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Check out the Salt Wave crew fishing aboard the Hellraiser2 with Cairns Black Marlin Charters. We saw photos and stills taken from this drone footage a few months ago and were beginning to wonder if we would ever get to see the actual footage. Hell, we even wondered if the video was even any good. It turns out, someone woke up and was feeling froggy and put their drone skills to work!

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The Top 5 Types of Headwear for Cancer Patients

Cancer is one of the most challenging and stressful experiences of a lifetime. What makes the diagnosis even more difficult are the side effects of the chemotherapy. While devastating to many aspects of a person’s mental and physical health, it is a necessary treatment for the survival of the cancer patient.

Chemotherapy can be especially difficult because one of the main side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. As much as our friends and family members try to lift our spirits once our hair begins to fall out, it is difficult to maintain high spirits and healthy self-esteem levels when our hair thins and falls out. While this loss of self-esteem may not seem important, ask any cancer survivor and they’ll tell you that a positive attitude and a hopeful spirit are important tools of survival during chemotherapy treatment.

In the spirit of boosting self-esteem and providing hope, we would like to present to you a concise list of headwear available to those who are suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments.

When it comes to versatility, the Hoo-rag is at the top of the mountain. There are over 13 different ways to wear this wonderful headpiece, but the possibilities are truly endless. Your Hoo-rag will be made of 100% polyester microfibers which will allow moisture to evaporate quickly and keep you dry and comfortable.

This breathable quality makes them perfect for chemo patients who are physically active or who are athletes. To add to their value as a headpiece for the active outdoors enthusiast, they also provide astounding UV protection. They are made of a fabric that boasts a 30 UPF rating which blocks 96-97% of UV rays.

Available in multiple sizes, designs, and colors, this headpiece can be worn as a bandana, a headband, a head scarf, a face mask, a ponytail, or even as a beanie. Once you own a Hoo-rag, you won’t need to purchase any other type of headdress. And, yes, you will find Hoo-rags in both men’s and women’s styles.

Wigs are the most commonly chosen headwear for those experiencing hair loss. It’s understandable because wigs are a very versatile and natural choice. You can choose a wig made from real hair or synthetic hair. Once you’ve chosen the type of hair you want, you have a wide range of colors and styles for all genders.

There are also wigs for those of different ethnicities so your wig will appear to be more realistic to your body type in both color and texture. If you are someone of a more advanced age and would like a wig in a more realistic color, those are available as well. There are even wigs made specifically for those going through chemotherapy in that the wigs are made for tender scalps. Keep in mind that wigs are on the expensive end of the headwear spectrum.

Hats are a fun, playful type of apparel option to shop for when you experiencing hair loss. For busy days of running errands or doing household chores, there are practical sun hats and casual Colette hats in many colors and styles. For formal affairs or a fancy evening out, there are cloche hats in multiple colors, with ribbons, with brims, and in various fabrics.

For the male chemotherapy patient, you also have a wide variety of hats at your disposal. Whether spending a casual day around the house or out hanging with the guys, your options include the baseball cap, the driving cap, or a historical headpiece that’s become globally trendy called the pork pie hat. If you’re feeling in a gentlemanly way or want to be in style, there are fedoras, Stetson hats, and trilbys.

Depending on the type of hat and the fabric, the cost of a hat can be very affordable and increase in cost until they are as expensive as a custom wig.

Scarves are the ultimate fashion statement, whether you’re experiencing hair loss or you’re in the market for a chic way to hide a bad hair day. A scarf is the perfect apparel companion piece. Scarves come in any style, color, or design that you can imagine. Not only are scarves great for adding some color to your ensemble, but they leave a lot of room for you to customize and personalize them yourself.

Scarves also add a touch of elegance to your aesthetic no matter the occasion. They are also a fantastically comfortable way to remain warm during the colder months. Scarves can be used as a way to protect your tender scalp from harmful overexposure to sunlight as well. No matter the style you prefer, you can find scarves made of:

  • cotton
  • silk
  • knit
  • blends
  • chiffon
  • velvet
  • satin

These delightful headpieces can be worn in a multitude of ways to add versatility and personality.

