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  • In Forrest Gump during the live broadcast of the first moon landing, everyone at the Army hospital is watching Forrest play Ping-Pong with himself and no one is watching the TV.
  • Early on in Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni are chased through a city and into a clothing store while wearing jetpacks. Only a young girl seems to notice them despite all the chaos that ensues.
  • The live action Super Mario Bros. movie featured a scene in which Bowser turned a Jerkass lawyer into an ape using a devolution gun. This happens in front of a large crowd of people who all react with laughter at the chimp in a suit scratching his butt. It seems like watching a man turn into an ape should have a much more panicky reaction. The people do start panicking when they start seeing Dinohattan replace Manhattan, however.
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  • The whole of the film version of Uzumaki. Neighborhoods are continuously deserted, students stand head down in the hallway for an extended period in a line for no apparent reason, and it's all treated as normal. By the end of it you want the main character to get hit in the head for being so oblivious.
  • Ghostbusters
    • had a brief shot of the skyscraper with the vortex cloud rotating about it, with passersby shown walking past (in front of the camera) oblivious to the scene. This was a Special Effects Failure. (Then again, given that both this film and the sequel take place in New York City, the "Watsonian" explanation would be that the residents are so self-absorbed and/or caught up in their own misery that they don't see that one of their buildings is now the portal to a hell dimension.)
    • When Vinz Clortho corners Louis, the tax accountant puts his back to the glass frontage of a fancy restaurant and screams. While the diners inside may be unable to see the demon-dog to judge by his absence from the interior-POV shot, they can definitely see Louis himself freaking out. They look up for a second or two, then all calmly resume eating.
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  • The famous part in Ghostbusters II when the RMS Titanic pulls in and the ghostly passengers walk onto the dock. One dockworker looks shocked at the happening, while another (Cheech Marin in a cameo) just shrugs and says "Well, better late than never."
  • Although they're walking, talking, singing chipmunks, which is apparently highly unusual in this universe given Dave's initial reaction to them, the title characters in the Alvin and the Chipmunks feature films don't seem to garner any unusual attention from anybody. Even biologists aren't knocking down Dave's door to get a good look at them! This is referenced in one of the newer movies, where one guy mentions that the success will never die down even after the chipmunks sabotaged the show because they're chipmunks that sing and dance.
  • Kill Bill: The main character carries a katana at all times. Even on an airliner. No one seems to object to this. Although there seemed to be a sword hilt sticking up next to every single seat. People just like to keep their swords handy in this world, it seems.
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  • In the first Blade film, Blade walks around in broad daylight wearing goofy hair, a leather duster, and a katana. At one point he beats up a cop on the street and no one seems to notice.
  • Blade: Trinity: Blade and his two sidekicks all walk around in broad daylight carrying weapons. Even more ridiculous is that by this point, Blade is wanted by the FBI.
  • Mr Barron in Carry On Doctor has prenatal depression because of his wife's pregnancy complications, so he is assigned prenatal classes with pregnant women, who don't look fazed when he's doing yoga alongside them.
  • In Pootie Tang, the title character's father is mauled to death by a gorilla. It's certainly treated as a tragedy, but apparently it's a commonplace work hazard. At a factory. In Philadelphia.
  • Parodied in Shaun of the Dead, where the title character wanders around town going through his daily routine without realizing that everyone around him is a zombie. Although there wasn't that much difference between the zombies and the way his neighbors looked normally, as pointed out during the opening credits, and during the scene in question Shaun was heavily hungover. The comic tie-in has him in the midst of depression as every normal aspect of his life has gone right to hell.
  • In A Hard Day's Night, three out of four Beatles note that there's "a little old man in the cupboard", in his underwear. They then proceed to sit down and read their fanmail.
  • In Help!, no one in the Indian restaurant takes much notice of a gang of cultists strangling, kidnapping, and replacing the musicians.
    Musician: [while being choked] Grhng!
    Man: It's a rather jolly place, isn't it?
