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    Re: Stuffed nose and fragrances

    Another idea: get a nose job and make it bigger! LOL.
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    Poll: Re: Creed Aventus on eBay

    Or one can just "bite the bullet" and order AB Spirit Silver instead! LOL.
  3. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    I agree with this kind of "ignorance is bliss" notion. In fact, in early 2008 I couldn't tell the differences either. However, if one day you can, and you've got a closet full of reformulations,...
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    Re: Is Amouage watering down ?

    Well, if nothing else, such threads make me glad I spent more time than I would have liked "vintage hunting" in recent years! LOL.
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    Re: Really wanted to like MI...

    I felt similarly, but fortunately, Eau des Merveilles seems to get the job done for me.
  6. Re: Any high quality gourmands recently released?

    This morning I published a blog post on the topic of gourmands, actually. Do you really want to smell like something along the lines of a vanilla cupcake, or do you want a scent that has some...
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    Re: Original Formulation Givenchy Gentleman.

    There's a 2 ounce vintage on ebay now for $30 total (looks 70% full) though it's a splash.
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    Poll: Re: Creed Aventus on eBay

    Why not read the old (and long) threads on batch variations?
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    Re: Bond No.9 - what is full bottle worth?

    I haven't come across one that I think is worth the price, but that doesn't mean you won't. If you are wealthy, go for it. If not, I don't know why anyone would blind buy a B9 bottle.
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    Re: Vol de Nuit- AMAZING!

    I've got vintage EdC and it has very good longevity, though the sillage is certainly hot huge.
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    Re: Would you wear fake cologne?

    You can spray it on cloth or paper and then put that in a shirt pocket. Spraying it on skin is a really bad idea.
  12. Re: Another "Heads Up:" $5.21 for 1 oz Set Sail St. Barts !

    It's not the kind of scent I usually like, but I this one works for me, and it's going for nearly the price most people pay for shipping when they swap a bottle. LOL.
  13. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    It's a common claim, but I stay away from recent batches unless I purchase a lot of different ones and they are included. I have noticed that some scents do seem very similar but considerably...
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    Re: Mr. Bill Blass safe blind buy?

    It had a new aroma chemical in that bothered me the second time I wore it, and I don't remember a strong, clear leather note.
  15. Another "Heads Up:" $5.21 for 1 oz Set Sail St. Barts !

    Just grabbed one on ebay, and it's new and from a seller I've bought a few things from in the past. That is $5.21 total !!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    Sounds like PW will be a real dud - there doesn't seem to be that much interest at Fragrantica either. Very surprising to me!
  17. Re: Discontinued Armani Attitude for under $12 shipped for 100ml, too good to be true?

    If you want something in the general ballpark and don't care if it's weaker, less complex, or a bit "synthetic," then the clones are usually great (though it does depend upon the composition and...
  18. Re: Discontinued Armani Attitude for under $12 shipped for 100ml, too good to be true?

    So will your next post be "Le Male for $3 per 1.17 ounces," though you really mean Cuba Gold? LOL.
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    Re: Moschino Pour Homme?

    There was always something about it that didn't seem quite right, and sometimes it was irritating. I sold off my bottle several months ago, after giving it a few regular wearings over a long course...
  20. Re: Anyone else get nothing but patchouli in Amen?

    No for me it's mild. Have you tried Borneo 1834?
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    Re: Better version of DG Pour Homme?

    That's what vintage formulations are for! LOL.
  22. Re: HUGE LIST: Mens/Womens/Samples; Really looking to sell so make offers!

    BUMP: More added.
  23. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    I think when you make this kind of claim, at least about the original formulation of a scent like Canoe, you should be very clear about what you mean. Many scents that cost $200 or more would likely...
  24. Re: Is there a feedback thread or forum subdivision for warning about ebay scammers?

