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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Tue May 19, 2020 7:16 pm

Electerik wrote:
cfc wrote: Ah, yes! The Land Down Under! They mysterious continent that gave us some one-hit wonders like Men at Work and Paul Hogan,



Perhaps you are referring here to Men at Work's chart-topping hit song, "Who Can It Be Now?"

Or maybe you mean their SECOND number-one hit, "Down Under"?

Well, Chuck, which is it?


How about their one hit album?
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Electerik » Tue May 19, 2020 7:32 pm

cfc wrote:
Electerik wrote:
cfc wrote: Ah, yes! The Land Down Under! They mysterious continent that gave us some one-hit wonders like Men at Work and Paul Hogan,



Perhaps you are referring here to Men at Work's chart-topping hit song, "Who Can It Be Now?"

Or maybe you mean their SECOND number-one hit, "Down Under"?

Well, Chuck, which is it?


How about their one hit album?


Seems you beat me, Mr. Bond.

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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Tue May 19, 2020 8:00 pm

Electerik wrote:
cfc wrote:
Electerik wrote:
cfc wrote: Ah, yes! The Land Down Under! They mysterious continent that gave us some one-hit wonders like Men at Work and Paul Hogan,



Perhaps you are referring here to Men at Work's chart-topping hit song, "Who Can It Be Now?"

Or maybe you mean their SECOND number-one hit, "Down Under"?

Well, Chuck, which is it?


How about their one hit album?


Seems you beat me, Mr. Bond.


It seems I set a new record in beating you, Blofeld.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby CoasterFEV » Tue May 19, 2020 10:16 pm

cfc wrote:Welcome to not Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Yes, they had a coaster . . ..


I believe the coaster at Australia's Magic Mountain still holds the record of "furthest a bus load of theme park nerds will drive just to ride a Zyklon" !
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby SharkTums » Wed May 20, 2020 11:14 am

^I just edited a video of that ride last night! Brought back great memories of our Aussie BBQ and Shark eating alpine slide.

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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Wed May 20, 2020 7:47 pm

SharkTums wrote:^I just edited a video of that ride last night! Brought back great memories of our Aussie BBQ and Shark eating alpine slide.


Oh, yeah, the BBQ at the hotel in Merimbula--that was great!
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Mon May 25, 2020 5:15 pm

China 2012

OK, dear readers, better go get yourselves some coffee, tea, or perhaps a few beers. This may take a while.

Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted to visit China--to walk on the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden (well, maybe not-so-forbidden) City, and see Hong Kong.

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Then, thanks to TPR, I discovered they also have a fair number of theme parks--yay!

They also have a lot of nice city parks with lots of Sliding Dragons and knock-off Spinning Mouse Coasters. Er . . . yay? (Well, maybe not as loud a "yay.")

I'll just jump into the photos and explain things as I go. There are many, but I promise not to regale you with every tiny kiddie credit in every city park we visited (only the ones that were, at least, sort of interesting for some reason). I don't recall all their names of these little parks, and I have no intention of looking them up.