  • Men in Black:
    • Kay uses this trope to convince the newly-recruited Jay in that there really are aliens on Earth, by offering him a cup of coffee. In the breakroom, the five Worms are sitting on the counter by the coffeepot. Kay simply asks them if there's any cream, because he hates powdered coffee whitener.
    • Also in the first film, after Jay helps deliver a betentacled alien baby that vomits on him, Kay asks, "Anything about that seem unusual to you?". Kay is more concerned about the fact that they were in such a hurry, not the whole experience being new and strange to new recruit Jay.
    • The entire point is that all the weird stuff in New York City is due to them being aliens, not weird humans, as Jay realizes when taking a moment to really look at NYC at night. No one in NYC notices because they're used to it - which makes it a perfect "Casablanca" for aliens.
      Kay: Most of them, they're just ordinary people, with lives, with jobs.
      Jay: drivers.
      Kay: Not as many as you'd think.
  • Men in Black II:
    • It had this situation vice versa. While agent Jay tried to convince now postal worker and brain bleached Kay that there were aliens all around them, he proceeds to do strange things with the other postal workers, who were all aliens. Upon opening the letter sorting machine, exposing a smoking, six-armed thin dude sorting all the letters, Kay simply says "no smoking" and removes his cigarette.
    • The sequel also had a scene where a giant alien worm went straight past a Subway station full of people, who immediately looked back down to what they were reading when it passed.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • The first film has the following dialogue after one of them almost gets run over by a taxi:
      Passenger: What the heck was that?
      Cabbie: Looked like sort of a big turtle in a trenchcoat. You're going to LaGuardia, right?
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze had a nice touch on this. A fight with mutants takes the heroes into a crowded nightclub. In order to stop a riot, the nightclub singer (Vanilla Ice of all people) pretends the resulting fight is a floor show. It works, until Shredder shows up to be an ass.
    • There's also two people flagging taxi's reaction to Tokka and Rahzar:
    Man: Look, honey, there's a couple of monsters destroying things! What do we do if they come near us?
    Woman: Let them get their own cab.
    • Speaking of the Ninja Turtles, the infamous "Making of..." video for their "Coming Out of Our Shells" tour includes a scene of them performing on top of Radio City Music Hall. For some reason, all the people walking down below don't even seem to be paying attention to them.
  • In Freddie as F.R.O.7, the fact that Freddie's car is alive, has a penchant for jumping on other cars and makes frog noises is never commented on.
  • In The Meteor Man, there is a scene in which the title hero is, despite being in alter ego mode, telekinetically turning a man upside down and tearing out his pockets in the middle of a crowded sidewalk, and not one single human being even notices!!
  • In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy slides under a table in the library on a motorcycle, with villains in hot pursuit. The students sitting at that table get up... and stop Indiana to ask a question about the homework, then go right back to studying. Possibly justified in that, Indiana Jones being who he is, it may not be all that unusual a sight for one of his students (and who knows when they'll get another chance to ask him about assignments?). For his part, Indy answers the student's question without even referencing the fact that he's busy running for his life at the moment.
  • People seem remarkably unfazed by Howard the Duck. You'd think having a large, anthropomorphic talking duck wandering around the streets of Cleveland would attract more in the way of astonishment, but apparently not. They do notice, though. "DAT'S A DUCK!"
  • Little Shop of Horrors has a few scenes where the trio of chorus girls were singing in plain sight. They even walk through the flower shop unnoticed twice in the movie, and managed to change clothes for the "Downtown" number 5 seconds after they finish talking to Mushnik.
  • In the movie The Shadow, sword wielding Mongol warriors in 13th century attire don't raise anyone's eyebrows. The Big Bad of said movie had his power as the classic Weirdness Censor. In the end, when the Big Bad's telepathy is turned off (it's unclear whether because of him being knocked out or his psionic brain lobe being damaged - which was then surgically removed to strip him of his mental powers for good) the citizens notice a friggin skyscraper they didn't notice before. Yeah, his Mind Fu was THAT strong.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: This is the only explanation for the Christmas Town elves not responding to Jack's presence during his initial visit. One would think a foppish skeleton prancing like a young gazelle would be pretty hard not to notice. Especially if he's singing the whole time. And looking in everyone's windows.