Beanies are a fun and low-maintenance form of head apparel. Already pre-wrapped and fitted with elastic, beanies are the ultimate throw-and-go addition to your busy day. Beanies are available in so many different colors, fabrics, and styles that you will be able to find a beanie that goes perfectly with each of your outfits. The versatility of beanies doesn’t stop there.

Because beanies are created with chemotherapy patients in mind, they are made in specific types of fabrics that are supportive of the special difficulties facing chemo patients. You will find beanies that are made with light, airy fabrics that allow your scalp to breathe and will let breezes pass through to cool you down in the summer months.

For colder winter months, there are robust beanies made with several layers of warm, gentle fabrics to contain your body heat and keep you warm. As an added bonus, beanies are customizable. You can add jewels, pins, flowers, ribbons, or any creative decoration your heart desires to make your beanie beautifully you.

While this is not an exhaustive list, we hope that this was helpful in guiding you through the world of chemotherapy headpieces. While the options are extensive and the possibilities are endless, we hope that you find the best headdress for both your needs and your personality. Although chemotherapy can be difficult, you will go through it with style and grace, and you should have a headpiece that will exemplify that sentiment.

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What is the UV Index and why is it important?

What does the UV Index mean anyway, and why is it so important to people in general? Most people know about sun protection through SPF sunscreens and UPF clothing products that are UV rated, and they realize that they should use both, but do they actually understand the medical concerns that go along with exposure to the sun? It is important for anyone to familiarize themselves with the UV Index and the right kind of products in order to gain protection from exposure to the harmful rays of the sun.


Ultraviolet (UV) is invisible solar radiation. It is a band of light with a certain frequency that goes beyond the violet end of the spectrum, which can be harmful to the skin and other areas of the body.

In easier to understand terms, UV radiation is a kind of energy that is produced by the sun and artificial means. It’s not like the heat or light from the sun, which can be seen and felt. It is not possible to sense or detect UV radiation or its detrimental effects until after they occur. There are three types of UV rays, which cause the following:

•UVA rays (premature aging and wrinkling)
•UVB rays (cause sunburn and cataracts)
•UVC rays (strongest rays that are blocked by the ozone layer)

Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is harmful as it is the chief cause of skin cancer, plus it leads to premature aging, tanning damage, eye problems, sunburn, photo sensitivity and other skin related problems and health issues. The one advantage to sun exposure (in a limited manner) is that it does provide a source of Vitamin D.

UV Index

The UV Index linear scale that is used in America follows international guidelines for UVI reporting, which was established by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to know the scale and understand what it means in relation to avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

The scale is indexed in levels from 1 to 11+, and the level indicator is affected by different factors in various regions of the country, particularly where the sun is the most intense. Determination of the scale movement is indicated by:

•Time of day
•Cloud cover
•Approximation to the equator

The various scale levels include:

Low Reading 0-2 (Green)

•Signals low danger from sun’s UV rays
•Utilize sunglasses on sunny days
•Use broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
•Anticipate brightness/reflection of UV in different surfaces (sand, snow, water)

Moderate Reading 3-5 (Yellow)

•Signals moderate risk from sun’s UV rays
•Remain in the shade during the middle of the day
•Wear appropriate sun protective clothing
• large hat, UV blocking sunglasses
•Use broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
•Reapply every two hours, even on an overcast day or after swimming and sweating
•Anticipate brightness/reflection of UV in different surfaces (sand, snow, water)

High Reading 6-7 (Orange)

•Signals high risk from sun’s UV rays (particularly for skin and eyes)
•Decrease time in the sun between 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon
•Wear protective clothing

•sunhat,face mask, UV blocking sunglasses
•Use (generously) broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
•Reapply every two hours, even on an overcast day or after swimming and sweating
•Anticipate brightness/reflection of UV in different surfaces (sand, snow, water)Very High Reading 8-10 (Red)

