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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', after being raped by President Garrison, Rand Paul states to the press that his black eye came from falling on a doorknob and the semen on his face is just "doorknob cum".
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. On seeing two familiar puncture wounds on a corpses' neck.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. On seeing two familiar puncture wounds on a corpses' corpse's neck.
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "On Harbour Street", Vera asks a prostitute how she got her black eye. She replies that she "banged her head".
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* In ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' a student fights with a [[{{Ninja}} kunoichi]] whose weapon of choice is a bunch of sharpened keys on a wire (sort of a disguised rope dart). These keys leave a serious wound on the student's leg, but in the school infirmary she tells the nurse that she accidentally cut herself with her own keys. The nurse doesn't buy this story (knowing that normal keys don't leave wounds like this), but pretends to accept it [[spoiler:as she is also a kunoichi, from the same clan as the perpetrator, and has recognized her colleague's ''modus operandi''.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' a student fights with a [[{{Ninja}} kunoichi]] whose weapon of choice is a bunch of sharpened keys on a wire (sort of a disguised rope dart). These keys leave a serious wound on the student's leg, but in the school infirmary she tells the nurse that she accidentally cut herself with her own keys. The nurse doesn't buy this story (knowing that normal keys don't leave wounds like this), but pretends to accept it [[spoiler:as she is also a kunoichi, from the same clan as the perpetrator, and has recognized her colleague's ''modus operandi''.]]operandi'']].



** Earlier, when one of the maids [[InterruptedSuicide catches him holding a knife unusually close to his throat]], he claims to be sharpening his pencil. He's a student, so she believes him. [[spoiler:We later discover that she ''does'' know that Souma has been raping him, however]].

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** Earlier, when one of the maids [[InterruptedSuicide catches him holding a knife unusually close to his throat]], he claims to be sharpening his pencil. He's a student, so she believes him. [[spoiler:We later discover that she ''does'' know that Souma has been raping him, however]].however.]]



** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had him joking that he CutHimselfShaving to explain a bandage on ''his arm'' (it was actually from a weird chemical Joker injected into him that made him start to act like Joker).

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** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had him joking that he CutHimselfShaving Cut Himself Shaving to explain a bandage on ''his arm'' (it was actually from a weird chemical Joker injected into him that made him start to act like Joker).



** At the end of ''ComicBook/{{Hush}}'', Batman is questioning The Riddler, who's currently under custody. When he doesn't like the answer he gets, he punches Riddler so hard he ends up on the floor. The noise prompts a couple of guards to enter the room.

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** At the end of ''ComicBook/{{Hush}}'', ''Hush'', Batman is questioning The Riddler, who's currently under custody. When he doesn't like the answer he gets, he punches Riddler so hard he ends up on the floor. The noise prompts a couple of guards to enter the room.



* Referenced in ''Fanfic/TheUniverseDoesntCheat''. Eleya rhetorically asks one of the KobayashiMaru exam proctors if he thinks the scar on her face is from her hairdresser screwing up.

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* Referenced in ''Fanfic/TheUniverseDoesntCheat''. Eleya rhetorically asks one of the KobayashiMaru exam [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru exam]] proctors if he thinks the scar on her face is from her hairdresser screwing up.



* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' PeggySue fic ''FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain'', Sasuke accidentally rips off one of his arms. [[spoiler:He thought Sakura had attached a prosthetic arm against his permission when in reality he had traveled back in time and was in his twelve year old body]]. When questioned by Kakashi on how he lost his arm within one day, he says he fell down the stairs.

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* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' PeggySue fic ''FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain'', Sasuke accidentally rips off one of his arms. [[spoiler:He thought Sakura had attached a prosthetic arm against his permission when in reality he had traveled back in time and was in his twelve year old body]]. body.]] When questioned by Kakashi on how he lost his arm within one day, he says he fell down the stairs.



* In ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'', [[spoiler:Batman is wounded by Harleen's shotgun blast. He escapes and the next day, it's mentioned on the news that Bruce Wayne was in a nasty hunting accident.]]
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6607459/chapters/15117019 Birds Of a Feather]]'' after becoming the Black Canary, Laurel has to make up various excuses for the injuries she receives. Similar to (and possibly inspired by) ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' above, when she's very badly injured her allies pass it off as her crashing her motorcycle, and actually crash her motorcycle (much to her annoyance) to sell the lie. Oliver isn't fooled, usually because he knows [[SpotTheThread the injuries don't match the story]], leading to her coming up with a ''another'' lie: that she's been going to underground fight matches.

