GIANT’S CAUSEWAY | NORTHERN IRELAND

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY | NORTHERN IRELAND


Just a wee disclaimer. This is so awkward vlogging shirtless, dressed as an Scottish giant, and Mark dressed as a little wee Irish baby giant. We already found use for our blanket. When you come to Giant’s Causeway, we don’t recommend you do this. Good morning, guys. We’re in Bushmills. We’re actually just outside the village of Bushmills, in Northern Ireland at the world famous, World Heritage Site, The Giant’s Causeway. There’s this big cliff right here, and it’s blocking the sun. It’s great. We only got down here at 0900, but it really feels like we got here at sunrise because the sun is just rising over the cliff. From a purely informational touristic aspect, it’s about a 15 minute walk from the visitor’s center, which is up there. But they do have a bus running, and it costs a pound fifty. According to myth, Giant’s Causeway is formed by two giants: the Irish giant, Finn MacCool and the Scottish one, Benandonner. Benandonner challenged Finn to a fight Finn built the causeway to connect here with Scotland. There are two explanations for what happened next: The first is that Finn MacCool beat Benandonner fair and square. The second is that Finn tricked Benandonner because he saw he was too big to fight. He dressed himself up as a baby and had his wife carry him around to make Benandonner think……. Why, he’s just a wee baby, but he’s huge. Can’t imagine how big Finn is! Benandonner went running back to Scotland and destroyed the Causeway in his wake, so that Finn McCool could not chase him back and continue the fight. There’s about 40,000 of these basalt columns. They all erupted out of the earth around 50 million years ago when molten lava came down and was cooled instantaneously by the sea, which is how the rock kind of took on this interesting formation. I think that’s why people are so intrigued by it. Also, the stones just make a perfect, natural seat. Check this out. Oh…. Armrest included. What do you think? Super beautiful. Super interesting. Only 60 kilometres to Scotland. This is the North Channel right here. It’s really easy to see, not just the geographical connections, but the cultural, linguistic, Gaelic and Galic, the two languages from Scotland and Ireland are related. Giants are not the only people who compete around these parts. Hurling is a Gaelic sport that is also very popular here. Michael here at Scullion Hurls is an artisan craftsman, and he going to show us how to make the equipment and then how to play the game. Let’s go. Hi. My name is Michael Scullion, and we’re in Scullion Hurls, which is our family business where we produce hurling sticks used for the Irish game of hurling. It’s an ancient sport… They believe it to be over 2000 years old. The hurling stick is made from one piece of solid ash, and it’s actually the root of the ash tree that we use. This is one of them here, you can see. This would be the piece that is buried in the ground. This tree could be 30 or 40 years old. And it’s knocked… and we only use the bottom four fifths so you get that natural turn that comes from the root, and that’s where we get the shape which you’ll see in the finished hurling stick I can make one in about 10 minutes. Where we are here in the County Antrim we call it hurl or hurling stick. If you were to go further south in Ireland, they’d call it a hurly. The traditional Irish name is a “camán” Wow. How do you play? Guys, this is so similar to lacrosse. I think I found my new, favorite sport from a different country. Back in the day, with the lead up to independence for Ireland, Gaelic sports, along with Gaelic language were a huge part of the Irish identity. You can tell from my game skills and my lack of speaking Gaelic that I have about 15 percent Irish blood in me. Where is the best place to see a game? This weekend we have a championship locally. We have two semi-finals: One is taking place up in Belfast this evening, and the other is taking place tomorrow evening in ? which is 5 or 10 miles from here. Is this a professional sport here? All amateur. Conclusion: hurling in Northern Ireland is like football in West Texas. It’s just the thing to do. And the other thing to do is to drive along the coast. We are going to go do that and go to a really beautiful, picturesque place to round out the day. We just got to Carrick-a Rede Rope Bridge which is this famous little rope bridge connecting two rocks. Let’s go check it out. We’re at Carrick-a-Rede right now. It’s a place that was built by fishermen, salmon fishermen. It’s a small little bridge that only eight people can fit on at a time. They remade it a couple years ago to make it more sturdy, but it’s still pretty packed. Ladies and gentlemen, we are at the entrance of the rope bridge. This is the moment of truth right now. We’ll see how it is. You have to basically get in line, wait to go across, and then you have 10 minutes on the other side, and then you have to wait again to go back. Here we go. This is wild. Very beautiful. People often ask us how we balance filming and traveling. And I always say that it’s super important to take moments during your day to put the camera down and just enjoy it. I think this is one of those moments. Well guys, it has been such a awesome day exploring the Causeway Coastal Road, and I think we need to come back here, Bro. One day is not enough. For sure. But tomorrow the adventure continues. We’re going to Belfast. We’re going to be doing some awesome stuff, including eating some amazing food. So stay tuned until tomorrow’s episode.. If you liked the video, you know what to do: give it a thumbs-up, subscribe to Vagabrothers, and share this video with your friends. In the meantime, remember to stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you guys on the road in Belfast. Peace.