•Signals very high risk from sun’s UV rays (particularly for skin and eyes)
•Decrease time in the sun between 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon
•Wear protective clothing
•sunhat,face mask, UV blocking sunglasses
•Use (generously) broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
•Reapply every two hours, even on an overcast day or after swimming and sweating
•Anticipate brightness/reflection of UV in different surfaces (sand, snow, water)

Extreme Reading 11+ (Violet)

• Signals very high risk from sun’s UV rays (particularly concerning skin and eyes)
• Decrease time in the sun between 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon and seek shade
• Wear protective clothing
• sunhat, face mask, UV blocking sunglasses
• Use (generously) broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
• Reapply every two hours, even on an overcast day or after swimming and sweating
• Anticipate brightness/reflection of UV in different surfaces (sand, snow, water)

UPF Protection

Protective clothing is one of best ways to deter skin damage from ultraviolet rays of the sun. A UPF factor determines just how effective a clothing item can be in protecting individuals from the ravages of the sun’s rays, and a Hoo-rag bandana just may be the answer to an easy and fast way to sun protection.

A Hoo-rag is an innovative bandana type headgear piece that can be worn in a number of different ways. Its fabric content is 100% polyester microfiber that is made to pull moisture away from the head and other areas, such as the neck and face. It provides quick evaporation, plus it is rated at 30 UPF, and it can be maneuvered and shaped in countless ways to provide protection and relief from heat. This all-around bandana is one multifaceted piece of fabric.

UPF = Ultraviolet Protection Factor

The UPF factor stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor,” and is a standard rating system that measures the effectiveness of the blocking of the sun’s rays in clothing and other types of specifically made UPF or UV gear. The items are designed to screen out both UVA and UVB rays.

The UPF categories under the American rating system include:

• Good UPF = 15-24
• Very Good UPF = 25-39
• Excellent UPF = 40-50+

Sun protection is important, and the UV Index is one of the best indicators as to what the intensity and effect of the sun’s rays are going to be on any given day. It enables individuals that are planning on spending time outdoors to be prepared with adequate UPF protection through the right UV rated clothing items they choose to wear, and with what a Hoo-rag offers, there is no limit to your fun in the sun.

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Tips for Keeping Children Protected in the Sun

Who doesn’t love the swimming in the pool or heading to the park during the summer, especially when you can spend time with your own kids? However, as fun as being outside may be, even the smallest sunburns can greatly increase your child’s risk of developing skin cancer later in life. With such a high-risk factor, it is crucial that you take sun protection very seriously. Follow these tips to protect your child from the sun and keep them safe during the warm season.

1. Pay Attention to the News for the UV Rating

One of the best ways to tell if your child will need sunscreen is listening to the daily news and weather channels. They can offer heat advisories and determine if it’s unsafe to be outside based on UV exposure. It’s also wise to follow what local officials say as well.  You can also become familiar with the UV Index Scale.  It has great measurements and recommendations based on the weather and expected UV exposure.

2. Put on Sunscreen Correctly

One of the biggest reasons people still get sunburns is because they don’t apply sunscreen the right way. It’s important that you remember to put sunscreen on your child 30 minutes prior to them going outside. Ensure that you follow the recommended guidelines from the UV Index scale – sunscreen that has an SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, of at least 30 is recommended even at the lowest level.  You can try using colorful or scented sunscreen for your kids so they can see what areas on their body are being covered with protection. Remember to apply sunscreen to their hands, nose, ears, shoulders, and neck along with a matching lip balm for their lips.  It is suggested that sun screen is re-applied every three hours when outside.

3. Wear Eye Protection

Not only can the sun damage your child’s skin, but their eyes as well. Having a good pair of high-quality UV rated sunglasses can be a great way to protect their eyes when they are outside.  The UV Index recommends that sunglasses be worn even when the index level is at its lowest, so it’s a good idea to have their sunglasses with them at all times.  Not sure if their sunglasses have a high enough rating to ensure protection? Zip in to see any optician or optometrist for help.