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* In ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'', [[spoiler:Batman is wounded by Harleen's shotgun blast. He escapes and the next day, it's mentioned on the news that Bruce Wayne was in a nasty hunting accident.]]
accident]].
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6607459/chapters/15117019 Birds Of a Feather]]'' after becoming the Black Canary, Laurel has to make up various excuses for the injuries she receives. Similar to (and possibly inspired by) ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' above, when she's very badly injured her allies pass it off as her crashing her motorcycle, and actually crash her motorcycle (much to her annoyance) to sell the lie. Oliver isn't fooled, usually because he knows [[SpotTheThread [[SpottingTheThread the injuries don't match the story]], leading to her coming up with a ''another'' lie: that she's been going to underground fight matches.



* The phrase is seen in the trailer for the ''Film/JonahHex'' live-action film.

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* The phrase is seen in the trailer for the ''Film/JonahHex'' live-action film.''Film/JonahHex''.



* In the TV movie ''NoOneWouldTell'' Candace Cameron's character tries to explain all her bruises this way to her best friend Nikki, and other people, when in reality her abusive boyfriend Bobby has been hitting her.

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* In the TV movie ''NoOneWouldTell'' ''Film/NoOneWouldTell'' Candace Cameron's character tries to explain all her bruises this way to her best friend Nikki, and other people, when in reality her abusive boyfriend Bobby has been hitting her.



* The narrator of ''Film/FightClub'', is asked to explain his fighting injuries to a doctor. His friend [[spoiler: and alternate personality]] suggests that he "fell down some stairs." The narrator agrees. The repetition makes a lot more sense when you learn [[spoiler:that "Tyler" is an alternate personality as the doctor wouldn't have heard him speaking as he isn't really there]]
* Parodied cheerfully by Creator/HughJackman's character in ''SomeoneLikeYou'', who claims that he ''bit'' himself shaving.

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* The narrator of ''Film/FightClub'', is asked to explain his fighting injuries to a doctor. His friend [[spoiler: and alternate personality]] suggests that he "fell down some stairs." The narrator agrees. The repetition makes a lot more sense when you learn [[spoiler:that "Tyler" is an alternate personality as the doctor wouldn't have heard him speaking as he isn't really there]]
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* Parodied cheerfully by Creator/HughJackman's character in ''SomeoneLikeYou'', ''Someone Like You'', who claims that he ''bit'' himself shaving.



* A {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion in the interrogation in ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'', notable for its [[BluenoseBowdleriser Bowdlerised]] rewording (from the infamous "melon farmer" version):

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* A {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion An {{inver|tedTrope}}sion in the interrogation in ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'', notable for its [[BluenoseBowdleriser [[BluenoseBowdlerizer Bowdlerised]] rewording (from the infamous "melon farmer" version):



* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott (at his first stage of his body turning into Santa) explains the executives his sudden weight gain is from a bee sting. When the execs are ordering lunch, most of the others order things like fish or salads; Scott orders a large hot-fudge sundae, with big, chocolate cookies on the side.

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* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott (at his first stage of his body turning into Santa) explains to the executives his sudden weight gain is from a bee sting. When the execs are ordering lunch, most of the others order things like fish or salads; Scott orders a large hot-fudge sundae, with big, chocolate cookies on the side.



* In John Steinbeck's ''EastOfEden'', Adam Trask's wife Cathy walks out and leaves him the parting gift of a bullet in the shoulder. When the sheriff questions him, he says that the gun went off while he was cleaning it. Since Adam is a cavalry officer and a really bad liar, this doesn't really fly.

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* In John Steinbeck's ''EastOfEden'', ''Literature/EastOfEden'', Adam Trask's wife Cathy walks out and leaves him the parting gift of a bullet in the shoulder. When the sheriff questions him, he says that the gun went off while he was cleaning it. Since Adam is a cavalry officer and a really bad liar, this doesn't really fly.



* In Creator/SimonRGreen's HawkAndFisher series, one-eyed Hawk tells a noblewoman who asks him what became of his eye that he lost it in a card game.

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* In Creator/SimonRGreen's HawkAndFisher ''Hawk and Fisher'' series, one-eyed Hawk tells a noblewoman who asks him what became of his eye that he lost it in a card game.



* In ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'', Finn has to explain away an injury he got from FrickinLaserBeams by saying he was burned by a cigarette by a bully.

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* In ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'', ''Literature/TheKingdomKeepers'', Finn has to explain away an injury he got from FrickinLaserBeams by saying he was a bully burned by him with a cigarette by a bully.cigarette.



* In ''This Can't Be Happening At MacDonaldHall!'' by Creator/GordonKorman, Bruno and Boots kidnap the rival hockey team's mascot (a large domestic cat) before the first game of the season, and it scratches Boots' face. The coach later asks what happened to his face and Boots says he cut himself shaving. The coach says he knows darn well that Boots is too young to be shaving, and that if the scratch came from a cat, he doesn't want to know about it.