83 Comments

  • alpha

    November 12, 2016

    first

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  • Vanessa Flood

    November 12, 2016

    Yay!

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  • Carmel Rose

    November 12, 2016

    Aw I love when these places are right on my door step๐Ÿ˜ป

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  • Jade Tyra

    November 12, 2016

    My aunt got to see these last year. I wish I could travel as much as the two of you.

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  • Graby Gaby Vlog

    November 12, 2016

    beautiful place. no doubts about! can't wait for Belfast!

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  • Courtney Elyse

    November 12, 2016

    #snapsquaadd

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  • WOLFBORN

    November 12, 2016

    Hahahahah when are you guys gonna perform your first real play? That acting was amazing!

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  • Trip Couple

    November 12, 2016

    You guys are such an inspiration!!!

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  • Alana Hollander

    November 12, 2016

    Could you do a video on your experience teaching English in Spain, and how to go about it?

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  • Gabriel Nahuel

    November 12, 2016

    Love the aerial images!!! they're amazing guys!! keep doing this videos… I'm helping with spanish subs so more people will enjoy your videos. #StayCurios #KeepExploring #SeeYouGuysOnTheRoad

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  • Marieli Moraes

    November 12, 2016

    Vagabrothers: best Youtube channel!!!

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  • NATHANE86

    November 12, 2016

    Love this video! I've been to these places when on holiday from Scotlandย and fell in love with Northern Ireland so it's great to see you enjoying the sites the way I did ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Two Fingers

    November 12, 2016

    great vid !! like LONDON? check my vids and maybe subs?:)

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  • Courtney

    November 12, 2016

    love ๐Ÿ™‚ wish I could pick up and go right now!

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  • Stephanie Kilpatrick

    November 12, 2016

    I've only found this channel a view days ago and I love it๐Ÿ˜ I'm from Northern Ireland ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • ternitamas

    November 12, 2016

    what is exactly a causeway? sorry, english is not my first language
    also, the blanket baby is priceless! hahaha

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  • James D. Wheeler

    November 12, 2016

    The Giants causeway made the cover of the Zeppelin album houses of the holy!

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  • Red Mage

    November 12, 2016

    Love the vlogs! I'd love to see ye do more on the south of Ireland as well. You should see the Wicklow Mountains, it's where Vikings is filmed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Evan Dupuis

    November 12, 2016

    Guys, loved this video. I'm from Pennsylvania but just got back myself from 10 days in Ireland. Saw Dublin, Belfast, Galway and the Aran Islands (thanks to your videos). But by far my favorite part was the Northern Coast. Carrick-a-rede is one of the most breathtaking places I've ever been, and of course the Causeway is amazing. I'm curious, did you guys get the chance to check out Ballintoy Harbor? Or any of the Glens of Antrim? Northern Ireland is beautiful and underrated in my opinion, so thanks for taking the time to give it some more exposure. Cheers!

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  • Chris Gaytan

    November 12, 2016

    Awesome video! So glad I subscribed!

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  • Antonio V.S.

    November 12, 2016

    Hi good vรญdeo !

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  • Jessica Rossman

    November 12, 2016

    I needed this beautiful and silly video after this election week. Thank you Vagabros!