This was the longest TPR trip I've ever taken (a bit over 20 days), and like all the others, it was great. China is a fascinating palace, and while I wasn't too thrilled with Beijing, I enjoyed Hong Kong and Shanghai. If you want some interesting insights into China, I recommend River Town--a book written by an American who spent some time teaching English at a Chinese college.
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Welcome to Crab Island Resort! This is "Washing-Machine Agitator: The Ride." We will encounter it again. I have no idea who dreamed up this ride . . .
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. . . or if all installations come with their own apartments.
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Ah, my first Golden Horse knockoff SLC! This ride answers the musical question, "What could possibly be worse than a Vekoma SLC?"
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Hang in there Hanno! There are a lot of mouse coasters to go yet.
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At least they aren't MURDER HORNETS!
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Window of the World was a bizarro version of Epcot . . .
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. . . with some partial nudity . . .
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. . . and a knee-cracking mine train coaster.
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Camel sitting was also available.
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We made our way to the Great Wall . . . what the hell is that?
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A lot of people made their way to the Great Wall, but I enjoyed seeing it in person at last. We rode an alpine coaster down, too.
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This is part of the Forbidden City, which looks a lot like the rest of the Forbidden City.
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Next up was Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park, which had the single scariest shuttle loop I've ever ridden. This ride tends to fall off the track and onto its upstop wheels in it vertical loop, and the same ride model had left riders stranded upside-down at another Chinese park!
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I ain't gettin' near that thing! You hoomans are on your own!"
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Looks like the mine train could stand a little mowing.
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I was denied this Golden Horse SLC because all the extra padding on the restraints wouldn't allow them to close over my rotund frame. I was OK with that. ;)
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Sun Park's entrance had a "I was built for the Olympic Games" vibe to it.
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This character is in no way similar to a character in a popular Disney shooting dark ride.
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Sun Park also had some haunted walk throughs where the staff can hit you in the butt with a broom. This would not be the last time this happened to me in China.
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A big thunderstorm washed the pollution from the air in time for out visit to Happy Valley Beijing. I liked this park, but this non-working S&S coaster would be a recurring theme in China.
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Crystal Wing was a very good B&M Flying Coaster with some nice theming. But, for some reason, all Happy Valley parks must have a carny-level Disko.
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I love the dude's beard here.
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The show with the fake-beard guy led up to this deluge. That seemed to be the whole point of it.
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Help! I'm being assaulted!
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Welcome to Victory Kingdom--a park where almost nothing was open except this Golden Horse SLC, . . .
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. . . this crazy-looking flat ride, and a splash boat in a river of questionable water.
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Er, is it supposed to do that? (This isn't Victory Kingdom, as the Wild Mouse is actually running.)
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I just like this picture of Elissa. That's why it's here.
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Floraland was another Epcot-like park, only with hookers.
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This Tagada was a lot of fun--and something you'd never see in the U.S.
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This was either a haunt or a sanctuary for cross-eyed werewolves.
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What makes Happy Valley Chendu so happy? It has a kick-ass Mega Lite!
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I enjoyed this building of ice sculptures, too.
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"Agh! I'm wearing shorts, and I forgot snow was cold!"
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This isn't Wall-E--it's Wall-T. Totally different.
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Occasional heavy downpours were another recurring theme.
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I didn't get my photo with a panda on my lap, but I did hang out a bit with them. They're Chinese royalty.
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Happy Valley Wuhan's sign looks like something you'd see in Reno in the 1970s. The park was incomplete, as in some coasters, such as the S&S launched ride, weren't ready for prime time.
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But it did have Dauling Dragon. . .
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. . . and Hidden Anaconda, the first Maurer Sky Loop I'd ever ridden (it was fun).
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All Happy Valleys have mine trains, but Wuhan's is the only one themed to NASACR-racing big rigs. More to come.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Mon May 25, 2020 6:17 pm

