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Top 100 Unique Ideas in 2018

From Gelatinous Dessert Cubes to Nap-Enabling Apparel

— January 27, 2018 — Unique
Energy drink-infused sausages, haute couture wetsuits and color-changing cosmetic blushes are among some of the unmistakably unique ideas in 2018.

While many of these ideas may be simply written off as unconventional designs and quirky concepts, many of these thoughtful experiments aim to tackle pressing issues. Some of the best examples of the latter are the food-based, edible coffee cups served by cafes. While Sydney's Locals Corner offers a "carrot latte" served in a hollowed-out carrot drinking vessel, Truman Cafe's 'Avolatte' is presented to consumers in the skin of an avocado. While both cafes were quick to capture attention on social media, they also sparked meaningful dialogues about the future of food waste and single-use packaging.

Some of the other unconventional items to look out for in the year ahead include unconventional denim styles, odd food hybrids and niche workout classes.
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Musical Produce Attachments
Musical Produce Attachments
These 3D-Printed Pieces Make DIY Musical Instruments from Fruits & Veg
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Fashionably Fake Work Pants
Fashionably Fake Work Pants
The Nordstrom Faux Muddy Jeans Let You Look Like You've Worked Outside
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98
Shopping Bag-Inspired Sneakers
Shopping Bag-Inspired Sneakers
These Custom IKEA Sneakers Were Created by FRE Customs
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97
Edible Sushi Sneakers
Edible Sushi Sneakers
Artist Yujia Hu Creates Sushi Sculptures That Resemble Footwear
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96
Crabby Ecology Centers
Crabby Ecology Centers
The Ecology Center on Yangcheng Lake is Inspired by the Lake's Top Delicacy
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95
Contoured Wine Chalices
Contoured Wine Chalices
The Wine Glass Mask Accentuates the Aromas of Wine
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94
Trophy Head Vases
Trophy Head Vases
Kate Kuhar's Deer Antler Vases Provide Cruelty-Free Design Alternatives
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93
Florescent Green Beers
Florescent Green Beers
This Green Glowing Beer Was Made with Genetically Modified Yeast
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92
Costly Pizza-Based Bikinis
Costly Pizza-Based Bikinis
Made with Real Pizza Ingredients This Pizza Bikini Will Cost You $10k
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Kitschy Furniture Brand Caps
Kitschy Furniture Brand Caps
These IKEA Hats Were Inspired by the Brand's Blue Shopping Bags
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90
Milk Bottle-Shaped Lamps
Milk Bottle-Shaped Lamps
'Milk Light' is a Unique Illuminator Disguised as a Dairy Product
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Holographic 3D Printers
Holographic 3D Printers
Daqri's Additive Manufacturing Machine Cures with Complex Light Fields
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3D-Printed Multifunctional Walkers
3D-Printed Multifunctional Walkers
This Mobility Aid Boasts a Transformative Design and Add-Ons
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Autonomous Hearse Coffins
Autonomous Hearse Coffins
This Hologram-Equipped Hearse Offers Comfort for the Dead
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Cucumber-Based Instruments
Cucumber-Based Instruments
Hendrick’s Gin is Inviting Consumers to Make Music with Vegetables
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Marijuana-Topped Festival Accessories
Marijuana-Topped Festival Accessories
The Cannabis Flower Crown Arrives Just in Time for Coachella
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Cubed Meat Packaging Concepts
Cubed Meat Packaging Concepts
Path Designed Packaging Concepts for Lab-Grown Meat Cubes
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Interactive Fishing Restaurants
Interactive Fishing Restaurants
NYC's Zauo Encourages Diners to Fish for Their Own Meals
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Churro Ice Cream Cones
Churro Ice Cream Cones
Garden Creamery Serves Its Ice Cream in Churro Cones
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Lifelike Felt Pets
Lifelike Felt Pets
Japanese Artist Yomoko888 Creates Incredibly Realistic Dogs and Cats
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Bag-In-Box Water Packages
