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Atlanta Burger King Selling $99 Oreo Milkshake

Atlanta Burger King Selling $99 Oreo Milkshake

By D. David Kinney

Move over pizza and Chinese food because Burger King is jumping into the delivery business. But the price of at least one of their offerings may absolutely knock you down. Want an Oreo milkshake? That’ll be $99.99 plus tax. Yes… $99.99 for a milkshake.

Oreo

There is only one Burger King store in Georgia that is offering delivery, and it’s located on North Avenue in Atlanta. To utilize the new delivery service you can place an order at bkdelivers.com. It’s a fairly slick website and provides a description of each food item along with the price, the option to customize your selection and to save your credit card information. But the prices can be difficult to read.

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Imagine it’s late at night and you’re ordering Burger King from your laptop or tablet. Would you notice that one of the drinks above costs almost 30 times more than the other three? If you don’t notice and you’ve got your credit card information saved, you could accidentally click yourself out of a hundred bucks pretty fast.

The incredibly high price of the Oreo milkshake is likely an error. However, the delivery service has been a round for a hot minute and the price is still $99.99.

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VIDEO: New James Franco Film Explores ‘Kink’

VIDEO: New James Franco Film Explores ‘Kink’

By Jason Levi

Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco are giving us a peek into the erotic world of Kink.com in the new film “Kink.” They’re the people behind popular gay BDSM websites including Bound Gods, Men on Edge and Bound in Public. Eight of Kink’s approximately 30 websites target the gay BDSM market.

In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view, Kink.com’s directors and models strive for authenticity,” press materials accompanying the new trailer explain, ” In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community.”

 

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VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Releases ‘Anaconda’ Music Video

VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Releases ‘Anaconda’ Music Video

By D. David Kinney

Nicki Minaj. Drake. “Baby Got Back.”

Do we need to say anything more?

Enjoy the video:

The music video for “Anaconda” was released early Wednesday morning shortly after midnight. Expectation was high for the release with #AnacondaVideoAtMidnight trending worldwide on Twitter before its debut. Are you a fan of the song and video? If so, “dial 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick them nasty thoughts!”

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PRIDE Kickball – Making The Grade

PRIDE Kickball – Making The Grade

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell

All of us have memories of elementary school – some of us fond memories; some of us not so much. One particularly bad memory for a number of LGBT adults: recess. As a gay child, I was often terrified of recess myself. Because I wanted to play jump rope (and, please I believe I could double-dutch anyone under the monkey bars even today), I was the object of ridicule for many a playground bully. Where I did excel at recess, however, was in playing the game of kickball. I was lucky enough to be blessed with strong legs, and those legs propelled me around the bases at lightning speed every time I would send an air mail delivery careening out to left field. It got to the point where everyone would back up 10 paces when I approached the plate. And so, I found my playground popularity.

Unfortunately, it seems that many of my gay counterparts were not so fortunate. I have learned that a larger number of gay adults have horrific memories of all things grade school sports – kickball included. When I was approached by Go Kickball to assist them in starting a PRIDE league, I was more than excited. I knew this would be a great way to create a sense of community and offer a place where LGBT community members could come together to network and have some fun. And with Blake’s on the Park sponsoring the flagship league at Piedmont Park, I knew the after-party every week would be great.

I set out to find my players. What I found instead was that a lot of people in the community are fearful of kickball because of their childhood experience with the sport. The idea of playing again dredged up memories of being picked last and then being laughed at because of lack of skill. One man even broke out in hives as I was talking to him about it. I’m not kidding. Hives. Over kickball.

Undeterred, I continued to look for players. I’m certainly glad that I did. I am happy to report that the inaugural season of PRIDE kickball has been amazing. With more than 100 players taking to the active oval every Monday night for the last few months, Piedmont Park has been alive with PRIDE all summer long! More importantly, everyone has been having fun and forgetting all about the bad memories from the playground. One player even approached me after the first game to say how thankful he was I talked him into playing. He said that the experience on the field actually erased all of the negative memories associated with the game. That comment alone verified for me that the establishment of a PRIDE league is a great thing for our community. Beyond that comment though, the positive responses have been overwhelming. Every player I’ve spoken with has reported having a great time, and several players have already started recruiting additional players for the upcoming fall season.

