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60 Weird But Genius Gadgets That I’ve Become Obsessed With On Amazon
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Kevin Chen
08.26.21

Take it from someone who spends all day browsing Amazon: they’ve got tons of genius products, but only if you know where to look. If you’re simply scrolling down the home page? You’re missing out on some of the handiest, most affordable home products you could ever imagine finding. But there’s no need to go poking around in the search bar all by yourself — just keep scrolling to see some of the best gadgets that Amazon has to offer.

And don’t worry — I’ve personally made sure that every item on this list is just as affordable as it is useful. So what are you waiting for? Everything I’ve selected is currently in stock, but I can’t say for certain how much longer that sleek grocery bag dispenser will be available — especially at such a reasonable price.

An Ice Cream Scoop That Takes The Strain Off Your Wrists

Ever struggle to scoop out a tub a extra-frozen ice cream? This old school-style ice cream scoop solves that problem by piercing deep into the tub. Simply pull back on the hand trigger to cut out a perfectly-sized chunk of dessert — and since it’s made from stainless steel, it won’t rust over time.

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The Smart Mug That Keeps Your Coffee Toasty

Tired of finding your coffee has grown cold before you could finish drinking it? Not a problem when you’ve got this smart mug. Just download the app, and you’ll be able to adjust its temperature from 120 all the way up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also use it without the app, as the temperature is automatically set to 135 degrees right out of the box.

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These Pillowcases Made From Special Cooling Fibers

I’d say that I used to wake up two, maybe three nights a week drenched in sweat — but then I got these pillowcases. They’re made with special cooling fibers that draw your body heat away from you, and I can actually feel it working whenever I’m lying on them. Choose from three colors: blue, grey, or white.

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This Knife That Helps You Spread Cold Butter

With little slotted holes along the blade, this knife lets you curl cold butter so that it’s easier to spread. It’s made from tough stainless steel — not plastic — and the ergonomic handle is designed to fit comfortable in either hand. “The butter comes off easily from the stick and spreads well,” wrote one reviewer. “The knife itself is very sturdy, and is dishwasher safe.”

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These Food Containers That Are 100% Leakproof

Made from premium borosilicate glass, keeping your leftovers inside these food containers is an easy way to help keep your fridge clean. Not only are the lids leakproof, but they also create an airtight seal to help keep your food fresh for later. Each order comes with 24 containers in varying sizes.

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The Air Conditioner You Can Move All Around The House

Bedroom a little too hot for comfort? Just put this portable air conditioner on your nightstand to help yourself cool down. It’s small enough that you can easily take it with you to the office if you need — and since it runs ultra-quietly, it won’t disturb your neighbors while they’re working. Choose from three colors: black, blue, or white.

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These Apothecary Jars Are Undeniably Chic

Large enough for cotton swabs, Q-tips, and more, these apothecary jars are a cute way to add storage to your bathroom. They’re made from shatterproof plastic that won’t break if dropped — and the snugly-fitted lids also help keep everything inside free from dust.

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A Scrubber That’s Specifically Made For Cast Iron

Regular soap will ruin the seasoning on your cast iron pan, which is why you’re supposed to use a special scrubber — like this one — to wash away dirt and grime. The stainless steel ringlets won’t rust, nor will they scrape away the coating you’ve built up on your pan. And if you don’t own cast iron? You can also use it to clean everything from your grill to glass mixing bowls.

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A Marinade Container For Impressing Guests With Your Delicious Meat

Add your favorite meat and marinade to this container, then use the vacuum pump to suck all the air out. The result? The marinade gets pushed further into your meat, delivering a more flavorful meal in way less time.

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These Little Gadgets That’ll Seal Your Snack Bags Shut

Regardless of whether you prefer peanuts or pretzels, these little gadgets can seal their bags shut to keep them fresh for later. They’re designed to work with most bags, and there’s even a slicer built into the side of each one. Simply provide two of your own AA batteries, and they’ll be ready to go.

