Bounce House Sails into Power Lines

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 24, 2016

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  • When something like the alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort happens, a lawsuit will typically follow. I’ve always wondered if it’s the family that pursues such a thing, or does it develop because lawyers hear the news, contact the family, and then encourages them to pursue action. I’m guessing it’s the latter.
  • I watched Bill Simmons’ new HBO show, and I think it has potential, but he’s got to lay off all the gosh darn Boston bias and references. Boston is a great place, but the world doesn’t revolve around it. He’s very sharp, more quick-witted than I expected. I thought the set was a bit much, and at times it seemed like the director was just trying to show it off. He might be better off using something like Charlie Rose or what Roy Firestone used to have.
  • I have a feeling earlier this week, John Boehner sat in his recliner, turned on CSPAN, and sipped on some of his favorite whiskey with a grin on his face.
  • Can you name the four U.S. states that have a majority-minority? Can you name the three least diverse states? The answer is in the first sentence here.
  • Odd it took them so long, odd they release the news after 5:00 PM, but at least it’s the right thing to do – Baylor agrees to release five 2016 football signees – My guess is they felt pressure from the Big XII.
  • I think certain shows like ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ wouldn’t last long if it wasn’t for social media and the buzz it helps create.
    • Game of Thrones ratings at record high: 23 million viewers
      • U.S. viewership of the HBO fantasy hit have now surpassed 23 million viewers episode when all forms of viewing are counted (that’s originals, repeats, DVR and streaming).
      • that tally is up 15 percent from season 5
      • HBO’s internal data breakdown goes like this: Sunday premiere ratings are up 6 percent (7.3 million). TV and on-demand viewership is up 4 percent. And viewing on HBO Now and HBO Go digital platforms shot up 70 percent over last season (2.5 million streams).
      • Yet we’re still hearing the producers and network are looking to conclude the series, with just 13 more episodes planned after this season – seven next year, six in 2018. (Those plans, however, have not been confirmed by HBO.)
    • Season 6 Spoiler Warnings – Funny Meme1, Funny Meme2
  • James Earl Jones Confirmed as Voice of Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Man Named Gambles Wins Lottery for Second Time Using Same Numbers‏
  • I really liked Netflix’s old logo, it reminded me of a marquee, and they changed it something simpler. Now they are changing it again to something even simpler, a red N.
    • The red N reminded me of an old University of Nebraska football joke, who have worn the red N on the side of their helmet for almost forever. I can’t remember the buildup to the joke, but basically, all the players think the N stands for knowledge.
    • In other Netflix news, their content library has dropped by about 40%. Unlike Blockbuster, many say Netflix could see where the future was heading. Networks and movie studios are streaming their own content and Netflix felt the importance to start creating their own stuff.
  • Two neat football charts – NFL Player Totals By State, NFL Player Totals By State
    • Not surprisingly, it resembles a population map. California and Texas — the nation’s most-populous states — have each sent 2,000 players to the league, more than anyone else. They are followed by New York, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania
    • A better version of the map shows the rate of players, in this case the total per 100,000 adult males in each state. Here you see states in the Deep South and Rust Belt — also Nebraska? — fighting above their respective population weight in terms of NFL representation. D.C., which you can’t even see on an actual state-by-state map, tops the list, followed by Louisiana and Mississippi:
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Man talks bear into leaving the dumpster

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Anna Kendrick Singing and Having Fun with James Corden

Both Jimmy Fallon and James Corden are great at getting guests to do bits. However, Corden doesn’t bring that nervous energy and isn’t over complimentary, he seems more relaxed and comfortable with his guests. I think that’s because Corden gets his guests to do things that are more akin to their strengths and personalities.

From the first date to break up, James and Anna Kendrick journey through the stages of a relationship told through song.

