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25 October 2021

International Artist’s Day 25 October.

International Artist’s Day on October 25th honors artists and all the contributions they make. The day also celebrates one of the most famous artists, Pablo Picasso. The Spanish artist was born on October 25th, 1881.

Artists work hard to create their work. They add beauty to the world around us. Most artists work with many different mediums. Not only that, but the word artist encompasses painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, actors, digital artists, and more. When one is born with a creative gift, that creativity flows into many different areas. For example, Picasso was a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, poet, and playwright.

Art came about long before written works. Since the beginning of time, art has communicated ideas and kept records of important events. Art offers a connection to the past. Artists record our history, indelibly. They also unearth truths. Through their work, they tell stories and pass on traditions. Artists have a unique way of connecting to the people around them. In a world full of bad news, one of their most important roles is to offer messages of hope.

Canadian artist, Chris MacClure started International Artist’s Day in 2004. Since then, October 25th has been a day dedicated to celebrating all the contributions artists have given to society.



World Opera Day - 25 October.

Every year on October 25th, World Opera Day shines the light on opera’s contribution to one’s wellbeing. The day also celebrates opera performers and encourages us to learn more about this genre of music.

When one thinks of opera, they might automatically think of opera music. However, opera is about so much more. An opera is a form of theater that includes an extended dramatic composition. The musical parts in an opera are sung along to instruments. Most operas include other elements, such as acting, scenery, costumes, and ballet.

Jacopo Peri composed the first opera. He named the opera Dafne and wrote it in 1597 in Florence, Italy. Because of this, Italy is considered the birthplace of opera. Two types of operas were eventually formed. These included the opera seria and the opera buffa. The former is a dramatic and serious opera while opera buffa, on the other hand, is comedic.

Opera became popular throughout Europe during the Baroque era, which extended from 1600 to 1750. The first opera in the United States wasn’t performed until 1796 at the French Opera House in New Orleans. Because of this, New Orleans is known as America’s First City of Opera.

Today, operas are performed all over the world. Some of the most famous operas include:

  • Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky
  • Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner
  • Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
  • Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
  • Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten

These operas and many others are performed in Milan, Sydney, Vienna, Paris, Moscow, Buenos Aires, New York, and London. These cities are home to the most famous opera houses in the world, such as Palais Garnier, San Carlo Theatre, and Metropolitan Opera House.

Three opera organizations launched the first World Opera Day on October 25th, 2019. These organizations included Opera America, Opera Europa, and Opera Latinoamerica.



24 October 2021

International Snow Leopard Day - 23 October.

Every year, October 23 is observed as International Snow Leopard Day since 2014. The day commemorates the anniversary of the Bishkek Declaration and to celebrate this endangered cat and raise awareness for its conservation and protection. It was on October 23, 2013, when political leaders from 12 countries came together to endorse the ‘Bishkek Declaration on the conservation of snow leopards.

Snow Leopard is found in 12 countries such as India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.



World Development Information Day - 24 Ocober.

World Development Information Day is celebrated annually on October 24th. The day focuses on improving the dissemination of information and mobilizing public opinion, especially among young people.

The primary goal for improving the dissemination of information and mobilizing public opinion is to create awareness for problems of development. Once the world brings its attention to the issues of development, countries around the world are better equipped to solve such problems.

The General Assembly believes information and communication technologies are vital to solving development problems. This is especially true in the context of globalization. New solutions to development challenges have the potential to foster economic growth, increase access to information and knowledge, improve social inclusion, and eradicate poverty.

The United Nations established World Development Information Day in 1972. The Assembly decided to make the day coincide with United Nations Day. Both days are observed on October 24th. This is the same date that in 1970, the UN adopted the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.



United Nations Day - 24 October.

United Nations Day recognizes the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The celebration is observed annually on October 24th. 

U.N. Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions, and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization. The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people and cares for the Earth, our one and only home. ~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today the United Nations consists of 193 member states and 2 observer states. The mission of the United Nation is to maintain international peace and security.

The UN also sets terms for protecting human rights around the world. In 1948, they created international law with a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The member nations deliver humanitarian aid to populations in crisis. The first aid delivered was an immediate response to the devastation following World War II.

Another aim of the international organization is to promote sustainable development.

Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the name “United Nations” during World War II. Twenty-six nations united to pledge their governments to continue fighting against the Axis Powers. In 1945, delegates from 51 countries drew up the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, California. They signed the Charter on June 26th, 1945 and it was ratified on October 24th, 1945. United Nations Day originated in 1948.

