7 Unusual Statues And Monuments Across The Globe!

There are some monuments and statues that instill a sense of pride, beauty or emotions among the viewer. Those are unforgettable pieces of art that you get to see on field trips or in the pages of history books. But then there are some less-explored monuments, which are in a way an ode to the weird, the wonderful, and the just plain wacky which would make you think, “Seriously Bro? Seriously? Were you high or something before you ended up making these?”

Let’s look at some of them, One cautionary advice would be to just enjoy the view instead of trying to understand them (not if you don’t have something better to do).

7. De Vaartkapoen

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This statue was erected in 1985 in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. The scene it depicts is reminiscent of a comedy sketch: a man unexpectedly emerges from a manhole and pulls the feet from underneath a policeman. It’s author is Belgian sculptor Tom Frantzen.

6. Shit Fountain

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Artist Jerzy Kenar got tired of stepping out of his Chicago home and constantly stepping in dog poop. So, he decided to put his talents to good use and created a visual monument that would serve as a reminder to the dog owners of the neighborhood to scoop up what their pups leave behind. Enter Shit Fountain, a fecal-shaped bronze coil on top of a cement pillar with the monument’s title carved into the side.

5. The Headington Shark

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Pic Courtesy: http://armchairtravelogue.blogspot.in/2010/04/headington-shark-which-survived-attack.html

The significance of this sculpture is much greater than may appear at first sight. It was erected on the 41st anniversary of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The sculpture depicts a beautiful , if potentially deadly lethal weapon falling from the sky.

4. Die Badende

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Artist Oliver Voss created the sculpture as an advertisement for British beauty company Glory. The company wanted to make a “big splash” in thanking the German people for embracing their latest line of products. The advertisement proved very successful; customers and a large crowd gathered to watch the woman hoisted from the water. The movers had a large towel ready to conceal her lady bits from peeping eyes.

3. Jimmy Carter Peanut

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Photo credit: National Park Service

The Jimmy Carter Peanut might give you nightmares, standing at 4 meters (13 ft) tall with a wide, toothy smile and no eyes. The peanut can be found on the side of the road in Plains, Georgia. The structure started out far from Georgia, however. It was actually constructed in Indiana in 1976 to honor Jimmy Carter’s visit to the state during his presidential campaign tour. Why was a giant, smiling peanut, of all things, used as a tribute? Well, before he was president, Carter was actually a peanut farmer.

2. Jeju Loveland

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The salacious monuments found on Jeju Island in South Korea were made to honor sexual acts. The park itself is called Jeju Loveland and arouses more than just curiosity from its many visitors. The theme park opened in 2004 and has a collection of more than 140 erotic statues depicting sexual encounters between both humans and animals. The goals of the theme park are to break down barriers and taboo feelings surrounding sex and promote the “natural beauty of sexuality.”

1. Brownnosers

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Brownnosers, created by Czech artist David Cerny, takes the term “brownnoser” to an entirely new (and literal) level. The two statues stand, or rather bend over, outside the Futura Gallery in Prague. The two figures are positioned side-by-side with the lower portions of their torsos protruding from a cement wall. Viewers are invited to climb ladders attached to the open anuses of the figures and stick their heads inside the openings.

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9 Kind of Hostellers and The Way They Keep Their Room

In every hostel exist the 2 extremes of Monica and Max. And then those who fall in between. Actually, it’s quite similar to Botticelli’s map of hell. Here, the hostel is the hell of course. But if we look closely, it is more of a bittersweet experience really.

On that note, let’s visit all the different kinds of hostelers and the way they keep their room:

1. The one with all the filth:

They are the real Mama’s boys. It’s a wonder that they survive like this at all. Their clothes are untidy most of the times, sometimes they even pick clothes for wearing from their laundry basket. In fact, these are the people who don’t spend much time in their room. They are busy clubbing and partying, and use their rooms just for the purpose of sleeping. Priorities baby!

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2. Dirt phobia on point!

These are the people who won’t even let you enter their room with your shoes on. Most probably they will have a doormat which says, “Leave your shoes and ego behind”. Even though they are not well organised, they sure are clean and tidy.

