Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 11:00 am

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 11:00 am

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This hour it's all about the the "wonders" of Canada this hour If you're just joining us now, be sure to start at the beginning right here!

Boasting the most extreme tides in all the world, the Bay of Fundy lies between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, on the eastern border of Canada. (For reference for our American readers, we have 4 provinces north and more east of the state of Maine.)

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The tides on the Bay of Fundy fluctuate as much as a 5 storey building every day. When the tide is out as you can see above, you can walk on the floor of the Atlantic ocean.

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The cliffs, caves, and geological formations attract visitors from all over the world. Fossils of dinosaurs, nautical creatures, minerals, and gems have all been found in the area. The Bay of Fundy is also know to be home to some of the rarest species of whales! Known as one of the 7 Wonders of North American we're sure you can see the beauty that is the Bay of Fundy!

Bay of Fundy Facts: (thank you Buzzle!)

  • The amount of water that flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle, is more than the combined flow of the world's freshwater rivers!
  • The Bay of Fundy is home to the world's highest tides, which can reach a height of 3.5 meters, i.e. 11 feet. The tides in the Minas Basin can rise up to 13 meters (43 feet), on an average.
  • During springtime, tides as high as 16 meters or 53 feet can be seen in the Bay of Fundy, which creates a unique and breathtaking view. The highest tides in the world occur in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.
  • Visitors can expect to see two high and low tides in every 24 hours; the time between a high and a low tide being six hours and 13 minutes, on an average.
  • The Bay of Fundy has earned worldwide recognition for its diverse ecosystem and the exceptional pyramid of marine food chain. Many people compare it with the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the Rain Forest of Brazil.
  • The nutrient-rich water is home to enormous amounts of krill, squid, and fish like, herring, mackerel, and pollock, which attract several species of whales, including the endangered Northern Right Whale.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is another Canadian wonder! Three waterfalls come together, the Horseshoe Falls (most powerful waterfall in North America!), the American Falls and the Bridal Veil on the border between Canada and the US and combined create the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). It's a stunning view as you watch the water crest over and wonder if it will ever stop! Two years ago when Ali Edwards and our friends from Doodlebug were visiting Canada for our Crop & Create event we took them to see Niagara Falls in January and for the first time in my lifetime it was almost completely frozen. Yes, it was that cold! Lit up at night, it's quite a spectacle to see.

Niagara Falls fun facts:

  • About 28,000,000 (that’s 28 million!) liters of water travel down Niagara Falls every second.
  • The first person to ever go over the Falls was a courageous 63-year-old teacher. She traveled down the Falls in a barrel.
  • About 20% of the drinking water in the United States goes through and over Niagara Falls. Yup, you have most likely drank water that came from the Falls.
  • Niagara Falls is the result of glaciers.
  • Parts of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed at Niagara Falls. Superman and Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe were also filmed here.

CNtower

If you see any picture of Toronto, it usually includes the CN Tower. Built as a communications tower in 1976 by the Canadian National Railway in 1995 it was deemed one of the 7 modern wonders of the world and is visited over 2 million times each year. It stood as the tallest freestanding structure in the world until 2010. 34 years! It has been one of the "must sees" in Toronto and for those without fear you can stand on The Glass Floor, at an elevation of 342 m (1,122 ft) Here are some fun facts about the CN Tower:

  • Construction on the CN Tower began on February 6, 1973 and wrapped up about 40 months later in June 1976. In 2016, The CN Tower celebrated its
  • 40th birthday with special events throughout the year.
  • 1,537 workers toiled five days a week, 24 hours a day to build the CN Tower.
  • The CN Tower was built at an original cost of $63 million.
  • The CN Tower was built to withstand an earthquake of 8.5 on the Richter scale.The upper reaches of the CN Tower were built to withstand winds up to 418 km/h (260 mph).
  • Lightning strikes the CN Tower an average of 75 times per year. Long copper strips run down the CN Tower to grounding rods buried below ground to prevent damage.
  • The CN Tower dims unnecessary exterior lights during bird migration seasons to prevent bird injuries.
  • The CN Tower is an incredible 2.79 cm (1.1 inches) within plumb, or, true vertical.
  • Six glass-faced elevators travel at 22 km/hour (15 miles/hour) to reach the observation deck in 58 seconds.
  • The CN Tower has a hollow 1200' hexagonal core providing stability and flexibility to the full height tower.

