November 30, 2007

November 2007 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Can't believe we're about to enter the last month of the year. Is it really the end of November? Did we celebrate Thanksgiving already?

The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with that tons of deals are springing up. If you missed some of the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, fear not. There are still great promotions going on, like this one from Details for Men. And if you're having trouble with someone on your list, our Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide is the perfect place to start.

In the review department we checked out more Jack Black products, specifically Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream (eh) and Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel (awesome). We had also a reader review of Pacific Shaving Oil (frisson). Finally we shaved with the Braun Pulsonic and reviewed it in three acts - the shave, mechanics, and cleaning. The Pulsonic is a winner.

Currently in use at the Shaving Stuff studios are products from L'Occitane. Expect a full review real soon. Also in the Shaving Stuff studios are new products from Mensgroom. Looking forward to trying those out.

Those wild and crazy mustache-growing guys are at it again in Chicago. Mustaches for Kids kicked off this month with the full shave down. Check in for regular updates and ridiculous facial hair.

On a green kick? Check out the Recycline Preserve razor, made from recycled Stonyfield yogurt cups. No wonder those razors have fruit on the bottom.

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November 29, 2007

Mustaches for Kids Kicks Off Again

m4kchicago.jpgThe Chicago chapter of Mustaches for Kids is at it again - starting with a clean slate and growing 'staches for charity. You might remember those wild and crazy guys from last year's post, but if not, the Chicago chapter of Mustaches for Kids is raising money for Off the Street Club. Pretty much self-explanatory.

Now this may sounds a little silly, but these guys are serious. Shave before the end of the year and you'll be publicly labeled a quitter. Hey, with names like Stachin’ Action Jackson, Stache Gordon, and the Krustache Kid, you best not be messing around.

So if you're in the Chicago area, check out for where their weekly meet-up is. And if you're not in the Chicago area, check out for how you can sponsor a "grower," or simply click on the Donate button and make a donation to the Off the Street Club.

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November 28, 2007

The Recycled and Reconstituted Preserve Razor

Here's a cool article from a recent edition of the Daily Candy entitled Give Me a G. The G stands for "green."
Turn off the shower while shaving to save gallons. And pick up Recycline's Preserve razors. Sixty-five percent of the plastic used in the ergonomic razors is made from recycled Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups, and they come with a postage-paid envelope in case your recycling center doesn't accept No. 5 plastics.

Stonyfield Farm yogurt? Hey, that's my brand! Mmm, vanilla...

Find out more information at the Recycline Preserve website, like this juicy tidbit: the Recyline Preserve razor was "Designed over the past two years with a team of graduates from Stanford, MIT, and RISD schools of design and engineering." Two years to design a razor? Really? This thing better have Bluetooth.

The Recycline Preserve Razor is only $9.10 at Amazon.

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November 27, 2007

Holiday Coupon Codes for Detail For Men(.com)

detailsForMen.gifOur good friends over at Details for Men have some great coupons for the holiday season. Coupon code "HOL2007" will get you 10% off all orders between now and the end of the year. And coupon code "NEWCUST07" will get new customers 15% off their entire order between now and the end of the year. They've got all the great brands from aMENity to Urth. Hmm, maybe they should carry ZIRH so we could really go from A to Z.

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November 26, 2007

Which Electric Razor Should I Buy?

questionMark.jpgA bunch of people have written in asking which of the newest electric razors they should buy. We've reviewed the Braun Pulsonic, the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System, and the Philips Norelco Arcitec in depth on this site, so here's a quick comparison of the pros and cons. You can click through to the reviews for more info.

Braun Pulsonic - $215
Fantastic shave
Doesn't get too hot
Best trimmer of the bunch
Recurring cost of cleaning solution cartridges
shaving, mechanics, cleaning. and info.

Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $149
Very good shave
Wet/Dry shaving (great for sensitive skin)
Recurring cost of conditioning lotion
Harder to maintain lines with circular foils
part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and info.

Philips Norelco Arcitec - $239
Easy to clean (even mid shave)
Foils get hot
Harder to maintain lines with circular foils
usage and info.

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November 23, 2007

Black Friday Deals from Amazon on Philips Norelco Products

black-friday.pngCouple of Black Friday deals worth checking out:

The Philips Norelco BodyGroom, often found for somewhere between $34 and $39, is now only $29.99 at Amazon.