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* In ''This Can't Be Happening At MacDonaldHall!'' Literature/MacDonaldHall!'' by Creator/GordonKorman, Bruno and Boots kidnap the rival hockey team's mascot (a large domestic cat) before the first game of the season, and it scratches Boots' face. The coach later asks what happened to his face and Boots says he cut himself shaving. The coach says he knows darn well that Boots is too young to be shaving, and that if the scratch came from a cat, he doesn't want to know about it.



* JohnVarley’s ''RedThunder'': “Veneration ‘Vinnie’ Broussard fell fifty feet from a live oak(…) Or so (his father) Avery said.” RealityEnsues. “The parish coroner said that was hogwash(…) The sheriff looked at the tree (…) and concluded there was no possible way to fall through it and receive forty-eight bruises(…) Avery was sentenced to one year for manslaughter.”

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* JohnVarley’s Creator/JohnVarley’s ''RedThunder'': “Veneration ‘Vinnie’ Broussard fell fifty feet from a live oak(…) Or so (his father) Avery said.” RealityEnsues. “The parish coroner said that was hogwash(…) The sheriff looked at the tree (…) and concluded there was no possible way to fall through it and receive forty-eight bruises(…) Avery was sentenced to one year for manslaughter.”



* Deconstructed on ''Series/TheCloser''. Raydor suspects one of her officers is being abused by her husband, and the officer offers up these sorts of excuses. Turns out her shitty excuses [[spoiler: tip off Raydor and Brenda that the woman's faking the abuse. Raydor notes that most actual victims of abuse are actually, sadly, quite good at hiding it.]]

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* Deconstructed on ''Series/TheCloser''. Raydor suspects one of her officers is being abused by her husband, and the officer offers up these sorts of excuses. Turns out her shitty excuses [[spoiler: tip off Raydor and Brenda that the woman's faking the abuse. Raydor notes that most actual victims of abuse are actually, sadly, quite good at hiding it.]]it]].



* ''Series/{{Mash}}''

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* In ''Series/{{House}}'', a gangster's head injury is explained by "A tire iron fell on him".

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gangster's head injury is explained by "A tire iron fell on him".



* On the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Destiny", Spike and Angel have a massive brawl. Upon returning, when Angel shows up bloody and bruised, Fred asks, "What happened?!", and his response is, "I fell down some stairs. Big stairs." When Spike shows up later looking very similar, Fred's response is, "Stairs, huh?"

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* On In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Destiny", Spike and Angel have a massive brawl. Upon returning, when Angel shows up bloody and bruised, Fred asks, "What happened?!", and his response is, "I fell down some stairs. Big stairs." When Spike shows up later looking very similar, Fred's response is, "Stairs, huh?"



** One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features a throwaway scene where J.D. observes two parents checking their (very badly bruised) daughter into Sacred Heart. Explaining, the father says in a disconcertingly offhand fashion: "She fell again."

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** One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features a throwaway scene where J.D. observes two parents checking their (very badly bruised) daughter into Sacred Heart. Explaining, the father says in a disconcertingly offhand fashion: "She fell again."



* An episode of ''{{Reba}}'' has Brock showing up with a suspicious injury around his right ear, which he claimed to be a shaving wound, when his wife's dog is missing. He's soon forced to confess that the injury occurred because the dog bit him while he tried to befriend the dog, but insists he never hurt the dog, and is soon cleared of the accusation.

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* An episode of ''{{Reba}}'' ''Series/{{Reba}}'' has Brock showing up with a suspicious injury around his right ear, which he claimed to be a shaving wound, when his wife's dog is missing. He's soon forced to confess that the injury occurred because the dog bit him while he tried to befriend the dog, but insists he never hurt the dog, and is soon cleared of the accusation.



* Part of a deception that wasn't recognized as such: [[Series/BeingHumanUS both versions of]] ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'''s [[spoiler: resident ghost. She believes she actually fell down the stairs in an accident which results in her death, and the reveal sends her into BSOD-mode.]]

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* Part of a deception that wasn't recognized as such: [[Series/BeingHumanUS both versions of]] ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'''s [[spoiler: resident ghost. She believes she actually fell down the stairs in an accident which results in her death, and the reveal sends her into BSOD-mode.]]BSOD-mode]].



* When Jack Crawford checks in on Mason Verger on ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Verger assures him that his injuries are only due to slipping and falling while feeding his pigs. This is after [[spoiler: the title character has drugged him and convinced him to cut off his own face ''and eat it.'']]

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* When Jack Crawford checks in on Mason Verger on ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Verger assures him that his injuries are only due to slipping and falling while feeding his pigs. This is after [[spoiler: the title character has drugged him and convinced him to cut off his own face ''and eat it.'']]it'']].