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Ghostbusters vs. Luke Skywalker

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 23, 2016

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  • I’m not sure if I’ve ever hung anything from my rearview mirror, including any graduation tassels. It’s just too much of a distraction.
  • A full-service gas station in Weatherford that’s been operating over 40 years is about to be sold. I still remember going to the one in Mineral Wells that was owned by my cousin’s in-laws. In a way, I think they could make a comeback if marketed and operated in a manner that appeals to the wealthy or to the hipsters. Who would have thought beverage companies would make profits selling bottled water, or companies that do nothing but pick up dog waste in your own backyard?
  • I didn’t catch it, but Bill Simmons’ new HBO debuted last night and Twitter had favorable things to say.
  • Standup desks, that is, desks that make you stand instead of sit, seem to be popular nowadays, but the New York Times reports – someone who stood up while working instead of sitting would burn about 8 or 9 extra calories per hour.
  • Aaron Sorkin will teach you screenwriting for $90His MasterClass online course launches later this summer
  • Screenshot 2016-06-22 at 11.21.58 PMKia Tops J.D. Power’s Car-Quality Survey

    • The annual survey of new-car buyers gave high marks to Porsche AG, Hyundai Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG.
    • Detroit’s three auto makers collectively had fewer problems than their foreign counterparts for just the second time in the 30-year history of the study.
    • GM had seven models that ranked highest in their segments
    • Other brands performing poorly included Volvo, Land Rover, Mini, Mazda and Jaguar
  • Burger King will begin selling deep-fried sticks of macaroni and cheese encrusted in Cheetos-flavored breading.
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  • The other day I posted a Benjamin L. Corey post about him becoming more Calvinist in his beliefs and my good friend Brent commented that Corey’s post should probably be titled “I Think I’m Becoming a (Christian Universalist)”. Well, just to follow up, Corey’s latest blog post is – Is Christian Universalism Compatible With Free Will? Justice? Hell?
    • As I’ve stated before, I don’t post Corey’s stuff (as well as a lot of BoN content) because I endorse or reject it, it just provokes thought and is stuff I think you may or may not find interesting.
    • As for my friend Brent, I think his doppelganger is the actor that plays Petyr Baelish on ‘Game of Thrones’. When Brent isn’t pastoring, he should be the actor’s stunt double.
  • I don’t look through my spam comments often, mainly because I receive anywhere from 30 to 600 a day. But I looked through them yesterday and saw one comment that looked like it shouldn’t have gone to the spam folder. It complimented on the blog but wondered if I ever took time to proofread. The answer, no, not really, why start now.
  • Someone also stated they didn’t like how I used “hey now” the other day because they thought I was trying to copy or step down to the levels of LiberallyLean. In this particular case, I used it because I often hear it on The TICKET and love the way Jeffery Tambor says it. So I’m only stopping down to the levels of The TICKET and Jeffery Tambor.
  • Robert Griffin III gets caught ripping off the Cavaliers’ championship photo
  • Buzzfeed – Uber Data And Leaked Docs Provide A Look At How Much Uber Drivers Make
    • Uber data suggests that drivers overall in three major U.S. markets — Denver, Detroit, and Houston — earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, according to calculations based on more than a million trips.
    • Buzzfeed – Slain Cop’s Young Son Cried At His Coffin And The Picture Is Heartbreaking
      • Texas police officer Endy Ekpanya was killed in a crash with an alleged drunk driver.
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Power Line on Metal Swing Set

This video was first posted back in 2013, but it’s new to me.

At the 15-second mark, you get to hear all the “electrical” sound.

At the 36-second mark, you get to see the swingset.

Big boom happens around the 1:33 mark.

