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Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

 

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.

 

Songwriter William Gilbert, in the musical "Princess Ida", wrote:

 

"Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved."

 

His words - sung to Sir Arthur Sullivan's music - make listeners smile. Well, monkeys make us smile, too, because they are creatures full of playful tricks.

 

This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish acts.

 

The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other: pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks. So, when a teacher says to a group of students: "Stop those monkeyshines right now!" you know that the boys and girls are playing, instead of studying.

 

You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.

 

Also, you can monkey around when you feel like doing something, but have no firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. When you do not have any job or goal in mind, it is just a way to pass the time.

 

Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal, activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport, with some officials getting secret payments from builders.

 

You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.

 

If one monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time.

 

Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.

 

In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street. Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight-fitting, colorful jacket similar to a military uniform. So, people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.

 

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This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffith.

 

词组:

 

monkeyshine:n. [美俚] 恶作剧,胡闹

monkey around:v. 闲逛,混日子

monkey business:n. [美俚] 骗人的把戏,胡闹

make a monkey of oneself:做蠢事,献丑

more fun than a barrel of monkeys:玩得很尽兴

monkey suit:n. [美俚] 军服、制服,男子晚礼服

 

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.
Songwriter William Gilbert, in the musical Princess Ida, wrote:
Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.
His words -- sung to Sir Arthur Sullivan's music -- make listeners smile. Well, monkeys make us smile, too, because they are creatures full of playful tricks.
This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish acts.
The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other: pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks. So, when a teacher says to a group of students: Stop those monkeyshines right now! you know that the boys and girls are playing, instead of studying.
You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.
Also, you can monkey around when you feel like doing something, but have no firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. Weel, you do not have any job or goal in mind. It is just a way to pass the time.
Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal, activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport, with some officials getting secret payments from builders.
You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.
If one monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time.
Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.
In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street. Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight-fitting, colorful jacket similar to a military uniform. So, people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.
  Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.Songwriter William Gilbert, in the musical Princess Ida, wrote:Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.His words ,sung to Sir Arthur Sullivan's music , make listeners smile. Well, monkeys make us smile, too, because they are creatures full of playful tricks.This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other: pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks. So, when a teacher says to a group of students: Stop those monkeyshines right now! you know that the boys and girls are playing, instead of studying.
  You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.Also, you can monkey around when you feel like doing something, but have no firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. Well, you do not have any job or goal in mind. It is just a way to pass the time.
  Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal, activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport, with some officials getting secret payments from builders.You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.If one monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time.Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.
  In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street.Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight-fitting, colorful jacket ,similar to a military uniform. So, people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.
This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories,was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffied.

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways.Most have ten fingers and ten toes and crying like much of ours.We enjoy watching them,because they often act like us.In fact,查尔斯达尔文invent evolution said that monkeys and humans share the same common sensters.

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.
Songwriter W G in the musical Princess Ida, wrote:
Darwinian man, thoughgoodbehavir at best is only a monkey .
His words -- sung to Sir Arthur Sullivan's music -- make listeners smile. Well, monkeys make us smile, too, because they are creatures full o p.
This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish acts.
The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other: pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks. So, when a teacher says to a group of students: Stop those monkeyshines right now! you know that the boys and girls are playing, instead of studying.
You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.
Also, you can monkey around when you feel like doing something, but have no firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. Weel, you do not have any job or goal in mind. It is just a way to pass the time.
Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal, activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport, with some officials getting secret payments from builders.
You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.
If one monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time.
Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.
In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street. Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight-fitting, colorful jacket similar to a military uniform. So, people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.

This post was generated by put listening repetition system,
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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

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Now the VOA special english program Words and Their Stories.

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways.Most have ten fingers and ten toes and brains muck like ours.We enjoy watching them,because they often act like us.In fact, Charles Darwen's theory of revolution says that monkeys and humans are share a common ancester.Song writer W in the muscial princess E wrote Darwenien man though well behaved at best is only a monkey shape.His words sung to Sir A's music make listeners smile.While monkeys make us smile too.Because they are creatures full of playful tricks.This is why many monkey pressions are about tricky people or playful acts.One of this pression is Monkey shined, meaning tricks or foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing of eath other,pulling tails,stealing food,doing tricks.So when a teacher says to a group of students, stop those monkey shines right now.You know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying.You might hear that same teacher warn a student,not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equiptment.You monkey around was something when you do not know what you are doing.You are touching or playing was something you should leave alone.Also you can monkey around when you feel like doing something,but have no firm idea of what to do.For example, you tell your friend, you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car.When you do not have any job or goal in mind,it is just a way to past the time.Monkey business usually means secret,maybe illegal activities.A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building a new airport.With some officials getting secret payments from builders.You may make a monkey out of someone,when you make that person look foolish.Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.If one monkey has fun,imaging how much fun a barrow of monkeys can have.If your friend says he had more fun than a barrow monkeys at your party.You know that he had really a good time.Monkey suit are common names for cloth or uniforms soldiers wear.In early years,in many American cities,you would find man playing musical hand organs on the street.Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey.Dress in a tight fatting colorful jacket similar to military uniform.So people began to call a military uniform, a monkey suit.