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A Lighter That Won’t Go Out In The Wind

Ever struggle to light a candle in the wind? Not a problem with this lighter. Instead of a fame, it creates a plasma arc that won’t go out in the wind. Plus, the rechargeable battery means you won’t have to buy replacements over time.

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A Pack Of Flip Cap Lids That Screw Onto Mason Jars

Screw a few of these flip cap lids onto your Mason jars — they’re great for gently pouring out all sorts of dry ingredients, like flour and coffee beans. The seal they create against the jar is also leakproof, and airtight. Plus, many reviewers raved about how they work perfectly for dispensing homemade salad dressing.

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A Jewelry Box Made From Stylish Acrylic

Bracelets, necklaces, earrings — this jewelry box has room for them all. The walls are made from clear acrylic, making it easy to see what’s inside without having to unpack anything. Plus, the tower shape takes up less space on your dresser than others.

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These Hammocks Are Perfect For Storing Toys

Got a pile of children’s toys you don’t know where to stash? Just toss them into these hammocks. Each order come with hooks you can use to mount them onto your walls — and they work particularly well in rooms that don’t have a ton of floor space. Choose from three colors: blue, white, or pink.

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A Sleek Dispenser For All Those Plastic Grocery Bags

With enough space for up to 30 plastic grocery bags, this dispenser is a must-have — especially if you’ve got a drawer that’s overflowing with bags. You can hang it up using screws, or with the sticky adhesive that comes included in each order. Plus, the rust-resistant exterior is undeniably sleek.

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These Command Hooks That Won’t Damage Walls

You don’t have to drill into your walls to hang stuff up — just use these command hooks. They won’t strip away paint when you’re ready to remove them, and the adhesive backing is strong enough to support up to half of a pound. Place one on the inside of your front door, and you’ll always have a convenient place to hang your keys.

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These Mesh Bags That Protect Your Delicates In The Wash

If you’ve ever opened the wash to find your bras have become a tangled, knotted mess, you’re going to love these mesh bags. They keep your delicates safe as they tumble, helping to prevent damage. And with their rigid plastic frames, they won’t lose their shape in the wash — even on tough spin cycles.

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This Memory Foam Pillow That’s Infused With Cooling Gel

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If you’re as hot of a sleeper as I am, you’re going to love this memory foam pillow. It’s infused with cooling gel that helps siphon away your body heat as you sleep, keeping you cool when temperatures start to rise. “Not only is this pillow comfortable and supportive but it really keeps me nice and cool,” wrote one reviewer. “I tend to run really hot, especially at night, and this pillow really doesn’t produce heat.”

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These Curtains That Bring A Southwestern Touch To Any Room

With their gorgeously rustic print, these curtains bring at touch of the American southwest to any room in your home. Each order comes with two — so there’s no need to buy multiple unless you’re dressing more than one window. And unlike many curtains, these ones are made from soft, hypoallergenic mirofiber.

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The Soap Dishes That Look Good Wherever You Put Them

It doesn’t matter whether you put these soap dishes next to your kitchen or bathroom sink — they’ll look good no matter where you set them down. Each one is made from solid bamboo, and their aerated design helps your soap dry quickly so that they last longer.

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This Giant Spatula That Can Pull An Entire Pizza Out Of The Oven

Regular spatulas aren’t large enough to fit a full-sized pizza — but as you can see, this one definitely is. It’s made from high-quaity aluminum, which gives it a lightweight feel that’s easy to handle. Plus, each order also includes a pizza slicer made from stainless steel.

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A Silicone Rack That Helps You Cook The Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg

Cooking the perfect soft-boiled egg is never simple, but this rack can definitely make it easier. With enough space for up to 18 eggs, you can easily cook more than a dozen at a time — and it’s even made from heat-resistant silicone that won’t melt in boiling water. Or, if you aren’t in the mood for eggs, you can also use it as a trivet for hot cookware in a pinch.