Canada is WONDER-ful as you can see! We could go on and on.

Ready for another opportunity to win a loonie and a toonie?  Leave a comment below by July 7th and we will randomly select one lucky winner this hour to win them! After leaving your comment here we hope you'll take a moment to visit us on Facebook and Instagram (@sctmagazine) and leave a comment there as well for THREE chances to win! We'll be compiling all the comments each hour.

Next up Inukshuks and totem poles!

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Fun Fact: Canada has the largest coastline in the world and also the longest street, Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario which continues for 1,896 km (1,178 mi!)

 

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119 Comments

  1. Karen Carvell July 1, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Niagara Falls is amazing! Thanks for all these great Canadian facts eh!

  2. Kristen Kirkland July 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I love that I’ve been fortunate enough to see all these wonders of Canada! It’s such a beautiful country.

  3. debra July 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Niagara Falls surely is one of the 7 wonders!

  4. KariLynnL July 1, 2017 at 11:11 am

    The Bay of Fundy was my last vacation the Summer of 2014 and it was spectacular! I have also been fortunate enough to travel to see Niagara Falls and the CN Tower. I love travelling around our country as it is so spectacular and I feel it is important to show my children what our country is all about as it is an amazing place.

  5. Carla Hundley July 1, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Would love to visit
    Niagara Falls! Wonderful
    about the water tides.
    Carla from Utah

  6. lisa808 July 1, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for the tour and memories – I have visited these beautiful spots.

  7. Marg Gutland July 1, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Canada is beautiful country to explore and enjoy

  8. BevB July 1, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Canada has some of the most amazing sights and I have been blessed to see many. Niagara Falls and the shorelines of New Brunswick, PEI. just to name a few. We truly are blessed to live in this great country.

  9. Debbie July 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Greatest place on earth! Peaceful, beautiful, mosaic of people, blended cultures, fusion of food. Few countries share our welcoming spirit and inclusive attitude! Be proud Canada!

  10. Jean marmo July 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

    We have visited the falls many times. Years ago we would walk and stop on the bridge halfway between Canada and USA and take photos of our feet – one in each country!!

  11. Barb macaskill July 1, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I would love to check out the Bay of Fundy! It looks beautiful!
    Our family went to Niagra Falls when I was 13 and I would love to go with my hubby, kids and grandchildren! We are thinking of doing it this Summer but it depends on my health! TFS!

  12. Sindhu July 1, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Thanks so much for the ton of info . I always enjoy reading things like these . Bay of Fundy and Niagara Falls has been on my bucket list .

  13. Betty-Kay Murray July 1, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for the fun facts. Didn’t know that about Yonge Street. Canada is truly a wonderful place!

  14. Janet MacKay July 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

    It is great that you are sharing our beautiful country with the world today!

  15. SusanDR July 1, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Happy Birthday Canada from an American who has enjoyed every visit I’ve made to Canada. It is a beautiful place, and now, next on my list is the Bay of Fundy – that looks so amazing!

  16. CatherineC July 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Interesting facts. I’m from NS but you had a couple of facts I wasn’t aware of.

  17. Lynn Gauthier July 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I honeymooned at Niagara Falls. Beautiful!!!
    Happy Birthday Canada…you are amazing!!!

  18. Stacey July 1, 2017 at 11:57 am

    We have a beautiful country!

  19. Miriam Prantner July 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Blessed to have been able to visit all these places!

  20. Cyndi B July 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you SCT for providing all these interesting facts. 28 million….that’s mind boggling.

  21. Cynthia Baldwin July 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    We’ve loved visiting Niagara Falls and Toronto…Adding the Bay of Fundy to my bucket list of places to visit!

  22. Ana July 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I love this country and its natural wonders. Thanks for the reminders!