    I think it is permissible to say what happened to you with a particular ebay transaction, and to provide your opinion about what at least one seller there might be doing, just so long as you don't...
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    Seems like it's a "fresh leather" idea according to those guys. Might be similar to Cereus #7, but overall it doesn't sound like something I would like so I won't be blind buying that one.
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    The Fragrantica reviews suggest a "new" leather type smell. Is this an "homage" to Tuscan Leather?
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    I'll add that for $90/100 ml, it's got to not only be different, but have a different base, and one that I like. Too many just go into a gourmand base, sometimes without much trace of the opening...
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    Wow, it's Saturday evening and I thought that by now there would be more commentary here on this scent !
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Okay now I get it. However, by contrast, I wouldn't say that a scent such as TdH is "bad," but I would say that I find it atrocious in terms of what I'm seeking, which is a pleasant and interesting...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    You would have to be more specific here. I do agree that some of the recent Bogart and Lapidus releases are not worth the $15 or so per 100 ml, and there is also the reformulation issue with some,...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    You have confused me even more (as to your position) so I will just quite while I am behind here! LOL.
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    Re: Chanel No. 5 + Shalimar = Men's What??

    The closest, at least in the US, would be Aramis I'd guess (not quite over 50), but when you say "highest quality," isn't that more of a BN type thing? AFAICT, the quality seems reasonably good, at...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    I would appreciate it if you would clarify your notion about Carven Homme. In what way do you consider it "cheap," putting price aside? And do you also consider scents like Envy, Heritage, and Bois...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Yes, most designer scents have very nice bottles that must have cost quite a bit to manufacture, and of course all those ads help make the scent smell better when you spray it on. LOL.
  35. Re: Does Shalimar have something to do with Habit Rouge?

    For me, Heritage is the "male version" of Shalimar.
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    As you can see from the responses, there is no one definition of cheapo/cheapie to the extent that some seem to think that getting a scent like Egoiste at a garage sale means that it's a...
  37. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    If you like that one you might also like vintage British Sterling, which you can get at reasonable prices on ebay. I prefer it to Canoe because I like the strong spice notes.
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Some "cheapos" may be a kind of training wheels, especially for newbies, but at some point you know what you want and "cheapos" may or may not be part of whatever that is. These days, though, it's...
  39. Re: Does Shalimar have something to do with Habit Rouge?

    Some might say they are "powdery" but it's not in the same way, IMO (HR is more herbal/orange blossom whereas Shalimar is more ambery/iris). HR also has a kind of old/hard leather quality, so while...
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    Re: Aramis 900 and Z-14

    Z-14 is a lavender-dominant scent (and has been pointed out, has clear citrus too) but even the floral notes don't match up well with these two. Study them over time and I have a feeling you will be...
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    Re: Ab Silver Lomani - the next Aventus clone?

    I wonder why Lomani didn't call it something like Adventure for Us. Or did they think the word would get out quickly enough online?
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    Re: The very best clones

    Sun Java White is supposed to be similar to SMW. The Cubas seem to all be "homage" scents, just read the reviews and relevant threads. Adidas Victory League seems somewhat similar to Allure Homme,...
  43. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    The question about what makes a post to a thread off topic is interesting, but itself is likely off topic. However, I think it could be argued that the thread itself is "off topic" because this...
  44. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Yes, and I could also give all my assets away and live in a cardboard box! If you want to fund it, then we can move forward. Otherwise, I have already said more than once that I am not going to...
  45. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    No, it would be their study not mine, and they would have to figure out how to fund it. However, if you go to them with the funding already secured, it will be a lot easier to get at least some of...
  46. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    But I'm not a sociologist and I'm not going to fund it. If someone wants to fund it I can contact some sociologists who might be interested in doing it, or they might refer me to grad students who...
  47. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    It sounds like we are just going to have to agree to agree then! LOL.
  48. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Sure, I'll read about such anecdotal evidence, but it's not a social scientific study. Moreover, one would need a bit of BdC and a bunch of other scents that are at least somewhat similar, even if...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    I can understand their attempt to restrict available samples, because it seems that there are quite a few people out there I'd call "chronic samplers." One of them buys the sample, and then it gets...
  50. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Sure, you fund that study and I'll organize it.
  51. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Sociological studies are something a sociologist does. I simply do not have the qualifications, nor the money. I don't know the methodologies that are considered acceptable. I'm not going to...
  52. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I think I'll just stick to my current position. If someone wants to contact Chanel and get a wonderful form letter (or whatever) I'm sure they will.
  53. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    It would basically be product testing with a sociologist overseeing it. Or it could be a grad student's Ph.D. thesis, so I don't 'think it would be difficult nor expensive.
  54. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    If opinions could be quantified then sociology would be a "hard" science. In this case, my memory was that BdC and Roadster were treated similarly at BN early on. That is, the early "take" on both...
  55. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I had a bit of a "blog war" not that long ago and I think I can lay claim to being "Mr. Subjectivity," so I'm with you there. However, what I have seen recently on BN especially is a major surge in...
  56. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Exactly, he'd have to be more specific, but it does come across as a subtle undermining of less expensive, "drug store" scents, regardless of the supposed formulation. I've got more than a few old...
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    Re: Tell me about Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh edp