Let's keep TPR's Chinese caravan moving here.
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We found "SBNO: The Ride."
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Cheapest drop tower ever.
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Well, that inspires confidence.
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Right, folks?
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I think the guy sitting next to Elissa may have died.
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Shanghai was a cool mix of the old and the new.
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My parents used to have a Christmas tree topper that looked just like the Pearl Tower.
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Don't look down . . . don't look down . . .
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Shanghai was a cool-looking city.
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"We do not regret riding the sketchy Looping Toboggan at Fisherman's Warf!"
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"Er, is it supposed to do that?" is another recurring theme in China, . . .
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. . . along with "should this be attached to something?"
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I had to go all the way to China to ride a working Giant Inverted Boomerang (in this case, at Jinjiang). We finished the ride, even though it had some issues. I liked it.
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Larry and I had lunch here, . . .
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. . . but we did not have the Jellyfish Head.
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"Yes! Another Sliding Dragon POV in the can! Er . . . go me?"
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Yes, this can be a very disturbing country.
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Here's a novel way to fix a stuck Golden Horse Spinning Mouse. One guy stands on the ride and rotates the car, while another guy pushes it was a stick of bamboo.
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If you want a trippy experience, ride the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel under the river in Shanghai. It has a Hard Rock Park "Nights in White Satin" vibe to it.
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A disturbing sight at Happy Valley Shanghai.
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Fireball was running great, . . .
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. . . and the Diving Coaster was fun, . . .
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. . . but MEGA LITE!
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And let's not forget North Pole Adventure, where you get to shoot elves in the butt.
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The Vekoma Stingray at Big Wheel Park was another pleasant surprise.
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Intense, but fun.
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"Welcome to Joyland! Experience joy, or I kill you!"
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Sky Scrapper was a good B&M Flying Coaster, though.
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Hmm--pretty sure you won't see this model at any car showroom.
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Dinosaur Park was relatively straightforward for a Chinese theme park. Yep--there are, indeed, dinosaurs.
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Dinoconda was a surprisingly good S&S 4D Coaster.
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I liked this park more than Joyland.
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Amazing World appears to China's version of Toverland,
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They had this weird Spinning Mouse . . .
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. . . and a lot of balls.
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Chimelong Paradise was like an especially good Six Flags park.
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It even had a real Intamin Ten-Inversion Coaster instead of some knockoff . . .
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. . . although they did have an imitation Fire Academy (Larry and I lost).
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The stunt show existed for two reasons: 1) flying car on fire and . . .
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. . . 2) catfight! One more set of photos to come.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Mon May 25, 2020 6:54 pm

We're coming into the Chinese home stretch!
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Chaunlord Holiday Manor was a cool, funky park with lots of charm.
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Remember that ride from Crab Island? Well, it got stuck here.
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Thank god for bamboo.
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Chaunlord had a great haunt, too: Ghost Ship. Yes, they will touch you in there!
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This funky zipline thing over the lagoon was fun.
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And we all enjoyed eating Mr. Fish. (Seriously, he was delicious.)
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Knight Valley's Wood Coaster (yes, that's the name) was good.
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I don't think any GCI has a better location.
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Knight Valley also had a show that used a flash flood as a climax.
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This was, perhaps, the single funniest moment in the whole trip. Robb had the next park located on his GPS, but the guide insisted on stopping the bus and asking random people where it was.
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All that for a Sliding Dragon.
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Welcome to another Window on the World.
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This one had an indoor coaster themed to Vikings or Asgard or something. It was hard to tell, as all you did was bump around in pitch darkness.
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You could shoot people in the face with a fire hose there.
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However, you were not allowed to shoot them with this.
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This was another funny moment at Happy Valley Shenzen. These schoolkids were all shouting "hi . . . hello" at us.
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They torture yetis here? At HAPPY Valley?
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Yay! An S&S launched coaster that works!
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And it was fun, too!
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I loved their knockoff "Alien Encounter," . . .
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. . . and, again, you could shoot people in the face with a fire hose.
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I liked Disney's Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong,
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But our first park there was Ocean Park. This funicular was a fun ride to the top of the mountain where much of the park was located.
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Some of the group warned us that Hair Raiser was "rattly," but I liked it quite a bit.
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You can't beat Dragon's location, even though the ride itself isn't too good.
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Best views from a mine train ever!
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Penguins swim underneath you at Ocean Park.
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The ride down was spectacular.
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Hong Kong Disneyland is the cutest lil' ol' Magic Kingdom ever. I like how it's surrounded by mountains.
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Big Grizzly Mountain is currently my favorite Disney coaster.
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Their version of Space Mountain is a clone of the West Coast version, but they were running Ghost Galaxy while we were there, It was great.
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Save the Animatronic Hippos!
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I liked the finale of Hong Kong's Jungle Cruise. First fire, . . .
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. . . then water!
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Of course, Dumbo is universal.
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I'm looking forward to visiting this park again. It's changed a lot since 2012.
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That's all from China!
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby SharkTums » Mon May 25, 2020 7:54 pm

Great look back at that trip Chuck! I'm so desperate to get back out and travel that I would go to *most* of these places again. =)

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