  • In the first TV movie for The Librarian, Judson contacts Carsen through a television set in the lobby of a Far Eastern hotel. The two Asian gentlemen who are watching the TV don't bat an eye when their program is pre-empted by an English-speaking talking head that can apparently see and hear Noah Wyle via the screen.
  • Back to the Future Part III: The Indians' reaction to the Delorean when Marty arrives in 1885. True, they are being chased by the US Cavalry and one of the Indians hits the Delorean with an arrow, but you would think at least a few of them would stop dead.
  • In The Blues Brothers nobody ever comments on the song and dance numbers nor the explosions and destruction caused by Jake's girlfriend. Not even the policemen in the exploding building find it remarkable afterwards.
  • In the 1958 film version of Tom Thumb, the only two people in the entire village who think that an inch-high man is at all odd or worthy of some note are the bad guys, who can think only of how they could exploit him in burglaries.
  • In Kick-Ass, The Dragon picks up a bazooka from one of Big Daddy's safehouses, since it's a cool weapon and he's always wanted one. He's still got it when he returns to his boss. The boss calls attention to it, there's a Beat, then he's just like "ok".
  • Batman: The Movie: Lampshaded by Robin and justified by Batman so we can learn An Aesop:
    Robin: When you think, Batman, with those four supercrooks hangin' around, it's amazing somebody hasn't already reported this place to the police!
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.
  • Played With in Se7en. Late in the film, John Doe takes a cab from one place (Mills' apartment - not revealed until later) to a police station, and follows Mills and Somerset into the main foyer while his shirt and hands are covered in blood. Almost no one notices him or what he's doing until he stands in the middle of the foyer (and in the open for several seconds) and screams at the detectives, at which point almost every officer grabs their weapon and points it at him. If you look closely, you can see the cop at the start of the clip looking straight at him, presumably assuming he is coming in to get help. That still doesn't explain, oh, everyone else.
  • In Hell Up In Harlem, Tommy Gibbs is shot by a Mafia gunman in broad daylight in the middle of the street. No one stops to see what's going on, nor does anyone bother to remark upon someone brandishing a gun in a crowd of people. Tommy makes a run for it, and manages to make his way to Times Square, where (upon seeing the gunman trying to escape) uses a belt to strangle him in the middle of the square. Several people (including a father and daughter who stare straight at Tommy) don't react at all to what's going on.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, everybody is so busy cheering for the Egyptian priests when they match Moses' miracle that they don't seem to notice Moses' snake eating the two that they conjured. Justified if one interprets the whole thing as a trick, then the theatrics are presumably meant to keep people from paying attention.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers (2012):
      • Audio version from the beginning. Agent Coulson calls Black Widow to come in, even though she's "in the middle of an interrogation". Once he convinces her how important it is, she starts a Curb-Stomp Battle against the Russian gangsters who had taken her prisoner, with Coulson still on the other line of the phone ("Let me put you on hold"). His only reaction as he listens to the sounds of the fight is the slightly bored, patient expression that anyone put on hold has while they wait for the other person to come back on - he may as well be listening to muzak as to the sounds of a pitched battle.
      • There is a janitor whose only reaction to seeing The Incredible Hulk crash through the ceiling and create a crater, then finding a naked man in said crater, is to give said man pants and try to figure out the precise nature of the Hulk-to-man thing (after learning the man wasn't an alien, he concluded that the man simply "had a condition" and that was that).
      • And in The Stinger, the Avengers sit in a shawarma shop eating shawarma, and nobody seems to pay much attention - the only other people in the scene is a woman casually sweeping the floor in the background and a guy behind the counter. Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are even still in costume. Also counts as one as a meta-example: after the audience had become accustomed to the stingers in Marvel movies being used to foreshadow later films, this movie's second stinger (the first being the scene with Thanos) is a full minute of the Avengers sitting and eating shawarma, nearly motionless and completely silent.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: during the party in Stark/Avengers Tower, Stan Lee's reaction to Thor telling him that Asgardian liquor is too much for a mere mortal to handle, is that "neither was Omaha Beach". Stan doesn't even seem phased by the fact that he's in the presence of an actual God and a super-soldier from WW2 - it would seem, by this point, that the novelty of the Avengers has worn off a bit. Then again, they are in Avengers Tower. Who else would be there? Also, Stan and the other WWII veterans are implied to be old comrades of Steve; presumably they just see themselves hanging out with their old friend.