And just in case you need a reminder, here’s an important PSA, you gotta play it safe around electricity.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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  • One of my anniversary gifts from WifeGeeding was a surprise lunch at Hutching BBQ in Frisco. I took the day off so we could spend some time together. The last couple of times we had BBQ were at subpar places with terrible brisket, and this is our favorite. The last time we went to Hutchins they were closed for a private event, so it’s been something we’ve been craving. As we got close to our destination and I recognized where we were heading, I told WifeGeeding I appreciated the gesture but Hutchins is closed on Tuesdays. She thought I was kidding and didn’t believe me until we parked the car and noticed the lights were off inside. The poor thing felt terrible (but I’ll be sure to make it a source of jokes for years to come). We then decided to drive a half-hour away to the McKinney location and had to wait in line for a good 40-minutes.
  • Her second gift to me was a surprise trip to the National Video Game Museum in Frisco. I came close to buying a modern version of the Intellivision which had all the games already in it, but I wasn’t sure if it came with those plastic inserts which went in the numbered controllers and informed you what button did what.
  • My gift to her were Dixie Chicks concert tickets.
  • One lesson I thought I’d have to teach my kids but is no longer a concern is how to start a car when the engine is flooded. Modern cars no longer have that problem.
  • While watching the ‘Person of Interest’ series finale, a man named Lionel was riding on a train, which made me think of Lionel Trains, which made me laugh, which lead me to remember the time rocker Neil Young was on Letterman talking about how his investment group bought the toy train company and his love for the product
  • Part of the ‘Person of Interest’ finale storyline took place in the New York Federal Reserve which reminded me of the time I was locked in a room all by myself in the Fed for about half an hour. One of my college classes took a New York field trip, and the dean of our business school used to be a vice president for the Federal Reserve, so he was able to arrange a special tour. Our class was in this one particular area full of financial and monetary artifacts and while everyone shuffled along, my attention got wrapped up in one display and some related reading material next to it. I thought everyone was an aisle or two over but they actually left the room and the tour guide locked the door. Luckily for me, a security guard found me and when I was returned to my group, everyone stated they had no idea I was gone. I tend to go unnoticed quite easily. Remember, I don’t function well with crowds or relating to people.
  • The local news mentioned we had a Strawberry Moon last night. The last time that happened was in June 1967 and won’t happen again until 2067. A Strawberry Moon happens when there’s a full moon on the summer solstice and got its name from Algonquin tribes singling the time to gather fruit, such as strawberries.
  • Some of you made some great points about Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk stating if she were sick with a physical ailment rather than a mental one, the public would be hailing her courage. For a while, I totally agreed, and then after some thought felt different about it. For such a job, her mind (and mental health) is her primary tool; but if she had cancer, her mind and emotional well-being, for the most part, wouldn’t affect her performance. If Bruce Springsteen was battling cancer or depression but his vocal cords were no longer to function properly, which is his primary tool, I’d expect him to stop performing because he could no longer properly function as a singer. That’s probably not the best example or comparison, but I think you get what I’m trying to say.
  • Danke Schoen! “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is finally getting an official film soundtrack
  • This story of a mom posting a picture of her three-year-old daughter standing on a toilet got a lot of attention yesterday. The mother was curious as to why her daughter was standing on the toilet, and the girl stated it was what her pre-school taught her to do during an active shooter drill. Per the mother, “At that moment all innocence of what I thought my 3-year-old possessed was gone.”
  • Donald Trump’s 27-year-old press secretary used to be a model and was featured on the cover for Gossip Girl books.
  • Trump has an Evangelical Advisory Board. One member is a Hardin-Simmons graduate, Jack Graham – Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church.
  • The Texas Tribune – Platforms Reveal Common Ground Between Texas GOP, Democrats – Medical Marijuana, Toll Roads Funding, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Campaign Finance, Space Exploration
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Customer Lights the Entire Walmart Fireworks Display

This happened in Phoenix – Article

 

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Bag of Randomness for Our 13th Wedding Anniversary

