worth of supplies,” Dr. Savage explained the current conundrum affecting some countries around the world.

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Shelley Jennings
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10 months ago

There's a baby shark cereal??? 🤨

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European other
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10 months ago

Add salt to them

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The only thing left on the shelves due to corona virus. At least it’s not *that* bad yet.

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Annemarie Mattheyse
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10 months ago

WHAT. IS. THAT?

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“The problem is not necessarily that people wish to stock up or prepare for a likely pandemic, rather the problem is that people are uncertain about the future and, if they are risk-averse, are more than likely going to overstock more than they require.”

He continued: “Of course, overstocking [i.e. stockpiling] has a knock-on effect such that the greater the number of individuals who are overstocking the more likely it is that supermarkets will run out of stock and end up with empty shelves. This will cause a feedback loop for the individual confirming what they already believe to be true and make them more willing to stock up.”

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Even in the apocalypse nobody wants ham and pineapple

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Gabi
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10 months ago

I do.

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Sardonic Scribe
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10 months ago

So sorry, Canadian here... what exactly is wrong with Manhattan Clam Chowder?

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Real commentary on the human condition - no matter what kind of mixed vegetables you buy, there’s ALWAYS too many carrots

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Brandy Grote
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10 months ago

That size bag is for horse owners.

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According to Dr. Savage, stockpiling also leads to an additional problem: it limits the availability of goods to disadvantaged groups, such as the poor and the elderly. “While this may not directly add to the further spread of the virus it may create a problem in the future when the pandemic is in full swing and the individual runs out of certain goods forcing them to leave the safety of their home and enter the public arena which may expose them to the virus.”

“Uncertainty and a lack of information are the true enemies in regard to public behavior. It is what we don't understand that we fear and what we do not know that creates bias. The best solution may well be as simple as public education campaigns delivered in the simplest way possible and framed in a positive light rather than a negative one.”

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chi-wei shen
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10 months ago

Fancy tap water.

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Pungent Sauce
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10 months ago

I do.....

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Martha Meyer
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10 months ago

People are weird. What's wrong with peas?!

Ivy D
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10 months ago

Probably more texture than anything

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CaffeineQueen
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10 months ago

I'll take them! Frozen peas are the best!

European other
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10 months ago

They are actually very useful !

Brandy Grote
Community Member
10 months ago

Great for bruises,or in my veggie beef soup. Mmm... or with bangers and mash!

JuJu
Community Member
10 months ago

They are perfect. Make soup, add to a gratin, have it with bacon and parmesan, add to tortilla...peas are fantastic!

Gabi
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10 months ago

I love peas!

Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago

I’ll have them. I love peas.

Katinka Min
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10 months ago

Huh? That must have been a spontaneous refill. Or they are really expensive. Everybody I know has frozen peas in their freezer at pretty much any time. Even if it's just to cool a black eye! :-D

Lola
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10 months ago

I actually like these things. Why aren’t they buying them?

Cat
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10 months ago

I can't possibly be the only one who like peas?!?! No? Yes? I'll see myself out lol

Lara Mig
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10 months ago

What is wrong with frozen peas? We eat them all the time.

Brett Layton
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10 months ago

Those are awesome makeshift icepacks too though for bumps and bruises.

Pretty Pangolin
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10 months ago

I tried making my own, just for fun (rubbing alcohol, water, food coloring optional) but the bag leaked.

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Mark Serbian
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10 months ago

That's because, during these troubled times, there aren't many guys getting vasectomies...

Young Minami Kotaro
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10 months ago

why? its just healthy right? right? it is?

Ken Murray
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10 months ago

I love frozen peas - the colour - the taste and the ease of cooking - they're great

Loretta
Community Member
10 months ago

Why not??

Annie Nelson
Community Member
10 months ago

i love frozen pea

Soggy Crumpet
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10 months ago

Frozen peas currently reside in my freezer purely for the purpose of ice packing injuries

ChaiDai
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10 months ago

I use frozen peas when I make my doggos homemade food. I couldn't find them anywhere!

PandaGirl3807
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10 months ago

I love those!!!

Ben Smith
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10 months ago

I buy them all the time. Super healthy, great in stir frys...

Carolina Fernández González
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9 months ago

Why they don't want peas? They are amazing

Jayne Storey
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10 months ago

I LOVE FROZEN PEAS!

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes, they do! I couldn't get my usual order as none were to be found!

Susan Riley
Community Member
10 months ago

Peas were sold out where I live. I would have been happy to find them.

