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Sep 23 2011

Tuesday Night: Performance AnxietyA Very Special Evening of Free Comedy

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Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a special night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Beth StellingKumail NanjianiAngelo BowersHampton YountAhmed Bharoocha and a top Secret Special guest you don’t want to miss!

We’ll announce the special guest on Tuesday on our Twitter account. We’re not taking reservations for this event, so be sure to plan on arriving early to claim a seat!

Sep 19 2011

Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest UncutThursday, September 29th

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Heads up, LA. Here’s the party you’ve been waiting for. We’ve teamed up with party diva Lenora Claire to present a night of decadent fun at our flagship store in WeHo. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 29th from 7pm til 11pm for Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut. This is the final party in our 40th Anniversary celebration.

Gloryhole is a peek behind the red curtain, giving guests a chance to mix and mingle with the sexual glitterati. Equal parts tease and sleaze, Gloryhole will let the curious see what goes on after hours at one of Los Angeles’ most storied locations, on the very same floor where Joan Jett once shopped for leather gear and 70s gay porn movies were made. Attendance is free, but given the nature of the entertainment, the party is invitation only. To RSVP, please send an email to gloryhole at thepleasurechest.com.

Featuring appearances by…

The night will include:

  • An XXX Gloryhole installation- Gaze through a voyeuristic portal into the extremes of human sexuality
  • Dancing with the Pornstars- Shake your booty with your favorite erotic entertainers & live DJs

Free Cocktails Provided by Cougar Juice!

  • Kinky Crafting- Make pervy paper dolls with your free Pleasure Chest Activity Book
  • Spanking booth
  • Sword swallowers, stiltwalkers, strippers & maybe even a monkey!
  • More TBA
Come celebrate with us!

 


 


Sep 14 2011

Love Machine: Our 40th Anniversary Party Sunday at NYC’s Stonewall Inn

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What are you doing on Sunday night? Cancel your plans, because you’re joining us at the legendary Stonewall Inn for the sexiest party of the year. That’s right, it’s our 40th anniversary bash, and we’re celebrating in style.

We’re teaming up with Harder Candy for Love Machine, a sexy, psychedelic naked cabaret hosted by “boy-next-whore” GO-GO HARDER. Dress your sexy 70s best: Leather, sequins, Boogie Nights, roller girl whores, disco slaves, and all things that unzip easily!

Featuring performances by:

  • Badass Boylesque Hottie Rockit
  • Flashdance Firecracker Diva Dev
  • siren of sodom Crimson Kitty

PLUS!

  • A free Pleasure Chest gift card for $19.71 for the first 40 to buy The Pleasure Chest COCKtail “Aphrodisiac”!
  • Kinky crafting & pervy paper dolls with your complimentary Pleasure Chest Activity Book!
  • Raffle with prizes from The Pleasure Chest.

The party goes until 4am, and best of all, it’s totally free.  Check out our Facebook page for more details.

 

 

Sep 13 2011

Joan Jett, Sid Vicious & The Pleasure Chest

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Photo by Brad Elterman

In an interview posted today at The Morton Report, Joan Jett confirms a rumor we’ve heard for years:

I think it was '78. All the Runaways were staying on a houseboat. On that same trip, I was also hanging out with Sid [Vicious] and Nancy [Spungen]. That was right before they came to America. And you know, that hoop belt that Sid would always wear, it was a black leather belt with rings on it. I gave that to him in England. I bought that at the Pleasure Chest in LA, and I used to wear it all the time, you can see a lot of Runaways pictures with me wearing that belt. And I gave it to him just as a gesture, because I was a fan. And he started wearing it, and in all their pictures of them in America when they did their tour. I just think that's funny.

While we’re on the subject of the 70s, check out Dressing for Pleasure, a 1977 documentary on fetish fashion, which helped influence the UK punk scene.

Sep 12 2011

The Pleasure Chest on Entourage

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Last night, HBO’s Entourage wrapped up its 8th and final season. Love it or hate it, the show was an institution. Speaking of institutions, did we mention that we turned 40 this month? We’ll be sharing many of The Pleasure Chest’s pop culture cameos over the next few weeks. Check out this clip from season 6 of Entourage shot in our West Hollywood store. And no, unfortunately Sadie does not work here. Stop calling!

