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A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

Famed geologist Walter Alvarez—best known for the “Impact Theory” explaining dinosaur extinction—has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History.

Author : Walter Alvarez

Release : 2016-11-15

Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN : 0393292703

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"A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history." —Sean B. Carroll Big History, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez—best known for the “Impact Theory” explaining dinosaur extinction—has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History. Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences—from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond—that have led to our improbable place in the universe.

A Dream Too Big

Moore's eye-opening, against-all-odds story reveals that there is no such thing as a dream too big.

Author : Caylin Louis Moore

Release : 2019-06-04

Publisher : Thomas Nelson

ISBN : 1400209927

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In this inspiring and provocative memoir, Caylin Moore tells the against-all-odds story of his rise from cruel poverty in gang-ridden Los Angeles to academic success at Oxford University, with hope as his compass. By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or stalking the streets of Compton with his fellow gang-members. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. A Dream Too Big is the story of Moore’s exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England. After Moore’s mother gathered her three young children and fled an abusive husband of nine years, leaving behind a comfortable middle-class life, Moore found himself in a bewildering and dangerous environment. The family lived in a neighborhood ruled by the Bloods, and Caylin often lay awake at night, terrified by both the sounds of gunfire outside and the scratching of rats and roaches moving in the walls. When Moore’s father was convicted of murder and his mother was sexually assaulted in the hospital while recovering from open-heart surgery, Moore was forced to enter adulthood prematurely. Embracing his mother’s steely faith in God and education, Moore skirted the gangs and the endemic violence of Compton to excel on the football field and in the classroom. Academics and athletics led to college scholarships, which led to a Fulbright and eventually the Rhodes Scholarship. Along the way, Moore cofounded a student organization that brought college athletes into underserved classrooms as inspirational speakers, role models, and mentors. Moore’s eye-opening, inspirational story proves that, contrary to what others told him on his journey, there is no such thing as a dream too big. "A dream too big is a truly special book. Caylin's story is not just inspirational, it is instructional. I have admired him and his journey for a long time; read this book and you'll understand why." --Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood "I loved this story of triumph in praise of a sacrificial single mom and a kid who, against all odds, fought hunger-pains and gangs to make a dream-too-big become a dream-come-true. Through gunshots and the temptations of inner city poverty, Caylin Moore laced up his cleats, outran gangs, and caught the 6:00am bus on an empty stomach. A future world-changer, Caylin has penned an inspiring tale that should be mandatory reading for every student, parent, and anyone else interested in the success of those who will shape and define our future." -- Ron Hall, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Same Kind of Different as Me and Workin' Our Way Home

596 Switch

Recounts the author's college football career at Washington State University as the starting quarterback, from how he came to the decision to attend the school to the team's participation in the 1998 Rose Bowl against the country's top ...

Author : Ryan D. Leaf

Release : 2011-11-01

Publisher : Crimson Oak Publishing

ISBN : 0982950535

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Recounts the author's college football career at Washington State University as the starting quarterback, from how he came to the decision to attend the school to the team's participation in the 1998 Rose Bowl against the country's top-ranked team, Michigan.

Improbable Libraries

Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road? Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world.

Author : Alex Johnson

Release : 2015

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780226263694

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How do you use your local library? Does it arrive at your door on the back of an elephant? Can it float down the river to you? Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road? Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world. Undaunted, librarians around the globe are thinking up astonishing ways of reaching those in reading need, whether by bike in Chicago, boat in Laos, or donkey in Colombia. Improbable Libraries showcases a wide range of unforgettable, never-before-seen images and interviews with librarians who are overcoming geographic, economic, and political difficulties to bring the written word to an eager audience. Alex Johnson charts the changing face of library architecture, as temporary pop-ups rub shoulders with monumental brick-and-mortar structures, and many libraries expand their mission to function as true community centers. To take just one example: the open-air Garden Library in Tel Aviv, located in a park near the city's main bus station, supports asylum seekers and migrant workers with a stock of 3,500 volumes in sixteen different languages. Beautifully illustrated with nearly two hundred and fifty color photographs, Improbable Libraries offers a breathtaking tour of the places that bring us together and provide education, entertainment, culture, and so much more. From the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement to the growth in luxury hotel libraries, the communal book revolution means you'll never be far from the perfect next read.

