February 27, 2009

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Mickey Rourke

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Mickey Rourke, 56, came back from near obscurity to a near-Oscar award, but ended up without the coveted Best Actor award, thanks to "Milk" star Sean Penn.

His outfit and facial hair definitely turns heads, but leaves us wondering, "Just what the heck do you call that? A sorta goatee? A kinda Van Dyke? A 'stache and patch?

The star of "The Wrestler" is probably best known for his role in "9 1/2 Weeks", though he's got over 60 movies to his credit. John Wilson, organizer of the Razzie Awards, which honor the worst films in Hollywood, said Mickey Rourke is "the likeliest one to go back to where he disappeared to."

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February 26, 2009

St. Baldrick's: Brave a Shave and Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Research

"In 1999, Tim Kenny challenged friends, John Bender and Enda McDonnell to find a way to give back to society. These three reinsurance executives turned their industry's St. Patrick's Day party into a benefit for kids with cancer. What could they do to really turn the heads - and the wallets - of their colleagues?

John suggested shaving Enda's head since kids typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. "People will gladly pay to see you bald, Enda!" Never one to miss an opportunity, Enda replied, "I will if you will," and St. Baldrick's was born.

The three planned to raise "$17,000 on the 17th," recruiting 17 colleagues to raise $1,000 each to be shorn. Instead, the first St. Baldrick's event, held on March 17, 2000, raised over $104,000!

St. Baldrick's is now the world's biggest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer! In the nine years since its inception, events have been held in 18 countries and 48 states, shaving more than 72,000 heads, and raising over $50 million toward research for a cure for childhood cancer.

To find an event near you, and to sign up as a shaver or a shavee, see the St. Baldrick's site.

Go ahead. Brave a shave. It's for a great cause.

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February 25, 2009

Leg Shaving Advice For Cyclists

leg shaving cyclistsI love my bike. I ride it every day, and I take great pleasure from spinning down the road. I'm not a roadie, nor a mountain biker. I'm a bike commuter riding an old Trek road bike converted to a singlespeed.

When I found this amusing article on BikeRadar, I thought it was worth sharing:

As a cycling aficionado, you no are no doubt anxious to demonstrate your commitment to the sport, even when you are not on the bike.

"But how," I hear you ask, "can I show my absolute dedication to the cycling lifestyle, hopefully to the extent that my family, friends, and coworkers will begin to cast sidelong glances at me and eventually take me aside and tell me they're worried about the direction my life seems to be heading?"

The answer, it seems, is shaving your legs. Every other day.

"By shaving your legs, you are stating, unequivocally, that you are willing to spend an extra five minutes every other day with a razor, just so you can look like other cyclists."

And why would you need to shave your legs if you're a die-hard biker? You're just going to have to go read the whole article. It's a gas.

Leg Shaving Advice For Cyclists

Image: tandemracer at Flickr under CC License

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February 24, 2009

Old Post Road Oils: Eco-Friendly Shaving Lubricant

no_4_cart.jpgI recently received a bottle of Old Post Road Oils No. 4 Shaving Soap for Men, and I was a bit skeptical at first. It didn't look like any shaving cream or oil that I had ever used before. It smelled pretty good, but until I put razor to face, I wasn't going to be able to judge it.

Before I give you my opinion, here's what their website had to say about No. 4:

"We created No. 4 Shaving Soap because we believe shaving foam has become obsolete. Natural soap provides the best lubrication for shaving. But not just any natural soap; it has to be extraordinarily mild.

The slightest bit of harshness will burn a face. And natural soaps today don't pass muster. That's why we developed No. 4 specifically for shaving. We threw out all the conventional wisdom and blended a natural soap that gives the fullness of lubrication without any of the harshness.

It took some effort, but the results are phenomenal. We're fully confident you'll agree. In fact, we believe No. 4 is the finest shaving lubrication in the world. We've improved well beyond what foam and "gels" can do. Our containers are recyclable and use pumps. And the cost per shave is less than half a penny's difference compared to foam."

Hey, I think any time we can use less resources and get the same results is great. So I diligently followed the instructions (not your usual shaving cream method) and broke out the razor (lately I've been using the Preserve Triple).

It sure didn't feel the same on my skin as say, Cremo, and it took a little getting used to. But by the time I was done, I was happy with the results. It smelled light and fresh (sandalwood, pine, and bergamot), and if I needed to go over a section, I just wet it again, and I could shave without adding more.