Bag-In-Box Water Packages
The AquaViBox Packages Water in a Box for Easy Dispensing
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Battery-Operated Espresso Machines
Battery-Operated Espresso Machines
The Ultra-Portable 'XSPROFIX' Runs on a Lithium Battery
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Spy-Themed Bars
Spy-Themed Bars
The Bletchley Requires Patrons to Crack Tricky Codes to Get Drinks
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Helicopter Hotel Rooms
Helicopter Hotel Rooms
Helicopter Glamping Lets Couples Stay in a Converted SeaKing Helicopter
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Color-Changing Blushes
Color-Changing Blushes
Lipstick Queen's Black Lace Rabbit Blush Goes From Black to a Cherry Color
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Washing Machine Meal Pouches
Washing Machine Meal Pouches
'Sous La Vie' Food Bags Can Be Cooked in the Washing Machine
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Unconventional Double Denim Pants
Unconventional Double Denim Pants
Natasha Zinko's 'Double Jeans' Appears as Two Pairs of Pants
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Energy Drink-Infused Sausages
Energy Drink-Infused Sausages
Maguire Meats Now Sells Vodka and Red Bull-Flavored Sausages
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Bird-Based City Cleaning Initiatives
Bird-Based City Cleaning Initiatives
The 'Crow Bar' Teaches Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts
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Newfangled String Instruments
Newfangled String Instruments
This Yamaha Electric Violin Gives Time-Honored Sound a New Form
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Pizza Delivery Races
Pizza Delivery Races
Pizza Little Party Tested Honda's Delivery Scooter in a Race of Speed
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Bed-Based Workout Classes
Bed-Based Workout Classes
The U.K.'s David Lloyd Clubs Rolled Out the First 'Napercise Class'
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Realistic Puppy-Shaped Desserts
Realistic Puppy-Shaped Desserts
This Thai Dessert Shop Makes Puddings in the Shape of Puppies
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Avocado Latte Cups
Avocado Latte Cups
Truman Cafe's 'Avolatte' is Served in a Real Avocado Half
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Bread-Smashing Jewelry Ads
Bread-Smashing Jewelry Ads
'Bread Face' Created an ASMR Ad for Sydney Garber's High-End Jewelry
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App-Enabled LED Jackets
App-Enabled LED Jackets
'LitJackets' from LumoSquid Can Change Color in Tandem with Music
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Artificial Intelligence Brides
Artificial Intelligence Brides
The World's First Human Robot Wedding Proves Love is Programmable
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Inside-Out Denim Trousers
Inside-Out Denim Trousers
Unravel Project's Inside Out Jeans Reveal Exposed Seams and Raw Details
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Color Therapy Yoga Classes
Color Therapy Yoga Classes
ChromaYoga's Unique Yoga Class Sessions Pair Movement and Color Therapy
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3D-Printed Concrete Canoes
3D-Printed Concrete Canoes
ETH Zurich Developed an Ultra-Lightweight 3D-Printed Canoe
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Special Occasion Cannabis Bouquets
Special Occasion Cannabis Bouquets
Lowell Smokes Bouquet is Made with California Cannabis
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Leak-Proof Workout Shorts
Leak-Proof Workout Shorts
Thinx's "Period-Proof" Training Shorts Have Absorbent Built-In Underwear
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Polar Fleece Streetwear
Polar Fleece Streetwear
Aimé Leon Dore's New Capsule Collection is Perfect for the Winter
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3D-Printed Water Treatment Systems
3D-Printed Water Treatment Systems
This Home System Can Produce 35 Liters of Drinking Water a Day
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Featherlight Floating Cakes
Featherlight Floating Cakes
Dominique Ansel's Zero Gravity Cake is Served Inside of a Balloon
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Purposefully Unusual Eyewear
Purposefully Unusual Eyewear
Tamar Canfi's Collection Emphasizes High Prescription Lenses
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Shaving Gel Bars
Shaving Gel Bars
'Remay' Produces an Innovative Egg-Shaped Solid Shaving Bar
