Can A Home Be Too Clean?

No amount of cleaning can really get rid of all the dirt and germs that stays at your home. No matter how many times you clean, there will always be new germs that will be coming from outside your home or from your pets who loves to go outside. The idea of a clean and disinfected house is far from being true.

Is my house “Too clean”?

In all honesty, no amount of cleaning can really get rid of all the germs and dirt that is dormant at your home. They move as fast as you clean. New germs and dirt appear because air goes in and out of your home and people and pets brings it along with them when they go out. Contaminated foods and stacked items are good areas to pool germs. The idea of having a house that is “too clean” is wrong and even impossible.

Health Benefits of a clean home

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Wanting a clean home is not a bad dream. It is not only good for you but also for your family as well. A study at Indiana University found out that people who has cleaner homes has increase physical activity making them physically fit.

Also, a clean home lowers the stress and fatigue that a person is feeling. A messy home may be a subconscious reminder of a work that needs to be finished while a clean home makes you feel even more organized.

Less dirt and germs reduce the risk of having allergic reactions and asthmatic attack. Dirt that has been stagnant for a long time and inhaled by a person can trigger allergic reactions. 

Importance of Good hygiene

Good hygiene is critical in stopping the spread of diseases-causing germs, bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus, common colds and flu, and even tummy bugs like salmonella and E.coli.

Good personal hygiene not only keeps all parts of the body clean, but it is also plays a role in maintaining our health including our physical and mental health. Poverty and lack of access to clean water are only a few of other factors that can affect a person’s personal hygiene.

5 Simple steps of effective handwashing

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular washing of hands at certain times to avoid spread of infectious diseases:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating meals
  • Before and after looking after anyone who is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a wound or cut
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning your child
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching any form of garbage or dirty surfaces/objects
  • After handling pets or pet-related items such as food and feeding bowl

The CDC outline 5 simple steps that everyone should follow to have an effective handwashing:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water then turn the tap off and apply soap.
  2. Lather the hands by rubbing them together with the soap, remember to reach the backs of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails.
  3. Scrub the hands continuously for at least 20 seconds (sing your “happy birthday” song twice).
  4. Rinse the hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Does exposure to germs strengthen our immune system?

The immune system

Childhood exposure to germs was though to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma. Until now, there were various researches that tried to identify the mechanism behind this. Some studies show that early life exposure to microbes can help fight infection in the body but might also trigger a range of disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease.

According to hygiene hypothesis, people who grew up in a clean environment with proper sanitation lack normal exposure to microbes, pollen and other germs in the environment. It was said that this have a negative effect in the development of their immune system, which makes them have a higher risk of acquiring diseases unlike those who have been exposed to dirt at an early age.

With the advent of numerous antibacterial and antimicrobial soap readily available in the market, many people developed a fear of germs which has been pushed too far and might be causing us more harm than cure.

This is Sad – A Loyal Dog Waits For His FamilyTo Return

A dog named Boo was left behind with the trash when his family moved out, but the loyal dog stayed right by their belongings, waiting for them to return.

A heartbreaking photo of Boo lying on a discarded mattress on a Detroit sidewalk, captured the attention of animal lover Liz Marie, who shared the image of Boo on Facebook, and it quickly went viral.

“This picture absolutely breaks my heart, I am literally in tears. Meet Boo, this beautiful boy was left behind with the trash and belongings when the family moved out. He stayed right by their stuff and never left it, confused and lonely,” she wrote.

Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue, a foster-based animal rescue, came to save Boo. They had been notified by a neighbor that Boo needed help and Mike Diesel answered the call. At first, Boo didn’t want to budge.

Mike said that he tried for 11 hours to try and catch Boo, but the dog did not let him get close.

Mike came back the next morning and this time he succeeded by coaxing Boo with Sausage McMuffins and other goodies!

Once Mike got Boo in the car, the two drove to Groesbeck Animal Hospital right away and unfortunately Boo tested heartworm positive.

