Best Facts and Trivia podcasts — Say "Today I Learned" every day (Updated February 2019; image)
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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
 
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TED Radio Hour
Weekly
 
Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
 
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Surprisingly Awesome
Monthly
 
A show that delves into topics that seem mundane, annoying and sometimes downright boring - to reveal that they're surprisingly awesome.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
 
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Question of the Day
Weekly+
 
Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The a ...
 
Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and a celebrity co-host invite guests on stage in front of a live audience to tell us something we don’t know. The co-hosts — a mix of leaders in science, academia, sports, media, and comedy — grill the guests, and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, a new co-host, and new guests. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone honest. Think of the mos ...
 
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Good Job, Brain!
Monthly
 
Part quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. We here are nuts about trivia and pub quiz! And we are darn sure there are people out there who share our unusual obsession. Play along and laugh along as Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris school each other on some of the weirdest and most interesting facts about our funny little world.Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? And don't you just loathe badly worded questi ...
 
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Damn Interesting
Rare
 
The audio side of DamnInteresting.com: Legitimately intriguing true stories from history, science, and psychology. Audiobook-like narration with sound effects and music.
 
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Every Little Thing
Monthly+
 
ARRRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Who invented the Cha Cha Slide? How old is Winnie the Pooh? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com. Every Little Thing is produced Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.
 
A weekly podcast for knowledge about anything and everything. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, Tim and Tom leave no stone unturned in their humble quest to make the world a more informed place. Put away the encyclopedia four-eyes because this may just be the last resource you'll ever need. Wikipedia, consider yourselves on warning.
 
A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
 
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Part-Time Genius
Weekly+
 
Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.
 
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Futility Closet
Weekly
 
Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.
 
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
 
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The Why Factor
Weekly
 
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
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No Dumb Questions
Monthly+
 
A Science guy (Destin) from the deep south hashes things out with a Humanities/History guy (Matt) from the wild west.
 
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The Story Behind
Monthly+
 
The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.
 
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but almost always entertaining, probably the best hour of radio you could ever download!
 
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The Forum
Weekly
 
Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.
 
Interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering and the history behind everyday things? Want a fast and fun way to get your kids interested in STEM? Look no further! We break down a weekly engineering topic in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.Twitter: @UnproEngInstagram: Unprofessional_EngineeringFacebook: UnprofessionalEngineering
 
Paula Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world's knowledge. Or, as she puts it, "to get less stupid, one topic at a time." Follow her search as she looks to scientists, researchers, and experts for evidence about everything from what music cats like to the fluid dynamics of spilling coffee. "Every week, we'll keep looking for knowledge," says Paula, "because we know we left it somewhere."
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
Weekly
 
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.
 
A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
 
TodayIFoundOut.com’s Daily Knowledge podcast bringing you new interesting facts every weekday for you to feed your brain with.
 
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Today We Learned
Monthly
 
'Today We Learned' is a podcast of knowledge! Don't let the name confuse you, it's technically a weekly podcast, or was a weekly podcast, now it's a hopefully whenever podcast! What used to be Razzle and Dan laboring down in the knowledge mines of the Internet to bring you the latest, greatest and sometimes weirdest facts and trivia the world has to offer, is now Razzle and fun random guests! Listen to the show every week as they take you on a tour de force of fun-filled factoids in less tim ...
 
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The Hidden Almanac
Weekly+
 
Interesting "Facts" every M-W-F
 
David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.
 
From the editors of The Old Farmer's Almanac, every weekday you'll hear helpful weather information, country folklore, gardening secrets, great tasting recipes, do-it-yourself projects tips, amazing facts and a whole lot more.
 
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The Week
Weekly
 
The Week's podcasts swiftly and smartly provide busy people with the best arguments from all perspectives, super-helpful explainers, and terrific recommendations — all with concision, intelligence, and wit.
 
A weekly twenty question trivia quiz podcast.
 
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What If Series
Monthly+
 
There’s a line between possible and impossible, a wall we can’t break through or tear down. But what if we could climb to the top and take a look at the other side? What if the line between fiction and reality was just a little blurrier, and our world a little stranger? Join Jeramy, Jake, and Jack as they look at twists on our reality and ignore the difference between what can and cannot be to ask, “What If…?”.
 
