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When my husband died in November 2019 from a respiratory disease, I felt extreme anxiety, fear, loneliness, depression, and isolation. To cope, I immediately turned to dark comedy. It was what my husband and I had used throughout most of his illness to make the tough times bearable. Now, I want to share this coping skill with you on my podcast, Death Is Hilarious. Join me, Tawny Platis, my co-host Sam Peterson, and our guests as we talk about using stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. For more information and to listen now, visit deathishilarious.com or subscribe on your favorite podcast listening app.
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"Merchandise can be replaced. Black lives cannot." This is the episode Sam and I recently recorded this past week, before the protesting began. And tomorrow, we’re recording an episode where we’ll chat about the significance and history behind the protests happening right now in America. I stopped producing my history podcast, The Dirty Bits, when my husband and co-host (George) passed away. It was too painful. But I now feel drawn to share again. George and my mission on our podcast was to give understanding and insight and to bring people together. That mission is something that has not changed and it’s what Sam and I continue to strive for on Death Is Hilarious. Sam and I share stories. We aren’t medical professionals or legal professionals. We don’t have hundreds of thousands of subscribers but we do have an amazing bunch of listeners we’ve grown close with (“The Trauma Queens”). What Sam and I can do is share stories in an effort to give our community more empathy. We’ll be posting more updates soon on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. DM us on any social media platform or email deathishilarious@gmail.com to get in touch.
Welcome to Death Is Hilarious, the show that explores using dark humor to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. I’m your host Tawny Platis and I’m joined here today with my co-host Sam Peterson. In this episode we do the Covid Check-In, Sam talks about their new chickens, their dog having PTSD, dark humor in pest control, Tawny got dumped, the weird things Tawny googles when grieving, Tawny reads her letter to Sam about feeling like George was the Frodo to her Samwise, The Dirty Bits Returns, Sam reads their letter to Tawny about using humor to cope with trauma related to sexual assault, and “The Little Mermaid.”For more information visit deathishilarious.com. To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by simply sharing the show with your friends and if you’d like, you can become a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Sam sits down with Cleo from Topless Topics, a community and creative project aimed at de-stigmatizing and de-sexualizing female toplessness in public and on social media, the same way male toplessness was in the 1950s - through repeat exposure and peaceful acts of civil disobedience. Though you can’t see her, true to form, Cleo is topless for this interview, which was held over a video conferencing service. In this episode, Sam and Cleo chat about socializing during coronavirus, bonding over online content creation, Cleo's mom, her dear friend Angel, bisexuality and how to cope with corona.You can find Cleo by by searching Topless Topics on Youtube and go ahead and give her a thumbs up and a follow to help more people find her, and then you can find her uncensored videos on ToplessTopics.org. You can connect with Sam and me, Tawny Platis, at DeathIsHilarious.com or on Twitter @thatdeathpod.
Sam and I both talk about premature death, expectations, identity, and self-discovery. CW: Death of a sibling, death of an infant, death of a spouse. Visit DeathIsHilarious.com for more info. Get in touch by emailing DeathIsHilarious@gmail.com - Follow us on TikTok @traumqueens - Instagram @death_is_hilarious - Twitter @thatdeathpod
In this episode, Tawny tells Sam about how she may have finally been sent a sign from George. And Sam talks about the weird process of being diagnosed with and treated for ADHD at 30 years old. Visit DeathIsHilarious.com for more info. Get in touch by emailing DeathIsHilarious@gmail.com - Follow us on TikTok @traumqueens - Instagram @death_is_hilarious - Twitter @thatdeathpod
Join me, Tawny Platis, my co-host Sam Peterson, and our guests as we talk about using stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. For more information visit deathishilarious.com. To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by simply sharing the show with your friends and if you’d like, you can become a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious. Thanks for listening!
Welcome to Death is Hilarious, the podcast where I chat with other survivors about how they’re using comedy to cope with loss and grief. I’m your host, Tawny Platis, and in part two of this two part episode, I sat down to chat with Charity Pimentel-Hyams, author of The Widow’s Survival Guide, a book that gives practical and honest advice about living with children after the death of your spouse. We talked about making other people uncomfortable, dating after death, and our shared love of using dark humor to cope with the loss of our husbands. Find Charity and her book at livingafterdeath.com and you can follow her on instagram @thewidowssurvivalguideFor more information visit death is hilarious dot com. To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by simply sharing the show with your friends and if you’d like, you can become a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious. Thanks for listening!