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3. Emptiness:

These are the kind of people who won’t have much stuff in their room. These are the hostelers who have their home nearby. They have one foot in their hostel and the other in their home. Paying very less attention to the needs of their hostel room.

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4. Khula darwaza nikla poster:

Next are the artsy ones. Their room is filled with posters, and decorating lights and what not. They like to keep their room beautiful. And unlike the clean ones they are happy when they have some company. Their room is decently organised, but God! the posters and lights are everywhere, even in their washrooms.

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5. “Dolo se umar sari kat-ti nahin!”

The gym freaks. You won’t find many books or study materials in their room but you will definitely find those large jars of whey protein in abundance. From protein bars to eggs and spare dumbbells, their room is a mini gym in itself. Occasionally you can also find punching bags in one of these rooms.

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6. The Bibliophiles:

Books and books everywhere. It’s never enough. From the side table to their wardrobes, you will find books everywhere. Their first instinct is to buy books and when they realise they have no space left for keeping them then buying another bookshelf becomes a necessity for them. And the fun part is that they care for them like mothers. Don’t be surprised if you find more books than clothes in their room.
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7. The one with all the bingers:

These are the anime/comic lovers and the binge-watchers of TV series/ movies. Apart from the tons of action figures, stickers with comic or pop culture references, you will always find a laptop running some random anime/cartoon in their rooms. Most of their room is clean, but not the circumference of the bed. Here you can find the leftover food packing which can be a week old. They will always have an instant snack right beside their bed, along with cold drink sometimes. Oh! And how can you forget the Korean drama lovers? They fit into this category as well.

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8. Agarbattiyaan raakh hogai, God to mila hai inhein kahi:

You will find a specific spot in these rooms where they keep their idols/ holy books. They are quite the theist ones. Usually, they would keep the studying area close to their praying area. And are very concerned when any ungodly act of hostel terror happens in their room. “What will the gods say after seeing this?!” (Shudders at the thought)

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9. The nerd’s safe place:

A geek’s room can be decently organised but it does not take much time to create a total mishap. Their room will be filled with books, not so much as the bibliophile one but you can spot them easily. You will find sticky notes, organisers, and to do list everywhere because they have so much to do and time is never quite enough. You can also find an extra set of computers in their room. Because one is too mainstream and mundane. Hidden in a cupboard can be food items which they binge on during times of stress.

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Whatever their way of keeping the room be, one thing is sure: No one ever forgets their hostel life. It’s a life-altering experience altogether. Make the most of it while it lasts!

Ciao!

Live-In Relationships ~ New Kid on the block?

A rush of chilliness ran down my spine when he asked me if I wanted to move in with him. I stood there, dazzled and confused at the same time. Did I hear it right? Or maybe he meant something else? A sense of delight was slowly chipping in but I kept a blank face on, holding my ground, waiting for him to come again. As startled as I was, I didn’t want to give that away. I slowly moved towards him pretending as if I haven’t heard him in the first instance. “Sorry,” I said. “I guess I couldn’t hear you”, gently sliding that strand of hair that was covering my left eye while the right lay glued at him, catching every last bit of reaction I could gather. He, for once hesitated, and then mustering up his voice said again, “Do you wanna Move in with me?”. And there I could see him turning pale as if he had seen a ghost. While I, on the other hand, was trying to control my laughter on looking at his face which was showing signs of uncertainty and fear. I leaned towards him wrapping my hands around his shoulders, staring him in the eye and said, “I thought you would never ask.” and that was our moment, A moment to cherish. While the sun was setting down, giving way to the moon, the sea met the horizon, crimson redness scattering all around as if it’s giving an approval for us to be together.

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But it was a day later when reality struck. LIVE-IN was supposedly a huge deal for people around. I couldn’t understand why. I mean, It’s me who is the one who will be impacted and it’s everyone else around who are feeling the heat. Why so? Well maybe because it’s their job to judge! But then I don’t know what makes them judge it anyway. Two grown-up individuals who like each other decide to live together under one roof. Where in this world does that sound Corrupted? And yet, It’s frowned upon. It’s easy to judge others but then judging someone on the basis of a preconceived bias which is all but positive might be termed as a jerk move. (Oh Damn. Are the moral police reading this? :3)


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Let’s get into some statistics while we are talking about this to make it a solid research supported account about the new kid on the block, and most importantly, one who is here to stay, Live-in Relationship! The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reports that more than half (54 percent) of all first marriages between 1990 and 1994 began with unmarried cohabitation. This said I guess more than half of the people can’t be that wrong. Eh?