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  • The traditional gift for the 13-th wedding anniversary is lace.  Hey now…….
  • Regarding that last picture, later that night we both got locked out that room with just our robes, I think it has something to do with one of us getting ice. But thankfully we were in the Adults Only part of the Grand Floridian.
  • Yesterday was exhausting. It was a very busy day at work, we closed on the refinancing on our house, fought traffic (two accidents and plenty of construction) to have dinner with the grandparents in East Texas, and somehow came home with a bunny. His temporary name is “Buno”. As in, “Bono”. As in, the lead singer of my favorite band, U2.
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  • If I had any scene control, I totally lost it all yesterday.
  • The man from whom we received the bunny grew up in Azel and it turned out we may have actually competed against each other as he played guard and I was both a defensive end and linebacker. He seemed bitter saying we played dirty, especially my friend that was born with one arm. Well, one arm just wasn’t fully developed and grew only slightly past the elbow. He would often put the nub in your hand and wiggle it, which freaked a lot of folks out. He was a lineman and used the nub, from time to time, to work up inside the face mask and target the neck/throat area to gain an advantage. That friend was quite impressive, he could bench over 200 pounds by balancing a regular barbell with his one fully developed arm. You baseball fans may remember retired major league pitcher Jim Abbott, and my friend was very similar to him when it came to baseball when it came to throwing. He was also one heck of a shot putter.
  • “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”
  • Every time I hear Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” I changed the lyrics to “Hold me close, Tony Danza”.
  • If I heard Corby Davidson of KTCK The TICKET correctly yesterday, he and current Dallas Distract Attorney Susan Hawk used to take baths together around the age of three. She is now in inpatient depression treatment for the third time, and Davidson stated he sadly thinks she needs to step down from her role as it seems she’s unable to fully commit to it.
  • Buzzfeed – 15 Fascinating Facts About The “Battle Of The Bastards”
    There was a lot less CGI than you’d think!
  • J.J. Abrams and Tavis Smiley are making a show about Michael Jackson’s ‘last days’
  • Google will help your self-diagnosis with new symptom search
  • Benjamin L. Corey – Confession: I Think I’m Becoming A Calvinist
    • Corey has been hard on Calvinists for a long time, so it’s interesting to see how one can evolve over time after constructive debating, researching, and praying over such a thing. When it comes to faith and challenging a long-held belief and then slowly opening up to something different, one can feel a lost of identity, but in reality, I call this growth and letting God out of a box that man decided to build and place him in. God is bigger, and so is theology, than one would like to believe.
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Rob and Rex Ryan Exercising

Found these reading MMQB.

 