I can see how No. 4 would end up costing you about the same as your usual cream (unless you go for the cheap stuff - which you don't, do you?), and the pump container is reusable.

If you're looking for something a little different, something milder and eco-friendly, check out No. 4. It sells for about 8 bucks over at Old Post Road Oils.

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February 23, 2009

Manscaping Monday: What Do the Ladies Think?

Did you get the manscaping memo? It seems that keeping the ears, nails, and body cleaned, the hair trimmed, and the toilet seat down is not enough anymore. Now it might take a trip to the salon or an hour or two with the razor cleaning up the man parts, chest, and back to really be hip.

If you're into it, and ready to take the manscaping challenge, one of the highest rated tools is the Philips BodyGroom. The BodyGroom works wet or dry, so you can smooth your stuff in the shower if you like, and the razor rinses clean for easy maintenance.

Trim and shave all of your body zones safely and comfortably with the Philips Norelco Professional BodyGrooming System. This five-piece all-over system provides a perfect trim and smooth shave, even in extra-sensitive body zones. Rechargeable and cordless, this efficient system also comes with uniquely designed attachments, including an Extra Sensitive (XS) trimming comb, Extra Large (XL) trimming comb, trimming attachment, shaving attachment, and a store-and-charge stand.
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February 22, 2009

Free UPS Ground Shipping at Anthony For the Next 7 Days

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Get free UPS Ground shipping for the next week at Anthony: Logistics for Men with the coupon code "DISCO"!

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February 20, 2009

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Mel Gibson: Swashbuckler Style or Colonel Sanders?

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When I first saw the pictures of Mel Gibson's new 'do, I thought to myself, "That can't be real." Who wears a mustache and goatee these days? Evidently he thinks it's stylish enough. Perhaps he's growing it out for a new film. Maybe he's just too cool to care.

How many other men could pull this off? I mean without having everyone around you cracking up.

What do you think? Is Mel on the cutting edge of facial hair with this Three Musketeers styling? If you want to check out the style without committing, grab yourself a fake and give it a trial run...

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February 19, 2009

The American Mustache Institute Wants to Move the Super Bowl to Saturday

"Having its finger on the pulse of Americans unlike any other organization or person in the United States, the American Mustache Insitute has petitioned the National Football League to move the Super Bowl from its traditional perch on Sundays to a more sensible Saturday date."

The American Mustache Institute:

"Protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care, and culture of the mustache."

Are you a member? Even if you don't sport a 'stache, visit AMI just for the theme song!

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February 18, 2009

25% Off Gillette Two-fers and a Philips Bodygroom Deal

Fusion_Phenom500.jpgIf you're a fan of Gillette razors, right now you can get 25% off two or more eligible razors or cartridges, plus free shipping with orders over $25. Just enter the coupon code "FEB9GILL"

The Gillette Mach3 Turbo Refill Cartridges, 8-packs, are available for $28.48 for two packs, after the discount.

Try the Gillette Fusion Power Phenom Razor, a five blade razor with a technological twist:

Living inside the handle is the onboard microchip, which creates an entirely new platform of technology that improves the system's performance and brings electronics to wet shaving for the first time.

Two of the Fusion razors come to $16.48 after the discount. The Gillette deals are good through February 28.

Ready for some manscaping?

From Philips Norelco comes the BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver, now for only $35, with free shipping. bodygroom200.jpg

The Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver is the All-in-One grooming solution, exclusively for men that safely trims and shaves all body zones. With the Bodygroom, men can trim and shave hair from their chest & abs, underarms, groin area, legs, back and shoulders. Bodygroom features the very latest technology and ergonomic design to offer a convenient, easy and pain-free way to remove and trim body hair. Bodygroom's advanced design allows for it to be used wet or dry and even in the shower. Its hypoallergenic foil protects even the most sensitive skin against nicks, cuts or irritation, and its stainless-steel blades ensure long-lasting performance.

If you really want to get the full set-up, add the MANGROOMER Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver and the Panasonic ER421KC Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer to your order of the Bodygroom, and save almost $20.

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February 17, 2009

Get That Beard Registered!

beard200.jpgIf you wear a face full of whiskers and are proud of it, head over to the National Beard Registry! Check out the photos of over 1500 different beards, searchable by city, state, country, length, type, or color, and if you're so inclined, add yours to the gallery.

