On 7/10 we spread awareness on Chronic Disease Day to educate and advocate for people who live with a chronic health conditions every day.
A chronic disease is a condition that lasts longer than one year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Seven out of 10 people suffer from a form of chronic disease.
What are a few common chronic diseases?
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Many, but not all, chronic diseases can be prevented simply by practicing self-care. Improving and practicing a healthy lifestyle can likely reduce getting a chronic disease.
What can I do to prevent getting a chronic disease?
Eat a healthy diet. Eating the proper amount of fruits, veggies, grains, dairy and protein plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy weight. Limiting sugar and starch intake prevents obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Exercise. Increasing physical activity not only promotes physical health, it also helps balance mental health.
Routine medical check-ups. Visiting your doctor regularly is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Early detection to address medical problems and finding a plan of action.
Know your family medical history. Having a complete medical history of your family will help your doctor determine possible health problems you may develop. It also gives a good reminder for you to pay special attention to medical problems that are hereditary.
Rest. Getting adequate rest is a factor in how your body reacts to “life.” Stress, depression and anxiety cause serious health problems, too.
Cost of Chronic Disease
Economically, chronic diseases have a significant impact financially in the United States. We all absorb the financial burden of chronic disease directly or indirectly. Health insurance and medical programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, are supported by tax dollars. Private health insurance costs for enrollees consumes more dollars in one family than any other health condition. Because people with chronic disease illnesses live long lives, the cost to treat these illnesses becomes extremely expensive over the years.
Why does chronic disease cost so much?
Patients require long-term treatment plans.
People who suffer from chronic disease wait until “it’s too late” to seek proper care.
Personal health insurance lack policy guidelines to cover some chronic disease.
Lack of education to prevent chronic disease is available.
Preventative measures are not addressed by health care providers, leading to patients unable to address pre-existing based on medical history.
Volunteer to help someone who suffers from chronic disease.
Schedule a complete physical to address any health issues that might lead to long-term chronic disease.
Become an advocate of chronic disease
Host a fundraiser for a local agency and raise money to alleviate costs for patients.
Educate yourself on the different types of chronic diseases that affect people.
Share #ChronicDiseaseDay on social media to spread awareness.
HISTORY OF CHRONIC DISEASE DAY
Today’s observance is an awareness campaign promoted by the organization 7.10 Chronic Disease Day Using people’s stories and voices, the organization advocates to build healthier lifestyles in communities by lowering preventable illness. In addition, they assist in the advancement for unpreventable chronic disease conditions.
National Day Calendar added Chronic Disease Day to the calendar on July 1, 2022. A Superfan reached out to us letting us know the existence of the day. After doing research, we decided it would be a good addition to our calendar. Thank you T. Marshall at Good Days for helping National Day Calendar #CelebrateEveryDay.
July 2 honors the dedicated personnel who coordinate their efforts to protect the nation’s wildlands. It’s also a day to remember the sacrifice made each time a firefighter steps into a wildland fire.
Every year, wildfires burn millions of acres across the United States. Federal, state, local, military, contract, international firefighters and support staff respond to many different emergency events. These amazing individuals are the backbone of the wildland fire community. The men and women who work to save lives, property, infrastructure and precious natural and cultural resources every year, deserve incredible gratitude for their professional skills and efforts.
Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. They are an essential part of a coordinated effort across agencies to respond to wildland fires and other natural emergencies. They comprise crews on the ground, air support, smokejumpers, and incident management teams.
Which agencies comprise of the nation’s wildland fire community and partners at the National Interagency Fire Center?
How does technology help fight wildland fires? Location-based technology tracks the location of people and equipment during a wildland fire. This technology offers a promising way to increase the efficiency and safety of wildfire management. Having a real-time view of resources on an incident enables fire managers to adjust their strategy and tactics more quickly as conditions on the ground change. A wide range of applications provide information during a wildland fire, such as:
Report unattended fire by calling 911, especially if conditions are right.
Remember to extinguish fire pits and campfires before leaving a campsite.
Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car because the spark can start a fire, especially if you are in a dry area.
Make sure caution is practiced when using flammable liquids.
Have a fire extinguisher available.
Honor local burning bans, enforcements, etc.
Stay alert to local warnings when traveling through where a wildfire or smoke is present.
Other Fire Facts
The overall wildfire activity for 2021 included 58,985 wildfires.
Wildfires burned over 7 million acres in 2021.