  23. Jennifer Reynard July 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love reading and seeing the photos that you have provided on Canada’s 150th Birthday! Canadians are sooooo blessed to live in this beautiful country!

  24. Sue LD July 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful scenery!

  25. JoAnn H July 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Love to visit Niagara Falls, such beauty

  26. saxonr July 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    super awesome canada facts!!

  27. Roz Kelly July 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Feel so blessed to live near the Bay of Fundy and to have lived in ON and visited the CN Tower and Niagara Falls….such beauty all around us!

  28. missgailly July 1, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I’m lucky to have been to all three places…Bay of Fundy, a few years ago; Niagara Falls, last year; and Toronto, just last weekend. All fantastic places!

  29. Tona July 1, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The Bay of Fundy looks like a gorgeous place. I’m so enjoying learning more about Canada,

  30. Nadine July 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I love the Toronto Skyline! Niagra Falls is beautiful any time of year! I have never been far enough east to explore the Bay of Fundy, but it’s on my bucket list!

  31. Elizabeth July 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    The east coast is definitely on my bucket list! Canada is a wonder’full’ country!

  32. Jacqueline July 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Happy Canada Day from Saskatchewan ??! I visited Niagra Falls in February. I need to see it in summer.

  33. Kelly Malacko July 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Love the Canadian Trivia!

  34. Mary Holshouser July 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Got to see Niagara Falls. What a wonderful sight.
    I’m afraid of water but I stood at the rail of
    the boat so I could get a good look and be
    sprayed with water. it was awesome.
    thanks for sharing Canadian facts.

  35. Karen T. July 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, Wow, Wow! Canada is AWESOME! I have seen those cliffs, and the Bay of Fundy, and they are gorgeous! I’m so happy to live in Canada! I’ve always wanted to go to Niagara Falls, and one day I will! Your photos and information are wonderful – thank you for sharing how awesome Canada is!

  36. Pam Sohan July 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    For some reason I never connected the Bay Of Fundy with Canada. How cool would it be to be able to walk on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean?

  37. Anneke July 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Bay of Fundy is on my bucket list 🙂

  38. Margaret July 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Canada is full of wonders! I’ve seen some of them, but not the Bay of Fundy – would really like to make it there some day!

  39. Linda Smith July 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Was lucky to have visited each of these beautiful spots! Love all these facts!

  40. Sheryll Matheson July 1, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    WOW! I am learning a lot today!

  41. Kara July 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I have seen the CN tower and Niagara falls which are so beautiful, would love to visit again someday.

  42. super stick chick July 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Wow, I think I just found our next family vacation destination! Thanks for the great info.

  43. auntie em July 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Well, you are practically right on my backyard when you are talking about the Bay of Fundy. We often drive out to enjoy the cool breezes off the water on hot summer day and it is just as amazing as the pictures show and more. To walk on the ocean floor after the tide has gone out is amazing.
    I have never seen the magnificence of the Niagara Falls but I have seen the CN tower. You are certainly finding lots of great icons!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  44. Janice July 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Have yet to visit the Bay of Fundy at low tide. It’s on the bucket list! Thanks for the reminder about our Canadian wonderfulness!

  45. Amber M. July 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve seen Niagara Falls and visited Toronto, and I would LOVE to see the Bay of Fundy – looks amazing! There are lots of amazing things further east in the country too 🙂

  46. Dee Brown July 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    There are so many natural wonders in Canada. It is so beautiful and diverse in every province, thanks for sharing these.

  47. Patricia Steer July 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Love all the great variety of fun facts and awesome pictures.Thank you!

  48. Karen Lingel July 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, yeah, the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin are totes amazing. Love the physics at work. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  49. bette July 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Sweet retreats Canada!!!! Happy Birthday!

  50. Jo-ann July 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I would love to see Canada through the eyes of a newcomer, it must be spectacular, more so than we realize.

  51. Colleen Flathers July 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I would love to visit Canada, the Bay of Fundy sounds really cool. Thanks for sharing information about Canada today.

  52. Kim Innis July 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I am lucky to have been to Niagara Falls twice, and to Toronto, but haven’t visited the Bay of Fundy. Would love to visit there some day.