From the National Beard Registry Credo:

All beards are beautiful and worthy of registration. But the majestic and magnificent full and aged beard is the ultimate quest of The National Beard Registry. Like a fingerprint, a year or more of full growth on a man's face produces a one-of-a-kind appearance that defies trend, pop culture, and media driven conformity. It is a very natural and beautiful symbol of individualism, and honors the self-expressed manhood within each man.

They've also got T-shirts and bumper stickers to show off your bearded pride, and if you need more proof, you can even get a 'Certificate of Registry' complete with your picture on it.

The National Beard Registry. Who would have thought there was such a thing?

[Image: spookyamd at Flickr]

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February 16, 2009

10% Off Everything at Details for Men

detailslogo.jpgDetails for Men is giving you 10% off of everything on their site, and with free shipping for orders over $75 and free samples to boot, you can't go wrong!

If you're looking for a shaving cream with a more natural formulation, Korres Men's Absinthe Shave Cream is made with Absinthe extract, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Active Aloe, and Provitamin B5:

As a brushless, non-foaming preparation, Absinthe shave cream is formulated at a milder PH to prevent skin roughness. Absinthe extract, rich in essential oils and flavonoids, promotes this shaving preparation to a harmless addiction status! Mineral oil free, Silicone free, Propylene glycol free and enriched with active plant extracts.


My new favorite shaving cream is Cremo Cream, a concentrated, smooth-shaving cream with a citrus scent that won't break the bank. A tiny bit goes a long way, and it's a great product that's made in the US. Give it a try.

merkur1904.jpgMaybe you're in the market for a safety razor? The Merkur 1904 Classic Safety Razor is a replica of the original Gillette safety razor, made in Solingen, Germany, and is a superb example of classic German craftsmanship.

If you aren't sure which blades you like for your safety razor, Details for Men has Double Edge Razor Blade Sample Packs that will let you get a feel for which one works best for you.

To get 10% off of everything at Details, just enter the coupon code "Details10" at checkout, and be sure to ask for some free samples while you're at it.

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February 13, 2009

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday: George Parros

p1_parros.jpg The Anaheim Ducks right wing George Parros wears one of the most famous mustaches on the ice right now, and seeing as he just signed a 3-year, $2.6 million extension with the team, chances are we'll be seeing a lot more of that 'duster'.

His whiskers are so popular, the Ducks team store sells fake mustaches in honor of him, donating the proceeds to charity. Recently seen sporting the 'stache have been Snoop Dog and actor Michael Rosenbaum, and Parros had this to say about his personal style:

"It's very robust and manly."

I have to agree with that.

When asked about his grooming regimen, he didn't offer up much in the way of grooming tips, simply saying, "I trim it every couple weeks. That's about it. Mine grows pretty wild."

Parros also grows his hair out until it's long enough to cut and donate to "Locks of Love", which donates wigs to children who have lost their hair due to medical conditions or treatments.

You gotta wonder if there's a need for a "Mustaches of Love" program...

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February 12, 2009

Happy 200th Birthday to Our First Bearded President!

lincoln450.jpgToday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the US, and in honor of this historic moment, here's a few tidbits of Lincoln lore:

  • Abe was the first president to wear a beard, which he began growing after his election in 1860.
  • Mr Lincoln was also the first president to be born outside the original 13 states.
  • He was the only president to hold a patent: a "device to buoy vessels over shoals" which was never pursued commercially.
  • President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery, is one of the most quoted speeches in US history, yet the exact wording of the speech is disputed. There are five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address, and they all differ in some ways, and even contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech do not agree exactly.
  • We have Abraham Lincoln to thank for setting the last Thursday in November as the day for Thanksgiving back in 1863.
  • Lincoln was the first president to use his war powers to suspend civil liberties in the US with his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War.
In other Lincoln related news, faculty and staff at Hampshire Elementary School have been growing out their beards in tribute to Honest Abe, and plan to conclude their hairy history lesson at an assembly on Feb. 23, when they will pose for photos, then shave the beards during the assembly.

Image: chadh at Flickr under Creative Commons License

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February 11, 2009

Preserve Razor Triple: Recycled and Recyclable

Triple_side.jpgIf you shave with a cartridge razor, consider switching to the Preserve Razor Triple as a nod to the 'green' movement. Recycline makes the handles from 100% recycled plastics, including at least 65% recycled Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups, and provides a postage-paid label to mail in your worn-out or broken handle to be recycled. The recycled handles get a second life as plastic lumber for park benches, decks, etc.