BUT BUT BUT, There always has to be a but. Isn’t it? 😂

Live-In comes with its own share of problems and downfalls. Let’s me try to lay that down too :

  • Living together is considered to be more stressful than being married.
  • Just over 50% of couples who have lived-in ever get married.
  • Couples who lived together before marriage tend to divorce early in their marriage.
  • Compared to married individuals, those cohabiting have higher levels of depression and substance abuse.

Should that stop us from getting into one? Naah. We are the Millennials. We love to live dangerously. But then again completely ignoring the fact and the noticed patterns would be a foolish move. It’s always the decision of the couple. What can be done is put in the rationality of thoughts about your motivation for living together.
Is it just out of convenience?
Is it to spend more time together?
Are you uncertain about the relationship and want to make a more informed decision?
Or, is it just a prelude to marriage?
What’s need to be Kept in mind is that couples who live together seem to have the most successful outcomes when they have already made a clear commitment to each other.
Let me try to draw a line to this now for two reasons.
One, He is getting bored and I can’t see him wait on me while I am glued to my screen.
Two, The first reason is important enough. 😉

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Last but not the least guys. Whether you choose to live under the same roof or miles apart. Distance is never a problem when you love someone. It’s always about priorities and if you could make the person of your life your priority. Then trust me, all these statistics and research would be of no use at all.
BECAUSE LOVE IS WHAT LOVE WANTS!  😋

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10 Of The Most Ridiculous Bans In India Over The Years

India has always been extremely rich and proud when it comes to culture and tradition. This is the reason why our government leaves no stone unturned to preserve the same. From a ban on AIB roast video to a ban on beef in Maharashtra, India has recently been famous for its weird bans.

Here is a list of 10 ridiculous bans that did not fail to surprise us over the years:

1. The ban on cuss words in movies:

CBFC’s beep game is so strong that using beep instead of the actual cuss word has become a funny trend for the current generation. It turned even funnier when words like Bombay, patana (Hindi movies) and screw (English movies) appeared on the ban list of CBFC.

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2. Advertising alcohol:

The alcohol companies had the perfect countermeasure to this ban though. It’s called surrogate advertising where the companies use different products to keep their name fresh in the minds of people. #MenWillBeMen

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3. Porn:

How can anybody forget the horror of waking up to hundreds of porn websites banned in India?! I guess ye apne culture ki hai aadat.

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4. Beef:

When we had been turned into Gandhi Ji’s monkeys with censorship on what we see and hear, the government made sure that we had our palms to our mouth as well. Not even Kajol was spared when she happened to post a picture of a beef dish.

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5. Maggi:

Not even Maggi was left alone as the alarming level of lead found in it was a health hazard. But surprisingly they joined the market within a few months proving their innocence. They made a solid come back with ads which talked about every mother’s trust in the company.

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6. Homosexuality:

No wonder the word “screw” is banned by CBFC as well. The cherry on top was the verdict which binds us with clauses on whom to love now.

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7. The ban on hookah bars:

Delhiites were in for a surprise when even hookah bars were banned after the shutting down of 43 McDonald’s outlets in the city. Turns out that the government is really worried about Delhi’s lungs as well and not just what goes in its belly.

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8. Mannequins displaying lingerie:

This unusual ban was implemented to stop “impure thoughts” from entering the minds of men who might commit rape! It exposes too much (fake) skin as well. That definitely can’t be good for a country which is home to Khajuraho temple.

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9. Fifty Shades of Grey:

It was not the first movie to be banned in India. The CBFC found it too vulgar even after deleting the scenes which seemingly made it vulgar. And hence, they banned the movie completely.

PS: The books are easily available online and offline as well.

