This Super Pretty Vibrator Is Basically a Stress Ball for My Vagina

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Staring at this squishy little vibrator, that looks more like something you’d find on the beach than in a sex store, two thoughts went through my mind. The first was that I now understood what the seashells in Demolition Man were for. The second thought was perhaps more relevant to Tenga’s $120 Iroha Kushi: It is the perfect example of the rising trend of sex toys as art. It’s the sex toy industry venturing past pure utility into art for art’s sake, and it feels great humming against your clit.

The Iroha Kushi is ribbed and beige, taking its inspiration from a conch shell. It comes with a sleek square wireless charging dock, and the kind of clear plastic cover that basically demands it be put on display by the edgy sex-positive set. Sort of like that vibe you wear around your neck so you look cool and also know you can rub one out in an Amtrak bathroom.

The Iroha Kushi lasts an hour on a charge, but it also takes two hours to charge fully, so you’re all but required to put it back on its pedestal charger between uses or find yourself running out of batteries at a very inconvenient time. It’s also difficult to see whether it’s charging or not because the charge light is smaller and more baffling than the Playstation 4’s power and eject buttons.

As a vibrator, its features are pretty unremarkable and perfectly comparable to any bullet vibrator you can pick up on Amazon. There’s no tiny vacuum. Just a few different vibration speeds and patterns. If clitoral stimulation is your jam it will get you off once you find the speed and vibration pattern that best suits your particular needs. While the ridges do nothing for grip the shape is great and fits easily into the palm. Also, because it’s waterproof it’s a cinch to wash and put back in rotation.


And it’s super squishy—an unusual feature for a vibe. The Iroha Kushi is made of body-safe silicone and begs to be squeezed and formed in the hand. It’s essentially a vibrating stress ball for your snatch, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.


As pleasant as it is to squeeze, what really distinguishes the Iroha Kushi from the pack is that it’s beautiful to look at. It’s discreet and pretty enough to leave on your nightstand when your parents come to visit. If you were not well-versed in sex toys, you might have no idea what you were even looking at, exactly. The only thing stopping me from having it out on display at all times is the harrowing thought of someone mistaking it for a particularly stylish wireless mouse. That and the fact that, you know, I don’t want houseguests fondling my vibrators.

But don’t get it twisted, the Kushi is not the queen of vibes. There will always be the mammoth and unmistakable Hitachi Magic Wands hidden in bureau drawers beneath the period underwear. After all, they get the job done. But Tenga Kushi is a different breed. It’s vibrator as sculpture. It is meant to be displayed proudly in the home. Your grandmother had her Precious Moments figurines, now you’ve got your Japanese squishie-inspired sex toys to put on the mantle. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I have vibrators I can leave out and that I like more. The MIMIC Massager by Clandestine Devices ($125) is another work of art, but with a shape and vibration features that make it infinitely more appealing. I cannot say that Iroha Kushi is going to supplant the MIMIC any time soon. But the look of the Kushi, and the squeeze of it, keep me from shoving it into the recesses of my closet full of rejected sex toys. I mean, I don’t exactly have a lot of sex toys that I just like to sit around squeezing. This is one of them. Like any strange piece of modern art, the Iroha Kushi grows on you. I’m not saying I’d put it in a museum and sell postcards of the thing, but when it comes to something I use to tend to my vagina’s orgasmic needs that’s a hell of a lot more than some other vibrators have to offer.


  • It might last an hour on a charge, but takes two whole hours to charge and that is very lame.
  • Squishie likes a stress ball.
  • Shell shape design makes it easy to hold for most users.
  • 5 vibration strengths, 2 rhythm pattern settings means most people into clitoral stimulation can find a setting that will work
  • Can join you in the tub without electrocuting you.