2021 UN Day theme “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”.



World Polio Day - 24 October.

On October 24th, World Polio Day highlights the global efforts to make the world polio-free. The day also honors the contributions of those who work tirelessly to eradicate polio.

Poliomyelitis is a life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus. The condition is more commonly known as polio. 

In 1988, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to eradicate polio around the world. Under this resolution, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched. The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the CDC spearheaded the initiative. Another organization that became involved in the initiative was Rotary International. Years later, Rotary International founded World Polio Day. The first event was held in the early 2000s. They chose October 24th to commemorate the birthdate of Jonas Salk. He led the first team to develop a vaccination against polio and began testing it in 1953.

World Polio Day 2021 Theme: “One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio – delivering on our promise of a polio-free world!”



22 October 2021

International Stuttering Awareness Day - 22 October.

October 22nd marks International Stuttering Awareness Day as a way to bring awareness for this speech fluency disorder.

The primary purpose of International Stuttering Awareness Day is to:

  • Change public attitudes and eliminate societal discrimination toward people who stutter
  • Promote the self-esteem and opportunities of people who stutter to reach goals and aspirations
  • Build a community and provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and strengthen the relationship among researchers, people who stutter, clinicians and parents of children who stutter

More than 70 million people around the world stutter. This means that while talking, they repeat syllables, sounds or words. People who stutter also prolong sounds or experience unwanted interruptions in their speech. They know what they want to say, but are unable to produce a normal flow of speech. This disorder usually affects children between the ages of 2 and 6. This is when they are producing their language skills.

Primary causes of stuttering include genetics, child development, neurophysiology, and family dynamics. Many people think that emotional trauma or psychological problems causes stuttering. There is no evidence to support this idea. The good news is that when caught early, stuttering is highly treatable. One of the best ways to treat stuttering is through speech therapy.

Those who stutter might be glad to know they are not alone. In fact, there are even famous people who have been known to stutter. Some of them include James Earl Jones, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, and King George VI. It is also believed that Moses, the man in the Bible responsible for communicating the 10 Commandments, had a stutter. Despite their speech fluency disorder, they all went on to lead successful lives.

International Stuttering Awareness Day got its beginnings in 1995 during an International Stuttering Association (ISA) conference in Sweden. The ISA had placed an International Stuttering Awareness Day on its wish list. In 1997, a day was set aside during an International Fluency Conference in California for professionals to learn from those who stutter. During the closing ceremony, Michael Sugarman, co-founder of the National Stuttering Project, stated there should be an international day set aside for stuttering awareness. In 1998, the European League of Stuttering Associations, International Fluency Association, and International Stuttering Association designated October 22nd as International Stuttering Awareness Day.

International Stuttering Awareness Day Theme 2021: "Speak the change you wish to see".



21 October 2021

World Iodine Deficiency Day - 21 October.

On October 21st, World Iodine Deficiency Day spreads awareness for the role that iodine has in the health of the human body. The day is also called Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day.

Iodine is a mineral that the body needs to make thyroid hormones. These hormones play a role in several bodily functions, including heart rate, metabolism, body temperature, and muscle contractions. Thyroid hormones also control the rate at which dying cells get replaced. When the body doesn’t get enough iodine, all of these bodily functions are affected.

Low iodine levels also result in:

  • Swelling in the neck
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Trouble learning
  • Irregular periods

When pregnant mothers are deficient in iodine, it could result in stillbirth. It could also lead to mental retardation, speech impairments, and deafness in children.

According to the latest statistics, one-third of the world’s population has an iodine deficiency. Eating certain foods can increase the body’s iodine levels, though. Fish, such as cod and tuna and shrimp and seaweed, are all high in iodine. Dairy products, such as yogurt, milk, and cheese, are also good sources of iodine. One of the best sources of iodine is iodized salt.

Adults should get 150 mcg of iodine each day, and pregnant women should get 220 mcg. While most people in the United States and Canada get enough iodine, 2 billion people worldwide still have iodine deficiencies. Regions with the highest cases of iodine deficiency include Western Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

At the World Summit for Children in 1990, world leaders set a goal to eliminate iodine deficiencies by the year 2000. In the years following, countries such as India and China launched their own National Day for the Prevention of Iodine Deficiency Disorders. In addition, countries around the world have joined the cause and begun calling it World Iodine Deficiency Day.