    A bit on the sweet side but not gourmand. Oud note a bit medicinal but not barnyard. Spice notes not too strong. A few hours or so after application a "synthetic" woody quality is a little too...
  58. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I wish I could remember what Barbasol smelled like !
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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    From what I understand, what you should ask is, which oud reconstruction scent should I try first? Either that, or go for true oud, which some claim should not be a note. If you want to start at a...
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    Re: New Kerosene - 'Dirty Flower Factory'

    I think pepper notes are now required in all "masculine" scents. LOL.
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    Re: a tale of two egoïstes...

    If they smell the same then isn't it a tale of two lettering placements?
  62. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    But then we are back to concepts of "good" (or even "great"). Why is BdC "better" than something like Roadster, which I'd much rather wear (in fact, at this point, I think I would only wear BdC if...
  63. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Right, and just to be clear, it doesn't bother me if Chanel wants to create a "crowd pleaser" scent. In fact, I would like to trim down the number of bottles I have so that I breathe a sigh of...
  64. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I'm not really one to make claims about "greatness" or "masterpieces," at least not in recent years. I just published a blog post criticizing another blogger who wrote up a review of a scent that...
  65. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I"m not non-calm! LOL. I went through some pretty heated debates years ago in grad school so this is "a walk in the park" by comparison. Now as to your point, my claim here, to state it as...
  66. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Please don't try to read my mind! If you like the notes or composition, or even the aroma chemicals used,that's fine with me. What I am confused by is the claims about "greatness." This is not a...
  67. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Now I am not sure what your point is, so let's begin with this question: do you think that some percentage of the praise is due to the Chanel name, as opposed to if it was made by Lomani, Gres,...
  68. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I totally disagree with this and I'm really surprised that you would say such a thing. However, if you want to think that Chanel's name recognition is even somewhat similar to Yacht Man, Parlux,...
  69. Re: New (no vintage) Modern Masculine scents - Anything out there to talk about ?

    Well then, let's take a look at Cereus #4 !

    And Yardley's Citrus and Wood should work as well.
  70. Re: New (no vintage) Modern Masculine scents - Anything out there to talk about ?

    please delete this post
  71. Re: New (no vintage) Modern Masculine scents - Anything out there to talk about ?

    But another person's gem might be your fool's gold, right? There are plenty of scents with strong wood notes that most women would consider masculine if not hyper-masculine among recent offerings,...
  72. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Well if this is true then it begs the question, "what is it about a scent that has great mass appeal?" What could they have put in BdC to make it so special in this context? I have never read any...
  73. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Without having a sample now, I can only go from memory but I did try it a few times spaced out over months. Undeniably, Cool Water was incredibly popular for a long time, yet to me the composition...
  74. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I was just reading through the Fragrantica reviews of BdC because the last time I tried it was at least around 18 months ago and I wanted to compare it to Lomani's Body and Soul, which to me is...
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    Re: A little help from the Gurus.

    Are you responding to my recent blog post which featured a picture of a false guru? LOL. Anyway, what I would try, assuming you care about what she thinks in this context, is to spray what she...
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    Re: Body and Soul equals Bleu de Chanel ?