Boo is currently not up for adoption, as he will first go to a foster home while he undergoes treatment for heartworms.

In the meantime, Mike has been visiting Boo at the hospital and giving him some love and attention and to say ‘hello’ and see how he’s doing.

Check out the whole article with images and video from the source link below.

Source: www.reshareworthy.com/loyal-dog-boo-lies-on-mattress/
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Video: Expectant Mother’s Water Breaks On Her Wedding Day!

Deborah and Shane of Independence, Oregon have had a lot to celebrate. On March 28, 2016, the couple had planned to get married at the local courthouse. They were also expecting their first child together, but Deborah wasn’t due to give birth to their baby girl for another month after their wedding date.

Video Url: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSnyBsEYCg4

But sometimes, as we all know, life can take unexpected twists and turns. At 4 a.m. on her wedding day, Deborah woke up and realized her water broke! It was a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, Deborah and Shane were sad about missing out on their wedding. On the other, they were thrilled about their new arrival.

The couple went to the Salem Health Family Birth Center in Salem, Oregon, where doctors discovered that Deborah was not yet in labor. They did, however, learn that Deborah was supposed to get married that day. Instead of letting the big day fall to the wayside, the nursing team banded together and asked Deborah and Shane if they wanted to go ahead and get married. The only catch? The couple would have to forgo their original plans and get hitched right there in the hospital room. They said yes.

Just wait until you see the way in which this nursing team pulled off the impromptu ceremony. Watching Deborah and Shane say their vows from her hospital room was enough to bring tears to my eyes.

Source: www.littlethings.com/water-break-wedding/
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Video: Guy Afraid To Lose His Head – Effect Of Post Dentist Drug

Bart just arrived home from a long day at the dentist, and the pain medication still hasn’t worn off. As we’ve seen before, these drugs can be extremely strong and result in some off-the-cuff moments of anesthesia-induced hilarity and goofiness. Bart may look like a rough-and-tumble dude — but as you’re about to see, he’s really just a big ‘ol softie in need of some TLC.

As he tries to calm himself down in bed, Bart’s wife enters the room to make sure he still has his beloved roll of tape to comfort him. She pulls back the covers, and there it is…

…Why tape? Because if his head falls off, he’ll need the tape to put it back on. Obviously. LOL!

She is just so sweet and understanding, despite the silliness of it all. I don’t know how she was able to comfort Bart like this without completely cracking up! “Those must’ve been some drugs to go on a trip like this,” she writes on YouTube. “Thankfully he had his tape.”

Source: www.littlethings.com/husband-needs-tape-v3/
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Amazing DayBed Made Of Grass

Just because you have a bare outdoor space in your yard doesn’t mean you can’t be one with nature and enjoy the luxury of a lawn.

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In this video, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, Jason Hodges transforms a barren concrete courtyard into a comfy, vibrant day bed out of grass — and it’s perfect for a backyard picnic or an afternoon nap. What a cool, creative idea!

First, Jason constructs the base of a futon and dresses it with a headboard. Then comes the top frame in which the grass and soot will sit. And to top it off, Jason finishes the wood with a charcoal stain for a sleek and elegant look.

Jason then fills his raised garden with soft leaf buffalo turf, a type of grass that’s easy to look after and nice and soft to the touch. And all you really need to maintain the grass daybed? A good pair of sheers and a watering can.

“It’s fine that it looks good, but the most important thing is how does it feel?” Jason says. “I’m pleased to report it’s a 10 out of 10.”

Source: www.littlethings.com/grass-day-bed-v1/
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Making A Bed Is An Art Form

To duvet or not to duvet, that is the question. We tend to be very opinionated over the “correct” way to make a bed, and old habits tend to stick. House & Garden Features Assistant Elizabeth Metcalfe shares how interiors experts make up the most dreamy beds – from pillow configuration to thread count – it’s time to go to the mattresses!