A show with a metric poop ton of triva for the fun loving listener.
 
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The Daily Dose
Daily
 
Every morning, we profile the people, places, trends and technology that are ahead of their time and worthy of yours. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
The Careless Minds podcast brings you up to speed with all the latest topics what's on everyone's minds.So join your host Philip Burford along with co-hosts Ryan Jolley and Darren Turner as they take you on an educational rollercoaster with just a pinch, of witty banter...
 
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The Symbolic World
Monthly+
 
The Symbolic World looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the very world we encounter.
 
Join us as we discuss various topics ranging from Law to the Natural Sciences. High Frequency Radio is a Talk Show like none other!
 
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Spend sixty minutes of your life listening and learning about this week’s Important Thing.
 
Trivial Warfare is the podcast that takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you. Trivial Warfare is a weekly game shared by people all over the world that features all the same banter, jokes and fun that you share with your friends at your local quiz nights. TW is your gateway to a larger world of trivia and your invitation into an awesome community of people who love trivia games just as much as you do. Give the show a try and have fun with Jonathan, Chris, Carmela and Ben a ...
 
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Encyclopodia
Weekly
 
Trivia. Fleeting Obsessions. Love of the Random.
 
An unofficial podcast dedicated to profiling the Quora community
 
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Simply Complex
Weekly
 
In today's modern world, we are always in such a hurry. We rarely stop to think about the things that “keep the gears turning”. On this podcast, we explore the people, technologies, items, or processes that, while at one time were considered outstanding, have today become so commonplace we take them for granted.This Podcast is an extension of the Youtube Series “How to Make Everything.” In that series, we show how difficult it can be to make an everyday item from scratch if one person, Andy ...
 
Our feminist trivia podcast brings all the intrigue, mayhem, animal facts, and penis jokes you've come to expect from No Sports Trivia's live pub quiz, plus the most bizarre history, science, and culture tidbits we've found in our trivia research, special guests, and more!
 
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Wikisurfer
Monthly
 
Brandon Fibbs & Kyle Sullivan each pick a starting topic on Wikipedia, crack it open, and see what hides inside. Follow where curiosity leads.
 
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Gold Star Classroom
Monthly
 
Trivia for your brain, laughs for your gut.
 
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Let Me Google That
Weekly+
 
Fascinating fodder to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole.
 
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Podium.me
Monthly+
 
The voice of the under 25s
 
Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you.
 
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Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
SPONSORED BY: HELLOFRESH For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com/ndq80 and enter ndq80 at checkout. ▶ DISCUSS THE EPISODE BY CLICKING HERE ◀ STUFF IN THIS EPISODE: Risk Settlers of Catan The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis Fertile Crescent Game of Thrones: There’s a Scientific Reason for Westoros’s Years-Long Winters What i ...…
 
"The Simpsons," Quentin Tarantino and comedy come together on Go Fact Yourself! Sasheer Zamata is best known for her roles on "Saturday Night Live" and as the host of the variety showcase Sasheer Zamata Party Time. She’ll tell us about why a very... confusing invasion of her privacy has her so protective of her personal possessions. Sasheer wil ...…
 
Tim Harford on climate change, Victorian diseases, maths mistakes and alcohol consumption
 
Tim Harford on climate change, Victorian diseases, maths mistakes and alcohol consumption
 
Today Pastor Drom interrupts the almanac with her latest plan. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
The crush was deep and abiding. Forget the 3,000 miles between us. Forget that she had slept with a friend of mine because my interest had remained unvoiced and I had a girlfriend at the time. Forget everything that would have made this pairing almost impossible to seriously consider. I was having dreams about her, for Chrissakes, so to say tha ...…
 
Talking and writing! We all do it every day, and its one of the most important things we do! Today on Everything Under The Sun we explore who came up with the idea of writing with a brilliant guest from the British Museum, Irving Finkel who looks after the oldest writing in the world – so old it is written on clay! Plus why we talk different la ...…
 
How does bias distort our thinking, our listening, our beliefs... and even our search results? How can we fight it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the unconscious biases that shape us. Guests include writer and broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied, climatologist J. Marshall Shepherd, journalist Andreas Ekström, and experimental psychol ...…
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
This week's rounds are Music (Backbeat), Prime Numbers, Archipelagos (Quickfire), and Anagrams. The music is from Occultation with a song called Three and Seven.
 