    • Ant-Man - when "Bad-Ass" (Falcon) tells "Stupid Fine Writer Chick" that he's looking for a new superhero with "bomb moves", her response is that he's gonna have to be more specific, given that there's been a seeming rise in superheroes after the Avengers were formed.
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming: When Aunt May opens Peter's bedroom door and finds him standing beside his school friend wearing nothing but his underwear, she doesn't react at all. She discusses dinner plans and, right before leaving, tells him casually to put some clothes on.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, the reaction of New Yorkers to seeing Thor and Loki? They ask to take selfies with Thor and ignore Loki altogether.note  Of course, Doctor Stephen Strange is far more concerned with what they're doing there.
    • Captain Marvel: Aboard a train, Carol punches a Skrull disguised as an old lady. Other passengers grab and restrain Carol to stop her from beating what appears to be a helpless old woman, having failed to notice that the "old woman" is growling, spin-kicking, and putting up a really good fight for someone her age.
    • Avengers: Endgame: When Thor and Captain Marvel first meet, Thor looks her dead in the eye as he summons his hammer from across the room. She doesn't so much as blink.
      Thor: I like this one.
  • In Pinocchio, there wasn't anybody who noticed that there is a giant fox and cat walking about. And yet they're the ones amazed by a live puppet without strings.
  • Used in Ted. At the start of a movie, a boy makes a wish as a shooting star goes by and his teddy bear, Ted, comes to life. His parents initially freak out, and for a period of time, Ted is a celebrity. As time goes by, though, people just sort of treat a living teddy bear walking around as a normal (if unexplained) thing, though a scene where some girls ask to take a picture with him indicates he still holds some celebrity status.
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, no one from 1980s San Francisco bats an eye at the Enterprise crew wandering around in their Star Fleet uniforms. Apparently this was Truth in Television: the film crew tested people's reactions by walking around in the uniforms prior to filming, and none of the residents of San Francisco noticed or commented on them.
  • In Last Action Hero, an action movie villain escapes from the movie into the Real World. He notices a much higher tolerance for crime in this world, and decides to test it by shooting some random guy on the street. He waits for the police cars to inevitably show up... when they don't, he shouts out "I just killed a man and want to confess!" The only response he gets is someone shouting back at him to shut up.
  • Played with in R.I.P.D.. Nick/old Chinese guy gets crushed by a car and a group of bystanders rush to help him. The Dead-o's actions do not go unnoticed by the media.
  • Summer Lovers. During the Good-Times Montage, there is a scene of Michael reading a Spider-Man comic book...while watching Cathy (Daryl Hannah) sweep the deck topless. And speaking of Ms. Hannah...
  • Splash. It's quite an endorsement of the greatness of the Statue of Liberty that a beautiful naked woman could be walking around and nobody notices her until the tour guide brings her to their attention.
  • No one even seems to take any notice of Noel's bloody corpse on top of the elevator near the end of Byzantium.
  • Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: Ed's friends stroll up to Samoan Jo's pub when a man runs out of the pub on fire. The three watch the man run off screaming, then just turn and go into the pub anyway.
  • Mary Poppins: Every day, Admiral Boom goes up to the roof of his house where he's built a model ship and fires the (fully functional) cannons. He's so punctual that his neighbors the Banks set their clocks by him and take nonchalant countermeasures to the shockwaves.
    "Ellen, it is now 8 o'clock."
  • The Rover: At the start of the film, one of the bad guys flips over their car, and it goes tumbling past the window of the bar where Eric is enjoying a drink... and he doesn't even notice.
  • In Paddington, nobody seems to find a talking bear in London very odd.