* {{Invoked}} in ''Series/TheGoodWife'' episode "The Line". After Cary is arrested, Lemond Bishop tries to have one of his guys on the inside cut one of Cary's fingers off to remind him to keep his mouth shut. However, Cary had just helped the would-be finger-cutter with his own case, and so talks his boss down to giving Cary a gash on the palm of his hand. He tells Cary to say he tripped and fell against the bars, and Cary maintains that story to Alicia and Diane, though they don't believe him.

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* {{Invoked}} {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Series/TheGoodWife'' episode "The Line". After Cary is arrested, Lemond Bishop tries to have one of his guys on the inside cut one of Cary's fingers off to remind him to keep his mouth shut. However, Cary had just helped the would-be finger-cutter with his own case, and so talks his boss down to giving Cary a gash on the palm of his hand. He tells Cary to say he tripped and fell against the bars, and Cary maintains that story to Alicia and Diane, though they don't believe him.



* In ''Videogame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', Bruce Wayne can use this if he shows up with signs of injury, even when it comes to injuries that would be really hard to explain away as shaving, such as [[spoiler:an EarNotch.]]

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* In ''Videogame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', Bruce Wayne can use this if he shows up with signs of injury, even when it comes to injuries that would be really hard to explain away as shaving, such as [[spoiler:an EarNotch.]]EarNotch]].



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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* People who like BDSM (or just rough sex) run into difficulties with this; it's hard to explain away ("say, these look like whip marks"), and the truth can be very embarrassing. Families and friends can end up conflicted as well.

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* People who like BDSM UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} (or just rough sex) run into difficulties with this; it's hard to explain away ("say, these look like whip marks"), and the truth can be very embarrassing. Families and friends can end up conflicted as well.



** In the Creator/TomClancy book ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', the imprisoned terrorist was said to have shot himself in the head... [[NoKillLikeOverkill three times]].

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** In the Creator/TomClancy book ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', the imprisoned terrorist was said to have shot himself in the head... [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill three times]].
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* An unfortunate rendering of Zechariah 13:6 from Literature/TheBible in The Message translation makes the verse come off as this.

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* An unfortunate rendering of Zechariah 13:6 from Literature/TheBible in The Message translation makes the verse come off as this. (Contextually, it's talking about someone being chastised for proclaiming to be a prophet when he really isn't.)
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* An unfortunate rendering of Zechariah 13:6 from Literature/TheBible in The Message translation makes the verse come off as this.
-->''And if someone says, ‘And so where did you get that black eye?’ they’ll say, ‘I ran into a door at a friend’s house.’''
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29th Dec '17 12:38:47 PM lakingsif
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* In the adventure ''VideoGame/BlackMirror 2'', the protagonist notices a waitress with bruises on her face. When he asks her about it she says "she fell down the stairs". Darren [[DeadpanSnarker being who he is]] responds with "And your husband was waiting at the end of the staircase with a baseball bat?"

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* In the adventure ''VideoGame/BlackMirror ''VideoGame/BlackMirrorVideoGames 2'', the protagonist notices a waitress with bruises on her face. When he asks her about it she says "she fell down the stairs". Darren [[DeadpanSnarker being who he is]] responds with "And your husband was waiting at the end of the staircase with a baseball bat?"
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* LampshadeHanging: In the ''FoylesWar'' episode "Bleak Midwinter," the detective's offsider is framed for a murder. When he's informed that a search of his house turned up a shirt with blood spattered on the cuff, his response is: "[[ThisIsThePartWhere Is this the bit where]] I'm supposed to say I cut myself shaving?"

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* LampshadeHanging: In the ''FoylesWar'' ''Series/FoylesWar'' episode "Bleak Midwinter," the detective's offsider is framed for a murder. When he's informed that a search of his house turned up a shirt with blood spattered on the cuff, his response is: "[[ThisIsThePartWhere Is this the bit where]] I'm supposed to say I cut myself shaving?"
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* In ''Film/EightMile'', after getting his ass beat, [[{{Eminem}} Rabbit]] walks into his mom's trailer, and she asks what happened. "I fell down the stairs." [[BlatantLies The stairs in front of their house is comprised of only two steps.]]

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* In ''Film/EightMile'', after getting his ass beat, [[{{Eminem}} [[Music/{{Eminem}} Rabbit]] walks into his mom's trailer, and she asks what happened. "I fell down the stairs." [[BlatantLies The stairs in front of their house is comprised of only two steps.]]
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* Nearly every death that happens in ''Film/HotFuzz'' is ''assumed'' to be this, to the point where the locals' stubborn insistence drives Sgt. Angel to a textbook scene of EnragedByIdiocy.

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* Nearly every death that happens in ''Film/HotFuzz'' is ''assumed'' to be this, to the point where the locals' stubborn insistence drives sends Sgt. Angel to into a textbook scene of EnragedByIdiocy.classic EnragedByIdiocy meltdown.
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