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The Instant Pot Cheat Sheet That Sticks To Your Fridge

Can’t remember how much liquid goes into the pressure cooker with those ribs? Just take a peek at this cheat sheet for a quick reminder. The magnetic backing lets you stick it to your fridge so that it’s always there when you need it, and the measurements listed are compatible with nearly every model on the market — including Instant Pots.

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A Cushioned Floor Mat To Help Keep Your Legs From Growing Sore

Ever notice how your legs get sore after you’ve been standing in place for a while? This cushioned floor mat can help with that. The padded foam absorbs shock to help lighen the load on your joints, while the flat edges won’t curl up and create a tripping hazard. Choose from 10 colors.

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These Fly Traps That Are Completely Odor-Free

Hang one of these sticky traps wherever you notice a lot of bugs flying around. Unlike pesticide sprays, each one is completely non-toxic, as well as odorless. And if they get wet in the rain? Not a problem, as they’re also waterproof, and UV-resistant.

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A Makeup Mirror With A Helpful LED Backlight

If your bathroom doesn’t have the greatest lighting for makeup, make sure you check out this mirror. The LED backlight gives you the perfect amount of illumination, helping you make sure your contour looks like contour — not dirt. Plus, it even features two- and three-times magnification to help you draw perfectly-winged eyeliner.

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This Rope Basket Is The Perfect Place To Keep Throw Blankets

Throw blankets, pillows, children’s toys — this rope basket can fit all of them and more. The rope is made from 100% cotton, while the tri-color design gives it a bohemian vibe that complements any room. And since the rope is double-reinforced, it won’t fall over when empty.

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A Throw Blanket That Comes In Dozens Of Colors

Olive, lavender, aqua — this throw blanket comes in so many gorgeous shades it’ll be hard to pick just one. Drape it over your sofa for a soft splash of color in dull rooms, or simply snuggle underneath it for a cozy night inside. Plus, the fringed edges are a cute touch that make it look more expensive than it is.

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These Spice Shakers That You Can Fill With Whatever You Like

Don’t have enough space for a full spice rack?Just transfer your favorite spices into these shakers. They all neatly sit next to each other in their sleek plastic organizer, and the plastic they’re made from is completely BPA-free, as well as non-porous.

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An Organizer That Adds Storage To Bare Vanities

As sleek as it is stylish, this little set of shelves is the perfect size for your skincare products, hair accessories, or whatever else you have sitting on your vanity. It’s made from tough stainless steel, with a powder-coated finish that’s water- and rustproof. Plus, you can even use it to hold small plants on your desk.

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The Plant Stand That’s Perfect For Corners

Trying to make the most of the space you have available? This plant stand has a narrow base that allows it to easily fit into tight corners. It’s made from eco-friendly bamboo that can hold up against moisture, making it great for indoor as well as outdoor use. “Absolutely love this plant stand!” raved one reviewer. “My husband and i put it together in less than 25 mins. It was super easy, and the instructions are pretty simple!”

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A Heavy-Duty Duster With A Telescopic Handle

If you haven’t turned on your ceiling fan in a while, you might want to try cleaning the tops of the blades with this duster. The heavy-duty fibers lock up to three times more dust and allergens than plain cotton rags, while the telescopic handle can extend out to three feet in length.

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You Don’t Need A Green Thumb To Keep These Fake Eucalyptus Plants Looking Good

Set these fake eucayptus plants out on a window sill for some soothing greenery in your kitchen, or even add them to your desk at work. At 10 inches tall they look just like real plants, yet they require absolutely no maintenance whatsoever — though you may have to dust them off occasionally.

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A Side Table That Adds Style To Plain Patios

Made from tough iron, this side table is perfect for everything from small balconies to boring patios. The cutouts all around the side make it look way more expensive than it is — and it’s the perfect height to hold a snack bowl or drink. Plus, zero assembly is required.