Get 3 months of wireless for $20, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, by going to http://mintmobile.com/morning Retro Replay's Nolan North and Troy Baker join Johnny Ace to debate the best Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken performances!
 
From the worst Valentines cards in history, to why candy necklaces are so meaningful in Alabama, to a few salmon that are not excited about this special day, Will and Mango have cobbled facts to warm your heart. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices ...…
 
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but almost always entertaining, probably the best hour of radio you could ever download!
 
Elephants are pretty much the best. Why? Josh and Chuck will let you know in great detail in today's episode. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices…
 
Because racial equity in football is just as fickle as the trends on the field. In what has become a yearly ritual, eight NFL coaches met the unemployment line the day after the end of the NFL regular season. But this year, Black Monday hit too close to home. Five of the eight head coaches out of work were Black, leaving only three minority coa ...…
 
Lu Xun has been often been called the father of modern Chinese literature. His short stories about the misery and cruelty of ordinary life in China have been interpreted both as revolutionary political statements inspired by the May Fourth Movement of 1919 which wanted to sweep-away outdated social mores, and as a brilliant new take on ancient ...…
 
This is the first of a 4 show bonus tournament with a completely different format than our standard game. TW Blitz is a variation of TW focused on direct competition, speed, and pressure. This week we are joined by Wesley Wells, Cheyenne Fletcher, and Tim Edwards. Enjoy!
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
On This Episode of The FOUNDATION, Host Sot El Will Discuss Key Concepts Regarding The Lasting Legacy A Proper Private Trust Provides And Wealth Preservation. These Concepts Tend To Be Missed These Days As Most Are Looking To Establsih A Private Estate. Join Sot El As He Get Into A Few Ways and Required MindSet of Those Who Are Able To Not Only ...…
 
In the 18th century, Spain and England fought each other in the colonies of Georgia and Florida, a war kicked off by an English sea captain who was mad his ear had been perhaps unfairly lopped off. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listenin ...…
 
#HappyValentinesDay! So, who came up with that horticulturally-inaccurate "Roses are red, violets are blue. . ." ditty anyway?
 
Today we remember the construction of the “Most Evil Building Known to Man.” It is the Feast Day of the Glass Owl, and in the garden, the garlic persists. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
When you pay to see a baseball game, you’re paying for action. Or at least you were. Baseball fans love the crack of the bat, the acrobatic catches, the bang-bang plays at first base and slide-and-tag plays at second. But no more. More than 33 percent of your average Major League Baseball (MLB) game is either a home run, walk or strikeout, acco ...…
 
In this Valentine’s Day episode, we examine the ways in which interpersonal relationships have gotten easier in modern life and what ways they have become more complicated. https://makeeverything.tv/simplycomplex Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
Shannon K. O'Neil is the vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Latin America, U.S.-Mexico relations, global trade, corruption, democracy, and immigration. She joins Jonathan to discuss The United States history ...…
 
There's a lot we don't know about the Murray-Darling Basin. Richard Kingsford from the University of NSW delves into the depths of the basin to reveal all about this massive geographical area.
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
When our primordial ancestors hauled themselves up from the depths and clamored onto dry land, they probably looked up at the sky and sighed. We’re all about what we can’t have, and flying, though achievable through expensive and extreme measures, is still something we can’t manage on our own. Sure, you can skydive, or wing suit yourself throug ...…
 
It's here! Our first female great inventor (sorry it took so long). And how can it get any better?! Not only did Marie Curie (if that really is her name) win the Nobel Prize in Physics, but she also won it for Chemistry!! AND, her daughter bagged a Nobel Prize as well! Wow!In this episode, we walk you through her tough childhood, what got her t ...…
 