This VOA special english program Words and Their Stories was written by M.M was the *-writer.I'm S.

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Now the VOA Special English Program, Words and Their Stories

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways, most have 10 fingers and 10 toes and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them, because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor. Song writer WG in the musical Princess Idle wrote, Darwinian man though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved. His words song to Sir AS 's music make listeners smile. Well, Monkeys make us smile too, because they are creatures fool a playful tricks. This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people, or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkey shins, meaning tricks or foolish acts. The meaning is clear, if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully   chasing each other, pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks, so when a teacher says to a group of students, stop those monkey shins right now, you know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying. You might  hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around, with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with sth when you do not know what you are doing, you are touching or playing with sth you should leave alone, also you can monkey around when you feel like doing sth but have no firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car, well you do not have any job or goal in mind, it is just a way to pass the time. Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport with some officials getting secret payments from builders. You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish, some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly. if one monkey has fun imaging how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have.  if your friend says he has more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time. Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.  In earlier years in many American cities you would find man playing the musical hand organs on the street, dancing to the music, would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight fitting colorful jacket, similar to military uniform. So people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.













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Now the voa special english program words and their stories.          Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways . most have ten fingers and ten toes and brains much like ours . we enjoy watching them ,because  they often act like us . In fact , charles darwin's thoery of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common  ancestor.Some writer / nn the music / Darwin in them they will behaved at best is only a monkey shaved. His words sound to /'s music make listener smile ,while monkey will make us smile too .because they are creatures full of playful tricks.This is why many monkey expressions are about trick people or playful acts
        One of these expressions is monkey shines .Meaning tricks of foolish acts .The mean is clear if you have watched a group of monkeys playfull chasing each other . Pulling tails , steading food ,
doing tricks .So when a teacher talk to a group of students , stop these monkey shines right now.You know that boys and girls are playing instead of studying. You might hear that same teacher warn  a student ,not to  monkey around.With a evalualbe peace equipment . You monkey around was something when you do not know what you are doing.
You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.Also you can monkey around when you feel like doing something ,but have no formal idea what to do.For example ,you told your friend  you took the day monkey around with your car when you do not have any job or goal in mind , it is just a way to past time.
        Monkey business usually means secret ,maybe elligal activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building a new airport.with some officals get secret payments form builders.
        You may make a monkey at someone when you make that person look foolish.Someone people make a monkey to themselves by acting foolish or silly.
        If one monkey has fun ,imagine how much fun a bettry of monkeys can have fun. If your friend says you he had more fun than a beral monkeys at your party , you know that he had really a good time.
        Monkey suits are commen names for clothes or uniforms soldiors wear. In earlier years , in many American cities you will find man playing music hand or guns in the streat. Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tied fitting colorful jackets similar to a military uniform.So , people begin to call a military uniform a monkey suit.
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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Now the voa special english program words and their stories.
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Both have ten fingers, hands, ten toes and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Chalse Darwin's theory of revolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor. Song writer W in the musical princess A wrote D in man they will behave at best is only a monkey shape. His words, sound to S's music, make listeners smile. Monkeys make us smile too because they are creatures full of playful tricks. This is why many monkey expressions are about tricking people or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkey shines, meaning tricks or foolish acts. The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other, pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks. So when a teacher says to a group of students, stop those monkey shines right now, you know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying. You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around was something when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone. Also you can monkey around when you feel like doing something but have o firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. When you do not have any job or goal in mind, it is just a way to past time. Monkey business usually means secret maybe illegal activities. News report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport with some officials getting secret payments from builders. You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly. If one monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time. Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear. In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street. Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey, dressed in a tight fitting colourful jacket, similar to a military uniform. So people began to call a military uniform a monkry suit.
This voa special pragram words and their stories was written by M.