In part one of this two-part episode, I sat down to chat with Charity Pimentel-Hyams, author of The Widow’s Survival Guide, a book that gives practical and honest advice about living with children after the death of your spouse. We talked about making other people uncomfortable, dating after death, and our shared love of using dark humor to cope with the loss of our husbands. Find Charity and her book at livingafterdeath.com and you can follow her on Instagram @thewidowssurvivalguideFor more information visit death is hilarious dot com. To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by simply sharing the show with your friends and if you’d like, you can become a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious. Thanks for listening!
CW: Death of a spouse, holidays without a spouse, angry tweeting, St. Patrick's Day, and peeps.I wasn’t able to take the time to plan out the transition of this podcast from the Dirty Bits to Death is Hilarious like I wanted to. It’s been largely experimental and my listeners have been witness to what seems like a behind the scenes creative process, as I navigate my grief using various art forms like writing, comedy, podcasting, and performing. It’s taken a few months and a few different formats to find my footing. I’ve had many different creative partners on this journey with me, but one of the most consistent partners has been my dear friend, Sam. The loss of George has been really hard for Sam too and we began coping by channeling our grief into comedy… specifically by writing each other funny letters about how we’re dealing with not only death and loss but other traumas in our lives. Those letters are something I’d like to share with you on this show, Death is Hilarious, the podcast that documents one voice actor’s journey coping with the death of her husband using humor and dark comedy. As covid-19 ushers you into a world I’m all too familiar with, I hope you too can find some healing and relief in our version of radical acceptance - with stories, friendship, and lots of jokes.In This Episode: My creative partner, Sam and I write each other letters in which we make jokes about grief, death, loss, and trauma. Neither Sam or I have seen the other’s letter before the episode.Follow the show on Instagram @Tawnyplatis_voicetalent Find me on Twitter @tawnysvoiceSupport Death Is Hilarious and get exclusive behind the scenes updates and commercial-free episodes for just $1 a month on Patreon.com/WittyWidow.Your Patreon, PayPal (paypal.me/tawnyvoice), and Venmo (@Tawny-Platis) support cover the production costs related to the show and website. Thank you for being a producer!Credits:Created by Tawny Platis and Sam PetersonChillin Hard Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Editing: Matthew Ramirez - mjrinfl@gmail.com
CW: Loss of a grandfather, loss of a pet, being unable to revive a spouse, complications during the birthing and delivery process, alligators, Florida, Floridian Insanity, dad jokes, corny humor. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with one of my good friends and fellow voice-over actors and podcasters (The Limey and The Yank), Trenton Bennett. In this lighter episode filled with plenty of corny dad jokes and impressions from both of us, Trenton shared how he started using humor to cope with death at the age of 14 when his grandfather passed away. We also chatted about what it’s like to lose a pet, something I very sensitively and graciously brought up, letting go of often literal weights we carry from the deceased, how we use laughter to survive, why bucket lists can be dangerous, and the challenges surrounding what comes with having a very long life. And if you’ve ever wondered what it sounds like when a couple of friends who are both in voice-over get together, stick around after the episode for a little peek into the world of my day job.Edited by Tawny Platis
CW: The death of a sibling, car accidents, opioid overdose, the death of a parent, and Trader Joe’s.In This Episode: In this episode, I sat down with Lanie, a fellow voice actor and host of the podcasts “True Crime Fan Club” and “Crimes of Passion” on the Parcast Network to talk about her brother Chito who passed away in a car accident on February 21, 2009. I met Lanie over Instagram, right when George and I had just started releasing episodes of the Dirty Bits Podcast. She helped us get started and I don’t think the podcast would be where it is today without her. Over the past years, we’ve become close and I’m grateful to be able to call her my friend. For more information, visit TawnyVoice.comFollow the Witty Widow on Instagram @Tawnyplatis_voicetalent Find me on Twitter @tawnysvoiceSupport Death Is Hilarious (With The Witty Widow) and get exclusive behind the scenes updates and commercial-free episodes for just $1 a month on Patreon.com/WittyWidow.Your Patreon, PayPal (paypal.me/tawnyvoice), and Venmo (@Tawny-Platis) support cover the production costs related to the show and this website. Thank you for being a producer!Chillin Hard Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Editing done by the always lovely Matthew Ramirez - mjrinfl@gmail.com