 

Sep 07 2011

40th Anniversary Celebrations in New York

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40 years ago this month, Duane Colglazier and Bill Rifkin opened a waterbed store at the busy corner of 7th Avenue South and 10th Street in the West Village.  The main flo0r of the shop was only 47″ wide and 12′ long. One customer described it as a split-level closet. They quickly added items like mood lighting, cockrings and handcuffs, before deciding to become a full fledged sex shop. The Pleasure Chest was born!

The original location is now a sushi restaurant, but our current New York store is just next door. We don’t carry waterbeds anymore, but we have expanded to offer products to meet nearly everyone’s needs and a roster of free educational workshops to support a diverse population. So, this month we’re celebrating “The Big 4-Oh” in style. Check out our complete lineup of free events and workshops through September!

 Sleazy Saturday

September 10th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

Pleasure Her Perfect
September 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Sex Specialist: Laura

Sleazy Saturday
September 17th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

Love Machine: Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary Party @ Stonewall Inn
September 18th @ 10pm-4am FREE!

The Pleasure Chest is turning 40 and we’re teaming up with Harder Candy to throw the sexiest, psychedelic NAKED cabaret hosted by “boy-next-whore” Go-Go Harder. Dress your sexy 70s best: Leather, sequins, Boogie Nights, roller girl whores, disco slaves, and all things that unzip easily!

Featuring performances by:

  • badass boylesque hottie ROCKIT
  • flashdance firecracker DIVA DEV
  • siren of sodom CRIMSON KITTY

PLUS!

  • A free Pleasure Chest gift card for $19.71 for the first 40 to buy The Pleasure Chest COCKtail “Aphrodisiac”!
  • Kinky crafting & pervy paper dolls with your complimentary Pleasure Chest Activity Book!
  • Raffle with prizes from The Pleasure Chest.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard
September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sleazy Saturday
September 24th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

40 Sexy Things You Can Try Tonight with Jamye Waxman
September 26th @ 8pm FREE!

Get ready to rock your sex life! Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with special guest Jamye Waxman presenting 40 sexy things you can try tonight. During this workshop, we’ll unlock a treasure trove of quick tips to improve the sex life of any couple. Jamye will give you creative ideas and moves to keep your lover begging for more.

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50
September 27th @ 8pm FREE!

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

Sex Specialist: Ignacio 

40/40 Party
September 30th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

We’re celebrating two birthdays tonight! Not only is it the 40th anniversary of our humble smut shop, it’s also the big four O, for our very own Ignacio Rivera! Join us for an open bar, in-store DJ and cupcakes for the first 40 guests.

Sep 05 2011

Los Angeles Celebrates “The Big 4-Oh!”

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Yes, we’re turning 40 this month! It’s OK if you didn’t get us a gift. But, please do come to our party. Or, parties rather! Here’s a complete lineup of free workshops and fun festivities throughout September.

40 Tips, Tricks & Techniques to The Ultimate O
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm FREE!

We’ve got 40 years of experience in helping people achieve explosive orgasms. Whether you’re a first timer or an orgasm overachiever, this class has something new for you. We’ll teach you all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and our favorite tips and toys.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Craft Night
Thursday, September 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks, live music and giveaways. Get crafty!

Sleazy Saturday

Saturday, September 10th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Performance Anxiety
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Steve Agee, Kyle Kinane, Tommy Johnagin, Nikki Glaser, Sean O’ Connor, Renee Gauthier, Josh Adam Meyers and Cornell Reid.

We’ll also be giving some stuff away, including TJ’s new rap album, The Extended Play E.P., which drops that day!

40 Ways to Make Life Sexier
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

In 40 years, we’ve learned a lot about sex. Let us share our 40 favorite pleasure principles for making your sex life sizzle. Together we’ll explore the wide world of sex toys, tips and tricks for solo and partner play, safe sex essentials, and ways to enhance your orgasm.

Sex Specialist: Mary & Mike

Sex Scandal Bike Ride
Saturday, September 17th @ 4pm-6pm FREE!