Wildland firefighters have a variety of tools at their disposal, radio systems (handheld radios and repeaters, remote automated weather stations (RAWS), hand tools (Pulaski, shovel, and Mcleod), aircraft, engines, heavy equipment like dozers, and water tenders.
Shower units and caterers supply meals and water for larger fire events.
Fire needs heat, oxygen and fuel to survive and firefighters suppress fires by depriving them of that fuel. They perform the laborious, dirty work of starving fires of fuel by building “firelines,” which are a break in vegetation where the organic material is removed down to mineral soil. Today, firefighters on the ground use roughly the same tools to build firelines. A few if the tools used to clear organic material are:
A combination axe and hoe called a Pulaski.
Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance
National Wildland Firefighter Day takes place during Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance. Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. Every year they respond to tens of thousands of wildland fires. The Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance runs from June 30 to July 6 to honor the wildland firefighters who have lost their lives battling wildland fires. The wildland firefighting community commemorates this week as a time of reflection and for learning from the tragedies to prevent similar losses.
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Thank a wildland firefighter you know.
Learn more about wildfires and wildland firefighters.
Wildfire is an element of nature that humans have had a relationship with for thousands of years. At the beginning of the 20th century, professional foresters responsible for managing federally protected lands were divided. One group thought to use wildfire for ecological benefits, while another group thought to exclude it for fire protection.
In August 1910, wildland fires burned millions of acres taking over 90 lives, including trapping 78 firefighters in the Northern Rockies mountains. The fires galvanized public, scientific, and Congressional support to keep fire out of the woods. By 1911, Congress would double the U.S. Forest Service budget and pass legislation to institutionalize and professionalize fire suppression.
10 AM Policy
The 10 AM Policy was implemented in 1935 allowing the Forest Service to codify total fire suppression. The policy required firefighters to control all wildfire by 10 AM the morning after its first report. Manpower was afforded by the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps providing the human resources necessary to implement the new policy. Overall, the suppression effort would prove to be successful, reducing acres burned. Overall, the policy would drop 50 million acres of wildfire to roughly 3 million by 1966.
In the late 1930s, successful experiments dropping firefighters by parachute to remote fires led to the creation of the smokejumper program. Following WWII, both helicopters and fixed-wing planes, began to deliver firefighters and supporting suppression efforts by dropping water and chemical retardants onto fires.
Starting in the 1950s, the predecessors of today’s Interagency Hotshot Crews, heli-rappel crews, and dedicated wildland fire engine teams came into more widespread use. After working for decades as fire lookouts and on all-female firefighting crews during WWII, women began to enter the professional ranks. Slowly but steadily during the 1960s and 70s, women were earning their way onto the most elite crews.
Wildland Fire Management
The emerging sciences of forest and fire ecology question the exclusion of fire from forests and provide science to support reintroducing wildfire to improve ecosystem health. Removing fire completely did not allow the natural regeneration process in forest ecosystems. During the 1970s federal agencies gave fire managers a more flexible policy of “appropriate suppression action.” This action could range from fully suppressing a fire to confining a fire within a certain area under predetermined conditions.
Major policy changes in 1995 and 2014 continue to enforce appropriate roles a fire plays on land. By embracing a vision of learning to live with wildfire, we can use it in part to restore healthy, resilient landscapes.
Today tens of thousands of men and women serve on wildland fire lines each year. They work to protect more than lives and property, they are integral to improving the health and resilience of America’s forests and grasslands.
In 2022, the National Day Calendar Registrar and the National Interagency Fire Center founded National Wildland Firefighter Day. The day was established to recognize all federal, state, and local wildland firefighters and support staff by spotlighting their dedication and hard work.
For more information on the National Wildland Firefighting Day, visit the National Interagency Fire Center or email BLM_FA_NIFC_Comments@blm.gov with questions or comments. Submit your amazing images and videos of wildland firefighters, support personnel, a wildfire, a prescribed fire, or one of the many firefighting with the Media Form found on the website.
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On July 9 we admire those who have an adorable natural indentation known as the dimple on National Dimples Day.
Dimples are often associated with cute babies and good looking adults. Only 20-30% of the entire world population has dimples. Although most people possess two dimples, a rare few produce only one when smiling.
Dimples are considered a genetic trait. Normally, if one person in a family has dimples, it’s likely another family member will. Some scientists believe we inherit dimples. However, other scientists believe dimples are a random trait people have. Until more research is available, no one knows which genes produce dimples. In fact, there is very little scientific research available to make a determination.
