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Wacky Home Remedies & Cures That Really Work

Updated on April 14, 2013
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I'm no doctor but...

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV, but I do have a collection of some pretty awesome home remedies I want to share with people. They range from the simple to the weird and icky, but I guarantee you you'll try at least one.

So without further ado, here is a list of ten tried and true home remedies to cure what ails ya. Be forewarned though, I am a fan of the wacky and weird which allowed me to be pretty open to trying these remedies some are not for the faint of heart.

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Put a penny on a fresh bee or wasp sting

I have a daughter who is mildly allergic to bee stings, not anaphylactic, but she swells up pretty seriously. When my mother was visiting us one summer she told us about this quick remedy and I was amazed by how well it works. Don’t quote me on the science of it, but the copper in the penny helps reduce the swelling and takes out the sting. My daughter is like a bee magnet, she’s been stung nine times over the past three summers, now I always carry a penny in my pocket.

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Onions to cure a chest cold

This one is totally wacky, but again the proof is in the pudding, or should I say onion. If you have a chest cold, put half a peeled onion in an open jar beside your bed. In the morning when you wake up it will be brownish black from absorbing your sickness. Throw it out immediately. As an aside it is never a good idea to keep left over onion in your fridge, they are like sponges and pick up bacteria quickly. Do yourself a favour and eat the whole thing, they have amazing health benefits or chuck the remainder in the compost.

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Hydrogen Peroxide for an earache

This one is pretty cool and absolutely works. Just get some standard hydrogen peroxide, the kind you would use to clean a cut or scrape, and with an eye dropper, drop 3 or 4 drops into your ear. Make sure you are lying down when you do it and aren’t required to hear anything for about 20 minutes after. It is the weirdest sensation, you can actually hear it fizzing in your ear and it kind of tickles, but it works wonders and often the earache is gone within 24 hours. I wouldn’t recommend doing it more than every eight hours.

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Your own urine for an earache

Okay so remember I mentioned that some of these are not for the faint of heart? The fact is that urine has tons of healing properties, a lot of cultures embrace it and go so far as to drink their own urine as well as some animal urine, but in Western cultures it’s frowned upon. I can’t say I have gone so far as drinking my own urine, but I have read that dropping a few drops of your own urine in your ear for an earache works wonders. Note: it has to be your own urine. I haven't been brave enough to try this yet, but will if need be. Gag all you want, but I think there’s some truth to the healing powers of urine.

First urine of the day for athlete’s foot

More pee! I know you’re probably still freaking out from the last pee remedy suggestion, but this one might be a little more palatable. If you suffer from athlete’s foot then peeing on your feet in the shower first thing in the morning can help. It has to be your first urine of the day because that is when the ammonia and urea will be most concentrated. One summer I came back from camp with a killer case of athlete’s foot, cracks between the toes and everything. I was shocked when my Mom told me to pee on my feet in the shower, but it worked. Moms really do know best.

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Duct Tape for plantar’s warts

Yow do these hurt! And if you’ve had the misfortune of having a doctor put liquid nitrogen on your foot to remove the wart you’ll know that hurts even more. Why not skip the nitrogen and wander down to your workshop for some duct tape? It’s super simple, cut a small piece of duct tape out and cover your wart with it. Leave it on for two weeks. Take it off, and the wart should come with it. Sometimes you need to pumice your foot to loosen things up. If it doesn’t fall out try another two weeks with the duct tape again. Having gone the nitrogen route, I would strongly recommend duct tape instead.

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Toothpaste for insect bites

Have a mosquito bite that just want stop itching? Forget those ridiculously expensive after bite pens and grab some minty toothpaste. Just put a little dab on the bite and let the mint soothe the itch. I learned this one at summer camp many moons ago and was happy to hear from my ten year old daughter upon her return from summer camp that this trick is still being recommended by camp counselors now. It's also great for drying up pimples...oh and brushing your teeth.