  53. Bonnie July 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful! I’d love to visit the Bay of Fundy one day.

  54. Jean marmo July 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Such fun facts. We love both sides of the falls.

  55. Jody Ward July 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Visited the Bay of Fundy last summer for the first time–incredible!

  56. Michele Washburn July 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I have been to the Bay of Fundy, Niagara Falls and the CN Tower! I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful country!

  57. gisele July 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    the Hopewell Rocks are really something to see!! and Niagara Falls , wow!

  58. Lynne Gaudet July 1, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    We are an amazing country full of wonders!!!! Happy Canada Day!!!

  59. Shelley K July 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Fun facts are great…
    Happy Canada Day??

  60. Kristine Davidson July 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    ahhh the Bay of Fundy! Home Sweet Home 😉

  61. Katie July 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    So many fun facts!

  62. Amy Hanschen July 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Love the waters of Canada…some it’s their majesty, some it’s their calmness, but all offer the world refreshment and are life-giving! Many of our vacations have centered around these waters.

  63. colleen July 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I too have been lucky enough to have visited all of these spots. More reasons to be grateful that I live in Canada!

  64. Jeanette Y July 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Loved learning more about Canada! thanks for the chance to win!

  65. H2girl2005 July 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Wow I like the facts you post!!!

  66. Diana Martinez July 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I would love to visit the Bay of Fundy and get to know some more about the ecosystem. It’s beautiful and very special.

  67. Michele V July 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve never been to the Bay of Fundy – thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!!

  68. Theresa July 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Would love to visit Canada to take in some of these wonderful sights!

  69. Betty-Ann July 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Cool, thanks for sharing!

  70. Cecile B July 1, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hope to see Niagara Falls one day, and the maritime provinces. Have been to the CN Tower – and although I do not like heights, it was truly amazing!

  71. Tammy Lever July 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Some day I hope to get out the East Coast!
    As a western transplant from St. Catharines Ontario, I love Niagara Falls and the Niagara Peninsula! Not only the falls but some AMAZING wines as well!

  72. Elizabeth Simpson July 2, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I loved reading all these facts but especially the Bay of Fundy facts as being from Ontario, that is what I knew least about!

  73. Alma D July 2, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Love all that great information

  74. Denise Bryant July 2, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I’d love to see these sights in person someday!

  75. Tara W July 2, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I am fortunate to live within 20 minutes and have visited many times, Niagara Falls! I was born in Nova Scotia when my parents had lived there for a few years, I don’t recall the Bay Of Fundy, they moved back to Ontario when I was only 2 weeks old.

  76. Marianne July 2, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Such impressive sights! Thanks for sharing!

  77. Anastasia M. July 2, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I saved this for page for a day when I might visit Canada. You have soooo many nature wonders.

  78. Marcia scantlin July 2, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Fab facts

  79. Shannon G July 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

    The Bay of Fundy is on my bucket list!!! And Niagara Falls is as beautiful as the pics show. Thank you for these delightful posts!!

  80. Jurist Tran July 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I am fortunate to live in Toronto and see the beautiful sunset landscape of the cntower and visit the wonderful Niagara Falls several times a year! Bay of fundy is in my bucket list! So much to see of Canada! Love this country #happy 150th Canada!

  81. Mary-Anne V. July 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Wonderful facts about our country.

  82. Tara Hodge July 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

    So many interesting Canadian facts ??

  83. Tara Watts July 2, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Going to visit Niagara Falls for the first time this summer – can’t wait!

  84. Anna Ekman July 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    So fun to read the facts.

  85. Lynn W July 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Wonderful facts of Canada!! I would certainly love to someday see other parts of Canada and be able to see many of the beautiful features of our amazing Canada !! ??

  86. Sue MacTavish July 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Would love to go to the Bay of Fundy! ??

  87. Christi L Steinbeck July 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    My bucket list is growing and growing~ Keep it going!

  88. Kendra July 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    The Bay of Fundy is on my bucket list. I’d love to see it!

  89. Karen Horne July 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Yup, lots of beautiful things to see in Canada that’s for sure!

