125 Times People Had To Look Twice At Things To Realize What They Were (New Pics)

Our pattern-recognizing brain can be a little too eager to help us and will just tell us what it thinks we see. As a result, we’ll happily accept a further on, black cat as just a shadow and a series of scratches on a boat as a wonderful image of a tropical island. So it would be best to always look twice, not just when crossing the street, but when seeing almost anything.

The mildly interesting subreddit, on top of being quite humble, gathers the best happy little coincidences our brains and eyes put together. So scroll down and get comfortable, since you’ll probably be staring at some of these for a bit. Make sure to upvote your favorites and if you want some more things that look like other things, Bored Panda has got you covered, you can find them here and here

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#1 I Present To You The Rare And Wonderful Dogtopus

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#2 The Sunset Lighting Makes It Look Like Firebreath

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#3 My Friend’s Snake Has The Superman Logo Naturally Emblazoned On Its Skin

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Some illusionists even try to get people to “fall” for these tricks through knowledge of psychology and clever design. One of the better-known, intentional examples is the Rabbit-Duck illusion, which is a sketch of either the head of a rabbit or a duck. The same person can respond that they see different woodland creatures at different times of the year, though this may be because there is no actual reward for saying that you can recognize both, just the expectation that you see something. 

In the case of the rabbit-duck, duck-rabbit, or however you prefer to call it, the brain is creating a full image out of disparate pieces. Like the images here, it’s just our mind trying to figure out what is going on, while filtering everything through what we already know. Unfortunately, our brain can only work with what our senses give it, and once it’s made up its (or our) mind, it might be disinclined to help you see what’s actually happening. So in the case of the two cats, it might not notice the second cat because it’s already ‘established’ that the first cat’s shadow is visible.

#4 My Cat’s Shadow Is Actually My Other Cat

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#5 The Inside Of My Red Onion Looks Like A Lotus Flower

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#6 Random Blister That Looks Like An Exclamation Point Appeared On My Finger

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Camouflage works in similar ways, by hijacking the methods our mind uses to determine what is what. Once we have accepted that a clump of bushes is a clump of bushes, it will fade into the back of our minds. We might only start to see the hypothetical camouflaged man if we are actively looking for someone or something that may be hiding in the clump of bushes. Animals use this strategy to great effect, while humans, as usual, just copy their homework to replicate the patterns, colors, and shapes found in nature.

#7 These Fishnet Stockings Made From The Table’s Shadow

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#8 I Got A Chicken Tender Shaped Like Africa

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#9 Shadow Follows

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Sometimes nature itself conspires to trick and confuse us. For example, a mirage is caused by light bending in such a way that a human, normally depicted as tired and thirsty, sees reflections of things further away or in the sky. Often in popular media, the person, no doubt wandering through the desert, sees an oasis and drags themselves towards it only to find more desert. This is actually not a mirage, simply some sort of psychosis. A real mirage is just the bending of light that can actually be caught on camera. Mirages aren’t limited to the desert and can be found near large bodies of water as well. 

#10 This Basket, Flattened By A Semi-Truck, Now Looks Like A 3D Picture Of A Basket

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#11 Sunlight Through This Fountain Looks Like It Is Pouring Lava – l’Aquila, Italy

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#12 This Agate That Looks Like A Wildfire

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Mother nature wasn’t done with just mirages, certain illusions can also be found near obstructed horizons, where our brains create a slope on a hill that is actually stable. This is sometimes referred to as a gravity hill, though it’s a lot less sci-fi than it sounds. It is also sometimes called a magnetic hill, though neither gravity nor magnets have anything to do with it. It’s caused by surrounding items appearing straight when they are actually leaning, making the ground appear like it’s sloping in one direction or another. 

#13 The Way The Light Shines Through The Bookcase Makes A Cityscape Shadow

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#14 The Colors In This Piece Of Agate Look Like A Sunset

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#15 Looks Like They’re Flying To The Moon

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We sometimes create these illusions ourselves, like the watercolor effect. It comes about when a colored line on a white background appears to ‘bleed’ parts of itself into the white area. Our eyes see this similar to a watercolor painting, where the edges of the brushstroke are lighter than the center. While this actually happens when using watercolors, in the watercolor illusion, the colored lines do not actually have a pale border of any sort. While it is less understood than the others mentioned here, scientists believe it could be a result of our brain ‘splitting’ the image into a background and something placed upon it, i.e. the line. 