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Now the VOA Special English Program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways.Both have ten fingers, and ten toes and brains much like ours.We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact Charles Darlwin's Theory Evelution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.Song writer William Gilbert in the musical Princess Ader wrote Darlwinman though well behavioured their best is a monkey shaved. His words soung to Sir Alvenc music make listeners smile. Well monkeys make us smile too because they are creatures full of playful tricks. This is why many mokey expressions are about tricky people or palyful acts. One of these expressions is monkey shines, meaning tricks or foolish acts. The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other, pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks.So when a teacher says to a group of students stop those monkey shines right now, you know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying. You might hear that same teacher warn a stuent not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something when you donot know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone. Also, you can monkey around when you feel like doing something,but have no firm idea what to do. For example, you tell you friend, you are going to spend the day monkeying around with you car. When you do not have any job or goal in mind,it is just a way to pass the time. Monkey business usually means secret maybe illegal activities. A news report may say there is a monkey business involved in building the new airport, some officials geting secret payments from builders. You may make a monkey out of someone when you make out a person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly. If one monkey has fun,imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party,you know that he had a really good time. Monkey suits are come in names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear. In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs in the street. Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight felting colorful jacket, similar to a military uniform,so people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.
This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christianal. Malls Joyce was the narrator.I'm Shirley Greyfild.



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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

monkey are similar .
much like ours
act like us
share common uncester
monkey shame
make us smile
tricky people
stealing food
playing
monkey around(playing with leaving alone)
pass time
monkey business always means business that ilegal action
more fun than bearable monkey
uniforms
dance to the music (small monkey)
militaru uniform (monkey suit)

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13
Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Stores.
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers, X ten X, and brains much like ours. We are enjoy watching them, because they often act like us. In fact, 查尔斯 达尔文 says that monkeys and humans share a common X.Some writers X in X, in the musical princess 爱的特 若得 XXX well behave X it only a monkey X. His words sound to the X music make listener smile. For monkeys make us smile too. Because they are X for a play for a trick.
This is quiet many monkeys X are about trick people or play a act.
The meaning is clear, if you have ever watch a group of monkeys play for chips each other.

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Now the VOA special English program:Words and Their Stories.
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways.Most have ten fingers and ten toes,and brains much like ours.We enjoy watching them because they often act like us.In fact,Charles Darwin's "Theory of Evolution" says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.Song writer William Gilbert in the musical Princess Ida wrote:Darwinian men,though well-behaved,at best is only a monkey shaved.His words,sung to Sir Arthur Sullivan's music,make listeners smile.
Well,monkeys make us smile,too.Because they are creatures full of playful tricks.This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts.One of these expressions is monkeyshines,meaning tricks or foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other,pulling tails,stealing food,doing tricks.So when a teacher says to a group of students:Stop those monkeyshines right now!,you know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying.You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment.You monkey around with something when you do not know what you are doing.You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.Also,you can monkey around when you feel like doing something but have no firm idea of what to do.For example,you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. When you do not have any job or goal in mind,it is just a way to pass time.Monkey business usually means secret,maybe illegal activities.A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport with some officials getting secret payments from builders.You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish.Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.If one monkey has fun,imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have.If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party,you know that he had a really good time.Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.In earlier years in many American cities,you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street.Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey,dressed in a tight-fitting,colorful jacket,similar to a military uniform.So people began to call a militay uniform a monkey suit.
This VOA special English programWords and Their Stories was written by Marilian Christiano.Maurice Joyce was the narrator.I'm Shirley Griffid.

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways.Most have ten fingers and ten toes and brains much like our's. We enjoy  watching them because they often act as us.
In fact,Charles Darwin's theory revolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.Song writer W*.In the mucical princess Ida wrote:* a man though  well behaved at best is only a monkey shaved. His words sound to s* music make listener smile.
Well,monkeys are make us smile too.Because they are creatures for a playful tricks.This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or play for acts.
One of these expressions is monkeyshines meaning tricks are foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other pulling tails stealing food doing tricks.
So when a teacher says  to a group of students Stop thoes monkeyshines right now.You know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying.
You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey aroundwith a valuable piece of equipment.You monkey around was something when you do not know what you are doing.You are touching or playing when something you should leave alone.Also you can monkey around when you feel like doing something but have no firm idea of what to do.
For example,you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkey around with your car.When  you do not have any job or goal in mind it is just a way to pass the time.
Monkey businessusually means  secret maybe illegal activities.A  new report may say there is a monkey business involved in building  near  airport was some officials getting secret payments form builders.
You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish.Some people make a monkeyout of themselves by acting foolish or silly.
If one monkey has fun.Imaging how much  fun a barrel of monkeys can have .If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party ,you know that he had really a good time.
Monkey suits are common names for cloth or uniforms soldier's wear.In earlier years,in many American cities ,you would find man playing musical hand organs on the street.Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey.Dressed in a tight fighting colourful jacket similar to a military uniform.So people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.
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