Facial Dimple Types
Dimple on both cheeks.
Chin dimple or cleft chin.
One-sided cheek dimple.
Corner of mouth dimple.
How do dimples form? Dimples are formed by the zygomaticus major muscle, which is the muscle that controls facial expressions. The zygomaticus major muscle connects to the zygomatic bone, which is commonly known as the cheekbone. Most people have a single zygomaticus muscle attached to the cheekbone. However, people with dimples possess two zygomaticus muscles. One muscle connects to the cheek bone, while the other connects to the corner of the mouth.
Those born with dimples, or develop dimples later in life, may have been told their dimples are a birth defect. However, there is no scientific information saying dimples have a negative effect on health. In fact, people with dimples have a positive effect on how society views the lucky faces that have dimples.
Are dimples considered attractive? Dimples are, in fact, associated with beauty. Many people believe people with dimples look younger. People with dimples seem to be more noticeable, especially when they smile. Whether or not dimples determine success, we know there are several contemporary famous people whose dimples make them stand out.
Michael B. Jordan
What are back dimples? Some people are born with back dimples, which are indentations on your lower back. People who have back dimples are born with them. This congenial feature is a result of shorter ligament tissue that connect the skin and pelvis. Although it may sound like a medical condition, back dimples are part of a healthy body structure.
Beauty of the Gods
Women who have back dimples are sometimes referred to as “dimples of Venus.” According to Greek Mythology, Venus is known as the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Since her beauty relates to love and desire, it’s evident why people today refer to back dimples as dimples of Venus.
Although back dimples are more common in women, men also have dimples on their back. Men with back dimples refer to them as “dimples of Apollo.” References say Apollo was the God of Light, whose primary job was to pull the sun across the sky in his chariot. As the son of Zeus, he was admired for his knowledge in medicine, art, poetry and music.
Weird Dimple Facts
Gelasin is the term referring to when dimples form when a person smiles.
Dimples are a result of a genetic deformity.
Chinese culture believe dimples are a sign of good luck.
The appearance of dimples depends on the shape of the skull.
Isabella Gilbert invented a non-surgical dimple creating device in 1936.
The Dimple Maker
In 1936, Isabella Gilbert made her introduction to the world with an invention that supposedly created dimples. After creating a prototype, she submitted her application for a patent to market her product. Patent application number US104345A was filed on October 6, 1936 and granted on August 31, 1937. It took 17 years for the US Patent office to publish the Dimple Maker invention as US2091276A. Unfortunately, the patent expired after the American Medical Association said the device was hazardous to a person’s health.
Dimple Maker Instructions
“Wear dimplers five minutes at a time, two or three times a day, while dressing, resting, reading or writing. Look into the mirror and laugh. There will be a semblance of a line where you should always place the dimplers until your dimples are made.”
Anything that makes you feel happy will make you smile.
Share photos of you or someone you know who has dimples.
FOUNDER OF NATIONAL DIMPLES DAY
Cultures throughout the world consider back dimples a sign of beauty. Ancient Chinese culture often refer to back dimples in calligraphy writing. Interestingly, they also compare them to pits of wine.
In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed National Dimples Day to our list new days. Each year on July 9 people across the world can celebrate their smile and show off their dimples! Founder and Chief Dimples Officer Graceful Grady believes celebrating dimples is a way to inspire people to be proud of their unique features.
National Dimples Day is about celebrating the rarity of dimples. ~Graceful Grady, Founder
Graceful Grady would like to invite everyone to nationaldimplesday.com and vote for your favorite dimple. While you’re there, check out their fun National Dimples Day products.
NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY | JULY 27
On June 25, 1950, the first war of the Cold War-era erupted when North Korean forces crossed the border into South Korea. The war would last three years, involving troops from around the globe, and costing millions of lives. National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day commemorates the end of the Korean War on July 27, 1953, and those who served during this often forgotten war.
Unlike World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and The War on Terror, the Korean War’s complexity, setting, and timing cause history to gloss over the war. For centuries, Japan and China laid claim on Korea. In more modern history, Japan annexed Korea, and following World War II, the Allied forces liberated Korea, dividing it into separate occupied zones. The dividing line was named the 38th parallel, creating a Communist North Korea and a South Korean republic.
How It Was Different
The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Germany, Japan, Russia, and over 40 other countries contributed troops, supplies, and other support during the three-year war. The war claimed approximately 3 million casualties, and civilians suffered the greatest loss of the war. The forgotten war is one of the deadliest of the Cold War-era.