Rebecca Jane Stokes is writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. She’s the senior sex writer for YourTango and her work has appeared on Jezebel, XOJane, The Hairpin, The Toast, Bustle, MTV News, The Barnes and Noble Books Blog, and elsewhere. Follow her on twitter @beccastokes 

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Automakers Are Changing To Integrated Exhaust Manifolds Because The Benefits Are Staggering

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An integrated Exhaust Manifold, or “headifold,” is an exhaust manifold cast into an engine’s cylinder head and cooled by antifreeze. This type of design, where the exhaust manifold is no longer a separate part, is becoming a lot more common in the auto industry (see 2017 Honda Civic Type R). Here’s why.

Let Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained walk you through the benefits of a water cooled exhaust manifold:

One of Fenske’s main points is that coolant collecting heat from the exhaust gets the engine up to temperature faster, which yields faster cabin warmup times and better initial engine oil flow (and thus better fuel economy, emissions and engine longevity).

Another benefit, he says, occurs at high engine loads where exhaust gases are so high, they risk compromising the life of the catalytic converter. Cooling these gases with coolant, Fenske mentions, prevents the engine control unit from having to dump more gas into the combustion chambers to lower exhaust temperatures. This means a staggering 20 percent better highway fuel economy on the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack he was driving. Not to mention, the lower CO2 emissions that go along with that.



Three benefits he doesn’t mention are weight, packaging space, and catalytic converter warmup. Weight is a big one, as typically, cars use a separate cast iron exhaust manifold bolted to a head with a gasket in between. This integrated setup gets rid of that manifold, all the bolts, and the gasket, the latter of which can also act as a potential failure mode.

Related to this weight savings is packaging space, as these tightly-integrated manifolds are typically smaller than a separate manifold bolted to a cylinder head. This benefit in packaging space can, according to a Ford patent on the technology, yield faster catalytic converter warmup times (and thus lower emissions after startup) and better turbo response, due to the shorter exhaust paths to the catalyst and turbocharger turbine, respectively.

Of course, as Fenske mentions, this integrated exhaust manifold adds more heat load to the cooling system, and makes tuning more difficult. But despite these drawbacks, the benefits in emissions, fuel economy, cabin warmup, weight, complexity and turbo response are hard to ignore, which is why “headifolds” have become so prevalent over the past decade or so.

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Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week


A peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

Integrated Tool Kit

Always be prepared with bike tools. Launched this week on Kickstarter, the Dialed Cap by Rugged Components installs into the steer tube and sits beneath the top cap. The $50 kit includes 4, 5, and 6mm hex, and T25 Torx wrench.

Eco Kayak

Invest in personal recreation and the planet! Oru’s limited-edition tree-print kayak launched on Kickstarter this week, and 1% of its funding will go to Yvon Chouinard’s environmental organization, One Percent For The Planet. Buy-ins for the specially designed 12′ Bay ST foldable kayak start at $1,500.

Bamboo SUP Paddle

Known for bamboo ski poles, the brand Grass Sticks launches a bamboo SUP board paddle, the SUP Stick. Built in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the SUP Stick is light but strong enough for mountain whitewater and finished with marine-grade clear coat.

Boiling Tumbler

No fire? No problem. The 16-oz. stainless steel Cauldryn bottle will boil water atop its electric rechargeable base. We’ll get a peek at the Cauldryn, which launches on Kickstarter in July, at this year’s Outdoor Retailer.

Smallest Folding Drone

Two square inches and less than one ounce, that’s the size of the world’s smallest folding video drone. Aerix releases the Varius, a 0.8-ounce quadcopter that can fly up to 30 mph for 5-7 minutes, record video, and transmit real-time to a VR headset. The pocket copter costs $65.

Debut Climbing Shoe

Black Diamond’s first climbing shoe is perfect for sweaty gym climbers. That’s because the Momentum, launching in October, will sport a mesh knit upper, designed for breathability. Read our preview of Black Diamond’s full debut shoe line.