I would like to personally thank the good people at Go Kickball for creating a welcoming and fun environment for our community to come together and be kids again – nicer kids without the side of judgment, of course. Also, I would be remiss if I failed to thank the Atlanta institution, Blake’s on the Park, for recognizing the potential of this league and for supporting our community as always.

I would love to see more of you on the field. If you missed out on the summer league, be sure to register for the fall league. I promise you – you’ll kick yourself if you don’t. To register for the fall season, click here, you may also contact Spotted Dog Agency or call us at 404.428.0497 for additional information. Want to see some of FENUXE’s pictures from PRIKE Kickball this season? Check them out here.

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With One Less ‘Problem’ It’s Time For Ariana Grande To ‘Break Free’

With One Less ‘Problem’ It’s Time For Ariana Grande To ‘Break Free’

By D. David Kinney 

Coming on the heels of her summertime hit “Problem,” Ariana Grande released the music video for “Break Free” today on VEVO. The song was produced by Zedd (who you can see at TomorrowWorld this year) and Max Martin.

Check it out and see what you think. We’re already diggin’ it:

Want to enjoy some of the other songs making Ariana Grande the talk of the town?

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Ascension Party Returns To Fire Island

Ascension Party Returns To Fire Island

Ascension Party, the summer’s wildest weekend festival of music, dance and friendship takes place August 15-17 in the all-gay oasis of Fire Island Pines.  It’s back for its ninth steamy summer of fun. Thousands of men from around the globe will flock to the sun drenched beaches for the three-day round-the-clock party that begins Friday night with the Ascension Underwear Party at Sip ‘N Twirl, headlined by DJ Grind. The fun continues Saturday at 6pm with the Ascension Tea Dance at Bay Walk featuring DJ Ralphie Rosario at the turntables, followed by Ascension Afterdark at Sip ‘N Twirl
with DJ Theresa.  The main event, the Ascension Beach Party on the Fire Island Pines beach, takes place Sunday at 12pm with superstar DJ Paulo.  Tickets available now at Tagg NYC (720 9th Ave, New York) and online at www.ascensionparty.com.

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In 2006, Eric von Kuersteiner had a vision to create a fun daytime party for the new generation of Fire Island.  Since then, Ascension has grown into the island’s most anticipated and busiest weekend, with three days of stellar events, thousands of cute guys and unsurpassed entertainment—all raising money for charity, benefiting the Fund in the Sun Foundation.

Since its inception eight years ago, the foundation’s directors – Hal Rubenstein, David Nickle and Eric von Kuersteiner – have raised more than $4 million for the protection of the environment and infrastructure of Fire Island Pines, while also donating grants to worthy LGBT charitable organizations. This year’s beneficiaries include the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the Harvey Milk High School; Live Out Loud; Friends In Deed, which provides support services for those with HIV/AIDS; One Heartland, which affords summer camping programs for GLBTQA kids; Standing Tall, which helps wheelchair-bound kids and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

“The event raises money for some great causes but it’s also an explosive party featuring premiere talent and over-the-top production,” says von Kuersteiner. Previous Ascension entertainers include Kelly Rowland and Dragonette, as well as Erika Jayne, Kristine W, Neon Hitch and Crystal Waters.  “Our team scours the US and abroad, attending all the major gay parties to scout the newest and hottest talent.”  Sean Patrick Ryan produces the spectacular parties.

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“We offer incredible music, hot boys in sexy swimwear and the stunning backdrop of sunshine over the Atlantic Ocean,”  von Kuersteiner concludes, “We assure you, you won’t be disappointed.”

Ascension Party kicks off on Fire Island Pines: Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17, 2014 on Fire Island. Visit ascensionparty.com for ticket information.