Mr. Clean for infections

I am prone to infection, if I get a scrape or even a sliver sometimes, I get an infection. And if I don’t get a hold of it in time I start seeing that telltale red line leading to my groin that has me heading to the emergency room for some serious antibiotics. Blood poisoning is less fun then it sounds. (Looking back at my medical history I think it’s a bit of a miracle I haven’t lost a limb.) At some point during my early teens my Mom read that Mr. Clean was a cure all for infections and started using it on my numerous scrapes and cuts. (Did I mention I was a grade “A,” super klutz, and still am to this day?)

I have no idea how it works on dirty floors or toilets, but I can tell you it works wonders on infected scrapes. It has to be Mr. Clean though; other brands don’t have the same magical healing powers. Depending on the area and level of infection, soak the infected area for 30 minutes every four hours until the infection subsides. I rarely have had to follow this regime for more than two days before I saw major healing.

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Oatmeal bath for chicken pox or poison ivy

Our family opted not to get the chicken pox vaccine and as a result all three of my girls got the chicken pox. Not that I’m complaining or would do it differently, but it was a very itchy time at our house for about a month.

To combat the itchiness we found that an old sock filled with oatmeal in a warm bath did the trick. One of my daughters practically lived in the tub for several days her pox were so itchy. Keep the water lukewarm and watch the water turn milky coloured when you put the sock in. Make sure not to rinse them off after the bath. If possible let them air dry to keep some of that oatmeal anit-itch goodness on them. Add more oatmeal to the sock with every bath.

We’ve tried this remedy for poison ivy as well and it helped a lot.

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Listerine as an insect repellent

This remedy got a lot of mention online a few years ago, but it bears repeating. Just throw some Listerine in a spray bottle and squirt some on yourself before heading out into the great outdoors. It works and you smell minty fresh. It can be a little sticky if you go hog wild with the spray, but I’d rather be sticky and minty then covered in bug bites or worse yet spray DEET on myself. Yikes!

So there you have it, ten tried and true wacky home remedies that you can start using today. As I wrap this up I realize I have a whole bunch more I could add to the list so watch for a part two to this hub and/or updates. If you decide to try any of these or have some great home remedies of your own to share I would love to hear about them.

Good luck and good health!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The home remedies in this article should not be used as a substitute for real medical advice should it be required. We are all personally responsible for our own health.

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      A very interesting hub, there are some really useful hints here. Some are new to me, but I have also heard of several similar remedies such as peeing on jellyfish stings to ease the pain, using onions to prevent colds, and also using oatmeal in the bath to soothe eczema, psoriasis and other skin complaints.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading Imogen!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know people are gong to scoff at this hub, and few will try these ideas of yours, but I have actually used a couple of them and they work, and doctors have known for years that urine has restorative powers.

      Great hub and I'm not scoffing.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the support BB!

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      snigdha.s 4 years ago from India,mumbai

      Some great tips. Thanks for sharing. For bee stings You can rub Onion also. Will try the penny trick next time. Am also allergic ti bee stings and they have an affinity towards me.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Snigdha, thanks for reading and I will have to give the onion trick for bee stings a try.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Very interesting hub. This is the second time I've heard the bit about onions, so I may give it a try. There's no way in hell I'm drinking my own pee, however!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      LOL Crystal, ya I'm not quite there myself either. Thanks for reading!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Great hub! I've tried a few of these myself and they do work ^_^ I also enjoy olive oil for many skin problems including eczema. Don't forget breastmilk. It's used for all sorts of things- anti-infection, eyedrops, chapped lips... I could go on ^_^

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Mama Kim, great suggestions! I love using olive oil, it works wonders on psoriasis. I'm not well versed in the healing powers of breat milk, but would like to be. Thanks for reading.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Hmm.. maybe I should write a complimentary hub to yours about breast milk ^_^ If I do I'll link back to you. Have a good day my friend ^_^

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Mama Kim, awesome idea! Go for it!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      It's up! ^_^ Hope you like it.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow, these are quite interesting! I'll have to give the onion and toothpaste one a try the next time we need to.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up - useful - interesting :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading and commenting Mel. You'll be shocked by what the onion looks like the next morning.