Thomas Turnbull
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10 months ago

well organic ones anyway

Baali Venomax
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10 months ago

I do! But my roommate hasnt got a big enough freezer to store them

Susann Campbell
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10 months ago

I like frozen peas . They taste like peas from the garden , not canned and mush .

Su Hall
Community Member
10 months ago

They make good weights for glue projects!

Tina Scogin
Community Member
10 months ago

omg. we have ZERO frozen peas here. We need to set up a city-to-city exchange. I'll also take those cauliflower pizza crusts.

Jane Dorothy Warner
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10 months ago

I couldn't get any in the local UK supermarket! Send some over.

Johanne Trudeau
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10 months ago

I love frozen peas!! That's the closest you can get without picking them out of the garden...

Elaine Dodge
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10 months ago

I'll take them

Marcela Gelber
Community Member
10 months ago

Whaaaa???? I thought frozen peas were a staple in all freezers? The only greens most kids will eat. Things sure are different stateside, aren't they?

Janet Dauncey
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10 months ago

They make great ice packs!!

Misty Suarez-Forehand
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10 months ago

Umm yuck Noooo

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
10 months ago

Split pea soup!!!

Flare
Community Member
10 months ago

Gimme!

Sheila McCarthy
Community Member
10 months ago

Bring them to me!

Ana Linares
Community Member
10 months ago

What?!? I have been looking for them and they are all out.

Tiny van Pouderoyen
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10 months ago

But you need them when someone whacks you over the head!

KT Trondsen
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10 months ago

I loved eating them frozen as a kid

Captain Marvellous ♥️
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10 months ago

What? But...peas!

Kenna Jaques
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10 months ago

They make great cold compresses. Feel good on your forehead when you have a fever

Bear42212
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10 months ago

I love frozen peas

Robbie Blaylock
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10 months ago

Canned peas ftw

lindsayaotter
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10 months ago

I feel bad for the green peas. I like frozen green peas.

Annie Hewitt
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10 months ago

I love peas

Kanga9ine
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10 months ago

Peas are great. Poor little green squishy things.

Miri Lee
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10 months ago

I always buy frozen peas...even in non apocalyptic times.

Karen Perez
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10 months ago

Hahahahaha.

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Poor Takis! No one wants them

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Pittsburgh rare
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10 months ago

What?!? Bring those Takis over!

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Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago

Why not? Good for stir fry’s.

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Dear Arrow Water, People Would Rather Risk Death Than Drink Your Nasty Tasting Water. Lol

Dear Arrow water, people would rather risk death than drink your nasty tasting water

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Pungent Sauce
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10 months ago

It’s spring water, and 25% the price of Fiji. Whatever, more for me.

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Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago

I’ll have those too. Nom.

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Patrick McKemie
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10 months ago

Or, maybe just maybe, the Amy's Kitchen delivery person is on their game! Now would be a great time to empty out your inventory.

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Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago

It’s actually quite nice with a bit of butter and pepper sprinkled on top.

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Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago (edited)

It’s £1.70. When everything around it is between 53-75p the top end ranges will be the last to go and rightly so.

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sh
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10 months ago

I think some of these are more like only that single item has been restocked, not that no one wanted it.

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Monday
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10 months ago

I have never heard of carrot spirals before and I am intrigued.

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Pungent Sauce
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10 months ago

Because corned beef is 2x the normal price til after St. Patty’s Day, when it will be 1/2 the normal price. ‘Murica!

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Tiny Dynamine
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10 months ago

Fair enough, me too.

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Tiny Dynamine
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10 months ago

Water's not exactly something we don't already have at home, though.

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Pungent Sauce
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10 months ago

They’re delicious, but apparently not worth the extra $0.50 to the budget-minded apocalypse buyer.

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Anne
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10 months ago

I want that!! (am gluten free)

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The Frog
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10 months ago

Clean your lens

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Sami
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10 months ago

But I love hot dogs...

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Shelley Jennings
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10 months ago

Organic, vegan, gluten free... I'm starting to see a pattern here 🤣

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Daniel Mason
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10 months ago

Those crisp are nice tho..

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Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago

When the orange moron is calling it the ‘Chinese virus’ what do you expect. Stuff that doesn’t sell like this should go to the homeless shelter where non idiots will appreciate it.

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JessG
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10 months ago

Another one that doesn't make sense....?

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The only produce left at my local grocery store is onions because nobody wants that trash

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Brandy Grote
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10 months ago

Gimme dat. It's an ingredient for most of our meals!

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