The Braun Pulsonic 9595 is only $199 at J& (That's the lowest price we've seen.)

And if you're into the traditional brick and mortar stores, check out before you head out. Tons of in-store only deals to be gotten, including steals on razors and electric shavers.

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November 22, 2007

Baxter Wants To Be Your BFF

BaxterLogo.gifThe deals are starting to line up as the holiday shopping season officially kicks off tomorrow. Baxter of California wants to be your BFF - that's Best Friends Forever, if you're over 35. Actually, it's the Baxter of California "Baxter Friends and Family" sale, but I'm sure they meant BFF in both ways. Just use coupon code "BFF" at checkout when shopping at and receive 25% off your entire order. Sweet!

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November 21, 2007

Reader Review of Pacific Shaving Oil

pacificShavingOilNew.jpgGot a friend who travels a lot for work and was interested in trying a different shaving system. I suggested he try Pacific Shaving Oil. You only need a few drops per shave so the bottle lasts forever. And it's small enough to pass TSA scrutiny. Here's his review:

So the first thing I like about the palm oil is that it feels miraculous--you only need 8-10 drops (drops!) for a shave. You put them in your hands and rub onto your face--it feels like nothing--and yet your face is not raked into hamburger. I still get a charge from that. Plus eight drops per shave means that there are 400 shaves in a tiny 2 oz bottle--good for airports.

Some words of caution: I have a light beard (I look like a tough 8th grader), so it may not hold up to a heavy beard, or need a bigger dose of oil (12 drops?). In the same vein, it is not so good if you've gone a couple of days without shaving. But for a daily shave, especially on the road it is terrific--light, easy with that little frisson that it shouldn't possibly work and yet it does.

(For the vocab-challenged, including me, here's a link to the definition of frisson.)

Pacific Shaving Oil is only $6.95 a bottle.

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November 20, 2007

Gillette and Schick are Ripping You Off...

razor250.thumbnail.jpgHere's an interesting post on the site American Consumer News entitled Gillette and Schick are Ripping You Off. Never Pay for another Razor Again. Bold statement. What's the deal?

[...] why do razor blades get dull? It’s actually because of the moisture in the shaving cream and the water that we make use of that makes them dull. [...] Each time we use it more water collects on the razor blade, causing oxidation and thus a microscopic form of rusting which causes the blade to become dull.

It only makes sense that if we make a point to dry off our razor blades after making use of them that they will last much longer. Simply dry off your razor blade with a towel after making use of it or better yet a blow-dryer to be sure to remove all moisture. Your razor blades will go from being dull after just a few days to staying sharp for several months.

Good advice. Hmm... I seem to remember reading something similar a while back. Oh yeah, I think it was a piece on entitled Gentlemen, Dry Your Razors.

For the last month or so I've taken an extra minute and really dried my razor. That means patting it gently with a towel to get all the visible moisture off of it, and then flicking it or waving it around quickly to get those extra few drops off. Feels kind of silly but it totally works. I easily get six shaves out of each cartridge now, up from four. That's a decent savings given the price of Mach3 blades.

Wow. Whoever writes that blog is really smart.

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November 19, 2007

Black Friday is Coming!

black-friday.pngJust a reminder that Black Friday is approaching. In fact it's this Friday! What's Black Friday? Well kids, warm up those mice and open your wallets. It's time for some amazing holiday deals. Most of the major online stores will have big sales for Black Friday, as well as Cyber Monday.

What's Cyber Monday? Oh boy. Cyber Monday is a week from today. It's the first day of work after the Thanksgiving holiday, when everyone gets back to the office and no one wants to work. So they shop. More deals abound.

There will be tons of deals on these two days. One of my favorite sites has a great calendar and list of all the Black Friday deals they hear about. Here's the link. Check it out and save big.

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November 16, 2007

20% Off All Orders at Anthony Logistics for Men

Expect a lot of deals between now and the end of the year as the holiday season approaches. Anthony Logistics for Men is running a Friends and Family special until Sunday November 25th. Figured I'd pass it on, since hey, we're all friends. Enter promo code ANTFF2007 at checkout and you'll receive 20% off your entire order. Nice!

For more info about Anthony Logistics for Men, check out our reviews of their products.

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November 15, 2007

Build the Perfect Guy at

Hey ladies! Want the perfect guy? How about one you design who lives in a fish bowl? A ManQuarium!