    I received the BaS bottle today and here is my review:

    This seems to be Lomani's attempt at a Bleu de Chanel sort of scent. It's certainly not identical, though I don't remember BdC that well....
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    Re: why the hate on Calvin Klein Euphoria

    IMO, anyone who makes the "hate" claim should have to provide at least three examples of clearly hateful remarks about the scent in question, and those should be from long-standing members (not...
  78. Re: Speclative Futures Discussion - Rive Gauche

    There are a few factors here, not just one, it seems to me:

    1. Prices are rising on retail scents, which pulls up discontinued ones to some degree.
    2. Limited supply and a demand that may grow...
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    Re: similar to terre d' Hermes?

    Yardley's Citrus & Wood.
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    Re: Body and Soul equals Bleu de Chanel ?

    Actually, I hope you are right on this one! I'd rather have a decent tobacco and myrrh scent than a BdC clone, that's for sure.
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    Re: Body and Soul equals Bleu de Chanel ?

    I have a feeling that the note pyramid for BaS was deliberately made to look a bit different, for example, myrrh rather than incense, but I'll write up a review for it after I try it. I seem to like...
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    Body and Soul equals Bleu de Chanel ?

    Given what we've seen with Lomani's recent offerings, as well as how similar their original release is to Drakkar Noir type scents, I am wondering if their Body and Soul is an attempt to cash in on...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    I think my posts here on BN are regarded by just about everyone as "clear as day." That's one thing I strive for, and, moreover, there isn't any one point I've tried to make on this thread. For...
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    Re: What's WRONG with me?

    I think the composition has an unpleasant note clash and I don't understand the idea behind it. Though I don't like at least one of the aroma chemicals used in Brit for Men, I think that is a better...
  85. Re: Pathétique, performance perfume_________Pathétique contest.

    Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Water, Benzophenone-3, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Carvacrol, Cineole, Citral, Citronnellol, Courmarin, Evernia Prunastri, Hexyl...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    That may be true for retail, though it would be interesting if a perfumer provided his or her opinion about this notion.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    As I've being saying for a while, my sensitivities have changed in different ways over the years. At times Desire hasn't come across as too "synthetic" to me but at other times it has. However, no...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    Not only that, but owning a scent you think is "synthetic" smelling doesn't mean you are ever going to wear it. I'd happily sell anyone the scents I consider too "synthetic" at a nice discount, but...
  89. Re: Spotting fakes, Rive Gauche pour Homme specifically

    For those who smell a lot of alcohol, try this:

    spray on your arm or chest immediately after taking a deep breath. Now blow on that spot you sprayed, letting the air out gradually. As you do...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    I guess we were lucky that my grandparents were the passengers that time! LOL.

    And now with what IFRA seems to be up to, any scent that smells natural may soon be banned !
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    Perhaps if you would read why those who don't like it say they don't you then would know! As I've said multiple times on a number of threads over the years (and in my review) it comes across as...
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    Now this is a good piece of anecdotal evidence for those of us who don't have such friends, co-workers, etc.
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    You must be the most interesting man in the world! You don't always wear cologne, but when you do you prefer DHI.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    I haven't read much if any of this kind of criticism against BdC. In fact, I can remember several reviews in which it is claimed that BdC is well crafted or something along those lines. The main...
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    Right, as a newbie I didn't realize that when some people said that a scent marketed to men was too floral that they meant powdery iris or rose, or violet and lavender, as examples. Now I know that...
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    Yikes! I don't know what you are trying to insinuate but I'm certainly not going to let my imagination "go there," so I'll let you have it all to yourself. LOL.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    I'm really getting tired of claims about "haters." Do people who make such claims think that everyone in the world should like BdC? If someone makes a really nasty comment, then direct your hater...
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    I enjoy wearing more than a few "women's" scents but what I don't enjoy is post after post about "masculinity" and "femininity." Clearly, not everyone has the same idea about these concepts and some...
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    Yes, after chopping down some trees for several hours and then rolling around in dried out horse manure, nothing hits the spot like spraying on some DHI, so that I can feel hyper-masculine !
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    Re: New Michael Kors for men.

    Or they can be like Gucci and call it something like Michael for Michael for Kors for Men Kors Michael. LOL.
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