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10. Flying drones:

It’s no kids play after all! Flying drones without any prior permission is a security measure. But the funny part is the sale of drones without any warning by the manufacturer or seller that it’s illegal in India.

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Bans are all good and fine as long as they just preserve the culture and not confine its people in the process. It’s a democracy after all, of the people, by the people and for the people. Jai Hind!

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Keep your mom off Facebook

Those were the days, the late 2000s. “Orkut” was shown the door by bubblegum Indian teens. The Facebook tornado had now engulfed them. The azure blue of Facebook was penetrating cyber cafes outside the schools and opera minis on good old Nokia devices faster than Eminem could rap “don’t tag me in stupid motivational quotes, you moron.”

Initially, the fad stayed limited to wannabe-celebrity teenagers pretending they had a life. The dopamine boost that they got when the most popular girl in the class accepted their “friend request” kept them hooked on to the platform. The most popular girl in return could brag about how many friendship requests she’d kept pending the next day in school. Gradually, the number of likes on Display Pictures and the number of shares your statuses had become the parameter by which the teenagers could measure their self-worth.

I was one such puppy-eyed teenager who joined Facebook, trying not to miss out on the latest fad, lest my friends think I am not cool. Hiding behind the display picture of Justin Bieber, I pretended to be someone whom I could never be in real life. The number of friend requests I sent to girls hiding behind Selena Gomez was humongous. The ones that did get accepted were by wannabe-Selena Gomez teenage guys. It was frustrating, creepy and disgusting, all at the same time, given that I always knew I was straight.

Like everyone I knew, I passed school and joined Engineering. I had followed the second fad after Facebook, and both of them would cause a ruckus in my life later on. Lesson learned, never follow fads.

But the bottom line was, I had grown up a little and my tastes had changed. I had grown especially wary of profiles hiding behind Selena Gomez. I had even stopped accepting requests from profiles with “Angel”, “Princess”, “Cool Dude” and “Superstar” prefixed to their names. I no longer spoke to people who were “not working, still studyyyyyyyying”.  Instead, I had now become a “Bhakt”, rooting for Narendra Modi for the general elections. I am not sure if it was any better or worse.

One thing still hadn’t changed though. I could still enjoy absolute freedom on Facebook. My friends could still tag me in Mia Khalifa pictures and I could comment “jaw-dropping!” on them, my newfound girlfriend could post “I miss you” on my “timeline” and I could reply with “I love you, honey”, I could post “inappropriate” jokes when Facebook asked me what was on my mind, I could tear apart a Congress supporter with a barrage of abuses and for sure, I could share “sanskaari” pictures from my new-year party.

Little did I know that Narendra Modi had become the Prime Minister and we were amidst a Digital India now. One such fateful morning, I woke up almost still asleep. I follow a strict routine when it comes to my early morning rituals. I religiously log in to Facebook and don’t stop until I have scrolled down until the core of the very earth. I had received a new Friend Request. It was from my Mom. I was taken aback. My mom who couldn’t handle the TV remote on her own had opened the Google Play Store, downloaded the Facebook messenger app, created a new account, looked me up and sent me a friend request. I was more likely to spot the great Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar himself under my bed than this happening.

I gave her a call, she picked up. I was about to utter something but was graciously interrupted.

“What kind of hairs do you have on Facebook? We never got you a hair-cut like that!”

My mind traversed back to my boyhood days and shuddered at the hair-cut my mom had once got me in a beauty parlor when I was 8. I reminded her how I had missed school for 7 days post that day. But she had none of it. She commanded me to change my Display Picture before our neighbor Gupta Ji, who also happens to be on Facebook got me busted for my crime.

I agreed and changed my Display Picture to Lord Krishna. Everything changed once that happened.

“I miss you” on my timeline by my lady love was now met with “Who are you?”. Mia Khalifa pictures were instantly removed and the taggers were mercilessly blocked. The Congress supporters had now found a new voice on my timeline. My new year party pictures were now replaced with photos of me participating in the temple Aartis.  I stopped discussing my semester results on Facebook altogether. Those mentioning it were duly unfriended, both on social media and real life. The worst happened when I came to know I couldn’t block the “Last Seen” feature. No more late night Facebook sessions trying to stalk random people.