Bring your bicycle to The Pleasure Chest and take a magical, low key tour of the storied streets. Learn the raunchy rumors and lusty legends of Hollywoodlore!  We’ll visit sites where people in the public (and not-so-public) eye have gotten themselves into a pickle or two. Our 90 minute plus ride includes exciting trivia and naughty prizes, ending at The Pleasure Chest with tasty eats and a host of sexy people to serve it up! If you don’t have a bike, simply join us at 6, for a champagne toast to 40 scandalous years of making life sexy.

Sleazy Saturday
Saturday, September 17th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Blowjobs & Beyond: 40 Succulent Skills to Satisfaction
Wednesday, September 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? In this special 40th anniversary edition of our most popular class, we’ll show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Sleazy Saturday
Saturday, September 24th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday!

We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Performance Anxiety
Tuesday, September 27th @ 8pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelo Bowers, Hampton Yount, Ahmed Bharoocha and a top Secret Special guest you don’t want to miss!

Kinky Sex: Our Best Tips From The Past 40 Years
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm FREE!

For over four decades, we’ve built our reputation on bringing kink to the masses. Whether you’re a nervous novice or a bondage badass, there’s always something new to learn about the art of kinky sex. If your fantasies include blindfolds, bondage, roleplay, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, we’ve got a class for your ass.

Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 29th @ 8pm- 1am FREE!

A pervy party celebrating 40 years of making life sexy. Drinks, dancing, and a peek behind the red curtain. Details to come!

 



 

 

 

Sep 05 2011

Chicago Celebrates 40 Years of Pleasure

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Did you hear? We’re turning 40 this month! Yes, we know we look young, but we really have been making life sexy since 1971. To celebrate, we’ve got a great lineup of free workshops and special events throughout September. Here’s what’s on the agenda at our Chicago store.

40 & Over Sex Secrets
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm FREE!

If you’re like us—over 40 and still sexy—then this class is for you! Learn about the pleasure which only comes through experience. Spend an evening with our sex specialists as they demystify sex after 40, talk about the reality of our changing bodies, and how to leverage our skills & make the most out of the second half of our sex lives.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Craft Night
Friday, September 9th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks and giveaways. Get crafty!

Raunchy Bingo Night
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Chicago favorite Raunchy Royale will be making jaws drop as she hosts a notorious night of party games.  Stop by the store to play hilarious, audience-fueled fun like “Pervtionary” that will test your kinky skills. Just wait til you get a load of the prizes you can win!

40 Licks: Oral Sex for Every Body
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

We share our 40 favorite tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Sirens & Studs
Friday, September 16th @ 9pm-11pm FREE! 

Join us for an evening of cruising and schmoozing with Chicago’s sexiest dancers, performers, and adults-only entertainers. Win a vintage-style Pleasure Chest “Leatherman” T-shirt and get your sexy pics taken in our own private SheShot photo booth. DJ All The Way Kay (Chicago Dirty Girls) will play all the sexiest hits from 1971 and beyond!

 

Groupie Love
Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm-10pm FREE!

Every 70s band had groupies and so does The Pleasure Chest. In fact, we’ve got Chicago’s own Cynthia Plaster Caster! Come pick up a “backstage pass” good for 20% off your purchase during the night, and learn how to make a plaster cast of your favorite band’s member. Rock out to music from the bands you fantasized about banging backstage and maybe even purchase one of Ms. Plaster Caster’s famous casts.

40 Seduction Tricks
Wednesday, September 21st @ 8pm FREE!

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the 40 dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Sex Specialist: Jenae

Art of Sex
Friday, September 23rd @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Four of our favorite Chicagoartists including Rob from Smutcraft and Leon MonkeyFetish will show their sexiest, most provocative work for your prurient perusal and possible purchase. Whether your taste is subtly sexy or overtly kinky, you’re sure to find something that you find inspirational. Meet the artists over wine and cheese and shop for things that will get your creative juices flowing.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Circle
Monday, September 26th @ 7pm-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Come to the inaugural gathering of our knitting circle; bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

40 Kinky Nights: How to Kink Your Sex & Sex Your Kink
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm FREE!

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

Sex Specialists: Antoinette & Sarah

“Studio 69”
Friday, September 30th @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Why stop at 54 when you can climb to 69? Help us wrap our 40th anniversary in style, with a DJ, drinks, kinky contests and prizes galore. The theme is sexy 70s, so wear your best bell bottoms for a chance to win our “Blast from the Past” costume contest!