4. Wear Protective Clothing

Even though sunscreen can protect your skin, you can also protect yourself by covering up when going outside. Going outside with your skin exposed can leave children prone to sunburns that may not show up for several hours.  Instead, dress them in darker colors and long sleeves if possible.  Hats and bandanas are great accommodations to protect their head, face, and neck.   Hoo-rag provides both hats and tubular bandanas that can be worn 10+ ways to help ensure coverage and protection for long hours in the sun.

5. Learn What Heat-Based Illnesses Are and How to Identify Them

To protect your child from heat-based illnesses, learn what they are and how to identify them. One example is heat stroke which is accompanied by headaches, dizziness, lack of sweating despite the heat, cramps and so on. Learning the types of illnesses your child can run into and how to prevent them can go a long way to helping them have fun in the sun.  Some easy preventions include staying in shady areas when possible, drinking plenty of water, skipping hot meals when outside and finding an air conditioned place to play if the weather starts to warm up. Speaking of play time…

6. Limit Play Time to Hours Early in the Day

During days when the UV Index Scale is high, try to avoid letting your child play outside when the sun is at its strongest. This is usually between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.  It is suggested that you follow this guideline on cloudy days even if it doesn’t seem warm or dangerous. The sun’s rays can still penetrate through the cloud cover and cause sun burns.

Protect Your Child from Developing Too Much Damage From the Sun

It’s important to note that even a few small sunburns greatly increase the risk of your child developing skin cancer. All it takes is 15 unprotected minutes to get a sunburn. However, it takes your skin nearly 12 hours to show the full effects of sun damage. Anyone could get a burn and not know it until the next day.  Playing outside at cooler times of the day while wearing bandanas, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses can go a long way to ensuring your child gets a great start in learning how to prevent sun damage and cancer later on. By following these simple tips, you can prevent the pain of a sunburn in the short term and the risk of skin cancer in the long term.

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A New Look at an Old Favorite – Dog Bandanas

Dog BandanasHere at Hoo-rag, we have an extensive line of tubular bandanas that our customers love to wear when they are out in the wild enjoying life and the outdoors. But what about those outdoors folk that want to take man’s best friend with them on their trips as well?

Dogs, especially large and medium-sized canine breeds, can look great in one of our cool-looking tubular bandanas. Since our dogs love to spend time with us hunting, fishing, exploring the wilderness, and running down the trail, it’s a cool idea to accessorize with your pooch; in fact, you both can even wear one of the same bandanas from our product catalog.

Having your buddy wear a bandana can also have other uses as well. Some pet owners will spray their dog’s bandana with calming pheromones so that they don’t get overexcited during a hike or a jog. This type of treatment will ensure that your pet remains calm in stressful situations. Additionally, some owners also like to color code their dog bandanas; you can place one of these on your canine buddy that lets others know if your pet is friendly or is a bit new to other humans.

In any case, at Hoo-rag, we have a ton of awesome bandanas for your furry friend to wear. Let’s take a look at some of the options that we have so that you know what your options are when you’re out there in the wild world with your best buddy.

FishingSmallmouth Bass Reel Photo or Brown Trout Reel Photo
We love to fish. When you’re out on the lake with your canine companion, you and your pet can wear one of these photo-based tubular bandanas. They are based on the shimmering scale patterns of two of the most plentiful fish in the United States. Additionally, we’ve made these bandanas to have up to a 30 UPF sun protection rating that works well for both you and your four-legged friend.

When you’re between fishing trips, the scale patterned bandanas can be machine washed on cold and dried on the line so that they are fresh when you take to the lake on your next trip.

RunningSuper Glitch
When you’re out for a run with your pooch, you can always try to wear one of our more stylish designs so that you can look pretty cool while you get your daily mile in. Our Super Glitch bandana has a 30 UPF sun protection rating and has a design that’ll remind anyone of the outrageous styles of the 80s. There are some angular designs that have some great colors that’ll look great on most breeds.

It’s even made of polyester so that it’ll provide some great warmth when the weather starts to dip a bit.