Good God, Lousy World, and Me

The Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith Holly
Burkhalter ... Ithink there are “thin years,” when heaven and earth are very close,
where our need for God is its greatest and his presence the most palpable.

Author : Holly Burkhalter

Release : 2013-10-15

Publisher : Convergent Books

ISBN : 1601425090

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“In this extraordinary memoir of grace, one of the foremost human rights advocates of the last half century shares her brutally and hilariously honest story of finding God on one of the most unlikely, irreverent, and utterly beautiful pilgrimages through life as it actually is.” —Gary A. Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission “It used to be that my own religious philosophy was to work hard, charm everyone within spittin’ distance, and do a lot of crafts. So how did this hard-core leftist skeptic find peace and happiness among Bible-quoting, praying-out-loud, born-again evangelicals? I realized that my two choices—the existence of a loving God or the reality of evil—weren’t the only options. Option three is that God is good and the world is lousy. But wait. There’s more. God knows the world is lousy. Knows it, hates it, and wants us to do something about it...” —Holly Burkhalter, Good God, Lousy World & Me For over thirty years, Holly Burkhalter has worked as an international rights advocate for victims of genocide, rape, and injustice. Throughout most of her career, the heartbreak she encountered around the world—and in her own life—had convinced her that there was no such thing as a loving God. How could there be? If God was there, he should be charged as a war criminal for tolerating atrocities against the young, the poor, and the vulnerable. Then, Holly discovered a new truth: God was there—in the grief, in the violence, in the questions. And God was good. It was the greatest, hardest, most radiant surprise of her life. This is her story. From the Hardcover edition.

Rupert's Journey

My name is Rupert Michael, and this book recounts a most improbable journey I
experienced a few years ago. It was not a journey of choice. In fact it was
completely unexpected, and I resisted for much of the way. When the journey was
over I ...

Author : Rupert Michael

Release : 2011-06-07

Publisher : AuthorHouse

ISBN : 1456760386

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Rupert's Journey is a curious tale about a purported adventure experienced by one Rupert Michael. By all appearances Mr. Michael does not claim this to be a work of fiction. Certainly something happened to the once unpleasant Mr. Michael, so that he did seem to change for the better. If Rupert Michael is a name invented by the actual author, his or her true identity is not now known. All of this said, Rupert's Journey has its own unique charm and is reminiscent at times of Gulliver's Travels and Alice in Wonderland. Some might call it a tightly written work, while others might say that it lacks somewhat in volume. If you are short on time or are in the mood for a relatively brief adventure story, Rupert's Journey might well be just what you are looking for. There is much within these pages that will appeal to a younger audience, or those who believe it is better to grow up than to grow old.

Atlas of Improbable Places

Travis Elborough goes in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged.

Author : Travis Elborough

Release : 2016-09-01

Publisher : Aurum Press Limited

ISBN : 178131635X

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It is perhaps the eighth wonder of our world that despite modern mapping and satellite photography our planet continues to surprise us. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusual of destinations. Travis Elborough goes in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged. Taking in the defiant relics of ancient cities such as Ani, a once thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the church tower of San Juan Parangaricuto, that miraculously stands as the sole survivor of a town sunk by lava. Through the labyrinths of Berlin and Beijing — underground realms dug for refuge, espionage and even, as Canada's Moose Jaw, used as the playground for gangsters trading liquor and money over cards. Never forgetting the freaks and wonders of nature's own unusual masterpieces: the magical underground river shaped like a dragon's mouth in the Philippines and the floating world of Palmerston. With beautiful maps and stunning photography illustrating each destination, Atlas of Improbable Places is a fascinating voyage to the world's most incredible destinations. As the Island of Dolls and the hauntingly titled Door to Hell — an inextinguishable fire pit - attest, mystery is never far away. The truths and myths behind their creation are as varied as the destinations themselves. Standing as symbols of worship, testaments to kingships or even the strange and wonderful traditions of old and new, these curious places are not just extraordinary sights but reflections on man's own relationship with the world around us.