 

 

All Month Long

  • Hitachi Rollback Sale! You can purchase the Hitachi Magic Wand, one of the most popular and powerful sex toys ever, at the same price we sold it for in 1971. (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)
  • $4 Pocket Rockets! Make any purchase over $10 and get your very own Pleasure Chest Pocket Rocket for only $4! (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)

Aug 15 2011

Performance Anxiety is Back on August 23rd

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Tuesday, August 23rd at 8pm

Join us for the return of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at our LA store, presented by Eli Olsberg and Tj Miller. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Performers for this show include Eddie Pepitone, Melissa Villasenor, Jerrod Carmichael, TJ Miller, Thai Rivera, Eli Olsberg and Adam Cayton-Holland.

Advance tickets are only available online, and space is limited. If there is space left, we will sell tickets at the door. Go here to purchase!

Please enjoy Thai Rivera’s riff on gay marriage.

Aug 12 2011

Ambiguously Gay Muppets, Sexy Superheroes & Cuddling with John Stamos

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During all the fuss over Anal August, we’ve been neglecting our weekly link roundup. Here’s a curated recap of our feed from the past few weeks.

  • With gay marriage legal in New York, many couples are finally tying the knot. This NYT slideshow of gay weddings made us very happy.

Just friends.

  • While gay activists continue to push for nationwide marriage equality, some cheeky folks started a campaign to let Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie get married. In response to the controversy, Sesame Street issued a statement asserting that Bert and Ernie are just friends, and furthermore, simply puppets! We say, leave the Muppets alone. But we’d love to see a campaign to get C-3PO to make an honest droid out of R2-D2.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you’ve got the hots for Luke Skywalker, here’s a must read on The do’s & dont’s of dating Mark Hamill.
  • What if male superheroes in comic books were posed like Wonder Woman? The result would probably look something like this.  Sexy!
  • Another sexy superhero: DallasVoice.com unmasked Zimmer Barnes, a gay crimefighter whose New York Initiative fights homophobia in the Big Apple.

  • Want to tighten your abs and strengthen your quads? Nah, us neither. But we could watch this 80s workout video all day.
  • Vice asked: Is anyone out there missing a bag of sex toys? 

  • We don’t want to kill your Anal August buzz, but Queerty had this reminder that sodomy is still illegal in 18 states.
  • “Right now, in one of the largest cities in the country, a six-foot-wide pair of white panties dominates one of the city’s most visible public spaces.” So begins this pithy piece of art criticism about a ginormous statue of Marilyn Monroe recently, um, erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

  • Postmodern Barney found these awesome vintage men’s underwear ads.
  • The Seattle Weekly profiled a blind man who was prosecuted for illegally downloading porn.
  • Vice published Richard Kern’s unusual photos of naked young women and their prescription meds.
  • Gizmodo reported on the Viberect,  a new FDA-approved male vibrator, which resembles a set of salad tongs. Tossing a salad will never be the same again.
  • An anonymous writer in New York  recounted a week of hot sex with her boyfriend. Their sexual marathon included a trip to the New York branch of The Pleasure Chest, which she called “a candy store of fucking.”

  • This woman helpfully defined 30 paraphilias in 5 minutes. Collect ‘em all.
  • Scientists reported on new brain scan data which maps womens’ orgasmic response, and found to no one’s surprise, that nipples are an erogenous zone.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands claimed that our romantic partners are not as hot as we think. They theorized that such “positive illusions” help keep relationships stable.
  • A survey from the University of Rhode Island said that four out of five teenagers are sexting. In our day, we had to write dirty messages on Post-It notes.
  • Another study of American teens found that boys who masturbate are more likely to practice safe sex. Wait, there are boys who don’t masturbate?
  • A study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior claimed that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to cheat on their partners.
  • A reader at Psychology Today asked “Who Invented the Blowjob?” The answer: Bonobos or barnacles, probably. (h/t Violet Blue)

Balls in your court.

  • The New York Observer noted a recent uptick in testicle-related litigation in American courtrooms.

Trick or treat? Hips or lips?

  • A reader at Dangerous Minds dug up this unlikely Al Pacino leatherdaddy costume from the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.
  • John Stamos taught us how to cuddle.

  • Finally, Channel 6 Action News reported on a local man with too many cats.

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