  • In Short Cuts, when Betty Weathers and her son Chad return from a weekend away with Betty's boyfriend Wally to find that Chad's father Stormy (whom Betty is in the middle of divorcing) has completely destroyed every piece of furniture in the house with chainsaws, sledgehammers, scissors, and other power tools except for his mother's grandfather clock, Chad is far more interested in the business card for a vacuum cleaner salesman left in his (also untouched) Tinkertoy model and the episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers on television (the fact that the wood casing of the television has been smashed off also escapes his notice; all that matters to Chad is that it still works).
  • American Psycho is built on this. Everyone is too self-absorbed to notice a Serial Killer among them.
  • In Rock & Rule, the audience at the rock concert apparently doesn't think there's anything strange about Mok's new singer appearing on stage in some kind of bondage device. (She's his prisoner - there's also a device around her throat that somehow forces her to sing.)
  • Happens all throughout The Mask.
  • Weekend at Bernie's II: No one in town seems to care when Those Two Bad Guys shove Bernie Lomax's body into the trunk of their car, or when Richard and Larry are dragging him down the street.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games: As per usual, the inhabitants of the human world are not too amazed by the Urban Fantasy-worthy goings-on. So much so that when portals open up and giant plants nearly eat two participants in the games, the complaint is that it appears to be cheating, rather than the near death experience.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: Nobody bats an eye at Nightcrawler's blue-skinned, devil-like appearance when he comes out of the theater with Jean, Scott, and Jubilee, even though many other people clearly saw him when they walked by. Kurt Wagner makes no effort to hide his appearance in the first place. This shows that society was beginning to accept mutants.
  • Deadpool (2016): A man in an office watches in an unconcerned manner while Deadpool beats his coworker to death with a cabinet door.
  • In Con Air, when the "Jailbird" takes off from Lenner airfield after the confrontation between the cons and the authorities, has Cameron Poe deliver this comment to Bishop and Baby-O in a totally deadpan way:
    Looking at Larkin's car, being dragged by the plane at about fifty feet above the ground,
    Cameron Poe: On any other day, that might seem strange.
  • Brad lampshades in his police statement in The Rocky Horror Picture Show that it's strange that he and Janet didn't notice a coffin being carried out during "Dammit Janet."
  • In An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, while Tanya is singing "Somewhere Out There" again, their human neighbours start telling her to shut up and throwing fruit at her home. They don't find it strange that there's a singing mouse living across the street from them.
  • In The Cannonball Run, the construction foreman who tells Jimmy Blake that the road is open is completely unfazed by; a) a massive brawl going on around him, and; b) the fact that someone he believes is a Catholic priest is punching a biker in the face.
  • In Kong: Skull Island:
    • Chapman's first reaction upon seeing a building-sized ape in the distance is to flatly ask: "Is that a monkey?"
    • After the attack on the helicopters, the first thing Cole does is eat a can of beans. Mills even lampshades this.
    • Twice it's been questioned if someone is going to address how the squad has been attacked by monsters - first, a giant gorilla and second, a swarm of pterodactyls.
  • In The Amazing Bulk, neither Dr. Kantlove nor Lolita acknowledge the inexplicable poor-CGI monkey playing with a toy rocket in the control room. Later, on the way to Kantlove's castle, Hank casually walks past a Leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The final chase scene tops both of these inexplicable things big time.
  • In Sorry to Bother You, only a few people to notice the weirder or more absurd aspects of the setting and characters, such as the tent cities on the sidewalks.
  • In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Spider-Heroes riding the bus doesn't attract attention even though they are all in costume. Justified because as the direct aftermath of Spider-Man's death, people wearing Spider-Man costumes in tribute were common.
  • In Final Score, nobody in a capacity stadium crowd notices the hero riding a mid-air motorcycle or swinging above them on a banner. Numerous scenes involve gunfights and explosives going off in the stadium concourse. There's also a bike chase through a crowd of people. Despite all this not one person seems to want to leave the stadium or seems concerned the entire cellphone network has been down for ninety minutes.