#16 My Blinds Reflection Looks Like Lunar Phases On My Wall

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#17 This Man Stopped By My Friends’ Vintage Clothing Store, And Their Ring Light Looks Like A Halo Above His Head

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#18 My Blue Moon Beer Has An Orange, But It Looks Like There Is A Fried Egg On Top

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The simplest way a layperson can go about making something confusing would be to apply something called contour rivalry, which is also a great band name. Simply put, it’s the process of using shared indents, lines, and groves to create a series of images that change when viewed from different angles. This method has been known for over two thousand years, but creative artists can still use it to trick and confuse viewers. 

#19 The Way The Paint Dried In This Old Bottle Looks Like A Tidal Wave

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#20 After Five Years Of Use, My Pizza Stone Looks Like The Moon

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#21 The Way The Sunlight Reflects Off My Vase Makes It Look Like Smoke

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#22 Coco Biting On A Toy Lightsaber, Looks Like He’s Shooting His Laser Beam

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#23 The View From My Friend’s Room Makes It Look Like His Light Is In The Middle Of The Sky

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#24 The Sunset Looks Like A Forest Fire

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#25 The Tree Outside My Kitchen Has An Almost Perfectly Pi Symbol Shaped Branch

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#26 This Tree Outside My Bedroom Shaped Like Australia

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#27 Cat 3000 Heat Radiator

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#28 Freezing Rain On Tree Branches Look Like Blood Vessels

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#29 This Pot I Was Letting Soak Formed A Yin Yang In The Grease And Soap

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#30 The Dust A Flag Left On My Wall, Makes It Look Like The Wall Is Fabric

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#31 My Peas & Lentils Look Like An Ishihara Test

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#32 Light Reflected Onto This Wall Looks Like Chromosomes During Meiosis

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#33 Chipped Paint On This Propane Tank Lid Resembles A Globe

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#34 Accidental Map On A Dish Soap Bottle In The Kitchen Of A Car Workshop

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#35 A Cloud That Looks Like A Hat

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#36 My Tanlines Make Me Look Like I’m Wearing Necro-Pants

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#37 The Shadow From This Plant Makes It Look Like There’s A Decal On My Friend’s Car

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#38 I Took A Picture Of My Dog And It Looks Like She’s Smoking A Cigarette

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#39 A Moth On My Mini Buddha Statue Makes It Look Like Buddha’s Wearing A Coat Or Cape

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#40 This Frozen Puddle Looks Like A Topographic Map

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#41 This Mold On My Pumpkin Looks Exactly Like A Beard

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#42 My Cat Looks Like A Deer Trophy Here

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#43 My One Dog Looks Like My Other Dog’s Shadow

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#44 Pen Made Of Recycled Water Bottles Casts A Shadow Of A Water Bottle

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#45 I Found A Rock Shaped Like A Heart

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#46 Cheesecake Factory Looks Like The Eye Of Sauron

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#47 A Spider Whose Shadow Looks Like Corona Virus

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#48 The Shadow From A Rivet Makes It Look Like Sacajawea’s Smoking A Blunt

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#49 The Ice On This Street Lamp Makes It Look Like The Light Is Dripping Out

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#50 This Mirror Makes It Look Like The Entire Bathroom Is In The Tub

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#51 This Tree Looks Like It’s Sprouting Black Leaves, But It’s Just Full Of Crows

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#52 Unintentional WiFi Sausage

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#53 My Cherry Tomato Turned Over And Had A Naturally Made Number On It

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#54 My Lawn Made A Natural Yin-Yang Symbol After A Pool Stood There

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#55 My Gummy Bear Coke Bottle Looks Like A Revolver

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#56 I Was Taking A Picture Of This Cloud That Looks Like A Feather When A Bird Flew Into The Shot

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#57 My Thumb Looks Like A Toe And Is Exactly 1 Inch Wide

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#58 This Grape That Looks Like A Pumpkin

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#59 Three Guys That Accidentally Looked Like Alvin And The Chipmunks

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#60 The Frozen Windows On My Plane Made It Look Like We Were Flying Through A Nebula

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#61 Cactus Fruit That Looks Like A Mini Pineapple

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#62 The Center Of This Tree Looks Like A Heart

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#63 This Square Cloud Looks Like A Giant Rug

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#64 Camera Flash Made My Cat’s Eyes Look Like Flames

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#65 This Skyscraper In Houston Looks Like A PS5

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#66 My SO’s Mother Has Cutting Boards That Look Like Books When They’re Put Away

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#67 Frozen Feature Shaped Like A Mushroom