Just click on over to and

  • Pick out the perfect bod

  • Choose an amazing date

  • Identify the best birthday present

  • Determine what cheers you up

  • Select the ultimate complement

Then sit back and let the complements come in. Or click around and make your man do and say cool stuff. Oh, and buy Gillette Venus Breeze products. Hey - these guys don't work for free.

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November 14, 2007

Review of Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel

jackBlackCoolingGel.gifYesterday we took a look at the shave with Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream. Today we're cooling down with Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel. While the shave was solidly decent, Jack Black after-shave scores a home run.

Firstly - scent. Highlighted by aloe, sage, and predominantly lavender, Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel has a pleasing aroma without being overpowering or flowery. Reminds me of a fine digestif paired with a sweet dessert.

Secondly - viscous. Slightly thicker than most post-shave creams and gels we've tried, which in my usage led to better coverage and less dry skin. Still a light gel, but with some substance.

Thirdly - absorptive. Nothing worse than a cream which won't sink into your skin. Not a problem here. Despite being thicker than most, Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel has no problem diving right in and helping to heal than nasty scraping blade.

No question here. This stuff is a winner. Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel is $17 for a 3.3oz container.

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November 13, 2007

Review of Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream

jackBlackCream.gifBeen alternating shaves between the Braun Pulsonic and Jack Black products. Last week we devoted a few days to the Pulsonic. This week we'll do the same for Jack.

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream is three products in one - a pre-shave oil, shave cream, and facial skin treatment. Despite it's numerous roles it still manages to be a clear, lightweight cream without any added fragrances. I'm always a fan of clear shaving cream, especially if you have facial hair you're trying to preserve. Nothing like a big foamy mess to ruin your lines.

While I've generally been impressed with the other products I've tried from Jack Black, their shave cream didn't make it to the superior list. It's solidly in the "good" camp. In fact if you're shaving with drugstore shaving cream, this would be a good brand to switch to. But it's not among the best. Nicks and cuts were at a minimum, but the closeness of the shave was the issue. For some reason Beard Lube didn't have the magic juju to lift up my troublesome hairs. I usually ended up reapplying and doing a second pass.

That said, I thought Beard Lube has a pleasing scent. Again, it's lightweight so it goes on easily and doesn't gunk up your razor. And it's got tons of natural ingredients in it like macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil, peppermint, eucalyptus, menthol, and heather. You could probably cast a spell with it.

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream is $15 for a 6oz. tube.

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November 12, 2007

The Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is fast approaching and you've got a list with a bunch of question marks on it. What to get for that special man in your life? Well look no further than the 2007 ShavingStuff Holiday Gift Guide. We've got all he'll need, from creams to razors, books, toys, and more. And even a little something for the ladies.

Shaving Cream
Sure, we all start shaving with foamy supermarket shaving cream. But eventually we aspire to the finer things in life. The brands below offer a superior shave which is close, comfortable, and sublime. A gift set is the perfect way to sample new products, as well as introduce someone to the world of better shaving.
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
Billy Jealousy - $50
The Art of Shaving - $38
ZIRH - $59
MenScience - $55
Baxter of California - $60
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
Once again power reigns supreme. If you're not shaving with an electrified version of a multi-blade razor, it's time to step into the new millennium. Power makes all the difference.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Power - $11.99
Gillette M3Power - $15
The Art of Shaving's Chrome Gillette Fusion Power with Spotlight - $150

Electric Razors
There were a couple of new products released this year from the leaders in electric razor technology. If you want the top of the line traditional electric razor, go for the Pulsonic. If you're interested in a wet/dry electric shave, go for the Moisture Shaving System.
Braun Pulsonic - $215
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $149

Pubic Shaving
Don't even think about shaving downstairs without the proper equipment. Give yourself an extra optical inch with the BodyGroom, or go completely bare with the Cleancut, still the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $34.99
no!no! - $250
Seiko Cleancut - $75

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Back Shaving
Yeah, I don't want to talk about it either. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor and buy it for him. And give it to him while no one else is in the room.

Want to learn proper shaving technique but afraid to ask? Finally, a couple of books which teach you how to shave.
Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable - $11.95
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving by Anders Larsen - £6.50

Nothing beats a little fun in the tub or a soft foam book. Teach your little squirt how to shave like his papa.
Shaving in the Tub from Alex Toys - $6.79
My Shaving Kit foam book from Innovative Kids - $3.32.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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November 9, 2007

Shave My Yeti (.com)

It's Friday. It's been a long week. I'm tired of being at the office. Entertain me.