This podcast addresses sensitive subjects like death and loss… often graphically and with explicit language and dark humor. Please see the show notes for additional content warnings surrounding this particular episode. Listener discretion is advised. CW: Losing the love of your lifeYou’re listening to the Witty Widow, the podcast where I sit down with fellow entertainers and chat about their experiences with loss and grief. My aim is to give insight into the grieving process and inspire hope with the stories of healing through laughter.I’m Tawny Platis, I work in audio entertainment and have a background in voice acting and comedy. I lost my husband on November 8, 2019 before he was 30 years old due to numerous health problems he had been battling his entire life. We hosted the Dirty Bits together on this podcast feed when it was a show about scandalous stories throughout history. After he passed away, I knew I wanted to continue podcasting, something we loved to do together... and I also wanted to keep his memory alive and help others gain a deeper understanding of using humor to cope with grief and loss. I had really been looking forward to speaking with my friend Diane because I was familiar with her podcast, History Goes Bump. She has an irreverent and sarcastic sense of humor, so she’s always been a kindred spirit to me. The fact that she takes a skeptical and exploratory approach to spirits and ghosts also piqued my interest considering the whole “my husband is dead thing.”Like your stereotypical atheist confronted with death, I suddenly developed quite the interest in spirituality when my husband’s health really started going down hill. I even almost joined a church at one point, which is how all my friends knew I really wasn’t handling my husband’s illness well. Neither George nor I are religious but we both have a deep fascination with philosophy, consciousness, space, time, energy… ya know, all that psychedelic, hippy dippy- California -intellectual -stoner kid- shit, bro. So as opposed to finding comfort in the thought of a traditional afterlife, I find comfort in a more general and scientific study of the possibilities surrounding the concept of the continuation of consciousness. That doesn’t mean I don’t pray, or light candles, or sacrifice the occasional chicken or dance naked in the moonlight in order to communicate with my husband’s spirit because….. hey, who knows.One of the unfortunate consequences of getting sick is being unable to travel. I was a little too ambitious in trying to blaze through the grieving process. So instead of recording in person with Diane in Florida as originally planned, we chatted online. That’s why her audio is a bit distorted in some spots. Show Notes:Diane explains History Goes Bump and what her show is all about. Spiritual exploration. How she investigates. Diane tries to take a scientific approach and explains how she measures energy with an electromagnetic thingy (look this up). What are spirits? Energy? A rip in the space-time continuum? A different dimension? Diane considers herself an,“Open-minded skeptic.” How Diane got interested in ghosts - her own personal experiences, including the first shared experience with her sister. Diane “I’m one of the weird kids' ' Mom loved to go through the cemeteries, causing Diane to have a love for cemeteries. Her first time seeing a body in a casket. How believing that something about you is going to continue on, it gives you more accountability. On Twin Flames - Diane has a unique perspective on the loss that I’m experiencing. Soulmate and Twin Flame aren’t the same. I didn’t have the vocabulary to express what losing George meant. I felt like I couldn’t make people understand why it was so painful. A soulmate can be anyone- a best friend but someone you can get sick of. A Twin Flame is YOU. A Twin Flame - your spirit or soul is in two pieces....they’re the other piece. When you find your twin flame, you KNOW. You can know that in a minute. Because Diane understands Twin Flames, she could empathize when I lost George. It’s one spirit divided so that’s it. That’s it for me. You only have one twin flame and mine is gone. I’m never going to have a relationship like that ever again. There’s a scene in the finale of season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel where Midge says, “I’m going to be alone for the rest of my life.” She says it matter of factly. She says it with certainty. And she doesn’t mean she won’t date or have fun. But Midge knows that she’s not the same person she used to be. She knows that chapter is over. That scene stuck with me when I first saw it just a couple of weeks before George passed away. Just like Midge, I’m very much aware that that chapter in my life has ended. Do I want companionship and affection? Of course. I’m lonely, I don’t want to be, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Do I expect to have anything remotely resembling what I had with my Twin Flame? Not a chance. But I know that it exists. And I’m starting to reach a point where I understand that the pain will someday be tolerable enough so that I’m grateful to have had six years with my Twin Flame. I’ll reach a point where the pain will be tolerable enough so that I can smile at those memories I have instead of cry. God or the universe is a psychopath because why else would it be SO hard to find this person? Or if you did find that person, why would they be taken away so young? How when I was holding George, I felt myself absorbing him. How death changes you. I’ve taken on his traits. He was my mirror image that came into me. His spirit is in me and with me, but he’s not there to hold me. The loss of physicality is excruciating. George’s