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  • Nathan Oโ€™Neill

    November 12, 2016

    Great once again and liking my country more when I see this ๐Ÿ€

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  • Relic

    November 13, 2016

    Been there done that! Northern Ireland was the best travel I have ever had! Thanks to Northern Ireland for reciving me! ๐Ÿ™‚
    and thank you VegaBros for reminding me of my great trip! <3

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  • Will William

    November 13, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait for Belfast's vlog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Michael Dyson

    November 13, 2016

    have you guys considered a side career as comedians? lmao.

    ps. what rental car companies would you recommend in dublin?

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  • OnTheGoWithCarson

    November 13, 2016

    I've always thought this place is so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  • liam owen

    November 13, 2016

    That blanket suites you 'tis raaaaad ! Picked up in Ireland ?

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  • Aine Mcintyre

    November 13, 2016

    loved this.โค๐Ÿ‘

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  • Raiza Max Ponticelli

    November 13, 2016

    I love these two and their channel! Simple, clean, beautiful and informative ๐Ÿ’—

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  • Nicolas Unger

    November 13, 2016

    "This is one of those moments" Proceeds to show you how heยดs taking a moment and ejoying it…. while filming it hahahaha

    Nah, but great videos haha! Iยดll be going to Ireland in January so this is cool to get some ideas on what to do.

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  • The Mental Health Herbalist

    November 13, 2016

    Great fun guys thanks

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  • Traveltrippie

    November 13, 2016

    I just can not get over the fact how good you guys are in what you are doing! I've said this before! Perfect mixture between a travel vlog and a documentary style video in my opinion! Long story short: the vagabrothers rock! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Tiffany Aguilera

    November 13, 2016

    That's so awesome! it reminds me of Devil's Postpile in Mammoth, CA, also formed from lava.

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  • SoldierOfGod12

    November 14, 2016

    You guys are great!

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  • Leah Collins

    November 14, 2016

    Just saw you guys on Erik's channel and came right over. Love your content. Amazing! New subbie ๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿผ

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  • LEN90

    November 14, 2016

    The Giants Causeway looked amazing.. And I loved the feature on hurling. ๐Ÿ‘Gaelic games or GAA such as hurling and Gaelic football are a huge part of Irish culture.

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  • Fer Nando

    November 14, 2016

    Stunning landscape!!! Thank you Vagabrothers. We follow you from Argentina. Peace!!!!

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  • Aaron Explores

    November 14, 2016

    Another great vlog, that bridge looked scary!

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  • brendarubi

    November 14, 2016

    looks like so much fun crossing that bridge

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  • teaarmo

    November 15, 2016

    Cool having a travel vlogger i'm subscribed to vlogging my own country ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Mary Launer

    November 15, 2016

    I loved that place! Makes me want to go back

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  • Ritankar Sasmal

    November 15, 2016

    what i beautiful place!

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  • Kevin O' Brien

    November 15, 2016

    Hurling is mostly only played by the people from nationalist backgrounds (identify as irish) while many unionists (identify as British) would not play hurling and would instead play rugby or soccer. Although this has changed in recent times, it still remains the same in regards to the Gaelic sports of hurling and Gaelic football.

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  • Ralph David Jones Jr

    November 16, 2016

    Gentlemen, yet again…pretty awesome video. Thanks! (I've got my grand-kids watching out for your uploads)

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  • Melody Broome

    November 16, 2016

    Came over from Erik Conover's channel. Really impressed with your vlogs! Subscribed ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Stephanie Richardson

    November 16, 2016

    Northern Ireland is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Jody G

    November 16, 2016

    haha bet you guys were freezing! Loving the NI videos as it brings back some good memories for me having visited these places myself & conquered that damn rope bridge!

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  • Edward Travels

    November 16, 2016

    Wow I've not checked your channel inawhi;e and youre up to 139000 subs- congrats!

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  • ::::::::::::: :::::::::::::

    November 17, 2016

    I live on the North coast of Northern Ireland and its lovely to see you explore it I am very lucky to live here

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  • Patty Sternjacob

    November 17, 2016

    I would definitely cross that bridge. โค๏ธ Ireland. Love your videos.

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  • Anna Luzak

    November 17, 2016

    I love this bridge!

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  • FennekinTheFire

    November 19, 2016

    Just wanted to say I was born in Northern Ireland lived here all my life I have never even heard of that sport in my life

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  • Christy Fike

    November 19, 2016

    GORGEOUS!!