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EDM In A Glass

EDM In A Glass

By Mark Dawson

The dance floor is about to get a little brighter. XUVO (pronounced ZOO-VOH) is an effervescent tablet that when added to vodka or rum, creates a delicious sweet drink that lights up! It actually glows under blacklight – at home or in the club.

It’s the brainchild of pop music artist Killian Wells, who created it in his recording studio. “I wanted a cocktail flavored energy drink to help fuel my creativity during long studio sessions,” he says. “Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could take it one step further and get these drinks to light up?” He connected with a team of scientists and began three years of research and development to perfect the taste and desired effect.

XUVO comes in four different flavors; Neon Mojito, Electric Blue Hawaiian, Orange Buzz (Orange Creamsicle), and Cosmic Apple (a mix of Golden Apple, White Cranberry, and Ginger).

Neon Mojito:

Neon Mojito

Electric Blue Hawaiian:

Blue Hawaiian

Orange Buzz:

Orange Buzz

Cosmic Apple:

Cosmic Apple

A XUVO Remix is achieved by splitting two flavor tablets in half using the tablets bisect line (like that typically seen in prescription medications). Mixing half XUVO Electric Blue Hawaiian with XUVO Neon Mojito makes a XUVO Hawaiian Mojito! The bisect line is also handy when making smaller drinks of any one flavor.

Drinks can be prepared with or without alcohol (for a “virgin” energy cocktail) and there are only 8 calories and 3 grams of carbs per serving. XUVO is sugar-free, gluten free and vegan.

“I want people to be able to go into a club and ask for a XUVO and vodka,” says the ambitious young entrepreneur. He sees the product in major grocery, liquor and convenience stores, as well as bars, airlines, and even bowling alleys to compliment cosmic bowling.

“When I was developing XUVO, I asked friends to be guinea pigs. When a lot of them offered me crazy amounts of money to buy samples – as if I were a drug dealer – that’s when I knew I was on to something,” he laughs. He is currently raising funds to launch the product via Indiegogo.

 

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Thousands Of Guys Applied For This Job – Can You Guess What It Is?

Thousands Of Guys Applied For This Job – Can You Guess What It Is?

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

A recent job ad has had thousands of men applying for the same position. The job in the ‘engineering field’ promises a ‘great package’ in regards to salary and that at only part-time employment.

But the most appealing thing about the job is probably the work itself, which is somewhat reflected in the job title of Male Orgasm Engineer. The actual job function is testing a range of new male sex toy products developed by British company Hot Octopuss; a company that takes a new and exciting approach in designing sex toys for him and her. Recently, Hot Octopuss has enjoyed massive success with their innovative Pulse ‘GUYbrator’ (see photo).

The online job ad states that the requirements for successful applicants are limited to being 18+ years of age, have good stamina, be able to handle pressure and have their own penis. Effectively, a simple (hand) job that could potentially fit more than a few men!

The ad furthermore states that:

“Successful applicants will be sent prototype sex toys to review on a regular basis and will be required to report back on their sexperiences. 

Benefits include being allowed to work whenever the moment takes you, from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere in the world for that matter – maybe just not in public! 

We’ll also provide a lifetime supply of tissues to the lucky candidate.”

We think it sounds like maybe one of the best jobs in the world? Hot Octopuss are still taking applications under handjob@hotoctopuss.com, and if you think you fit the bill, we suggest you go ahead and apply – after all, most guys are pretty much experts in this particular field!

Psst! Want to skip the pool of applicants? Get your own Pulse GUYbrator right here.