unique laugh. Everyone loves his laugh. Why I’m using humor to cope - my situation is absurd. It’s ridiculous. Absurdity is funny. The title of this podcast feed is sarcastic. George and I are incredibly irreverent people. And I don’t think his personality changed when he died. How the Big Bang Theory got Diane through her hysterectomy.Why it’s ok to laugh - you can’t just sit in a corner and weep all day long. Follow the Witty Widow on Instagram @Tawnyplatis_voicetalent Find me on Twitter @tawnysvoiceSupport Death Is Hilarious (With The Witty Widow) and get exclusive behind the scenes updates and commercial-free episodes for just $1 a month on Patreon.com/WittyWidow.Your Patreon, PayPal (paypal.me/tawnyvoice), and Venmo (@Tawny-Platis) support cover the production costs related to the show and this website. Thank you for being a producer!Chillin Hard Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Psst...hey lovebugs, it’s Tawny. A quick word before we get started today: George is currently on oxygen and the machine is pretty darn loud. We’re trying to find a way to work around that in regards to the podcast, so you may notice the audio quality is a little funky in this episode. We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments in regard to George’s diagnosis. Stick around for this episode’s “After Dark” segment for more details.In This Episode:As we tell this story, keep in mind that due to history largely being written and taught from a European perspective, the legitimacy of the so-called madness that Ibrahim became notorious for is still debated over by historians and biographers. As you know, these are always my favorite episodes to explore because it’s such a fun puzzle to try to solve. "But by this time, Ibrahim was so paranoid after walking on eggshells for so many years that he thought it was a trap and Murad was still alive, like he was gonna pop out behind a column, like, “Got ya sucker!” and then slit his throat. So his mom and Grand Vizier are like, “No, really, he’s dead.”And Ibrahim goes, “Let me see the body then.”And they’re like, “Are you serious?” And Ibrahim goes, “He just killed four of our siblings, yes I’m fucking serious. Show me the body.”So he PERSONALLY examines his brothers corpse and after he’s finally convinced that the whole situation isn’t some giant ruse, he’s like, “Ok, I’ll take the job.”During the early years of his reign, Ibrahim’s Grand Vizier is mostly calling the shots and he makes progress stabilizing the empire. "If anything sounded goofy in this episode, it probably was! Don’t take my word for it - always do your own research and make sure what you’re reading is from a verified, reputable, and academic source.Get in touch with us on our website at TawnyVoice.com/DirtyBits or by emailing Tawny@TawnyVoice.com. You can also hit us up on: Twitter @thedirtybitspod or on Instagram @dirtybitspodcast or on Facebook in our group: The Dirty Bits Chat and Comedy Special thanks to our Executive Producers and Podcasters at Patreon.com/DirtyBits for making the show possible. Without your support, the show wouldn’t exist. Melisa N.Sally M.Shayla T.Sadie MaeBoozy Movies Podcast (a personal favorite of mine)Canadian True Crime PodcastPlayComics PodcastCreative Zombie StudiosDead Ladies Show PodcastHistory Goes Bump PodcastSouthern Fried True Crime PodcastThe Exploress PodcastMysterious Circumstances PodcastPleasing Terrors PodcastSexy Pillows PodcastThe Minds of Madness PodcastThe Retro Cinema PodcastTrue Crime Fan Club PodcastTwisted Philly PodcastThe Limey and the Yank PodcastAnd Voice of the Victim PodcastAfter Dark:Frida Kahlo episodeNext up on the Dirty Bits we’ll be talking about Frida Kahlo, as picked by our patrons on Patreon. For just $3 a month, you get to vote on the next episode subject, trading cards, behind the scenes sneak peeks, like outtakes and bloopers. Questions:Who is your favorite person from history?How old are you guys?What makes you choose some scandalous people from history and not others?Where do you draw the line in comedy? SIngle worst event in history?Comedy recommendation - The Righteous Gemstones Sources: Peirce, Leslie Penn (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Studies in Middle Eastern History. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507673-8.Gökbilgin, M. Tayyib (2012). Ibrāhīm. Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Brill Online. Börekçi, Günhan. "Ibrahim I." Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire. Ed. Gábor Ágoston and Bruce Masters. New York: Facts on File, 2009Lucienne Thys-Senocak, Ottoman Women Builders. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006Coco, C.: Secrets of the harem, Philip Wilson, 1997Zacks, R.: History laid bare (Love, sex, and perversity from the ancient Etruscans to Warren G. Harding), Harper Collins, 1994