Secret Survival Knife

Slice, cut, chop, fish, start fire, and purify water, using your knife. The 10-inch 4Ever is a 5.5-inch blade that protrudes from a magnetic removable scale. Inside is a mini-Wazoo survival kit that contains fishing line and hooks, first aid-tinder packs, ceramic firesteel, magnetized needle, and water-purification tablet. Available on Kickstarter with 440c or Damascus steel blade.

Dynamic Water Vessel

Fill it, treat it, filter it — the Vecto collapsible water bottle, launched today on Kickstarter, can be a bottle, gravity filter, or sterilization pack. That’s because its narrow cap is compatible with Sawyer and other water filters, and the wide sealable top accommodates chemical treatment or UV purifiers. It also works for holding water, soda, tea, or any other ready-to-drink liquid.

Women’s Summer Raincoat

Hike into the wettest conditions with Showers Pass latest summer rain jacket for women. The Refuge jacket uses eVent’s waterproof-breathable three-layer membrane, has reinforced fabric on the shoulders to prevent wear from backpack straps, and sports a removable hood. Available now for $279.

Air Filtration Gaiter

Breathe better air with this filtration-equipped gaiter. The Inversion Air Pollution Gaiter, live on Kickstarter, has a built-in activated carbon filter to trap dust, pollen, mold, even combustion molecules from car exhaust.

Polartec Delta T

Enhance your body’s ability to keep cool and dry with Triple Aught Design’s first shirt using Polartec Delta technology. We’ve reviewed Polartec’s hydrophilic-hydrophobic-blended fabric and can verify it works. The Mercury Tech T retails for $60.

Pocket Lantern

Calling a portable light “the best outdoor lantern ever” is a bold statement. But Flextail believes it has just that in the 220-lumen HELIO, which at 45g weighs less than an egg (chicken). The waterproof HELIO measures about 1.5 inches on each side, has a 10-hour battery life, and can clip to backpacks, bikes, or inside a tent. Live on Kickstarter with discounts on its $34 retail price.

Emergency Wearable

Blast a panic siren, light the path ahead, record what’s happening in all directions, and receive emergency support in an accident. The Occly Blinc was designed with adventurists and bikers in mind, with its myriad safety functions and automatic emergency-response contact feature that activates when it senses sudden impact. Available August starting at $199.

Anniversary Travel Tripod

One hundred years after it launched, Gitzo unveils a limited-edition, centennial travel tripod. Only 100 of the Arsene Edition full-carbon-spider, collapsible tripods are available at select retailers worldwide.

Party Robot

Start the party at home or around the campfire in the most unusual way possible: With a robot-shaped, bluetooth speaker and smoke machine. The K-Sound Hero stands two-and-a-half-feet tall, blasts tunes with a 30-watt subwoofer and treble speaker, churns out smoke, and has 16 million LED color variations. Get weird on Indiegogo with discounts on its $440 retail price.

Hemp For A Cause

Experience the feel and performance of hemp, perhaps the most sustainable fabric available, with Nau’s 2017 line of men’s and women’s apparel. And feel good knowing Nau donates 2% of every sale to its charitable partners: People For Bikes, Mercy Corps, and Conservation Alliance.

Weightless Denim

Stay covered and cool with DUER’s lightest, moisture-wicking summer denim pants. The $128 Beachcomber pants use a cotton-Spandex blend to create a lightweight 5-oz. denim

Stylish Performance Sunglasses

Electric builds optics for functionality on motorcycles or other active pursuits, but these also look quite slick for daily wear. The Zombie S has a tough Grilamid frame, 100% UV protection, and 98% blue light protection. $100.

CORDURA Work Hoodie

The startup brand 1620 launched to redefine workwear earlier this year. It just released its first shirt, the NYCO Work Hoodie. Made from 78% cotton and 22% CORDURA, it retains a soft feel while offering the long-lasting durability of CORDURA Nylon. The brand claims it also meets the U.S. Military uniform standard for No Melt/No Drip fabrics. It’s on pre-sale now for $128.