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Nicki Minaj Teases Us With ‘Anaconda’ Music Video Clip

Nicki Minaj Teases Us With ‘Anaconda’ Music Video Clip

By D. David Kinney 

Nicki Minaj’s second single from her third album is out and she’s already got us singing along. The track samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” extensively and is appropriately entitled “Anaconda“. You can check it out below:

Wondering what in the world the music video is going to be like? Ms. Minaj gave her Instagram followers a little taste:

 

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How To Make Guys Obsess Over You

How To Make Guys Obsess Over You

By D. David Kinney 

After schooling us on “How To Bottom Like A Porn Star” in his previous book, Atlanta author Woody Miller is back to help us put our new skills to the test. You’ve got to attract a great guy for this final exam, and in today’s gadget-friendly dating world that means you’ve got to perfect the art of sexy gay texting.

Yes, texting. Your chances of needing to change the sheets tomorrow can nose-dive into your right hand getting just a little more strength training tonight with just a single text. So Woody created the ultimate guide: “Gay Texting: The Art of Making Guys Obsess Over You!

Ready to improve your game? Check out this excerpt from the book:

Chapter Three
He’s Not That Into You. Oh, Oh. Time For A Charm Offensive.

Congratulations! You got his phone number. But it was…kind of awkward. You talked for a good twenty minutes at the bar/party/social event, but you noticed he wasn’t giving you his full attention. He hesitated when you asked his for his number. You’re a little confused about his response. Yes, he gave you his number but was it less out of desire and more out of a lack of industrial grade pepper spray within easy reach?

You’ve got your work cut out for you, buddy. Not every at-bat is a grand slam—in this case, you took a fastball to the spleen just to get on base. You can’t jump right into being overtly flirty, and for God’s sakes man, you can’t be sexual (yet). So, what do you do? Obey the Eleven Rules Of Texting The Ambivalent.

1. Wait Two Days Before You Text.
Think of testicles: One is too few and three is too many. You don’t want to send a testicle, er, text, to soon because, hello, he’s not that into you. He’s expecting you to text right away because he can sense that you want him more than JFK wanted a car with a roof. Two days is the perfect time to wait—it shows him you have a life and that you too may be ambivalent about him.

2. Do NOT send an open-ended text.

Here’s the very worst one you can send:

“Hey, what’s up?”

You will just get the obvious, socially programmed response of “Not much, how bout you?” This is an interview question, and will bore the hell out of your crush. In fact, you may as well have texted:

“Would you mind coming up with something interesting to say 
because I’m so boring the plaster peels off the wall when I talk to it.”

Not only are you announcing that you’ve got the personality of a Kansas zip code, you’re leaving his in the awkward situation of creating the value for a conversation you started. If you start a text thread don’t ask for value; deliver it. Your goal shouldn’t be to start a conversation. It should be to bring a smile to his face. The best way to do that is to learn how to…

Assume Rapport.

The ability to “assume rapport” is one of the most useful social skills you can have. It will literally open doors for you in dating, business and personal relationships. Rapport is an emotional bond based on a shared understanding. The best way to get it is to pretend youʼve got it. Donʼt seek it; assume it.

Rapport seekers fish for a connection by asking yawners like “Whatʼs new?” “What do you do?” and “Where are you from?” If youʼve ever been on the receiving end of those questions from somebody you don’t know–and aren’t sure you want to—it feels as if somebody’s checking your pockets to see if you’ve got change for a dollar. It’s way too invasive. Donʼt do it. Act as if you know him. Talk to him like you used to ditch class together.

People who have genuine rapport donʼt talk in meaningless questions. They talk in statement form or in meaningful questions. Letʼs say youʼre at a grocery store and you spy a hottie:

           Asking for rapport: [directly approaching his] “Hi. Iʼm Mike. Whatʼs your name?”

           Assuming rapport: [holding the bottle and asking indirectly] “Whatʼs up with 1% milk? Is it really any better than 2%?”

What’s the difference between asking and assuming rapport? Asking for it puts his guard up. Assuming it lowers it. Asking for rapport creates a try-hard energy. Assuming rapport creates camaraderie. How does this translate into texting? Text as if you already know him.

3. Be quirky. Be fun. Be observational.
Remember, the golden rule of getting dates: He Who Makes Him Laugh Makes Him His. Your job is to make him smile, to associate you with good times, a chuckle or a laugh. Which text do you think a guy would rather get:

“Hi, how are you?”