Welcome to The Dirty Bits of History. I’m Tawny Platis, a professional voice actor, who gives a casual, and comedic southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, salacious, fierce, funny, and freaky bits of history your teacher probably left out. Stay tuned after the episode or take a peek at the show notes for The Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George, our contact info, coming attractions, and a special thank you message to our producers. For commercial-free episodes, visit Patreon.com/DirtyBits. Now, enjoy the show. If you aren’t familiar with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, they were writers and socialites who became the poster children of what we now call, “The Jazz Age.” Scott seems to be best known for writing, “The Great Gatsby” and less well known for mercilessly plagiarizing his wife, Zelda. They’re both notorious for alcoholism, infidelity, mental illness, and just generally causing a scene in general during the 1920s and 30’s.After nearly a century, why are we still so obsessed with the artists? What is it about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald that has kept them relevant generation after generation? The academic answer would be that we remain fascinated by the duality of narcissistic geniuses and reckless self-destruction. I personally find the answer to be that America has always loved to stop and gawk at a gnarly trainwreck. And the Fitzgeralds were the gnarliest of trainwrecks. Per usge, to better understand what’s going on here and get the full picture, we have to go back to the very beginning. And because she got the shit end of the stick for so long, I’m starting out with Zelda.If anything sounded goofy in this episode, it probably was! Don’t take my word for it - always do your own research and make sure what you’re reading is from a verified, reputable, and academic source.Sources:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2322760/The-Great-Gatsbys-heartbreaker-F-Scott-Fitzgeralds-fatal-obsession-love-inspiration.htmlDinitia Smith (September 8, 2003). "Love Notes Drenched in Moonlight; Hints of Future Novels in Letters To Fitzgerald". New York Times.http://boatagainstthecurrent.blogspot.com/2010/07/this-day-in-film-history-lois-moran.htmlMilford, Nancy (1970), Zelda: A Biography, New York: Harper & RowPrigozy, Ruth, ed. (2002), The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-62447-9Cline, Sally (2003), Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise, New York: Arcade Publishing, ISBN 1-55970-688-0The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People -By Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky, Sylvia Wallacehttps://rememberingwwi.villanova.edu/newspapers/https://www.nytimes.com/1996/12/01/magazine/how-crazy-was-zelda.htmlPike, Deborah (2017). The Subversive Art of Zelda Fitzgerald. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-8262-2104-9. Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph (2002), Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2nd rev. ed.), Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 1-57003-455-9Lanahan, Dorothy. "Introduction." In Bryer & Barks 2002, p. Xxviihttps://www.salon.com/2001/08/25/fitzgerald_9/The Real F. Scott Fitzgerald: Thirty-Five Years Later - by Sheilah Graham(The Lost Summer: a personal memoir of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Tony Buttitta)Music: “Fig Leaf Times Two,” “Fuzzball Parade,” “Maple Leaf Rag,” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Public Domain Recordings Courtesy of MusOpen: Rhapsody in Blue I&II, Bullets and Bayonets
His love for the ladies, particularly intelligent, young, beautiful ones, has been WELL documented. There were at least 13 women Benny-boy dated, er, at least... tried to date. This one is a surprisingly fun romp through flirty history.
Agnes Sorel: With Tawny

Agnes Sorel: With Tawny

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In today’s episode, we’re taking it all the way back to 15th century France when Agnes Sorel, a lady in waiting from a family of minor nobility became the first officially recognized mistress to the king, inspired many artists of the time, most notably Jean Fouquet’s Virgo Lactan’s or the Nursing Virgin, and was the first woman to hashtag free the nipple.
In This Episode:Our lives may (finally) be boring.Favorite woman comedians?Why is your show in the LGBTQ category in podcast directory?Who’s Babbs? I see the name when you sign stuff.Who is your favorite podcaster?Game of Thrones finale? Yay or nay?
The Reverend Sylvester Graham was a hell, fire, and brimstone Presbyterian minister who combined Christianity and healthy living, successfully pioneering the way for all of the self-help guru, diet faddists who now grace our Instagram feeds.
The Questions:What kind of porn do you watch?What kind of music do you listen to?What are your favorite podcasts?What other movies, shows, podcasts etc. are like the Dirty Bits?Why did the show take a break? And I thought you were doing more and longer episodes?Do you have kids?Are you Greek Orthodox?
A lot of people already know he was a pretty big important, controversial military and a lot of people already know he has a reputation for being into some weird sex shit. What you may not know is that he may have been the original fedora wearing self-proclaimed nice guy with a massive chip on his shoulder.
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Thomas

Heard of your Loss... I dont have anything Deep and Meaningful to say except I am very Sorry for your loss. My Family in Texas will be Praying for you and your family...

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Becka Jordan

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Toccora M Stevenson-Fields

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Phil P K Kennedy

thoroughly enjoyed it it was dirty and I shall continue to binge on your dirty bits thanks a bunch another Aussie fan :-)

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