International Credit Union Day - 21 October.

On the third Thursday in October, International Credit Union Day raises awareness about the work that credit unions and other financial cooperatives do around the world. It’s also a day to celebrate the global credit union movement.

Credit unions are similar to banks. You can have a checking or savings account at a credit union. You can also take out a loan at a credit union. These institutions also provide other kinds of financial services. The main difference, however, is that credit unions are not-for-profit organizations. A credit union is owned and run by its members.

Friedrich Raiffeisen established the first credit union in rural southern Germany. He wanted everyone in the community to pool their resources so that individuals could take out a loan or access funds. This occurred in 1864. In 1901, A Canadian journalist named Alphonse Desjardins opened a credit union in Quebec. This was the first credit union in North America. Desjardins also helped establish the first credit union in the United States. St. Mary’s Cooperative Credit Association opened in 1909 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Today, there are over 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries around the world. Credit unions are known by other names in some of these countries. For example, in Afghanistan, they are called Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperatives (IIFC). In Africa, credit unions are known as saving and credit cooperative societies (SACCO)

In 1927, the Credit Union League of Massachusetts held the first official holiday for credit union members and workers. Due to a lack of participation, Credit Union Day became nonexistent. The U.S. Credit Union National Association came up with a new Credit Union Day celebration in 1948. They set aside the third Thursday in October and called it International Credit Union Day. This time, the day did not disappear and credit unions in countries around the world have been taking part ever since.

This year's theme is "Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow."



20 October 2021

International Day of the Air Traffic Controller - 20 October.

Every year on October 20th, International Day of the Air Traffic Controller celebrates those who work hard to keep air travel safe. It’s also a day to learn more about the profession of air traffic controller.

The job of air traffic controllers is extremely difficult. Their job requires intense concentration. Sometimes the plane is only a blip in a sea of darkness. No wonder it’s one of the 5 most stressful professions. There is never a time when the skies are not monitored by air traffic controllers. They work day and night, including weekends and holidays, to keep pilots and their passengers safe. They must also direct planes during inclement weather and a variety of emergency situations.

Air traffic controllers that work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must be at least 30 years old. They must also retire by the age of 56. However, if they have exceptional skills, they may work until the age of 61. 

In 1956, Jacob Wachtel proposed his idea of an international federation for air traffic controllers. Wachtel was the founder and first chairman of the Israel Air Traffic Controller’s Association. On October 20th, he along with representatives from 12 different countries, formed the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA) on October 20th, 1961. The IFATCA is registered in Switzerland but has its headquarters in Montreal, Canada. To mark the IFATCA’s anniversary, the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller is held every year on October 20th.



International Chef's Day - 20 October.

International Chef's Day is celebrated each year on October 20th. The day focuses on educating kids around the world about eating healthy. It’s also a day for chefs to pass on their knowledge and skills to the next generation of chefs.

Along with overseeing the daily food service operation of restaurants, chefs also direct other cooks in the kitchen. Chefs use their creativity and knowledge to create and prepare recipes. Additionally, chefs must deal with a multitude of food-related concerns.

Esteemed Chef Dr. Bill Gallagher created International Chefs Day in 2004. Gallagher was also the president of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs). Since 2004, WorldChefs has used International Chefs Day to celebrate the nobility of this culinary profession.

The theme of the International Chefs Day 2021 campaign is "Healthy Food for the Future"

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World Statistics Day - 20 October.

World Statistics Day is held every five years on October 20th. The day celebrates the achievements of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.

Statistics involves the collection, analyzing, and interpreting large amounts of numerical data. Statistics are vital. This field of mathematics allows scientists to make new discoveries. It helps industries make safer products. Pharmacists develop more effective medications when using statistics. When predicting the weather, meteorologists rely on statistics to be accurate. Even investors make better financial decisions thanks to statistics.

Virtually every industry in the world benefits from statistical research and data. Individuals also use statistics for a variety of reasons. Statistics help to prove facts and make important decisions. Statistics also play an essential role in tracking trends and finding patterns.

The United Nations Statistical Commission was established in 1947. This commission brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states around the world. The primary function of the Statistical Commission is to set statistical standards. Additionally, the commission develops statistical concepts and methods at the national and international levels. In 1994 the Statistical Commission adopted the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.

On October 20, 2010, the Statistical Commission proposed to celebrate the first World Statistics Day. In 2012, it was decided the celebration would be observed every five years.