"An innovation in shaving, the Preserve® Triple Razor provides an eco-friendly shaving option that doesn't sacrifice performance. With our titanium-coated blades and lubrication strip for comfort, Preserve's Triple Razor delivers a clean, close shave for both men and women. Available in four vivid colors, the ergonomic handle exhibits contours and gripping regions that enhance performance and control."

"Gripping regions that enhance performance..." Hmmm... I can't vouch for that, but I did shave with the Preserve Triple last week, and for a cartridge razor, I thought it was good. It was comfortable and the triple blade gave me a close shave, and knowing that I could send it back to be recycled again was a plus for me.

I used Cremo Shave Cream to shave with it, and I was impressed by the richness of the cream enough to want to keep using it. It's super concentrated, so I was able to shave my whole face (3 days of stubble) with just a dab the size of a quarter. It also has a great manly scent - I highly recommend it.

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February 10, 2009

From Soul Patch to Chin Strip, a Little Goes a Long Way

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Have you noticed the resurgence in tiny beards? There are soul patches and chin strips and goatees everywhere. What's the appeal?

Olympic skater Apolo Anton Ohno had an article written about his choice of facial hair on ESPN.com, and the author had this to say about the soul patch:

"The soul patch is the "I meant to do that" of facial hair. Unlike a Grizzly Adams/Ted Kaczynski full-on beard, the soul patch doesn't require a lot of scratching or checking for ticks. And unlike geometrically correct goatees, it doesn't say, "I'm on Satan's team." Instead, a soul patch says things like, "I'm cool" or "I'm a little rebellious" or "I'm sensitive" or "I'm a little hung up on myself" or "I can grow hair right there on that spot right below my lip, and some of my friends can't."

I have to confess that I wore either a goatee or a full beard for many years, but never considered a 'flavor saver' until last year. I started letting a little stubble collect under my lip until it became noticeable, and now my soul patch has morphed into a full-on chin strip. It really does say "I'm cool" (or maybe it just says "I'm hung up on myself") when I look in the mirror.

Whatever it says, having a little bit of facial hair growing in the midst of a clean shaved face definitely adds a touch of variety. It's not just for the hipsters anymore...

What about you? Got a soul patch, goatee, or chin strip? Why do you wear one?

Image: Doug88888 at Flickr under Creative Commons License

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February 9, 2009

Manscaping Monday: Valentine's Day Deals

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Ladies, this Valentine's Day, get your man the tools they need to keep that manscape under control. Bachelors, go ahead and treat yourself to some new gear this year. You're worth it.

From the face to the back, from nose to ear, the removal of unwanted hair is serious business. The market is full of shaving devices, some tame, some lame, and some that'll make you blush. If it grows hair, someone will invent a way to remove it.

Right now there are some deals to help you save a buck while keeping the manscape well groomed.

First, from now until February 28, get the Andis Professional 04710 T-Outliner Personal Trimmer, normally $56, for only $36 (plus free shipping) by entering coupon code ANDSFEB9. That's almost half off, and probably the lowest price you'll see for a while on that. The Andis is ideal for trimming necks, beards, mustaches, and edging around ears.

Next, the Panasonic Sonic-2 Men's Pro-Curve Wet / Dry Shaver is only $19.99 at Newegg.com with free shipping. No coupons or rebates necessary, just a good razor at a great price.

Over at urth, get free shipping on orders over $50 through February 12 with the coupon code "love" at checkout. Recommended: Man's Best Friend Kit, with Face Wash, Shave Formula, Face Balm SPF 15, and Face Scrub, for a superb grooming experience.

For neck and upper back grooming, the Swerve Neck Razor is the ticket. Get $1 off each single or triple pack of Swerve with the coupon code REFERNOW.

Get a free MANGROOMER Essential Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer with the purchase of the Private Body Shaver. Just add both to your cart and then enter coupon code MNGRMFB9 at checkout. That's a $15 value.

Meritline.com has a 10-in-1 Stainless Steel Manicure Kit for $8.49 (and free shipping) with the coupon code "M24803615POFF", until February 20th. It contains two nail clippers, tweezers, scissors, nail file, cuticle pusher, and more, in a leather case.

And finally, for the newbie old-school shaver, try Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream for a 'stimulating' and moisturizing lather that contains 'herbal aromatics' to soothe your skin. No deals right now on this, but put it on your wish and watch lists if you can't flip for the $18 today.