RITA KONIG
HOUSE & GARDEN COLUMNIST AND INTERIOR DESIGNER

I love silk duvets; they are lovely to sleep in once you get used to how light they are. They make up like blankets so you can achieve that lovely old-fashioned bed look without the bother of three blankets. Gingerlily make beautiful ones. I have a feather topper on the bed, which is from Soak & Sleep. Soak & Sleep also do great duvets.

I always like to have at least two pillows. It’s nice to have a square one because it’s nice to sit up in bed with a big pillow behind you. The square pillow can be slightly firmer than others, but the standard pillow that you sleep on should be the best you can afford. I think that Siberian goose down is the best.

The square pillows are in ‘Violettes Pink’ pillowcases from Porthault, which I absolutely love. They have an incredible sale twice a year at the Porthault in New York and I always try and stock up. The pillows at the back with the pretty pink undulating edge are also from Porthault, but the Monogrammed Linen Shop on Walton Street, London also does similar ones. The other sheets on the bed are an amazingly soft percale with very fine embroidery.

NINA CAMPBELL
INTERIOR DESIGNER

I like to sleep on a relatively hard mattress, with a silk filled mattress topper from Gingerlily on top. It feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud, and you sink into it but are still held. I know you don’t see it, but it is the comfort that counts.

I used to really dislike duvets and was the eiderdown and blankets sort. But they are now light as a feather. So many people don’t know about hospital corners, and fitted sheets are a good, safe option. They keep everything in place. There is nothing nicer than pure high thread count cotton. I like white linen, but it can be nice to have a little coloured embroidery, which ties in with the palette of the room. I love the ‘Spring’ range from the Monogrammed Linen Shop.

I like to put a lavender bag on top of the pillows when guests stay. It encourages sleep and is soothing.

EMMA BURNS
INTERIOR DESIGNER AT SIBYL COLEFAX & JOHN FOWLER

When it comes to mattresses, buy the best you can possibly afford. A firm mattress, with a feather bed topper works well.

I’m a sheets and blankets person. I really hate duvets and think you should only use them on bunkbeds when you cannot possibly make the bed up with sheets and blankets. A nice cashmere blanket is lovely; Simon Playle sells blankets by French manufacturer Brun de Vian-Tiran, which are super luxurious.

For sheets, I like white linen, but occasionally coloured can work well. For crisp organic cotton percale sheets, I like Gayle Warwick. I also love Volga Linen. Merci in Paris do some beautiful soft rose linen sheets, which are ravishing.

In terms of pillows, people tend to all have very different views. Personally, I like to use a soft, full down top pillow from Duxiana and a firm latex under pillow from John Lewis.

SARAH STEWART-SMITH, INTERIOR DESIGNER

I like to use good quality, pure cotton sheets with a high thread count. The White Company and The Linen Press do perfectly good ones. The Ghost range at The Linen Press is wonderful.

It may seem obvious, but when you wash your sheets, don’t ever mix colours. Always wash white with white. Otherwise, sheets can become a tired grey colour.

Antique linen is absolutely wonderful – try and find some. France is full of it. I always buy a piece of linen whenever I can and make it into the top of a bedspread.

I like to put slightly quilted bedspread on my bed. It should be big enough to fall down over the edge. I love the combination of natural linen sheets with a silk or velvet bedspread.

The idea of my bed not having a good airflow horrifies me; I always fold the bedspread and duvet back in half so that the mattress has air at all times.

Source: www.houseandgarden.co.uk/interiors/furnishings/bed-dressing
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Antique Dealers’ Elegant House

Spencer Swaffer and his wife Freya both have an eye for the unusual. Spencer bought his first antiques aged 11: three scarab beetles that he bought for six pence and sold, along with some other archaelogical finds, for £50.

Freya is the daughter of an ethnic and tribal art specialist so shares Spencer’s love of what he calls ‘folky, rare’ antiques. She can’t resist a piece with a story: ‘Antiques have character and soul and some pieces just speak to you. Take the Swedish folk art goose in our living room [pictured on the table below]. It was probably made by a grandfather for his grandchild. It’s the story that a piece tells that draws me in.’