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Rihanna DMs breakup advice to heartbroken fan and, honestly, we’re pretty jealous



Breakups are the absolute worst. But, sometimes all you need is a friend’s shoulder to cry on. Or, you know, Rihanna’s shoulder. 

Rihanna fan @WaladShami posted a Twitter conversation between him and RiRi, in which she dished out some pretty timeless breakup wisdom. 

"How did you get over your first heartbreak? I’ve been struggling," he asked via direct message. 

Thank you, I love you @rihanna

— Samer / سامر (@WaladShami) June 21, 2017

Several hours later, Rihanna came back to him with some words of wisdom. "Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself!" she wrote. Read more…

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IFTTT’s powerful new initiative connects up with government data streams


Today, all around cool internet thing IFTTT is hooking all kinds of useful public data into its powerful platform. With the launch of its new Data Access Project, IFTTT will add support for a broad selection of government agencies, organizations and research and cultural groups. That includes public data from federal and state government feeds on down to municipal transit information.

The new data streams have the potential to be all kinds of useful. In practice, that means every time there’s a relevant new SEC filing, your Hue lights can flash green (or red, depending). Or you can get a text every time the State Department posts a travel warning. Or a Slack notification each time the Department of Defense posts an update. Or lots of things — infinitely configurable things, really.

Put simply, IFTTT lets you connect things to other things. It does this through easy to set up custom formulas, like “every time @techcrunch tweets, call my phone.” These logic statements, all take the form of “if x happens, do y,” hence the name If This Then That (IFTTT). IFTTT used to call these formulas Recipes but now they’re calling them Applets, which is more confusing in our book but the functionality remains the same.

IFTTT’s more than 40 new sources include:

  • Department of Labor
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Library of Congress
  • National Science Foundation
  • Energy Information Association
  • Pew Research Center
  • Department of Defense
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Amtrak
  • Caltrain
  • Texas Legislature
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • American Civil Liberties Union

For IFTTT, the public data initiative stands to breathe some new life into a platform that in recent years is perhaps best known for letting you automate quirky things in your smart home. As a (really) long time IFTTT user, I have to say that it’s an exciting and potentially very useful new direction. I fully expect to lose hours configuring my own public data streams in the coming days.

According to IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets, the beauty of the service’s new direction is that it can help users organize yet another kind of information that might otherwise be overwhelming and put it to good use.

“It’s not that the information isn’t out there — companies, governments, and institutions are releasing information all the time. But for the average person, it’s overwhelming,” said Tibbets.

“We’ve built out services whose data impacts people in very real ways: governments, agencies, non-profits, transits, and other institutions. Now people can easily find, and use, that information in brand new ways. We’re excited to see the response, and plan to expand the Data Access Project with more services in the near future.”

Apparently, this could be the tip of the iceberg for IFTTT’s foray into helping people harness the power of public information that’s already floating around.

“People are hungry for public data, especially when it comes to staying on top of the news and government,” said Anne Mercogliano, IFTTT Vice President of Business Operations and Marketing. “Our IFTTT team kept seeing more and more amazing data resources out there and realized it was something we wanted to invest in and help build and bring onto the platform. We hope the Data Access Project is helpful for the average person, researcher, official and more.”

Mercogliano notes that ProPublica’s IFTTT channel saw a significant boost in interest after November 8, 2016. And in March of this year, IFTTT launched a collection of “Applets for activism” that sought to tap into that same phenomenon.

“Customizing your experience is at the heart of IFTTT and we want to ensure you’re getting all of the data you need but in a way that works for your lifestyle,” Mercogliano said. “The Data Access Project is an ongoing initiative for us and we’re looking for any government, local agency or nonprofit to be a part of our project.”

Interested groups can contact IFTTT at to get started.