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Latex Sock Stilettos
Latex Sock Stilettos
These Crimson Gucci Heels are Paired with Obscure Flesh-Toned Latex Socks
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Bloodied Clothing Stores
Bloodied Clothing Stores
The Brand CLOT Opened an Unusual Pop-Up Store in Los Angeles
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Produce-Based Coffee Cups
Produce-Based Coffee Cups
The Locals Corner Cafe Serves Coffee Beverages in Carrot and Apple Cups
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Surreal Cartoon-Integrated Art
Surreal Cartoon-Integrated Art
'Still Optimistic' is a Project Fronted by Gabrielle Laïla Tittley
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Suspended Mini Homes
Suspended Mini Homes
The Flying Black House is a Scary Reminder to Live Simply
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Wheel-Like Eyeliner Applicators
Wheel-Like Eyeliner Applicators
MAC Cosmetics' Newest Eyeliner Tip Resembles a Pizza Cutter
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Hybridized Rainwear Accessories
Hybridized Rainwear Accessories
The Umbrella Raincoat a Fusion Between Two Rainy Day Staples
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Scented Canned Socks
Scented Canned Socks
LemonSox Offers Scented Fashion Socks in Tin Cans
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Cauliflower Burger Pranks
Cauliflower Burger Pranks
KFC Pokes Fun at Extremely Healthy Eating with Its #CleanEating Burger
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UV Handrail Sterilizers
UV Handrail Sterilizers
The LG Handrail Sterilizer Uses Ultraviolet Light to Kill Germs
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Unconventionally Cut-Out Jeans
Unconventionally Cut-Out Jeans
These High-Waisted Jeans from ASOS Boast an Unusual Back Detail
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Celebrity Backside Floaties
Celebrity Backside Floaties
The New Kim Kardashian Merchandise Line Features a Scandalous Floatie
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Gelatinous Dessert Cubes
Gelatinous Dessert Cubes
Japan's Natural Lawson Convenience Store Sells Cube-Shaped Treats
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Fried Chicken Bouquets
Fried Chicken Bouquets
KFC New Zealand Handed Out 20 Bouquets for Valentine's Day
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High-Top Sock Sneakers
High-Top Sock Sneakers
These New Fendi Sneakers Have an Unconventionally Modern Design
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Ice Cream-Filled Donuts
Ice Cream-Filled Donuts
B Sweet Dessert Bar Makes Heat-Sealed Donuts Called 'Halos'
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Magnetic False Eyelashes
Magnetic False Eyelashes
One Two Cosmetic's Glue-Free Design Offers a New Way to Wear Lashes
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Shipping Container Cinemas
Shipping Container Cinemas
Scott Whitby Studio Used 1,000 Foam Pyramids to Make the Caution Cinema
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Eccentric Castle Offices
Eccentric Castle Offices
The Money.co.uk Office Features a Plethora of Unique Spaces
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Cat Hair Timepieces
Cat Hair Timepieces
These Unconventional Watches are Made from Pet Fur That's Taken from a Brush
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Unconventional Geometric Jewelry
Unconventional Geometric Jewelry
Bradley L Bowers' Krysalis Collection Embraces New Jewelry Forms
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Immersive Elevator Experiences
Immersive Elevator Experiences
Panormia's Virtual Windows Turn Elevators into Magical Journeys
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Hoodie Drawstring Jewelry
Hoodie Drawstring Jewelry
Hannah Jewett Makes Pullovers with Decorative Hoodie Strings
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Fish-Friendly Electric Supercars
Fish-Friendly Electric Supercars
The Asfané Charlotte Roadster Comes with a Built-In Fish Tank
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Nap-Enabling Apparel
Nap-Enabling Apparel
The 'Happy Napping' Collection Makes it Easy to Nap in Public
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Surreal Mixed-Media Plants
Surreal Mixed-Media Plants
Noreen Loh Hui Miun's Work is Inspired by the Real and Surreal
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Crowdfunded Product Marketplaces
Crowdfunded Product Marketplaces