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      Judith C Evans 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      Fascinating look at home remedies! I can vouch for the oatmeal bath as a remedy for chicken pox. Voting up and sharing!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the read and the share. Oatmeal baths were a god send for a very poxy few weeks at our house when my girls were little.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Interesting and useful hub. I'm going to try the Listerine idea, as I am a magnet to mosquitoes. :-)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading jennzie. I have tried the Listerine and it really works and I way prefer the smell to insect repellent.

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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for sharing these! The penny one makes sense... though I don't know if I'll try the urine ones :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading glassvisage. I agree, the penny is far more palatable then urine.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Some of these remedies I have tried myself, others I've never heard of. I think home remedies are an excellent balance between "back when" and safer alternatives to today's "medication age". Voted useful.

      Thanks for sharing.

      ~Becky

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      First Colony 4 years ago

      This is a very useful Hub. I can personally vouch for the oatmeal bath for poison ivy. It really does work! Voted up and useful.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for commenting Rf and FC, much appreciated. And I agree, home remedies are a great alternative for healing in our drug happy society.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are all interesting facts. I did not know you could use Listerine as a bug spray. I might try that. I am not as open-minded about the urine suggestions though. I would have to be desperate. ;-)

      Great hub and voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love natural home remedies. I'm saving this for later. Voted up and others!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I can't say I have tried most of these, but they do sound interesting. I did try the oatmeal bath, but I hadn't heard the part about putting it in a sock. Cleaning up was no fun. I will have to experiment the next time I have one of these conditions.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I have actually heard of some of these ideas - like the pee on athlete's foot, peroxide for ear pain and oatmeal baths for poison ivy. I'm definitely going to try the penny trick. I am also allergic to bees of all kinds so this sounds great for me. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Thundermama, It takes a brave soul such as yourself to write an eye popping hub such as this. (LOL) I have actually heard of urine being used on your face to get rid of pimples. The penny being used on the bee sting is interesting. I am always up for reading about home remedies. Thanks for sharing with the HP community.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi there Thundermama, I'll give the penny a go definitely, and the onion! I'm also going to have great fun insisting to my family that we put urine in our ears... LOL. I don't know what "Mr Clean" is, I don't think we have it in the UK, or it maybe it's called something different... or maybe I've just led a sheltered life! Thanks for this info, all the best, Jen

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      Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

      Really cool hub, I was not aware of the penny one. You should mention honey for wound dressing! Nobody I talk to seems to realize how beneficial honey can be on open cuts or infected areas.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow, thanks to all for the wonderful comments and so glad to hear that so many of you will be trying some of them.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Some of these I have never heard of but will try to some I've heard of and tried and you are correct, they really do work.

      Great originality in this hub's subject matter.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading and commenting shiningirisheyes. Glad I could introduce some new remedies to you.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What a great idea for a hub! I've heard of some of these before (onions and listerine), but a lot of these are new to me and some are just plain gross. I don't see myself peeing on my foot except maybe by accident. : )

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love many of your ideas. If I get a cold I am going to do the onion thing. Lots of interesting suggestions here but then again you do sound like an interesting person.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Ahh thanks carol7777, what a lovely thing to say. do try the onion, it's startling to see what it looks like after placing beside your bed overnight when you have a chest cold. It really pulls the illness out of you. Good luck and good health.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Urine is great for bee stings and insect bites, too, as it contains anti-histamines. It's also, contrary to myth, completely sterile (else you'd have bladder infections all the time!), and antiseptic.

      Another good remedy for temporary relief of insect bites is to rub table salt on the bite. The gentle abrasion feels good when you're rubbing it in and it greatly reduces the itch and swelling.