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I Can’t Wait to Play This Nintendo Switch Battery


The Nintendo Switch is a tiny console with tiny controllers all powered by tiny batteries with tiny capacities. Charging is just part of life with the Switch, which is why it’s spawned hundreds of power accessories, including this portable battery that looks like the most boring Switch game you can play.

But while Bionik’s Power Plate looks like a smaller version of the console, with only half a screen, it’s actually a 4,500 mAh rechargeable battery with a built-in black and white LCD display showing what devices are currently being charged.

The Switch’s Joy-Con controllers can attach to either side of the Power Plate and be recharged three times over, letting you continue to play games with them while the console is connected to a TV. Or you can connect the Switch itself to the Power Plate via a USB-C cable and top off its own internal battery, but just once, given how power hungry the portable console is.


The $50 battery is available now, and probably not as fun to play as Breath of the Wild.


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Special Forces Sniper Hit ISIS Fighter From 2 MILES Away In Longest Kill Shot In History


A special forces sniper has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill in military history by picking off an ISIS fighter from an astounding 11,319 feet. The extraordinary shot by a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 member, which was from 2.14 miles away, smashed the record held by Briton Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a range of 1.54 miles in 2009.

The record-breaking shot was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle from a high-rise tower in Iraq last month and was recorded on video. The unbelievable kill shot took 10 full seconds to travel the 2.14 miles where it took down an ISIS fighter who was attacking Iraqi soldiers.

“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh attack on Iraqi security forces,” said a military source. “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”

“This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equaled,” a military insider told The Globe and Mail. “Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was.”

Canadians dominate the list of longest confirmed kills and hold three of the top four spots, the United States comes in at a distant fifth.

“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” a military source said. “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”

The Tac-50 is the long-range weapon of choice for the Canadian Army, who have been using the sniper rifle since 2000 because of its outstanding accuracy. The Tac-50 has a mind-blowing range of 12,303 feet or 2.33 miles and is strong enough to take out light armored vehicles. Since the late 1980s, the Tac-50 has been made by McMillan Firearms Manufacturing in Phoenix, Arizona. The world-class rifle weighs 26 pounds and is 57 inches in length. The magazine can hold five cartridges, with dimensions of 12.7 x 99mm.

Last month, a marksman for the Special Air Service (SAS), which is a special forces unit of the British Army, was able to take out an Islamic State sniper from an incredible distance of 1.5 miles away. The sniper vs. sniper duel lasted over four hours.


Scientists Propose a New Way to Test How Space Radiation Will Fry You

A source of galactic cosmic rays (Image: NASA/U. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA)

You’re probably aware of some of the challenges of sending astronauts to space. Getting to space, that’s one for sure. But there’s another insidious effect you might not think of: Tissue damage from radiation.

Space radiation comes from all over. There’s more potential harm from the Sun’s rays, unshielded by the Earth’s atmosphere, but also from cosmic rays hailing from the depths of space. Unfortunately, we can’t really recreate this radiation environment on Earth to test its effects on biological tissue—rather, we rely on a few beams of a few different high-energy particles to simulate it. A team of scientists have an idea for a better way to recreate space radiation to test tissue damage—and it shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, the solution can be made from plastic.

“Part of the elegance is that it’s so simplistic,” Jeff Chancellor from Texas A&M University told Gizmodo. “It’s time proven physics that has been pretty well validated experimentally.”


Space radiation isn’t just a few subatomic particles or high-energy light rays. It consists of a whole slew of fast-moving charged elements from the periodic table. If these high-energy nuclei penetrate spacecraft, they can cause physical harm to the astronauts inside, either by damaging tissue or the DNA molecules themselves.

Creating accurate simulations of space radiation here on earth would help remove some of the uncertainties we deal with today. After all, there are only a few individual elements used to test space radiation today, rather than a whole spectrum.

“Before, they took a giant rock, threw it, and hope they did something cool,” Helmut Katzgraber also from Texas A&M told Gizmodo. “Now we’re using a computerized chainsaw.”