The couple’s Georgian house is a demonstration of this philosophy. It is filled with antiques picked up over the 17 years they have lived there. Each, from the mid-century chairs to Spencer’s collection of walking sticks and the growing array of decoy ducks, is a considered purchase and is placed in the house with care and thought.

Scroll down to see how the Swaffer’s blend characterful antiques and vintage finds with contemporary art to create a quietly elegant home.

LIVING ROOM

The living is filled with neutral pieces but bright contemporary art, Bloomsbury Group lampshades and cushions inject life and colour. The folk art goose on the table by the window is one of Freya’s favourite pieces, while the artwork is by (left to right) Breon O’Casey, Sheila Oliner, Niyati Barlow and Andy Waite.

DINING ROOM

The dining chairs are from Spencer’s shop, while the chandelier was made by Freya’s son using elements of Italian antiques. Though they have lived in the house for 17 years, the couple keep things fresh. ‘Spencer always says that we’re in the fashion business,’ says Freya. ‘We appreciate different pieces at different times and I’m forever tweaking things.’

KITCHEN

The kitchen, with its exposed-brick wall, has an industrial feel. Eames ‘DSW’ dining chairs are juxtaposed with a 1940s Parisian machinist’s lamp from a French flea market and an 1820s heart-shaped wine merchant’s sign, also found in France.

LANDING

The dresser base on the landing was a bright find and nicely complements the 1920s painting above it (of which the artist is unknown). It is from Suffolk and dates to around 1840. The paintwork is the original dry-scraped apple green.

MASTER BEDROOM

The spacious master bedroom is decorated in a soothing scheme of blue and white. The carving in the window is an Italian architectural fragment, bought at a market in the south of France, while the bench at the end of the bed is a pig bench (originally used for butchery and often made of sycamore wood). The paintings are by Pauline Liu-Devereux and the jug is a Chinese Nankin pottery piece, c1770. The Indian indigo throw and cushions in the bedroom were bought from Baileys.

GARDEN

The Grade II-listed Georgian house (built in 1777) is surrounded by a quiet garden punctuated with antique stonework. In the formal 18th-century garden is a Portland stone statue that dates to 1830 (right).

Source: www.homesandantiques.com/feature/interiors/inspiration/elegant-house-antique-finds
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A New World Record For The Largest Human Mattress Dominoes

Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics company, has set a new world record for the Largest human mattress dominoes with 1,200 participants making a soft landing during a successful attempt in Maryland, USA.

The feat, which formed part of the firm’s annual managers meeting, was accomplished on the first attempt, taking a total of 13 minutes and 38 seconds to complete the huge topple.

In order to make the record attempt a successful one, the organizers utilized two exhibit halls covering 70,000 square feet at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.

A dominoes expert was on hand to set up 34 rows of mattresses manufactured by Woodhaven Industries, which is owned by Aaron’s. The first mattress was pushed over by Aaron’s CEO John Robinson.

The mattresses used are now set be donated to charitable groups in the Washington, DC area including A Wider Circle, an organization focused on ending individual and family poverty, and to the Sasha Bruce and Wanda Alston youth homeless shelters.

Speaking after the attempt, Mr Robinson said: “Breaking a Guinness World Records title has been a great team building event for the associates we have attending our National Managers meeting,”

“The significance of this event is that through the generosity of our manufacturing plant, Woodhaven, and our ACORP stores, we are able to provide 1,200 beds to needy families in the D.C. area.

“Our associates had great fun participating and knowing their efforts support our mission of giving back to our communities.”

The successful attempt broke the previous record of 1,150 participants set by German company Höffner Möbelgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG back in 2012.

The record was first achieved by 80 people at the Channel Nine studios in Sydney, Australia in 2009. Attempted and broken on multiple occasions, the record was set again in 2010 by 256 participants from Shenzhen Aidi Furniture Co., Ltd. and students from the North College of Beijing University of Chemical Technology on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi – Guinness World Records Special in China.