Since the war started as a state conflict, the media and civilians showed less initial interest in the Korean War. There was no great mobilization at home, no massive build-up of war machinery, no shortages of gas, food, or products – no direct impact on the daily lives of Americans at home. President Harry S. Truman never issued a declaration of war. And when the veterans came home, most were silent. Many served in World War II, and some would go on to serve in the Vietnam War. After World War II, victories – multiple victories were declared. However, the Korean War ended in a stalemate.
Regardless of the war’s status as the Forgotten War, those who served should be remembered. They endured the brutalities of war, a harsh climate and battled against Communism. During the war, 33,665 U.S. service members gave their lives in that pursuit. They are not forgotten.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY
On July 27th, military organizations and communities across the country host memorials and events dedicated to the service members of the Korean War. The day offers an excellent opportunity to learn the history of the war and about those who served.
Read about the Korean War. We recommend:
In Mortal Combat by John Toland
The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth
Watch a documentary such as This Korea directed by John Ford.
Visit the Korean War Memorial.
Visit with a Korean War veteran.
Share your experiences and stories about the Korean War.
Show your support to all veterans.
Join the conversation by using #KoreanWarVeteransArmisticeDay on social media.
NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY
In 1992, President George H. W. Bush and Korean War veteran Marine General Raymond Davis broke ground on the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. Three years later, President Bill Clinton proclaimed National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day and, along with South Korean President Kim Young-sam, dedicated the memorial to all the Korean Veterans.
National Day of the Cowboy on the fourth Saturday in July recognizes the stoic, hardworking symbol of the American West.
The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in the heart of Texas. Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they grew wild and unchecked. As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.
The draw of riches and adventure mixed with tales of violence. Among the grand backdrop of the Great Plains, the mythological image of the cowboy emerged.
Where the dust settles reveals much of the stoic truth of the American cowboy and cowgirl. The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world. To do so requires respect, loyalty, and a willingness to work hard.
In the words of former President George W. Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.”
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
Celebrate with a cowboy you know and post on social media using #NationalDayOfTheCowboy. Enjoy a western novel or movie, attend a rodeo, and embrace the cowboy way of life.
NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY HISTORY
According to the National Day of the Cowboy Organization, this day “…is a day set aside to celebrate the contributions of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.” The NDOC continuously pursues national recognition of National Day of the Cowboy. Currently, 14 states recognize this day. The first celebration was in 2005.
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On July 27th, we recognize an aged whisky distilled from malted barley. Make a toast on National Scotch Day and share a drink with a friend.
Since Scotch is protected by law, specific guidelines must be followed when making it to be labeled as Scotch. Otherwise, it may be an ordinary whisky (or whiskey if it’s made in the United States). First and foremost, Scotch must be made in Scotland. Another requirement includes the grain used in the fermentation process. For Scotch, only malted barley may be used. The Scotch must also be aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water, and yeast, other grains can be included, but no fermentation additives, per law.
Scotch whisky dates back to the 15th century where a Scottish taxman recorded the spirit in 1494. Since then, Scotch, barley, malt, and grain have been in and out of the shadows. The distilleries or the smugglers either dodged the king’s taxman or organized against him. Scotch was first protected by definition in law in 1933. It was further protected in 1988 with the Scotch Whisky Act.
There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch, and blended Scotch.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY
Enjoy some scotch with friends. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) You can also explore other Protected Beverages around the world. Post on social media using #NationalScotchDay.
NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the origin of National Scotch Day.
National Bagelfest Day on July 26th recognizes the kosher carbohydrate. Toast one and add a schmear or two. If you don’t, you’re not really celebrating.
North Americans love this crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle bread. Served with a variety of toppings, bagels also come in a diverse flavors. In most communities, bagel shops are a staple across the country.
U.S. Bagel History
Polish-Jewish immigrants introduced the bagel to the United States. Throughout New York City and the surrounding boroughs, they grew thriving businesses. Of course, it didn’t take long for the bakers to organize. In 1907, they created the International Beigel Bakers’ Union. For decades, Bagel Bakers Local 338 held contracts with nearly all bagel bakeries in and around the city for its workers.
Until the 1960s, bakeries made bagels by hand. Then Daniel Thompson invented the bagel maker and along came a heated debate of man versus the machine. Thereafter, the question of the better bagel dangled before customers. Was it the handcrafted bagel or the manufactured bagel?