      Nice hub!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      When I was a kid I did use to dab toothpaste on insect bites and it did work. I also attempted to do this on burns but man they stung -- so it's not recommended!

      Very unusual tips and interesting too. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful/interesting. :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Interesting tips here, most of these i have never heard of!

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      Don Fairchild 4 years ago from Belgrade, ME

      Interesting tips, I use ammonia from the bottle to kill the burn and itch of a bug bite. It is stronger than pee in the ammonia department. :-)

      Now, I will try the athletes foot thing with ammonia as well.

      Oh and by the way, I have discovered that baby wipes used on the bottoms of your feet will eliminate those nasty hangnail skin roughness condition that I have heard is a variation of athletes foot.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks everyone for reading and chiming in with your own great ideas. I am currently snuggled up to an onion to cure my cold.

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      MissDoolittle 4 years ago from Sussex, UK

      It's funny I was looking up the other day home remedies mainly for migraines. I did find some unusual suggestions but one of the ones I have tried is putting Vick's vapour rub (like when you get a cold) on your temples and it does really work.... don't ask me how!

      I have tried the duct tape one before and that didn't work for me but I have used toothepaste on bites and it DOES work.

      Thanks :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Miss D, the migraine cure is good to know. I suffer from these frequently and am happy to know of different ways to treat them. I've heard mixed results on the duct tape remedy. Some people swear by it, others not so much. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      Great hub, Thundermama. Might be worth checking out bee sting allergy testing for your bee magnet. One of my kids was stung a few times with no real drama, but then there was one that she reacted really badly to. Apparently there's some kind of reaction building with each sting.

      Don't know for sure, but it is worth mentioning. :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for the tip LTM, I think an allergy test is definitely in order.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I have not heard of most of these! One neat one I have tried is diatomaceous earth as a natural deterrant for ants. I bought it off Amazon and learned that apparently people use it to get rid of bed bugs too (nasty, huh?).

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      FA, never heard of that one, I will definitely check it out. I am firm believer that there is a worthwhile home remedy for everything. Here's hoping I never have to use it for bed bugs. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Alfreta Sailor 4 years ago from Southern California

      Okay, although I can say this was very good and need I say interesting. However, because I am very squeamish, and somewhat of a germaphobe, I had to pass over the two paragraphs about the urine cure. LOL! Nevertheless the entire hub was very good. I especially like the toothpaste and Mr. Clean suggestions.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting. I also Tweeted, Pinned and shared it with my followers.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      fastfreta, urine from a healthy individual is completely sterile, so you needn't worry about germs from that source.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      fastfreta, thanks so much for delving into my hubs and sharing. I too am a little squeamish about urine, but in my research on natural remedies it comes up a lot. I do get that they are not for everyone.

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      Alfreta Sailor 4 years ago from Southern California

      Casimiro, I've heard that, but the squeamish factor rules here, LOL!

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Love these suggestions! Am wondering what the UK equivalent of Mr Clean is? Definitely will try the onion one next time one of us gets a cold. Voted up all round :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Hmmm...I'll have to ask my hubbie that one, he's from the UK, bet there is a similar product or the same one by a different name. Thanks so much for reading and commenting theraggededge.

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      Douglas Lieth 4 years ago from NYC

      I've always used baking soda on bee stings myself, but I don't usually carry baking soda around with me. So, the penny will definitely be tested this summer as I get stung at least once every year. I'll have to try some other ones listed here as well. Thanks for this!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Some great tips here and some really disgusting ones too! You did a great job on this hub. Sharing this one and look forward to reading more from you now that I've discovered you here on HubPages.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Love it! We used to put a baking soda paste on stings and bites and it was very soothing.

      Great Hub, and how did I miss it?

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading and the lovely comments. I like your baking soda trick, will give it a try.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      Thank for sharing this tips

      Here issome tips about cold sore:

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      desi-totkay 22 months ago

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