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  • hockey lad9844

    November 21, 2016

    If you ever come back do the North Coast Game of Thrones tour with McCombs. You'll see the King's Road and other scenes. You're my favourite travel channel and I hope you come back to Northern Ireland in the future.

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  • Luna R

    November 21, 2016

    Ah, so beautiful. I can't wait to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Arkodeep Sen

    November 26, 2016

    Visit India.

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  • flip inheck

    January 12, 2017

    Excellent video, the Antrim coast is stunning, my fav place in NI is Strangford Lough followed closely by the Antrim coast.

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  • mad saxon

    April 16, 2017

    Not true. Basalt columns are formed by slow cooling magma.

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  • xPerisherx

    April 17, 2017

    Ye playing hurling wdf always two hands on the hurley

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  • Lisa Ho

    April 23, 2017

    Best spot in all of IRE/NI. The island at Carrick-a-rede is a sacred site for me. Bravo for carving some quality self-time there.

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  • ruvik mag

    June 11, 2017

    what hiking boots do you usually wear?

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  • Naomi Burrows

    June 19, 2017

    I live on the north coast of northern Ireland and it's when people document it like this that you appreciate where you live!!

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  • montchรฉrie

    July 7, 2017

    I walked from Carrick a rede to the Giants Causeway following the Coast Causeway. IT WAS AWESOME. shame on you guys… renting a car????

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  • Siobhan Deasy

    July 26, 2017

    I am from Ireland and I think the 2nd version is right

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  • Adam Dawson

    September 20, 2017

    Another cool video of my home country guys, I love how you tell the story's of the places you visit ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  • Random name

    November 2, 2017

    Its just cringe watching Americans pronunce Irish stuff (im Irish)

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  • Gabby Del Hierro

    February 12, 2018

    Went in 2015 – this is a MUST SEE ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Brittany Marie

    March 4, 2018

    Did you guys pay to visit? I heard this is one of the biggest tourist traps.

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  • Caroline White

    April 12, 2018

    Hurling is over 3000 years old and is really big here in the republic of Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชโ˜˜

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  • Robin McNally

    May 1, 2018

    Whoa!.. it's ยฃ8 per adult now; inflation on a whole new level!

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  • Echa

    May 20, 2018

    as a geologist, giant's causeway is on my top list for pilgrimage geology trip ๐Ÿ˜ fyi, it is actually a formation of lava basalt rocks with collumnar joints, the "joints" (in geological term) is formed when the rock is contracted, usually during the cooling of the basaltic lava

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  • Echa

    May 20, 2018

    as a geologist, giant's causeway is on my top list of geologic pilgrimage ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Echa

    May 20, 2018

    as a geologist, giant's causeway is on my top list of geologic pilgrimage ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Martin Gilliland

    August 13, 2018

    Getting homesick watching this series on Northern Ireland, want to go back and be tourist!

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  • michael o

    August 14, 2018

    Hurling is much bigger in the south ….i love that ye did it but i wouldnt associate it with northern Ireland….I dont even mean politically ….cause hurling is really much bigger in Munster and south leinster…….In northern Ireland nationalists(people who consider themselves Irish) tend to play Gaelic football.

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  • Thomas O'Flaherty

    August 29, 2018

    Welcome to the north of Ireland.

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  • Rachel Parkergfc

    September 2, 2018

    We done this tour directly from Belfast with City Tours Belfast, Full day trip up to the Northern tip of Ireland, A must do trip if in the Emerald Isle
    https://citytoursbelfast.com/Hop-on-hop-off.html

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  • Pavel Tarasevich

    September 13, 2018

    That`s a nice place to visit! Thank you very much guys!

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  • 19grand

    October 30, 2018

    Would love to visit Ireland. Amazing camera work.

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  • Bernard Wadding

    March 23, 2019

    Brilliant vid

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  • Conrad Wolf

    May 28, 2019

    Nothing special. It gets quite crowded and people just sit around, so others who want to walk around have to walk around them. Just another spot destroyed by too many tourists.

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  • J L

    July 15, 2019

    Nice video guys!! My parents bought a house just 2 minutes from Bushmills Distillery…We love being back!!!! We're there for about 2 to 4 months every Summer. I was born in Belfast but now live in Canada. There's no place like home though…
    Hope you had fun in N. Ireland boys. :=P

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