World Osteoporosis Day - 20 October.

World Osteoporosis Day is observed every year on October 20th. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and strength of the bone are reduced. Osteoporosis affects over 200 million people in the world. This is according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Because of its prevalence, osteoporosis is considered a significant public health concern. In the United States and Europe, 30% of all menopausal women have osteoporosis.

A vast majority of these women are likely to experience at least one bone fracture during their remaining years. Once a fracture occurs, it increases the likelihood of having another. Common fractures caused by osteoporosis include vertebral fractures, hip fractures, and wrist fractures.

White and Asian women, especially those past menopause, are at the highest risk of getting osteoporosis. Other people are at risk of getting this degenerative bone disease. These people include those with a family history of the disease and men and women with smaller body frames. People who do not get enough calcium, and those who have had gastrointestinal surgery are also more prone to getting osteoporosis.

There is no cure for osteoporosis. Once bone loss occurs, it’s not possible to get it back. This is why prevention is the best medicine. One of the best ways to prevent osteoporosis is to get adequate amounts of calcium. Foods rich in calcium include:

  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Almonds and almond milk
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Canned salmon or sardines with bones
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice

Another way to prevent osteoporosis is to practice weight-bearing activities. Getting enough Vitamin D is also essential.

The United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society launched World Osteoporosis Day on October 20th, 1996. The International Osteoporosis Foundation has supported the day since 1997. The World Health Organization (WHO) acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day in 1998 and 1999. Today, national osteoporosis patient societies host events in over 90 countries throughout the world.

The theme for World Osteoporosis Day 2021 is "Serve Up Bone Strength".



World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day - 19 October.

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th of each year spreads awareness about the impact of musculoskeletal conditions in children. Also referred to as World PB&J Day, this day also educates health care providers and the public.

Musculoskeletal disorders are any type of disease that affects the joints, ligaments, nerves, muscles, and bones. Musculoskeletal conditions in children and teenagers are becoming more common. Some examples of this type of condition include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Bone fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteoporosis

All of these disorders affect function and mobility. Some of the most common causes of musculoskeletal disorders in children include car accidents, playground accidents, and sports injuries. Other contributing factors to musculoskeletal disorders are obesity, poor posture, and Vitamin D deficiency.

The Pediatric Specialty Group established the first World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th, 2012. The day is held in conjunction with Bone and Joint Action Week. The Pediatric Specialty Group is a program of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). The USBJI seeks to improve the prevention of bone and joint disorders. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for those affected by bone and joint disorders. They do this by finding reliable information, doing research, and spreading awareness.



18 October 2021

World Menopause Day - 18 October.

On October 18th, World Menopause Day raises awareness of menopause and for menopausal women to realize the support options available to improve their health and well being.

If you are a woman, there is no escaping menopause. Every woman will reach a point in their life in which they no longer have their period. A woman reaches menopause after it’s been one year since their last period. For many women, reaching menopause stirs up various emotions. Women are happy to no longer have their menstrual cycle. However, this can be devastating as well as it means their childbearing years are over. This can be especially difficult for women who reach menopause early. Most women experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. The average age is 51 years old. About 1 in 100 women reach menopause before the age of 40.

Menopause can be difficult for other reasons as well. The fluctuations in hormones cause symptoms that can be hard to manage. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse
  • Insomnia and other kinds of sleep disturbances
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Moodiness and irritability

Some women’s symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily activities. To help manage their symptoms, women should stay active, drink enough water, and eat a healthy diet. Some women also choose hormone therapy. After a woman has reached menopause, they go through postmenopause. During this time, women are more vulnerable to certain health issues. These health issues include osteoporosis, heart disease, urinary tract infections, weight gain, and urinary incontinence.

Menopause can be a challenging time for women. For this reason, it’s important they reach out to their doctor for help. Finding a support system is also extremely beneficial.

The International Menopause Society (IMS) has held a World Menopause Day since 2009. The day has always been observed on October 18th. Every year, the IMS chooses a specific theme on which they focus. 

2021 The International Menopause Day theme: "Bone Health".



17 October 2021

World Trauma Day - 17 October.

World Trauma Day occurs every year on October 17th. The day focuses on the importance of saving and protecting lives during emergencies. It’s also a day to provide education on how to avoid traumatic injuries and deaths.

What is Trauma?