The bagel became more common throughout North America during the last quarter of the 20th century. Credit for the bagels’ spread across the country goes in part to the efforts of bagel baker Harry Lender, his son, Murray Lender, and Florence Lender. Their pioneering efforts led to the automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960s. Murray also invented pre-slicing the bagel.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY
The day allows us to explore the history behind the bagel and savor the varied flavors. Grab some bagels and your favorite toppings. Post on social media using #NationalBagelfestDay.
NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY HISTORY
Murray Lender, the owner of Lenders Bagels, founded National Bagelfest Day. In 1986, Murray started the festival in Mattoon, Illinois, home of the world’s largest bagel factory.
Add National Coffee Milkshake Day on July 26th and coffee lovers to those who participate in National Ice Cream Month. The day whips up a caffeinated way to celebrate one of the hottest times of the year.
While a milkshake sounds refreshing at the end of July, a coffee milkshake sounds even better. The combination of creamy ice cream blended with coffee perks up even the most extended workday. Add chocolate, and this treat becomes a mocha, too!
For those of you dreaming of autumn, you’re allowed to mix up a pumpkin spice latte version, too. However, you’re not allowed to tell anyone we gave you permission. And those dreaming of Christmas in July, go ahead mix up a peppermint mocha milkshake. Again, you didn’t hear it from us. It is July after all.
If you’re going to go for a flavored coffee milkshake, may we make a suggestion? Since it’s summer, the s’more is an iconic summer coffee flavor.
While we’re flexible, let’s also be generous and invite others to your milkshake-making party. We Celebrate Every Day® this way, sharing all the best coffee-blends from espresso and caramel to dark chocolate and toffee.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY
Invite some friends to mix up coffee milkshakes in every flavor. Gather around the pool or take a walk while you enjoy your frozen pick-me-ups. Rather than staying up all night, make up decaf versions. These treats also make excellent substitutes for hot coffee at book clubs and other gatherings where beverages are served. Try acafe latte milkshake or a caramel coffee milkshake. Use #CoffeeMilkshakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the origin of National Coffee Milkshake Day.
On July 25th, we celebrate the ultimate pairing of wine and cheese. National Wine and Cheese Day provides an opportunity to sample some of our favorites.
The pairing of wines and cheese has been a regionalized tradition. Across wine-producing cultures, many pair their regional wines with local cheeses. For example, the French Brie region is noted for its tannic wine varietals. Their Beaujolais goes well with the Brie produced in the area. However, that doesn’t stop a sommelier or cheesemonger from making other recommendations to their clientele.
Although regional preferences may take precedence in distinct areas, don’t hesitate to accept a sommelier’s suggestion. Sommeliers understand a developing palate. Through experience and skill, they guide those new to wine tasting through the basics. In addition, sommeliers keep sophisticated wine lovers abridged of the latest varietals.
Equally important is the knowledge of the cheesemonger. They’ve developed a knowledge base beyond mold and yeast. Because cheese tops more than a burger or a salad, cheesemongers stay updated on the latest cooking and wine trends. Their highly developed palate leads cheese and wine lovers to the best pairings and satisfying results.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY
The day encourages us to try wines and cheese in combinations we’ve never tried before. That is, step away from our ordinary bottle and learn something new. Sampling the complexities in sweetness and acidity and comparing them at a tasting makes for an enjoyable experience. When we add friends to the adventure, the day becomes a celebration, too! Find a favorite wine and sample it with some of your favorite cheeses. Post photos of your favorite pairings on social media.
Use #NationalWineAndCheeseDay when posting on social media. To learn more about Wine and Cheese pairing, visit WineFolly.
NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY HISTORY
National Wine and Cheese Day has been observed since 2014.
July is National Picnic Month, so the Classroom is looking forward to all sorts of ways to enjoy the outdoors with a picnic. Besides the food is all the fun games we can play outdoors. We can also spend time with family, read a book and learn things from nature.
We continue our Celebration Challenge project, too. So, check out the fun activities we’ve created to help you have the best picnic ever!
HOW TO OBSERVE in the CLASSROOM – Picnic
Download and print this week’s projects and give your students the opportunity to have fun at a picnic. You can also follow the suggestions below to help your students explore the days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!
Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:
1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.
Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.
THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS
We have several printable games you can use at your next picnic. Don’t forget to complete the Celebration Challenge, too!
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