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu:
    • The film establishes Ryme City as a place where people and Pokémon coexist peacefully, so no one seems to be too weirded out by sights such as a Snorlax sitting on a sidewalk, Machamp acting as crossing guards or Ludicolo acting as a barista in the Hi-Hat Café. Even when a Lickitung greets Tim Goodman by licking him on the train, he just takes this in stride while drying himself off. However, Tim does get uneasy when he first meets Detective Pikachu and people in the city do notice when Mewtwo starts causing havoc at the Pokémon Carnival during the film's final battle.
    • When Tim is attacked in Harry's apartment by a group of Aipom poisoned by a sample of R, he's briefly pulled out of the outfit he was wearing as he runs into an adjacent alley. Yet, no one seems to react too much to a half-dressed person yelling about what's happening, though Detective Pikachu lampshades this as Tim reclaims his pants from the Aipom: "I figured you'd be more of a briefs guy, I don't wear underwear, I'm not modest." Said alley also has a Charmander and an Octillery grilling at a hibachi.
  • In "Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" the super villain Cocknocker in addition to having a giant fist, he also has a very high pitched girly voice, provided by Tara Strong, despite being a grown man, no one seems to find this strange, the only one who commments on his girly voice is Kevin Smith who serves as the film's narrator.
  • Violet & Daisy: The Guy's only reaction to seeing two girls with guns asleep on his couch is to cover them with a blanket. It's justified as he's a kind man, and expected people with guns to come after him (he robbed a gang).
  • In UHF, when George and Bob come home to their apartment, a man is thrown out of an upstairs window and lands right in front of them. George's response is to look up and cheerfully greet the martial arts sensei who's renting the unit next to theirs. A few minutes later, Bob doesn't even react to a fist being punched through the wall. The implication is that this kind of thing happens so often that they've stopped paying attention to it.
  • Parodied and Played for Laughs in Freaked. Ricky Coogan, who has been mutated by freakshow ringmaster Elijah C. Skuggs, at one point tries to escape the freakshow by knocking out a milkman and stealing his outfit and sneaking off that way. Partway through his escape, however, he runs across the other freaks, who all had the same idea. Ortiz the Dog Boy argues that Coogan can't do that as well, because thirteen milkmen on the same route looks too suspicious, although twelve is apparently acceptable. A knife fight between Ricky and Ortiz ensues, which does draw Skuggs' attention... only for him to decide that this is a particularly competitive route for milkmen and he goes back to ignoring it (and the fact that several of the milkmen are very blatantly his freaks in disguise).
  • In Our Friend Power 5, The turtles go wandering around a busy, packed city, making no effort to disguise themselves as ordinary humans. Nobody takes notice of the fact that there's giant mutant alien turtles walking around.
  • When Evil Calls: The headmaster finds nothing unusual about a severed human arm lying around the corridor. Likewise, the maths teacher's only reaction when a girl's breasts explode is suggesting someone call the nurse, with only a mildly interested look.
  • In An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, when Tanya is singing "Somewhere Out There" to herself, the neighbors across the street pelt fruit at her, not finding it all strange that there's a singing mouse living in their neighborhood.
  • In ‘’Gremlins 2: The New Batch’’ when the Bat Gremlin attacks Mr. Futterman and his wife in the streets of New York, no one around them notices or pays any attention to it, it’s only after Mr. Futterman dumps cement on it does anyone react to it.
  • In the 1988 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark movie an early scene has a gas station Elvira was just at massively explode. She reacts by just briefly glancing back and acting like it's everyday occurrence, and isn't at all freaked out she almost got blown up.
  • During the scene in Free Willy where the group stops at the car wash to wet Willy down, the guys outside aren’t at all shocked that they’re towing an orca on a flat bed. One just says “nice whale” in a pretty normal tone of voice as they pull out.
  • Done for the purpose of Mind Screw in Videodrome. After Harlan blows up Max walks out through giant hole the explosion left in the wall. We see a woman running towards him seemingly alarmed by said explosion, but then it turns out she's just chasing her daughter who is absentmindedly running off and they pay no attention to Max.


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