  90. Sandy Clinton July 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I love the fun Canada facts!

  91. Sherry Stanley July 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Love all the Canadian facts. Yes we do live in a wonderful country.

  92. Alison C July 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for all of the great facts,about Canada. I would love to visit Niagra Falls and the Bay of Fundy.

  93. LC July 3, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I’ve been fortunate to have travelled across Canada and seen many of these incredible wonders. What a truly unique, beautiful and amazing country we have!

  94. Manda July 3, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Wow, the Bay of Fundy looks amazing!

  95. Arianna Barbara July 3, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Canada is one of my fav country!!! I hope to visit it very soon!!!

  96. Heather H. July 3, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I love Niagara Falls and the CN Tower. I haven’t been to the Bay of Fundy yet, but it is certainly one of the many places in Canada that I hope to visit in my life. Canada has so many incredible places to visit!!

  97. Dianne July 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the reminder of all the truly spectacular places we are blessed with in Canada.
    Niagara Falls is stunning in all four seasons. The best view of the CN tower and downtown Toronto are from the ferry returning from Toronto Island. And the Bay of Fundy took my breath away when we visited it.
    What a beautiful country.

  98. heather Wehrli July 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    would love to visit the Bay of Fundy – thanks for all the info.

  99. Crafty Violet July 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    We have been to the Bay of Fundy – awesome – and Niagara Falls and Toronto are only about 3 hours drive from where we live so we have been to both many, many times.

  100. Cindy P. July 3, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Happy Canada Day !!! These hourly posts are a super creative way to honour our fabulous country and learn some fun facts. Thanks SCT!!

  101. Mandi Holmes July 3, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Those are all breathtaking. Happy Birthday

  102. Mel H July 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve been to Niagra and the falls are so amazing

  103. Debbie July 3, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Fascinating!
    The 150th celebration coins are amazing. Thank you.

  104. Kirsty Vittetoe July 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I love Niagara fall, been there twice, love love love!

  105. Dawn Skene July 4, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I live in Nova Scotia so I am very familiar with the Bay of Fundy. I have also seen the other wonders listed.

  106. Gramma Dee July 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Gorgeous photos of the natural and manmade beauty!

  107. Sue Moody July 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Happy Canada Day ??

  108. Linda F July 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    We get some high tides in northern Australia. At Derby in King Sound, in north-west Australia tides can reach up to 11.8 m, but still so far below 16m – Wow that is amazing.

  109. Heather Arsenault July 6, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Canada has so many beautiful natural spaces. I love visiting the Atlantic provinces and am lucky to be able go once or twice a year.

  110. Karen Rushton July 6, 2017 at 10:45 am

    ALthough I am not keen on heights, someday I want to stand on the gass celing. I just do.

  111. Sandy K. July 6, 2017 at 10:57 am

    We are blessed with incredibly beautiful scenery throughout this country. How lucky are we! Every province and territory has something special to offer. Many years ago when I was working in an office building downtown, we were afforded views of the CN Tower as it was being built. It was fascinating to watch.

  112. Tara McCarthy July 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    The Hopewell rocks is a short drive from my house. Always nice on the eyes whenever we go visit them.

  113. Maureen E July 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    We truly live in a WONDER-ful country! Happy Birthday Canada!

  114. Kelly Karges July 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Hope to visit the eastern provinces someday!

  115. Lorelei B July 7, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Bay of Fundy is awesome!!

  116. Kelly Tulk July 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Very interesting facts!

  117. Jeanie L July 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to see those flowerpots, Niagara Falls, and the top of CN tower! (Hint for visiting: if you plan on going to CN tower, consider paying a bit more to eat at the revolving restaurant at the top. The cost of the meal is pricey, but it includes admission to the tower and you also skip the lines. Plus, the revolving view is amazing.)

  118. Beatrice Lawson July 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Loving these facts!

  119. Shelley P July 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Canada is a beautiful country with lots to see! Having lived in 3 provinces and visited 7 out of 10 provinces/3 territories I still have more to explore! Exploring Canada is on top of my bucket list!!

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