Image: Elaron at Flickr under Creative Commons License

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February 6, 2009

Sam Elliott: Best Cowboy Moustache Ever

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I've never grown a moustache. If I ever did, it would have to be a classic cowboy moustache like Sam Elliott's. Of course, I don't have the deep voice or the 10 gallon hat that he's got, but I sometimes wonder if I could have the soup-strainer moustache without cracking myself up in the mirror.

I've worn a goatee for years, and I spent lots of time trimming it to keep it out of my mouth and out of my food. I don't know how he does it.

Does he have a personal moustache attendant? Electric trimmer or scissors?

Moustache comb or brush?

Does he use moustache wax?

I really think we need to know these kind of things. I wonder if he reads Shaving Stuff? How can we get some answers from him? Anybody know his agent?

Well, even if you don't have the time or the patience to grow a cowboy moustache, you can always pick up the 'Man Moustache' and keep it in your glove compartment for the days when you need a little something extra.

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February 5, 2009

2009 NYC Beard & Moustache Championships

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I'm starting to see a lot more men growing some kind of facial hair, from goatees to soul patches and trimmed beards. Some guys really do it up. I've never gotten very fancy with my style, so I can't imagine entering a contest, but if you have a killer beard, maybe an awesome moustache or sweet soul patch that really stands out, you ought to sign up for the 2009 NYCBMC and show off your stuff.

The event will be held at the Public Assembly (70 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY) on March 14, 2009 at 8 pm. The categories are Full Beard Natural and Freestyle, Patchy Beard, Sideburns, Goatee, Moustache, and Ladies Artificial (yes, you read that correctly).

You don't necessarily have to go to New York to participate. You can enter to win a 'Beard Prize Pack': make a video about your facial hair and what makes it unique for a YouTube video contest. Tag your videos with 2009 NYCBMC (plus your name), upload them, and send the link to info@nycbmc. While certainly not as exciting as attending the event in person, the video contest is sure to have a ton of creative entries.

For the full details, check the NYCBMC website.

Image: Orange_Beard at Flickr under Creative Commons

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February 4, 2009

Who's the New Guy?

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My name is Derek Markham, and I'm excited to be a part of Shaving Stuff and BlogPire. I want to take a minute to introduce myself and give you a little background information about me. I live with my wife and two daughters (and a baby on the way) in Fort Collins, Colorado, and I'm currently employed as the manager of a small grocery store. I enjoy writing for blogs and news sites, and I like riding my singlespeed bicycles, bouldering, cooking, baking sourdough bread, and strong coffee.

I remember being a young kid, feeling my chin every day, just waiting for the time when I could start shaving. I watched my dad shave and envied his brush and bowl and blade, but when it came time for me to start, I went for disposable blades and some foam from a can...

Over the years, I've worn a beard for long periods, both full and trimmed, a goatee for many years, then clean-shaven for the last few. My current style is moving from a soul patch to a chin strip each time I shave. My weapon of choice is a trimmer (not the T980 Turbo Vacuum Trimmer, unfortunately) and I always end up with whiskers all over the sink. I tend to go for the stubbly look most of the winter.

I keep imagining that I'll learn how to shave like my grandpa, with a straight razor, and I've got my eye on either the Dovo razor or the Fromm.

I hope to keep you informed about the latest and greatest in shaving, and if you'd like to get in touch with any feedback or comments, drop me a line at derek at shavingstuff dot com.

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February 2, 2009

January 2009 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

ground-hog-day.jpgHappy Ground Hog Day! Will spring be warming us soon, or will winter continue testing our mettle? So much rests on a little furry rodent with questionable eyesight. Let's review January before finding out our destiny.

Reviews
This past month we reviewed Cremo Cream Shaving Cream, which despite it's low price ranked up there among the best shaving creams we've used. Read the full review and then give it a try. We also shaved with the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer, which is the first Schick razor we think is on par with the Gillette Fusion. Two great products this month.

Old School Shaving
Couple of posts on old school shaving. Straight Razor Place is an active community for all you shavers keeping it real. None of this cartridge crap. You need a sharp piece of steel to get in. And where might you find such a thing? Details For Men has just what you need.

Next Up
Behold the power of physics. We've been using the Razor Mate for a while now, which purports to restore your razors with magnets. Our review is coming soon. In the meantime you can check out the dkMommy Spot review of the Razor Mate and add your two cents. We also are shaving with John Allan's Pre-Shave Slickwater, the latest addition to their shaving line.

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