Here's a cute little viral site from Polartec called What's the objective? To shave the yeti. So shave that yeti! And when you're done shaving the yeti, give that yeti a nice Polartec fleece outfit and watch him have some fun.

Oh yeah, and buy some Polartec stuff.

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November 8, 2007

Review of the Braun Pulsonic - Cleaning

pulsonicSmall.jpgOK, so you've shaved with the Braun Pulsonic, and now you're ready to put it back into its base station. Stop and notice one thing. There aren't a ton of beard trimming all over your sink (or all over your shirt, as used to happen to me). That's because most of the trimmings end up inside the Pulsonic. Very cool engineering, but it means you need to clean the Pulsonic after each shave. That's what that gigantic base station is for.

Cleaning Cycles
When you put the Pulsonic back in its charging station, the LEDs on the front cycle around like between four options like some Vegas game. Where will the bouncing ball land? You've won an "eco" clean! Nice! That means my razor isn't that dirty and doesn't need to go through the full cleaning cycle. Yay! I'm a winner! The Pulsonic figures out which cleaning level is needed. I apparently have had some pretty clean shaves, cause I've only ever needed the "eco" clean. Hey, what can I say. I'm eco-friendly.

Two Models
The Braun Pulsonic comes in two models - the 9595 and the 9585. They are virtually identical with the one main difference that the 9585 does not have the fast cleaning ability of the 9595. The 9585 has one big white "clean" button on the front of the base. The 9595 has the big white "clean" button and a smaller blue "fast clean" button carved out of the white one. Quite frankly I haven't timed these to see how much faster "fast" is. I'm lazy. I just put the razor in the base station when I'm done and let it do it's thing. Which one is right for you? I don't know. They're about $30 difference. You won't make a wrong choice.

Cleaning Solution
So here's the one drawback to the Pulsonic - you're going to need to buy cleaning solution. Currently a 3-pack refill of Braun CCR3 Syncro Shaver System Clean will run you $12.99 on Amazon. Not a huge deal, but definitely a recurring cost. That said, you can trail-blaze your own path and rinse the razor out yourself. The instruction book for the Pulsonic tells you that you can run the razor head under a running faucet to clean it out. Good tip when you're traveling and TSA stops you from bringing your cleaning solution on the plane.
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November 7, 2007

Review of the Braun Pulsonic - Mechanics

pulsonicSmall.jpgSo what's so special about the new Braun Pulsonic?

Braun Pulsonic is a breakthrough new shaving system and a revolution in shaving technology. It is the world’s first shaver powered by an innovative sonic technology that delivers more than 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute from the shaver head to help expose and shave more hairs with every stroke. The design combines ergonomics and aesthetic appeal and is engineered to deliver Braun’s closest, most comfortable shave ever.

10,000 micro-vibrations per minute. Does that really make a difference? I have no idea. But if you read the review from yesterday, you'll know I think the shave is great. So the vibrations must help. Or maybe their don't and it's just a marketing gimmick. Who cares? Well, actually vibrations definitely help the Gillette Mach3 and Fusion. I wonder what else vibrations could help with? World peace?

OK, let's talk about some of the other features of the Pulsonic. The pivoting head works really well. Pretty much no matter what angle you hold the razor, the head pivots so that the foils are flat against your face. I was actually really impressed at how well this works. And, if for some reason you don't like the way the shaver is pivoting, you can lock it into place.

Definitely another strong point of the Pulsonic. The trimmer juts out from the razor by pushing the flap above the power button up. It's more sturdy than it looks. And it works great. Easy to level out my sideburns.

Tomorrow we'll check out the self-cleaning system in the Braun Pulsonic.

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November 6, 2007

Review of the Braun Pulsonic - Shaving

We're going to spend a few days reviewing the Braun Pulsonic. For those who are interested in skipping to the end, this shaver rocks. Get one.

The Pulsonic feels good in your hand. It's got a nice heft and feels sturdy. When it's on it's not too loud, although don't expect your roommate to sleep through your shave.

It's the first electric razor I've used which doesn't get hot after a couple minutes of use. In the past that's been one of my biggest frustrations with electric razors. Razor gets hot, skin starts to sweat, razor gets tripped up on face, bad shave ensues. Not sure how the engineers at Braun overcame this, but I'm glad they did. The Pulsonic stays at an even temperature. Cool.