Or

“I just saw a drag queen on a mini-scooter stop at a
 red light and fix his make-up.

Can you beat that?”

Which text do you think would make him want to get to know you better?

“Sup.”

Or

“Do you think naming two puppies Daft and Punk is a little over the top?”

Asking his opinion is one of the most effective ways of engaging him, especially if you do it with wit. Don’t be afraid to be a little off-the-wall. It sets you apart from the rest of your tired bros. Interest, smiles, and laughter–these are all values you want to bring to the table. Now the truth is there’s nothing wrong with asking him how his day’s going as long as you’ve put the funny in it:

My cell phone fell out of my shirt pocket while tying my shoe on an escalator….which was followed by me being accused of trying to sneak an upskirt photo and being violently shoved down the top of the escalator. How’s YOUR day?

Now THAT’s how you ask a guy about his day! Remember, you can’t overtly flirt with someone who’s hesitant about you, so you have to create value—even in the ways you say hello. You can also do it by engaging their curiosity. You could send a message like:

You: You’ll never guess what happened to me last night!

Why it works: It hints at something funny or adventurous, and who doesn’t want to chuckle or hear something fun? Even better, he’ll think you’re setting it up to say that you met this cool guy (him) last night. So when you throw a curve ball at his expectations he’ll be more intrigued. The challenge with this flirt idea is that you have to deliver on the promise. So get creative. Think of something funny that’s happened to you or just pretend it happened. Here’s an example:

Last night, my friend changed all my contacts in my phone. I have been texted by
Batman, Beyonce, and Harry Potter. WTF!

4. Reinforce the memory of your interaction—with wit.
Why make something up when you can use something comedians use all the time: A “callback.” For texting purposes, a callback is a reference to something you talked about when you first met. Let’s say you were both bitching about your jobs when you last talked. You could send a callback text like this:

“I swear, my boss is so conceited he takes a bow when he hears thunder!”

Or

“My boss is doing the work of three men: Larry, Moe and Curly. Hope your day is
going better.”

Or

“My boss has my hair on fire. You?”

The point is to make every email vibrate with a witty sheen that makes him want to know you better. You can control whether texting breeds contempt or desire. Give him a “Hi, how are you?” and you’ll remind him why he wasn’t excited about giving you his number. Make him smile and he’ll wonder what else there is to you.

5. Keep It Short But Stimulating.
Length and girth wins you points when you’re sexing but not when you’re texting. Long messages telegraph neediness and worse, they tend to come off as overly serious. You can send longer messages once you get to know him, but initial messages should always be short.

Do this:

“Oh you went to college out West, so did I. What school?”

Not this:

“Oh you went to college out West, so did I. What school? What about your major? Did you pledge a fraternity? I dated a couple fraternity guys in college. Not at the same time though, I’m not like that…not that that’s bad if you are. The more the merrier I guess…so what school?”

Length isn’t just the enemy of humor; it’s also a flirt-killer because it communicates neediness. As in, you’re so lonely and bored that you’ve just spent 15 minutes composing a text and you expect him to do the same.

If you’re writing more than a couple of sentences you’re writing too much. In fact, after sentence #3 you’re in danger of having a restraining order taken out against you. And just so we’re clear, a restraining order is NOT proof he loves you.

6. Never Use All Caps.
IT MEANS YOU’RE YELLING. There’s no such thing as a “flirt yell.” It’s oxymoronic. But mostly, moronic.

7. Use Proper Grammar.

Once, a friend showed me a text from a guy he was mildly interested in. The asked my friend to have “brekfiss” with him and that was the end of that. My friend figured he was so stupid he’d starve if he ever got locked in a grocery store. He showed me the rest of his texts and I couldn’t tell if the guy was just using abbreviations or whether he was an illiterate who kuldnt spill.