HikingUnited States of Awesome
Hiking can be pretty strenuous. Sometimes, there are steep gradients, rocky terrain, and points of almost complete solitude. When you’re sharing your hikes with your pup, try out one of our favorite bandanas; the United of Awesome. This Hoo-rag features our favorite colors: the American flag’s red, white, and blue; so while you’re out there on a hike, you can show your patriotism.

Game HuntingKryptek Inferno
As hunters, we have to be visible, which is why we wear clothing and accessories that comply with the modern firearm hunting season requirements. This means that we have to wear gear that is visible to other hunters so that accidents don’t happen. The same protection should be applied to our dogs, which is why the Kryptek Inferno is a great solution for your canine pal.

It is a bright orange that is very visible. This is really important because other hunters can mistake your dog’s coat for that of any of the game animals in the area, so having a bright patch of color can save your pet from an accident.

Bow HuntingMossy Oak Bottomland
Sometimes, when you’re hunting with a bow, you need a little more camouflage because of the fact that lower ranges are required in order to close with the game that you’re after. This is why people that hunt with bows often will select gear that blends in the best with the surrounding environment. If you’re out there in the wilds with your furry buddy, then one of our bandanas like the Mossy Oak Bottomland is a great option. It has natural earth tones that both you and your canine can use to get close to the 12 point buck that you want to bag.

Dogs provide some of the best companionship available and adding one of these bandanas can actually foster a higher level of closeness with your four-legged buddy. When it’s time to go for that hike, hunting or fishing trip, or when it’s just time to go for a run with your favorite canine, consider tying a cool-looking Hoo-rag bandana around them. Both of you will love it.

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Tubular Bandanas for Chefs – The New and Better Trend

Chef Bandanas Many people make use of bandanas for different reasons. They can be worn stylishly to make a statement, but most people use them for sun protection or to keep sweat from dripping down in their eyes from their forehead. Most bandanas will do this job with ease, especially in the kitchen, but there is a new bandana that performs this task better than others. Hoo-rag has designed a tubular bandana option that wicks away sweat faster, is extremely breathable, is wash friendly and comes in great designs.

Firstly – What is a Hoo-Rag?
Hoo-rags are tubular bandanas made of polyester microfiber which makes it great for wash and wear with ease. Because of the tubular stretchy nature, you can wear a Hoo-rag several ways simply by twisting the fabric. No tying necessary!

Ways Chefs and Kitchen Staff can wear a Hoo-Rag
There are a few, different ways that people wear a Hoo-rag. The most common method is as a headband. If your primary concern is keeping sweat off your brow or dripping down your face, this option is for you.  Just fold the fabric, slip it on and you are good to go.

Another popular way to wear a Hoo-rag is the neck gaiter. For this option, simply pull the tube down around your neck.  In this fashion, it will keep sweat from dripping from one part of the body to another. In this case, from the hair and neck and down onto the back. As an added benefit, it can be worn this way to keep someone warm, as if it were a scarf.

From time to time, people might decide to wear the Hoo-rag as a face mask. This type of wearing style makes it great for protecting the face from high temperatures, small particles of food or dust and it may even help reduce the smell of cleaning agents or detergents should you be on cleaning duty.

Last, but not least, if you have longer hair you may find the beanie, ponytail and saharah options useful. For the beanie, just turn the product inside out, twist and flip.  You now have a beanie you can slide on your head.  For the sahara, flip the product inside out, put it on as if you were going for the neck gaiter style and then pull it up over your hair so the second edge rests on your forehead.  The tube should encapsulate the rest of your hair.  These options are great for keeping longer hair in check (and out of the food).

Alternate Uses for the Hoo-rag
We don’t stop there.  While you can certainly wear the Hoo-rag, we’re certain you’ll find alternate uses for it.  If you’re in a pinch and can’t find your towel, a Hoo-rag can be wrapped around your hand to allow you to pull hot pans off a burner.  Perhaps you keep a plastic bottle of water nearby and it heats up quickly in the kitchen.  Grab a spare Hoo-rag, wrap it around the bottle and keep it cool longer.  As a bonus, you won’t have any condensation to worry about.