Source: www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2016/4/video-largest-human-mattress-dominoes-world-record-gets-toppled-in-the-us-423920
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Making the Perfect Bed in 8 Simple Steps

Hi all! After getting lots of love from the Instagram sneak peek that I shared with you guys last week, I’m excited to be sharing my post about how to make the perfect bed. Coming from a girl who loves fabrics and bedding, it’s no surprise that my idea of a perfect bed is one that’s cozy and beautiful but, just as importantly, is one that’s designed to help me get a restful night’s sleep. Did you all know that sometimes those nights of tossing and turning are due to allergens that collect in your mattress and pillows over time? Yuck. So I’m excited to be partnering with AllerEase, the allergy bedding experts, to combine my bedding design ideas with their allergy expertise and share eight simple steps to making a beautiful and restful bed.

So starting with a bare mattress and working our way up to that final decorative pillow and throw, here we go:

1. Start by choosing a bed skirt that fits the style of your space, whether it’s simple and tailored or soft and ruffled. Use upholstery twist pins like {these} to secure your bed skirt to the box-spring, holding it in place even through sheet changes.

2. Encase your mattress in a zippered mattress protector. Unprotected mattresses can actually double in weight after ten years due to the accumulation of millions of dust mites. AllerEase’s Maximum Allergy and Bedbug mattress protector not only protects from dust mites, pollen, and other household allergens but it’s also waterproof (a must with kids!) and has a soft, comfy top fabric.

3.Your fitted and flat sheets come next. I love the simple, luxurious look of white sheets but patterned sheets are a fun option for adding color and interest to your bed. Make your bed with the finished top edge of your flat sheet face down (you’ll soon see why!).

4.Add a blanket, comforter, or duvet in a weight that’s appropriate for your climate and the season. I prefer using comforters and duvets because they add loft and make your bed look plush and inviting (the beige and white duvet cover on this bed is {this one}).

5.Layer a coverlet or quilt (mine is {this quilt in Natural color}) on top and fold the top third of your bedding (including the flat sheet) back towards the end of the bed, revealing the finished top edge of your flat sheet.

6.Put pillow protectors and covers on your sleeping pillows and place them at the head of the bed. Choosing pillows that are hot water washable to kill germs and bacteria is a smart choice. Most pillows are a lumpy mess after a run through the washer but AllerEase’s Hot Water Washable Pillows refluff to their original shape after each wash.

7. Add decorative shams and pillows to make your bed look welcoming and stylish. Choosing a variety of neutral shades and textures creates a restful, luxurious feel while more colorful patterned pillows are a great way to infuse your space with personality. A simple arrangement of two square euro shams, two standard sized pillow shams, and a decorative lumbar (long rectangle) pillow are a winning combination.

8. Place a favorite throw at the foot of the bed. It’s the perfect just-in-case layer for cold nights and makes your bed look all that more cozy and inviting.

Now all that’s left is to slip into your favorite pj’s and cozy into your fabulous bed with a good book or the remote and a favorite movie. Warning: once you’ve created the perfect bed, you may never want to leave it…

Source: www.drivenbydecor.com/2015/06/8-simple-steps-to-making-the-perfect-bed.html
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10 Top Secret Steps to a Tidy Home

Max Kater is on a mission to redeem cleaning up. “It has such a bad reputation, conjuring up long weekends of hard graft, and it’s tempting to just plop on the sofa, watch MasterChef, and eat a box of macaroons instead,” she says. If anyone can make spiffing up more fun (not to mention stylish), it’s Kater: She’s half of the husband-and-wife team behind cult cleaning line Murchison-Hume. We stopped by her inspiring offices to find out her strategy for making this so-called “chore” less of one!

Dressing the part is one way Max gets in the cleaning mood, which means swapping her typical heeled booties for a pair of comfy Saucony kicks. A cute apron doesn’t hurt.