People have believed something strange lives in Loch Ness for at least 3500 years. Thousands of people have sighted the Loch Ness Monster and dozens of expeditions have been launched. But does the fact that nothing’s been found mean it’s not real? Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.ht ...…
 
The day is stretching on, and tempers are running hot in the House Judiciary Committee. Donald Trump’s acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, has been parrying questions from Democrats about the Robert Mueller probe for several hours. And Rep. Doug Collins, newly elevated as the committee’s top Republican, has been playing defense. “If you ...…
 
Who can better forecast the weather – meteorologists or a rodent? What percentage of the English public are related to King Edward the III, and is malnutrition really on the rise in the UK? Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the good stuff from the More or Less archives.
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
One eerie sound has been haunting Hollywood movies — from Poltergeist to Jurassic Park to Let the Right One In — and 14 seasons of Unsolved Mysteries. ELT tracks down the source of the scary sound. Guests: Rayme Waters, daughter of the spookiest sound in Hollywood’s inventor; percussionist Emil Richards; composer Gary Malkin. Thanks to caller M ...…
 
An invasion of Alaska, a river's life history, the storied existence of writer Dashiel Hammett, the deadliest plague in human history, a nightmarish trek down the Amazon River, and the Amazon as a center of civilization.
 
Recorded at the Harrogate Literature Festival, Wales take on the North of England
 
Today we remember the rise and eventual fall of Daniel Henry. It is the Feast Day of Gullibility, and in the studio, Pr. Drom has a new book. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
If you peek into the office of Technology, Humans and Taste (THAT), an advertising firm in New York City, on a Friday afternoon, you might be puzzled to see employees and selected guests sitting on couches and clutching pencils. They’re jotting down ideas on forms and hanging them on boards around the office as music plays against a backdrop of ...…
 
On January 17th, 1982 hundreds of U.S. cities broke records for low temperatures — many of which still stand today. Near Tower, Minnesota, temps dropped to -52 °F (-47 °C).
 
Alarm sounds have been around almost as long as humans themselves. But as our world has transformed, so have they. Today’s alarms are having an unexpected effect on our minds and bodies, and can even be putting our lives at risk when we’re at our most vulnerable. Dr Judy Edworthy and Yoko Sen talk to us about our alarming sound environment, and ...…
 
We live in a world where going fast – and faster – is an everyday fact of life. Where fast cars, fast boats and fast athletes command our attention. In theme parks we queue for the most fastest, most exciting rides. But why do we find speed so thrilling? Caz Graham meets people who risk their lives to set world speed records, the boss of a Form ...…
 
Let’s reduce our plastic footprint – this is episode 23 of Encyclopodia. It’s Plastic Waste Reduction! Summary: Here are things you might not have thought about that can help you use less, save money, and save the Earth… Further Research: No Impact Man book and movie. Many thanks to Julie Lipson for being my guest on this episode of Encyclopodi ...…
 
In 1908 a 22-year-old Italian baker's assistant arrived in London to take part in the Olympic marathon. He had no coach, he spoke no English, and he was not expected to challenge the elite runners at the top of the field. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow Dorando Pietri on the most celebrated race in Olympic his ...…
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
In today’s mixed-up, topsy-turvy, herky-jerky world sometimes it’s important to take a minute and give your gosh dang brain a break. That’s where meditation comes in. This week we’re talking about all of it. Mindfulness? Yes. Guided? You bet. Transcendental? You know it! Also this week Tom asks Tim a very important question. STAMPS.com Use our ...…
 
General Nick Groves from District Trivia joins us as a guest host for this week's show. The team of Josh Wennrich, Nick Weingartner and Erika Johnson team up against Jonathan and Carmela this week. Enjoy!
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
Coral reefs are the largest organic structures on Earth, yet they're created through a symbiotic relationship between creatures about 3 millimeters long. Learn more about the the world's coral reefs (and how to protect them) in this episode. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And ...…
 
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By amazon@ypi.com (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
 
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