Wannabe Athlete to National Champion

Most athletes half or a third of his age cannot bench nearly as much weight as David. Read the short stories about David's life, join David in a moment of triumph in "My First American Record," which is followed by.

Author : David Sneen

Release : 2018-03-08

Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN : 9781985760271

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David Sneen's autobiography verifies the adage that, "Fact is stranger than fiction." Despite David's best efforts, he achieved only limited success in high school sports. By the time he turned 20, it was obvious that he would never achieve his goals in any sport. But, when David turned 60, he discovered his strength---strength. Shortly after he got serious about bench pressing, David began breaking American records in his age/weight class---which were also personal bests...and eventually won a national championship! David, at 62, is setting personal records in athletics. Most athletes half or a third of his age cannot bench nearly as much weight as David. Read the short stories about David's life, join David in a moment of triumph in "My First American Record," which is followed by... "Ooops!" as he finds three different ways to fail. "We learn more from our failures than from our successes." Arthur Brite. And, it makes a better story! Feel free to visit David's website Wannabeathletetoamericanrecord.com/ and see his bench presses at https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAxNCXSyoXw

Searching for Whitopia

An examination of a recent migration of white Americans to small, predominantly white cities describes the author's visits to "whitopias" throughout the country, where he met white citizens from myriad walks of life, learned the causes of ...

Author : Rich Benjamin

Release : 2009-10-06

Publisher : Hyperion

ISBN : 1401322689

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An examination of a recent migration of white Americans to small, predominantly white cities describes the author's visits to "whitopias" throughout the country, where he met white citizens from myriad walks of life, learned the causes of the migration, and familiarized himself with each neighborhood's landscapes and social structures.

The 100 Most Outrageous Hoaxes and Mistakes

A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. New York
, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. Brockman, John. Know This: Today's
Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments. New
York ...

Author : Susan Elkin

Release : 2017-12-15

Publisher : Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN : 1502632896

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Scientific breakthroughs are often regarded with suspicion, especially those that diverge substantially from established theories. New ideas are tested by scientists around the world to ensure that they hold up to scrutiny. This book takes a look at the instances when, despite these precautions, the scientific community got it wrong. The book includes the most infamous cases of fraud and famous mistakes that initially had scientists fooled.

Choosing the Hero

I would highly recommend this book to all."—Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi "A riveting and compelling story that restores one's faith in humanity... a profound lesson to all of us on the vital importance of courage and ...

Author : K. Riva Levinson

Release : 2016

Publisher :