The Shave
Shaving with the Pulsonic was a series of opposites. Braun recommends you shave before you shower or wash your face, while you still have a little protective barrier of oil on your skin. A big no-no with regular shaving, this worked well with the Pulsonic. They also recommend you shave against the grain. Again, not recommended for regular shaving. For electric shaving, works great.

It took me three or four shaves with the Pulsonic before I got really comfortable with it. There's a lot more tugging of skin to make flat surfaces than in regular cartridge shaving. That said, by the third or fourth shave I was getting as close a shave as I would get with a regular razor.

Shaving above the jawline was a breeze from the get go. Shaving below the jawline took the few times to get right. I'm not faulting the Pulsonic here too much. Shaving the neck has always been the weak part of electric razors from my perspective. The hairs tend to grow sideways or not have a uniform direction, which means you end up going over the same spot multiple times. That said after a couple of uses I was able reduce the number of passes over my neck and still get a good shave. Don't give up. This is the area that needs the most practice.

Tomorrow we'll go over some of the mechanics of the razor.

The Braun Pulsonic is available in models from $208 to $235

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November 5, 2007

This Just In - Mensgroom

mensgroom.gifJust got a boatload of products in from Mensgroom, men's grooming products with no BS. Take their shaving cream - Shave the Males:

Used to be shaving ranked up there with traffic and listening to your whiny coworkers for biggest irritation of the day. You can take it off the list now with this super-smooth shave cream. Formulated with Menthol, Mannetake Mushroom, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Playing with razors just became fun again.

Shaving usually sucks. Now it sucks a lot less.

And when you're done shaving, Soothe the Shaven Beast with Mensgroom's after-shave:

Contrary to what those annoying spandex-clad health freaks say, you don’t need to feel the burn. At least not on your face. This after-shave will cool, soothe and stimulate you with a mixture of Birch Sap, Mannetake Mushroom and Menthol. And unlike most oil-tanker captains, it’s alcohol free.

The biting wit extends over to their Ask Washroom Guy Q&A area:

Why doesn’t the Shave Cream foam up?
You want to know why? Because it’s not supposed to, that’s why. Because its Mushroom Extract and Aloe Vera, meant to calm and moisturise your skin for a smoother shave, will never, ever foam. Ever. Now leave us alone.

Awesome. Love it. We're going to enjoy trying out their products. In the meantime, click on over to the Mensgroom site and have a chuckle. Check out their complete line of men's grooming products for face, hair, and body.

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November 2, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Robert Goulet

This week's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is Robert Goulet. Who is Robert Goulet? I have no idea. So I went to, where I learned that he's an actor/entertainer. Apparently he sang a song too - "Atlantic City (My Old Friend)". Never heard of it. I wonder if it's on iTunes.

Wait! I know this guy. Wasn't he on Benson?

Anyway, I know it's wrong to speak ill of the dead, but just look at that mustache. That dates you. I wouldn't be caught dead in a mustache like that. Oh. Sorry. Dead.

Well anyway. Post-humous congrats on being chosen for Celebrity Facial Hair Friday. A big honor in your career, I presume.

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November 1, 2007

The Year of Living Biblically

yolb_before_after.jpgWhat happens when one non-religious Jew decides to live by every rule in the Bible for a year? Why, hilarity ensures, of course! Sounds like the premise of a new reality show, but actually it's the new book by A. J. Jacobs entitled The Year of Living Biblically.

The Year of Living Biblically answers the question: What if a modern-day American followed every single rule in the Bible as literally as possible. Not just the famous rules – the Ten Commandments and Love Thy Neighbor (though certainly those). But the hundreds of oft-ignored ones: don’t wear clothes of mixed fibers. Grow your beard. Stone adulterers.

Grow your beard? Does it really say that in the Bible? According to Jacobs, um, I mean the Bible, it does!

You shall not trim the corners of your beard (Leviticus 19:27)
My rabbinical beard became wildly uncomfortable, plus I was subjected to every beard joke in the history of facial hair, with about 412 ZZ Top references.

The "corners of your beard"? I wonder what that means. Are we all supposed to have mutton chops?

Read more of the wacky biblical rules here. And then get the book! The Year of Living Biblically is available in hard-cover now for only $14.99.

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