In the medical world, trauma is considered a physical injury. Traumatic events cause these physical injuries. These events include domestic violence, natural disasters, and severe car accidents. Traumatic injuries usually happen suddenly. They also require immediate medical care. It’s not uncommon for those who suffer a traumatic injury to go into shock. Some may even require resuscitation or interventions to save the limbs. Many people develop a disability after suffering a traumatic injury. For others, their traumatic injury is fatal.

World Trauma Day began in New Delhi, India, in 2011. More than 400 people die each day as a result of road accidents in India. World Trauma Day was created as a way to decrease this number in their country and other countries around the world.



The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - 17 October.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17th. On this day, people of all backgrounds and societies show solidarity with the poor by renewing their commitment to help them.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has become a day to acknowledge the struggle of people living in poverty. On this day, those living in poverty have a chance to be heard. The poor are among the first to fight against poverty. That’s because they understand the challenges first-hand. Those who live in poverty often don’t have adequate shelter or enough food to eat. They either make minimal income or none at all. Persons living in poverty also face unequal access to justice and limited health care. Most people living in poverty also struggle with shame, rejection, and humiliation.

The struggles with poverty affect nearly half of the world’s population. More than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. This is considered extreme poverty. These statistics include 1 billion children who live in poverty. About 22,000 children a day die as a direct result of living in poverty.

On October 17, 1987, over a hundred thousand people gathered in Paris where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948. They gathered to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger. They stated that poverty was a violation of human rights. During the gathering, they unveiled a commemorative stone on which their convictions were inscribed. The tradition of gathering together on October 17th to raise awareness for the poor continued every year. In 1992, the UN officially declared October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

This year’s theme is “Building forward together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet".



16 October 2021

World Spine Day - 16 October.

World Spine Day celebrates spine health annually on October 16th. The day also aims to increase awareness for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of back pain and other spine issues.

An estimated one billion people around the world suffer from back pain. These people include all age groups, from children to the elderly. One in four adults will suffer from back pain at one point in their life. Additionally, back pain is the single leading cause of disability.

Many developed countries provide viable treatment options for back pain. These include over-the-counter pain relievers, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. However, in underdeveloped countries, treatment is not always available. Oftentimes, the only option for individuals with back pain is to seek the help of traditional healers. Some are fortunate enough to go to a hospital where they receive anti-inflammatory medications.

The year 2000 saw the launch of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) in Cornwall, England. The global organization is comprised of National Action Networks in over 60 countries. Their goal was to improve the quality of life of those with musculoskeletal disorders. In 2010, the BJD rebranded as Bone and Joint Decade – Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health. Its tagline became “keep people moving.” Two years later, in October of 2012, the organization launched the first official World Spine Day.

World Spine Day is held in conjunction with BJD Action Week, which occurs every year from October 12-20. The World Federation of Chiropractic currently organizes World Spine Day. Over 500 organizations around the world support the day.

The World Spine Day Theme for 2021 is "Back 2 Back".



World Food Day - 16 October.

World Food Day is held every year on October 16th. On this day, more than 150 countries unite to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poverty and hunger.

According to World Hunger Statistics, 785 million people across the globe do not have enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. The number equals about one in nine people in the world. Surprisingly, the majority of hungry people live in developing countries. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under the age of 5. That means just over 3 million children a year die because they don’t have access to enough nutritious food.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) established World Food Day at their 20th General Conference in 1979. The date of October 16th commemorates the anniversary of FAO founding.

Since 1981 the FAO has selected a specific theme for World Food Day. The theme for the year 2021 is "Safe Food Now For A Healthier Tomorrow".

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World Anesthesia Day - 16 October.

Every year on October 16, World Anesthesia Day celebrates the discovery of anesthesia. This important discovery makes it possible to undergo surgical procedures without feeling any pain.

If you have ever had surgery, you probably can’t imagine going through it without anesthesia. This important medical invention changed hospitals forever. In fact, anesthesia is considered one of the seven most important medical discoveries in history. A dentist named William T.G. Morton is considered the founder of modern anesthesia. Today, 230 million major surgical procedures are performed under anesthesia each year.

A dentist named William T.G. Morton performed the first successful use of an anesthetic while performing surgery on October 16, 1846 in the surgical amphitheater of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) began hosting events on October 16 in 1903, to commemorate the event. Throughout the years, countries around the world have joined in to celebrate World Anesthesia Day. Some countries call it National Anesthesia Day or Ether Day.






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