Honestly, nothing changed for me, I was still pretending to be someone I was not on Facebook. But for people who knew me, things escalated pretty quickly after that. My girlfriend started believing I was ashamed to call her my girl. My friends started believing I was preparing for UPSC even though I am oblivious to whatever the dreadful acronym stands for. Congress supporters on my friend list thought I had taken to the right way of life.

So friends, if your freedom on Facebook means more to you than Rahul Gandhi means to the Congress party, block your mom on Facebook. You never know when you might face the wrath of Digital India.

(The above is a work of fiction)

Guest blogger: Parimal Paritosh

 

10 College Dating Lessons For Generation Z

College is one place you have them all. From the eccentric weirdos to the miss goodie two shoes, the headbanging rock stars to the sadistic emos, the chirpy cheerleaders to the high waisted nerds, the bhangra boys to the girl next door. You name it, this place owns it! In the sea of these many people, you might just meet that one special someone who is the missing piece of your life’s jigsaw puzzle. Unless, of course, you are the forever alone kind, then only fanatic religious rituals can save you. When you finally meet someone who is your type do not forget to:

  1. Let them know! (for starters)

Never ever wait for some miracle which will make your crush realise that somebody likes them. A lot of time is the only thing you don’t have in college. Just go for it!

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  1. Don’t fret

This is for the worried souls. Don’t fret. If everything goes well, PARTYY!! And if it doesn’t then PARTYY!! as well because a wise man once said, “Aal iz well!”

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  1. Talk to your friends about it

Sure. Talking to friends is a necessity. It clears our mind and most of the time leaves us with good ideas. But don’t forget what you think and want. Ultimately it’s you who is going to be in that relationship. Go ahead, steer the wheel for your own self. Own up to it.

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  1. Take it slow

Don’t rush in. It’s true that we live in a time deficit world but take your time. Go at a pace which suits you. Think it through.

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  1. Make ground rules

Respect yourself so that they can respect you. Even though we hate rules, ground rules are a must to assert what we want and need. If you find something problematic/hurtful convey it to your partner. The baggage of hurt is too heavy and worthless to carry.

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  1. Look for common interests

Common interests always give a reason to bond. Be it games, books, movies, chai/coffee, food, anything, find it and exploit its potential to bring the 2 of you closer.

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  1. Expect less

Getting some extra fries at McD doesn’t hurt but Suicide Squad’s performance definitely did hurt. Great expectations hurt. Expect less and enjoy the extra fries.

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  1. Talk to them. Like really talk

When you think that you are close enough, don’t hesitate to bare your secret self in front of them. It will bring you even more close.

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  1. Space

Live and let live! Don’t choke the life out of each other. The trick is to spend quality time together. I mean…hey! It’s College! Have fun! Don’t become the creepy stalker auntyji from next door.

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  1. Honesty

Set your priorities and be honest with the person who is important to you. It doesn’t require much from you, just the truth. Period.

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Don’t be the stereotypical “gf-bf”. Be more. Life is too short to be mundane. Kya pata kal ho na ho…

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Presenting our very own Twitter Champion, KRK!

Sure Donald Trump’s tweets are hilarious and knowing that he’s the President of the United States, talking like a 12 years old on Twitter makes it even more funny. But, amidst this air of Trump tweets, let’s not forget what our country has to offer us, (#NotAnAntiNational) our very own Kamaal R Khan, self-christened as KRK. Sure Trump tweets about missile buttons like it is a toy but KRK is in an altogether different league. We bring to you, 10 of him most AMAZINGLY tweets that will make you say, “Why did I read that?”

 

  1. You haven’t or is it the other way round?

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  1. Girls stop hitting on the most eligible bachelor of our country

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  1. This is the opposite of a blackmail man.

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  1. Itni confidence kahan se laatay ho bhai?

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  1. What about your mom? You don’t call your mom? Tsk tsk tsk

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  1. *cough* Desh Drohi *cough?*

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  1. Oh yes! I’m still in the race!

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  1. She can give herself a gift and block you.

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  1. Just who are these girls? Where are they?

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  1. Whoever is doing the black magic can you guys please do a better job?

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