ISBN : 9781937247034

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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Women's Studies. Politics. African Studies. The rise of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become the president of Liberia and the first woman elected to lead an African nation is one of the most inspiring stories of our time. But Sirleaf could not have done it alone. Among the people who worked tirelessly to help her achieve her victory was Washington, D.C.-based international consultant and lobbyist K. Riva Levinson. "A wonderful book about the extraordinary camaraderie between Africa's first woman president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her loyal friend and political ally, Riva Levinson... a must- read for all those interested in... Liberia's recent and turbulent history, and the immense power of friendship and loyalty."—Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs "A deeply moving story of two extraordinary women, from very different backgrounds, who worked together through thick and thin and achieved so much... I would highly recommend this book to all."—Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi "A riveting and compelling story that restores one's faith in humanity... a profound lesson to all of us on the vital importance of courage and perseverance to the pursuit of a life of purpose."—Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Nigeria "A deeply personal and thoughtful book on some of the most important foreign policy issues of our time and a great read!"—Lloyd Pierson, former Director, U.S. Peace Corps, former President, African Development Foundation "A compelling set of stories... about how political capital was built by addition, multiplication, patience, and strategy by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Riva Levinson."—William R. Sweeney Jr., President and CEO, International Foundation for Electoral Systems "Riva's story reminds us that often the best, most challenging work comes to us when we least expect it and most need it. Her connection with President Sirleaf helped Liberia turn an important page in its history and further cemented the long existing bond between our countries."—U.S. Senator Chris Coons "Peace and democracy seemed far, far off to Liberians when brutal warlord Charles Taylor ruled. This fast-paced, crisply told story of Liberia's rebirth under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is inspiring and impressively honest."—U.S. Representative Ed Royce "Riva Levinson gives us a peek behind the curtain of how American foreign policy is formulated and practiced. A thoroughly engaging read from cover to cover."—U.S. Senator Jeff Flake "The inspiring story of two brilliant women who overcame the odds to make positive change in Liberia. A must-read for any aspiring global change maker!"—Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, CEO, Last Mile Health, associate physician, Harvard Medical School, one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, 2016, and one of Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders "A book that reads like Le Carr�, if Le Carr� was a combination of killer politico and Tina Fey... smart, heartbreaking, funny, inspiring, and an unbelievably entertaining read."—Dan Gordon, screenwriter of The Hurricane

A Series of Fortunate Events

(2017) A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company. Conway- Morris, Simon. (2003) Life's
Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. Cambridge: Cambridge
University ...

Author : Sean B. Carroll

Release : 2020-10-06

Publisher : Princeton University Press

ISBN : 0691209545

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"Fascinating and exhilarating—Sean B. Carroll at his very best."—Bill Bryson, author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants From acclaimed writer and biologist Sean B. Carroll, a rollicking, awe-inspiring story of the surprising power of chance in our lives and the world Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but startling scientific discoveries over the past half century are revealing that we live in a world driven by chance. A Series of Fortunate Events tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Like every other species, we humans are here by accident. But it is shocking just how many things—any of which might never have occurred—had to happen in certain ways for any of us to exist. From an extremely improbable asteroid impact, to the wild gyrations of the Ice Age, to invisible accidents in our parents' gonads, we are all here through an astonishing series of fortunate events. And chance continues to reign every day over the razor-thin line between our life and death. This is a relatively small book about a really big idea. It is also a spirited tale. Drawing inspiration from Monty Python, Kurt Vonnegut, and other great thinkers, and crafted by one of today's most accomplished science storytellers, A Series of Fortunate Events is an irresistibly entertaining and thought-provoking account of one of the most important but least appreciated facts of life.

The Universe versus Alex Woods

*Perfect for fans of A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS* **RICHARD AND JUDY summer bookclub read 2013, Amazon Rising star, and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize** *** A funny and touching story of an unlikely friendship and an improbable ...

Author : Gavin Extence

Release : 2013-01-31

Publisher : Hachette UK

ISBN : 1444765906

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*Perfect for fans of A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS* **RICHARD AND JUDY summer bookclub read 2013, Amazon Rising star, and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize** *** A funny and touching story of an unlikely friendship and an improbable journey*** Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it. What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing. A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read.

Origin Story

A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. New York
: W. W. Norton, 2016. A personal exploration of the big history story by the
geologist who showed that an asteroid did in the dinosaurs. Brown, Cynthia
Stokes.

Author : David Christian

Release : 2018-05-22

Publisher : Penguin UK

ISBN : 0241254698

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David Christian, creator of Big History ('My favourite course of all time' Bill Gates), brings us the epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future 'Nails home the point: Life is a miracle ... A compelling history of everything' Washington Post 'Spectacular' Carlo Rovelli How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. 'Rather like the Big Bang, the book is awe-inspiring ... Superb' The Times 'With fascinating ideas on every page and the page-turning energy of a good thriller, this is a landmark work' Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element

Unthinkable!