Custom Designs Available
Hoo-rag works with businesses the world over to create custom designs for their staff and their promotional events.  If you’re in love with the idea of a multi-purposeful and multi-use product, consider getting one made just for your employees.  Kitchen and Waitstaff can make use of them as part of their regular uniform.

We’re certain you’ll love the product no matter how you decide to wear it.  Our prices start at $15.95 for most full-size designs and we cater to several hobbies while having a nice assortment of general designs.  What are you waiting for? Go shopping!

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Hoo-Worthy Brands and Events

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Hoo-rag loves to be involved whether it’s with brand awareness, fun events or giving back to a local community.  Today we wanted to share with you some ways great businesses and events are letting Hoo-rag work for them.

Hoo-rag loves to be involved whether it's with brand awareness, fun events or giving back to a local community. Today we wanted to share with you some ways great businesses and events are letting Hoo-rag work for them. Almost everyone is familiar with 5 Hour Energy. When we heard that they wanted to give out some Hoo-rags at the upcoming X Games we immediately jumped on board. In perfect sync with their product, 5 Hour designed a high energy Hoo-rag in popping colors on a black background. Makes us want to be part of the events so we can snag one!

Ting Irie claims to be Dubai’s first Jamaican restaurant. Everything about them, including their Hoo-rag design, burns with the spirit of the Jamaicans. We got caught up in the great photos they feature on their social media and started dreaming of the day we can visit them. They even put together a great Hoo-rag video. Go check them out on YouTube and show them some love.

The Northern Cancer Foundation kicks off another event this year on March 5th to raise funds and stride toward making more of a difference in cancer outcomes. Each participant will walk (or snowshoe away) with a custom designed Hoo-rag to help keep them warm during their trek.

Captains For Clean Water is a non-profit organization that is made up of responsible guides, captains, and civilians that are seeking a long-term solution for Okeechobee water diversion. This active organization is fighting the good fight and looking for donors that realize the damage this nutrient-laden water is inflicting on our saltwater estuaries on the east and west coasts of Florida. Captains for Clean Water is currently offering a free Hoo-rag to every new member.

The Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association hosted a Swamp Guide Ball on February 3rd and 4th. Their goal is twofold: Raise funds to help other Florida guides in times of need, injury or hardship and to work toward helping maintain balance in Florida waters. Hoo-rag was pleased to work with the FKFGA in creating a custom designed Hoo-rag that went out to every participant that received a Captain’s bag.

Finally, Hoo-rag is thrilled to be a part of the Marine Industries Associations’ 40th Anniversary Waterway Cleanup. Each participating boat will receive a Captain’s Bag that will have a custom designed Hoo-rag inside. The event happens March 4th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and everyone interested is encouraged to get involved (and get a Hoo-rag)!

We hope these examples have inspired you on how you can get a custom designed Hoo-rag bandana to work for your organization, event or cause! Interested in knowing more? Call us at 888.831.9344 or drop us a note.

*Hoo-rag does not sell our clients custom designs and you will not be able to purchase these products from our website. Interested in getting one? Contact the company or attend their events!

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Whip it Wednesdays: How to tie a Redfish fly.

We want to thank all of those that tuned in for our first “Whip it Wednesday” We had a ton of viewers and had a good time tying the “Redfish Slider”. Captain James Cronk will be back at it again next week on Wednesday January 25th 2017 at 5:00 pm with an articulating Pike fly for all you Freshies out there! Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to watch live!



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Introducing: Whip it Wednesdays

We like trying new things. “Whip it Wednesdays” is our latest experiment! If you are looking to get better at Fly Tying, or maybe want to see another fly tiers style and techniques, or just ask some basic fly fishing questions, you must tune into Whip it Wednesday! Our very first episode in our 6 week series starts this week on Wednesday. (January 18th, 2017) Tune in on instagram Live or Facebook Live at 5:00 pm EST. Cant attend? Don’t worry, all of our episodes will be archived to our Youtube channel.

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