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#68 The Shadow Of Two Mailboxes Makes A Perfect Up Arrow

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#69 My Dog’s Shadow Makes An Almost Perfect Arrow

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#70 Around 2 Pm Every Sunny Day, There’s A 1 Shadow On My Floor

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#71 Perfectly Shaped Toothpaste Ball, Looks A Bit Like A Hard Candy

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#72 One Of My Onion Rings At Burger King Came Out In The Shape Of An Infinity Sign

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#73 This Onion Ring Shaped Like A Perfect Treble Clef

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#74 This Perfect Heart Shaped Cactus I Found

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#75 Tiny Natural Geode Shaped Like Foot Prints

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#76 This Stump I Came Across That Looks Like A Wooden Sarlacc

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#77 The Sun Hit This Cloud Just Right To Make It Look Like The Mountain Is On Fire

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#78 Small Island In Sweden Looks Like A Map Of Scandinavia

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#79 The Seed Cones Of The Toxic English Yew Look Like Christmas Ornaments

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#80 These Poles Look Like 2 Massive Cigarettes

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#81 A Cloud That Looks Like An Explosion

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#82 This Muscular-Looking Tree I Saw On My Walk Today

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#83 Bird Dropped A Quarter-Note Turd On My Windshield

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#84 The Benches’ Shadow Makes It Look Like This Canal Is A Two-Lane Road

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#85 This Tree Looks Like A Map, Complete With Political Borders

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#86 This Trashcan Reflects Light In Such A Way That Makes It Look Like A Solar Eclipse

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#87 My Office Window Curtains Are Sunlit In A Weird Angle, Making It Seem Like Windows XP Logos

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#88 The Mushroom On This Dog’s Snoot Looks Like An Upvote

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#89 The Snow In Salt Lake City Today Looks Like Dippin’ Dots

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#90 Pineapple?

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#91 This Oil Stain In The Parking Garage Could Not Be More Perfect

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#92 I Spent About Two Minutes At A Red Light Trying To Figure Out What Kind Of Shoe This Is. It’s A Bag

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#93 Got Paint On The Window Screen While Painting, Now Looks Like An Atari 16-Bit Tank Game

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#94 This Bubble In A Frozen-Over Ice Fishing Hole Looks Like The Moon Rising Over A Forest

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#95 The Shadow Of This Juice Glass Looks Like A Rose

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#96 The Shadow Is A Different Number

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#97 Changing My Friend’s Car Radio When I Noticed This. The Shadow Looks Like An Alien Language

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#98 The Cutlet I Bought Has The Shape Of Australia

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#99 Perfect Heart Shaped Strawberry

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#100 Milk In My Coffee Made A Tiny Guitar

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#101 Cloud Formation Looks Like Waves

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#102 These Pretzels From A Bag Of Chex Mix Are Stuck Together And Kind Of Look Like A Satellite

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#103 This Carrot Looks Like A Carrot Wearing A Carrot Suit

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#104 Baby Carrot Shaped Like A Boot

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#105 These Opals Look Like Mini-Hatching Dragon Eggs

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#106 Flowers That Look Like Cabbages

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#107 Rain And Ice Formed What Resembles A Fur Tree On The Side Of A Condo’s Roof

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#108 This Tree Looks Like It’s Smoking

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#109 My Tortilla Kinda Looks Like Jupiter

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#110 My Cousin Found This Adorable Heart Shaped Potato

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#111 A Texas Shaped Puddle In A Texas Parking Lot

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#112 The Pattern On This Hospital Floor Looks Like A Bloody Trail

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#113 A Moss That Looks Like Golden Hair

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#114 My Moldy Baked Beans Look Like Brains

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#115 These Ice Crystals On Branches Look Kind Of Like Cactus Needles

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#116 The Way The Light Is Hitting My Smoke Detector Makes It Look Like It’s Sliding Across The Ceiling

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#117 The Way The Ice Frozen The Saucer Makes It Look Like A Rose

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#118 The Snow On My Deck Looks Like Morse Code

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#119 Unintentional Human Heart-Shaped Pancake I Made Today

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#120 This Briar Pipe I’ve Been Working On Looks Like A Earbud

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#121 This Little Rock I Once Found That Looks Like The Danish Flag

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#122 The Lid Of This Popcorn Makes It Look Like It’s Spinning At High Speed

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#123 Eczema Mark On My Hand Looks Like A Landmass So I Turned It Into A Map

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#124 USA Rye Swirl

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#125 Chex Mix Shaped Like California

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