Secret #1: Dress the Part and Set the Mood

“Proper housecleaning is hot work, so dress for a cardio workout. Even better, slap on a face mask so you are seriously multitasking! Also, I highly recommend cleaning to music. It just makes everything more fun. This season I am really into a samba/disco/folksy vibe. If you don’t have time to put together a playlist of your own, follow One Kings Lane on Spotify and listen to mine!”

Secret #2: Get Your Kit Together

“Having the right surface cleaner for each job is essential and will make it so much easier to get through. I also like to have at least a dozen clean lint-free towels to work with. Paper towels are the linty poor relations to the kitchen towel and are best reserved for only the dirtiest jobs. A few good brushes and sponges are good too. Try to keep everything together in an organized cleaning caddy. I make it easy on myself by keeping a small one under every sink.”

I have set up and maintained homes on three continents, and I can say with a certain amount of confidence that the rules for a good cleaning sesh are universal.
— Max Kater, founder of Murchison-Hume

Secret #3: Give Yourself a Helping Hand

“My friend Rita Konig recommends hiding little ‘treats’ in various parts of the house to be consumed at the completion of each task. Her favorites are Violet Creams, but I like to buy a stack of new magazines. Even a 10-minute break to do your nails will do—whatever keeps you going. The main thing is not to stop until you’re done!”

Secret #4: Tackle the Big Jobs First

“For me, that means windows. The thing about windows is that you don’t really see them, you feel them. Once they are done, everything looks brighter, more cheerful, and just… better. If possible, choose a cloudy day (or early morning) to tackle the windows, as a hot sun can dry them faster than you can, leaving those nasty streaks.”

Secret #5: Work from Top to Bottom

“Start with a general tidy-up. Open the windows. Even if it’s chilly outside, all rooms benefit from a blast of fresh air. Bang cushions together and drag them outside if it’s sunny. Vacuum under the sofas, and move furniture around. It’s amazing where dust can accumulate, isn’t it? How’s that face mask drying? Time for another treat!”

Secret #6: Dusting and Stripping Down

“Once the cushions have had a good vacuum and airing, I like to spritz all the stripped-down furniture surfaces with our Furniture & Upholstery Cleaner and wipe them down with a clean lint-free towel. After dusting, it’s time to strip the beds completely bare and let the mattresses and pillows breathe a bit. I like to have at least two of everything for each bed (including mattress and pillow protectors) so that there is always one ready for service while the other is being laundered.”

Secret #7: Declutter

“I have zero patience for trying to find something I need, so my favorite seasonal activity is reorganizing the drawers, cupboards, and shelves. Throw out all the half-empty shampoo bottles and out-of-date medications. Check the junk and utility drawers and toss out dried-up pens, used batteries, and all the assorted ephemera that’s clogging your life.”

“The kitchen and bathrooms will be your biggest challenge—but also your biggest pay-off areas. In the bathroom, start by removing all the towels and throwing them in the laundry. Carefully remove everything off the counters and give them all a good scrub. I love to add fresh flowers to the bathroom. Finish with the mirrors and stainless surfaces. Once your reflective surfaces are good and gleaming, you are nearly done.”

Secret #9: Finish with the Floors

“Dirty floors, like dirty windows, aren’t immediately obvious, but you really do feel the difference when they are clean. For the best results, you’ll want to sweep or vacuum before mopping. Clear the floor as much as possible by removing small furniture, trash cans, and rugs before you start. Please don’t make the rookie mistake of boxing yourself into a corner; work from the farthest corner to your exit. A good floor cleaner with a trigger and a spray mop are much easier and faster than traditional mopping. Make yourself a hot cup of tea and leave it just outside the room you are working in. You’ll be done before it cools!”

Secret #10: Reward Yourself!

“Stand back and admire your handiwork. Reward yourself with a nice hot bath or shower and your skin will be glowing from your exertions. Now that you’re done, the house will be clean and fresh and so much more comfortable, making it the perfect time to plop down and watch your favorite show.”

Source: www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/spring-cleaning-checklist-murchison-hume/
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