The method Chancellor, Katzgraber and their team propose involves putting an engineered block of some material (they say plastic) in front of a single beam of heavy atomic nuclei. The block would split the beam up into many different elements of different energies, and could be tuned to create the right energy and particle spectrum to simulate outer space.

Image: Chancellor et al

All they’ve got is a model right now, and don’t have the funding for the actual block, but they’re confident in their model, which they proposed in a paper on the physics arXiv preprint server. At least one other researcher thought the method was feasible and reasonable. Ann Kennedy, professor emeritus in radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, “found it to be a very interesting, novel approach for simulating the space radiation environment through use of a new model system that allows evaluation of the intravehicular radiation spectrum,” the stuff that could harm astronauts inside the spacecraft.

Kennedy would like to see more data, however. She noted that the study doesn’t include neutrons and other non-charged particles in its calculations. But the paper says that data on the abundance of these particles isn’t available from spaceflights. I’ll point out that NASA does have chips on the ISS currently taking a look at the radiation environment (I played with one of them).



“Perhaps a follow-up article by the authors could include a comparison of the [energy] spectrum both with and without the neutron component considered,” she said.

Other teams are working on recreating space radiation in the lab too, like one European team who hit a metal foil with a powerful laser. But this only created different energies of electrons or protons, not the heavier atomic nuclei proposed by Chancellor and Katzgraber.

Ultimately, if we want to go to Mars, we’ll have to understand the effects of this radiation in one way or another. And, of course, that’s going to take money. “We have validated this whole concept,” said Katzgraber. “Now building the block with the cuts would require an investment from NASA , SpaceX or another corporation interested in doing so.”



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4 Ways to Become a Millionaire Even When You Start With Little


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The hardest part of becoming successful is getting started to begin with. But despite the challenges ahead of you, there’s a way to become a millionaire when starting with little. I’m going to show you four reasons why you can become a millionaire with just a small investment.

1. First focus on learning, not big gain.

Education is your greatest weapon. Focus on learning in the beginning. Don’t make the mistake of focusing on making huge gains in the beginning. Learn everything you can because this is how you build the foundations for long-term gains.

They say that if a millionaire goes bankrupt they’ll nearly always be able to get it back. And that’s because they might have lost their money, but they have the knowledge of how to get back to where they need to be.

Related: 10 Tips to Become a Millionaire This Year

2. You can learn loads about any topic online.

I’m grateful for the internet. It’s the single biggest library in the world. You’re reading this article right now and you’re acquiring knowledge you wouldn’t have been able to acquire 40 years ago. Use the internet to its fullest extent, whether that’s through reading books, browsing articles or watching video tutorials.

Set some time aside every day to learn something online. It could be a video series or a favorite blog. When you get into the habit of learning regularly you’ll find that you advance much faster.

Related: 10 Free Online Courses That Can Benefit Every Entrepreneur

3. Focus on the niche you love.

These days you can learn about anything and target the niche you’re passionate about. This is what I was able to do with penny stocks. I found a gap in the market and provided knowledge to people who wouldn’t have otherwise being able to access this sort of information.

You can do that with absolutely any niche. When you find a niche you’re passionate about and you use the reach of the Internet you start to make huge gains.

Related: 7 Steps to Defining Your Niche Market

4. Prove your expertise by creating free content.

Your reputation as an authority is the new business card. There’s a reason I created a penny stock guide and made it free for all. You may have already seen ads for it on social media. The way to succeed with little is to create a reputation through your content.

It’s the gateway to success because through free content you start to build relationships with others who value your work. And from there everyone gets richer.

Related: 9 Ways to Speed Up Content Creation and Connect With More Users

You can do lots with a little.

The days when you needed a huge investment to become successful are long gone. These days you can do so much with just a little. Find what you love, advance your knowledge in that area, and create a product that fulfills a need. Finally, work on building up relationships through portraying yourself as an authority on your subject.

Combine everything together and you can accomplish anything. 

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