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The Drip Tray Made For Cooking Bacon In The Oven

Few things taste as good as bacon — the only downside is the mess involved in making it. Luckily, this drip tray lets you cook a full batch in the oven without having to worry about any messy splatter. There’s enough space for up to 18 strips, and it even holds them up and away from pooling grease. The result? Tastier, crispier, less-greasy bacon.

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A Compact Bookshelf That Can Fit Into Small Spaces

Don’t be fooled by its compact size — this small set of shelves still boasts enough room for dozens of your favorite books. Assembly only takes a few short minutes, with most reviewers being able to put it together within about 10 minutes. Choose from two finishes: black, or rustic brown.

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The Lazy Susan Turntable Divided Into Three Pars

Not only is this lazy Susan turntable divided into three bins, but each bin is also removable so that it’s easy to reach all your items. Put it inside of a cabinet to organize spices and bottles, or even fill it up with snacks and leave it sitting out on your counter. The best part? It’s ready to go right out of the box — no assembly necessary.

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A Toilet Brush That Comes With A Seriously Stylish Base

Some toilet brush caddies let you see the dirty bristles — but not this one. All the dirty brush bristles are hidden inside, keeping them safely out of view from yourself — and guests. One reviewer even wrote that “this new brush cleans my toilet well, and with a shake removes all water so the bottom of my holder is clean and dry. Love it!!”

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These Organizers That Help You Sort Out Messy Drawers

When your desk drawers are overflowing with office supplies, makeup tools, or whatever else you have, you’ll be glad you bought these bins. They help you organize messy drawers, and you can configure them however you like. Choose from three colors: clear, brown, or grey.

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The Grippers That Stop Your Rugs From Curling Up

Tired of tripping over that curled rug? Keep it stuck flat down to the floor with these grips. They’re made with hundreds of ultra-tiny suction cups that latch onto all sorts of surfaces — including concrete and tile. Plus, they won’t leave behind any sticky residuesif you need to readjust them.

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A Semi-Automatic Egg Beater Made From Sleek Stainless Steel

Beating a bowl of eggs quickly grows tiring, whereas this semi-automatic whisk will do all the work for you. A few gentle pumps on the handle are all you need to get the head spinning, while the stainless steel body is resistant to rust and warping. And when you’re done? Just toss it into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

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This Oil Sprayer That Lightly Mists Cookware And Food

Whether you’re oiling up a pan or spritzing your salad, this sprayer will get the job done better than most. It’s also visually appealing, as it’s made from sleek glass — not plastic. And since the top is made from stainless steel, it won’t rust over time.

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A Vanity Organizer For Everything From Makeup To Skincare

With 20 different compartments in this organizer, you can use it to store makeup brushes, nail polish, cleanser, lipstick — the list goes on. It’s made from durable acrylic that can take a few light drops, and it even comes in three colors: white, pink, or clear.

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This Fake Fig Tree That Adds A Touch Of Nature Anywhere

For less than $35, you can grab this fake fig tree and put it in your home office for a little touch of green. It’s large enough that you can set it down on the floor, or put it on your desk. You also have the choice of two pot colors: black or white.

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A Storage Container With A Built-In Measuring Cup For Scooping Pet Food

If your pet’s dry food keeps going stale, try keeping it inside of this airtight storage container. Not only will it help anything inside stay fresh, but there’s also a measuring cup built into the lid so that you don’t accidentally overfeed your pets. Choose from four colors: purple, pink, green, or blue.

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These Fridge Liners That Help Prevent Spoiled Greens

Nothing wastes money like buying produce, then watching it go bad in the fridge — so grab these liners. They promote air circulation throughout your fridge and drawers, helping to keep your greens fresher for longer. Plus, you can even place your fruits and veggies directly on top of them.