Unthinkable tells the inside story of that remarkable journey and thrilling final from the perspective of the management and players of the Kirkcaldy club.

Author : Steven Lawther

Release : 2014-08-01

Publisher : Pitch Publishing

ISBN : 9781909626645

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From managerless crisis club to qualifying for Europe, the behind-the-scenes stories of the underdogs who defied the odds to win their first national trophy At the start of 1986 Raith Rovers were a club in crisis. Languishing near the bottom of Scottish soccer, they were managerless and playing before crowds of just a few hundred. Yet less than a decade on the club would defy the odds to win their first ever national trophy, the Scottish League Cup, defeating Glasgow giants Celtic and qualifying for Europe in one of Scottish soccer's most dramatic cup finals. Unthinkable tells the inside story of that remarkable journey and thrilling final from the perspective of the management and players of the Kirkcaldy club. Drawing on illuminating interviews with all the main characters, it reveals exactly what the players were thinking each step of the way and what drove them on to achieve their unparalleled success. The true story of underdogs battling against the odds to take their place in the history of the Scottish game.

Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors

A Cultural and Geological Journey Ronald Lee Morton, Carl Gawboy ... and
thought about the last time I was here and the part this ancient volcano played in
a most strange and improbable journey; a journey that spanned 3.6 billion years.

Author : Ronald Lee Morton

Release : 2011-12-01

Publisher : Rockflower Press LLC

ISBN : 0978599896

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"In this sequel to the award winning "Talking Rocks" an earth scientist and an Ojibwe elder travel across Minnesota exploring the ancient rocks that make up a large part of that state. As the geologist describes how these rocks formed and brings to life the ancient worlds they created, the elder, through Native American stories, oral history, culture, and science illustrates how his people had an intimate understand of, and respect for, these ancient rocks and the land they gave shape to. Traveling from northeastern to southwestern Minnesota, some of the diverse topics they discuss are the nature of science, holistic geology, l mining, science and spirituality, and the legacy of the fur trade. Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors not only tells a fascinating story that spans billions of years, but is also a wonderful chronicle of two people from different cultural and scientific heritages learning to understand, appreciate, and see the value and importance in each other's way of viewing this land the planet we all call home."--Pub. desc.

Shelby Farms Park

This is the unlikely and inspiring story of how a sprawling footprint of a former prison became a leading American park.

Author : Tom Jones

Release : 2017-10-20

Publisher : Susan Schadt Press LLC

ISBN : 9780997355925

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The Definitive Book About: The unlikely story of how a sprawling footprint of a former prison became and a leading American park. At 4500 acres, the largest US urban park, more than five-times the size of New York's Central Park. The vision, process, benchmarks and priorities that led to the building of a great park and how people with vision can change a community. The demands from the public to protect the land for future generations. Authored by Tom Jones with contributions by nationally known park experts and Shelby Farms Park leaders including James Corner, Alex Garvin, Peter Harnik and Laura Morris. Photography By Justin Fox Burks and Murray Riss.

A Journey Round the World in the Years 1875-1876-1877

This statement is , we think , a most improbable one . There is , doubtless ,
greater truth in another account , by which we are informed that the Jâts on the
occasion of their sacking Agra , mutilated these once graceful pinnacles out of
sheer ...

Author : John Henry Gray

Release : 1879

Publisher : London : Harrison

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A Journey Over the Region of Fulfilled Prophecy ...

a most improbable prediction ! Herodotus testifies that this plain of Babylon
excelled all the countries he had visited , as a land of corn ; the returns being two
hundred and sometimes three hundred - fold ; but now no attempt at cultivation is
, or ...

Author : James Aitken Wylie

Release : 1856

Publisher :

ISBN :

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