If you send his something filled with misspellings, he may think one (or both) of the following: you don’t care enough about him to spend 5 seconds giving your text a once-over and/or you don’t have the mental capacity to use proper grammar. Either way you’re back to scoring mildly retarded guys.

Proper grammar is a turn-on to the intelligent, but that doesn’t mean you have to go all Shakespeare on his ass. If you overdo it on the thesaurus, you cross the line from intelligent to pompous and unapproachable.

One extreme:

“Didh yu half a goood weak?

To the other:

“Pray tell me my little lass, I trust you have had a most favorable week now have we?”

Hit somewhere in the middle ground and you’re golden.

8. Don’t Get Friend Zoned.
There’s a difference between a possible love interest and a possible friend who just happens to be bored. Make sure it’s clear to his you are the former, not the latter.

Toss in the occasional compliment about his appearance, even if you only met for 5 minutes that first time when you got his number. Say he mentions something about going to the gym later. Drop something into the text thread like this:

“It must be hard getting a full workout in when guys are always hitting on you.”

Flatter him without creeping him out. Drop subtle comments without seeming pervy—it will let him know you’re looking for a romantic connection—not a stand-in friend when you need a date to a wedding.

9. Don’t Over-Emoticon.
So much of courting and flirtation is about setting the proper tone, and there is no form of communication that lends itself to greater miscommunication than texting. One solution to this problem is using Emoticons.

The Big Dog app in the Emoticon universe by far is Emoji. It offers thousands of Emoticons for any number of situations, and is available across all smartphone operating systems. Download it. Know it. Use it.

But don’t overuse it.

There is nothing more annoying than the every-text-deserves-an-Emoticon guy. Or the multiple-Emoticons-per-text guy. Take the following examples. Say you’ve decided to sign off for the night. Do this:


“Glad we got to connect again. ;)”

Not this:

“Glad we got to connect again. :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)”

That’s like ending your first conversation by blasting “Walking On Sunshine” on a loudspeaker and doing somersaults across the street. The lesson? Don’t blow your Emoticon load.

Be aware of the right Emoticons for the situation.


Him: My dog just died today.
You: I’m so sorry. ;)

Really? You might as well have given him a high-five when he told you Benji bit the bucket. Know your tone.

10. Don’t Send A Second Text If You Haven’t Gotten A Response From The First.
Silence is a response. It means, I’m too busy to respond or I’m not sure I want to respond or I’m thinking about how to respond. Don’t ever be tempted to write something like:

“I’ve had trouble with my signal today and so I just thought I’d send this again since you haven’t replied to the first one.”

I’ve had friends show me guys who text three or four times in a row trying to get a response. Trust me, they’re not picturing themselves making out with these guys. They’re picturing the judge signing the restraining order. The truth is sometimes men have a legitimate reason for waiting a long time to answer—either because of circumstances (stuck in a meeting, a movie, a dinner) or they’re just in a bad mood and they don’t want to take it out on text. Sometimes they purposefully make you wait (because they know it’ll make you wonder and increase your interest). But the sad reality, and the one you have to assume because it’s the likeliest scenario, is that he’s not responding quickly because he’s just not that into you.

Don’t rush his response. There is a remote chance that he didn’t get your text or accidentally deleted it. Did I mention “remote?” Because I meant REMOTE. If you’re convinced that he didn’t get it (we’re all convinced. No, really.), then wait a few days before sending another.

And do NOT reference the text he didn’t respond to. Texting something like, “Hey, haven’t heard from you in a while” isn’t going to cut it. First, you’ve just laid a guilt trip on him. Great. You’ve given him yet another reason not to text back. Try sending him an “Unclogger” text that can snap his attention right back to you.

You: We have something in common.

Who doesn’t want to know the answer to this? The challenge is in finding out what you have in common from earlier conversations. Share the same politics? Say this:

“We both can’t wait for Sara Palin’s book to come out in English.”

Want more texting advice? Check out Woody Miller’s book, “The Guide To Gay Texting: The Art Of Making Guys Obsess Over You.”

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