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The Hand Mixer That Won’t Drip Onto Your Counters

Since this hand mixer has a groove built into the base, you can easily lean it back so that nothing drips onto your counters. It also features a storage case that snaps onto the bottom — and with six mixing speeds, you can use it with everything from dough to eggs.

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A Garlic Press That Does All The Mincing For You

Cutting up garlic can be a pain. From the slices sticking to your knife blade, to that pervasive garlic smell, it’s no wonder people are in love with this rocker. It keeps your hands clean, yet still minces up garlic into even bits. And since it’s made from stainless steel, there’s no need to worry about rust.

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This Sink Caddy That Helps Your Scrubbers Dry Quickly

Making sure your scrubbers dry quickly is essential to keeping them mold-free, which is why this caddy has an open design that allows for maximum airflow. The stainless steel frame won’t rust in your sink — and it’s large enough to hold everything from sponges to soap bottles.

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These Mini Tiki Torches That’ll Fit On Your Picnic Table

Don’t have enough space for a real tiki torch? Just put this cute little trio on your picnic table. They’re made from beautiful glass that can hold enough fuel for about five hours’ worth of flame — and reviewers raved about how the photos don’t do them justice. “My deck looks so beautiful when these are lit up at night,” explained one. “I relax in my lounge chair and enjoy an hour or so of reading. You won’t be disappointed!”

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The Stands That Put Your Tacos On Display

The next time you’re really proud of how good your tacos look, why not put them into one of these stands before snapping a photo? Not only do they make your meal look professional, but they’re also safe to put into the oven — just in case you prefer a crispier tortilla.

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These Reusable Grocery Bags That Can Hold Up To 50 Pounds

Plastic grocery bags are incredibly wasteful, so why not switch over to these reusable ones? Each one is so strong that it can hold up to 50 pounds’ worth of groceries — and since they come in fun colors, you can even use them as tote bags or lunch sacks.

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The Storage Bins That Fold Flat When You’re Done Using Them

What do you do with your storage bins when it’s time to — well, store them? Not only do these ones fold down flat once you’re done using them, but the handles on the front make it easy to pul them off your shelves. Choose from seven colors, including a gorgeous shade of aqua.

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These Utensils That Are Safe To Use On Non-Stick Cookware

Not all utensils are safe to use on non-stick pots and pans — but these ones definitely are. They’re made from 100% natural Acacia wood that won’t leave behind scratches, and many reviewers raved about how they’re impressively high-quality for the price.

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The Lids That Stretch To Fit Your Containers

Got a drawer that’s jammed full of mismatched plasticware lids? Then it’s time to downsize to these stretchable ones. Each order comes with 12 in varying sizes, and you can also use them to save halved citrus for later. “I use them to seal bowls of food and cut ends of vegetables and fruit such as cucumbers and melons,” wrote one reviewer. “They don’t fall off when you put them on correctly. Good seal.”

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These Molds That Create Giant Golf Balls Of Ice

Use these molds to make giant golf balls of ice — they’ll melt more slowly than smaller ice cubes, making them perfect for sipping on cocktails. Each mold is completely leakproof, which means they won’t spill in your fridge. Plus, you can even stack them on top of each other to save space.

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A Measuring Set Made From Stainless Steel

If you’re still using plastic measuring cups and spoons, now’s your chance to upgrade to this stainless steel set. They all nest together to help you save space in your drawers — and the measurement markings are engraved on the handles so that there’s zero chance of them washing off.

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A Tool That Helps You Tenderize Tough Cuts Of Meat

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Tenderizing your meat helps break up the tough sinews that make for a chewy cut, and this tool makes it easier than ever. Stainless steel needles pierce deep to help soften your meat up, and you can also load them up with marinade for an extra-flavorful meal. “This thing is a game changer,” wrote one reviewer. “It saves me so much time by injecting, marinating and tenderizing at the same time.”

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By Kevin Chen
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Kevin Chen is a senior writer at Shareably. Kevin is based in San Francisco and can be reached at kevin@shareably.net
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