'Indiegogo Marketplace' is a Place to Purchase Inventive Products
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Human Clock Faces
Human Clock Faces
This Clock Uses a Human Eye to Represent the Passing of Time
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Roller-Skate Stilettos
Roller-Skate Stilettos
These Saint Laurent Roller-Skate Stilettos are Thrillingly Fashionable
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Haute Couture Wetsuits
Haute Couture Wetsuits
Thom Browne's Wetsuit was Designed to Look Like Business Apparel
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Bubbling Clay Face Masks
Bubbling Clay Face Masks
Milky Piggy's Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Has a Cloud-Like Consistency
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Color-Changing Hair Dyes
Color-Changing Hair Dyes
THEUNSEEN's Hair Dye Color Responds to Environmental Temperatures
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Obscure Streetwear Accessories
Obscure Streetwear Accessories
The New Supreme Accessories Collection Features a Money Gun & More
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Transportable Hotel Rooms
Transportable Hotel Rooms
The Hyperloop Hotel Concept Moves Hotel Rooms Between Cities
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Paper-Thin Watercolor Palettes
Paper-Thin Watercolor Palettes
'Viviva Colorsheets' are Travel-Friendly Watercolor Paint Sets
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Versatile Detachable Jeans
Versatile Detachable Jeans
Y/Project Designed a Pair of Jeans That Can Be Turned into Shorts
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Humanoid 3D Cartoon Adaptations
Humanoid 3D Cartoon Adaptations
Miguel Vasquez Created Eerie 3D SpongeBob and Patrick Renditions
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Hairy Chest Swimsuits
Hairy Chest Swimsuits
Beloved Shirts Created the Perfect Gag Gift for the Summer
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Moving Ferris Wheel Apartments
Moving Ferris Wheel Apartments
Travelers Can Now Spend a Night in a Transformed London Eye Capsule
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Intimate Pop-Up Concerts
Intimate Pop-Up Concerts
Toronto's 'Pocket Concerts' Brings Live Music to Private Homes
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Swedish Furniture-Inspired Bralettes
Swedish Furniture-Inspired Bralettes
The Fankie Collective Launched an Affordably Priced IKEA Bra
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Lightweight Metal Die
Lightweight Metal Die
The 'Hollow Dice' is Only 1.5 Grams in Weight
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Immersive Ice Cream Museums
Immersive Ice Cream Museums
L.A.'s Whimsical Ice Cream Museum Attracts Social Media Users
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Modular Construction Systems
Modular Construction Systems
BeamCNC Can Turn Lumber into a Useful Construction System
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Geological Food Shops
Geological Food Shops
The Usaginonedoko Cafe Creates Food Inspired by Rocks and Minerals
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Wearable Privacy Pods
Wearable Privacy Pods
The Sharkman is a Wearable Piece of Furniture for People Looking for Privacy
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Coffee-Making Phone Cases
Coffee-Making Phone Cases
The 'Mokase' is an Ultra-Compact Espresso Machine
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Crystal-Infused Water Bottles
Crystal-Infused Water Bottles
Glacce Bottles Help to Make Healing Crystal Elixirs on the Go
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Holographic Display Smartphones
Holographic Display Smartphones
RED Has Designed the World's First Glasses-Free Holographic Phone
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Blissful Newborn Spa Treatments
Blissful Newborn Spa Treatments
Australia's First Spa for Babies is an Adorable Bonding Experience
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Innovative Inflatable Umbrellas
Innovative Inflatable Umbrellas
The Shield Umbrella is Light, Convenient, and Packed with Features
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Empowering Inclusive Runways
Empowering Inclusive Runways
The Chromat Spring RTW Show Featured a Diverse Cast of Models
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Sweat-Preventing Bras
Sweat-Preventing Bras
The Ta-Ta Towel Was Designed to Combat One of Summer's Challenges
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