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 20, 2016

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  • @g_huschke – “Father’s Day is not a day to tell your dad you love him. It’s a day to tell your sons and daughters that you do.” Great quote @gordonkeith
    • I was feeling pretty selfish on Father’s Day. The Wife and kids surprised me by having me take them to LEGOLAND and its connected splash park on Sunday morning. I really wasn’t in the mood to be in a playpark with roudy kids waiting in lines to do this and that. What I wanted to do was work on some stuff in my garage before it got to0 hot in some solitude. However, I read the above tweet and it put things in perspective, and it made me think of this quote from the second season of ‘Fargo’ about Sisyphus compared to the role of a husband and father. 
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      • Here’s the best summary or editorial of that ‘Fargo’ quote:
        • In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is the crafty king who managed to chain Death himself, ushering in a brief age of immortality for humankind. As punishment, Zeus forced Sisyphus to free Death and cursed him with a different kind of immortality: An eternity spent rolling a boulder up a steep hill, only to see it roll back down — forcing him to start the process anew — without ever reaching the top.Sisyphus’ eternal “futile and hopeless labor” might sound like the worst kind of punishment, and for centuries, that’s basically how it was treated. But Camus’ 1942 essay recasts Sisyphus’ efforts as a kind of absurdist heroism. As Camus sees it, Sisyphus drew meaning, and even happiness, from the mere process of the struggle. The greater pointlessness of the act was, well, beside the point. And, he argued, the struggle to push a boulder up a hill isn’t really so different from how the average person struggles through life — knowing, all the while, how their story is going to end.
  • NBA Finals thoughts
    • Not that ever needed it, but LeBron finally earned my respect.
    • Speaking of earning things, unlike his other championships, I felt like LeBron “earned this one.” And my goodness, he had some amazing blocks this series.
    • But I did think he over-hyping getting hurt when he fell to the floor in the last ten seconds. I’m sure he was hurt, but he made it look like he fell from an eight-story building.
    • I’m guessing the city of Cleveland has forgiven him by now.
    • Best example of the sports prodigal son?
    • Six consecutive NBA Finals for LeBron? No one has played more basketball in that time period, and you also have to account for Olympic play.
    • Golden State lost nine games in the regular season and nine game in the post season.
    • @RealSkipBayless 9 May 2014Johnny Football will one day be bigger in Cleveland than his buddy LeBron ever was.
    • @junior_millerFour teams with best regular seasons (’16 Warriors, ’07 Pats, ’01 Mariners, ’96 Red Wings) all failed to win the title in those years.
    • And to think before the playoffs even started, all the talking heads of sports were asking if Golden State was the best team in the history of basketball. Granted, they did earn the best regular season in basketball, but all you have to finish it. I was also getting a bit peeved people thought Golden State could beat that Bulls team. There’s no beating Jordan’s killer instinct, nor his or Pippen’s offensive and defensive ability, and then you add in Rodman’s rebounding, defense, and head games he’d play, there’s no way Golden State would win in a best of seven series.
    • I’m really, really happy for the citizen of Cleveland. They’ve been the butt of jokes for decades and have gone through some heart aching defeats.
    • Funny Cleveland shirts – Won Before I Died
    • But did Cleveland really have to wear those awful jerseys?
  • And Cleveland still gets to host the RNC! Does it get any better?!
  • WifeGeeding and I have childhood memories of riding in cars in which the fabric roof of a car started to droop. I don’t think cars today have that problem.
  • While driving past Fellowship Church in Grapevine it was hard not to noticed the hugh sign on the building promoting a series about the church  and cinema. I’m just not sure if you need the pastor’s profiles right next to it. While driving deal 635/75 later in the day, we saw the same poster but on an actual billboard.
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  • Hat Tricks is only two miles from GeedingManor and despite it being right across from where DaughterGeeding takes Taekwondo lessons and we’ve lived in the area for 13 years, I’m surprised I’ve never tried it out, but we gave it a shot on Saturday.
    • It used to be own by former Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano and now his son runs it. We used to run into him all the time at Jason’s Deli during lunch, and he’d often invite to his place, but for some reason, we never took him up on his offer.
    • There’s a banner outside that states its burger was voted the best in Lewisville. I never really gave those “best of” lists much credit, but my gosh, that place had the best burger and fries I’ve eaten all year.
    • To our surprise, the School of Rock uses Hat Tricks as a venue to play gigs. The School of Rock is much like the movie, kids learning to play rock music. So during our lunch, we got to listen and watch preteens rock out to a bunch of tunes from David Bowie, Queen, Journey, and some other artists. It was quite entertaining.
  • I finally caught the David Letterman interview with Tom Brokaw:
    • Of all things, Dave will be hosting a National Geographic special in which he spent two weeks in India.
    • He spoke about the last time he was was Johnny Carson and how Johnny had too much to drink and Dave could sense how Carson was about to go off on things and turn the moment and possibly relationship bitter. Dave stated he steered the conversation to Jack Benny, Carson’s idol, and then it was smooth waters.
    • “I always told my friends I would like to go to Somalia and unload sacks of rice out of the back end of a C-130. I don’t want it to be ‘the David Letterman this.’ I’m not going to have a big fundraiser where people are, ‘Oh, you get to play miniature golf with Regis.’ We’re not going to do that.”
    • He thought he’d miss doing the show, but after Colbert’s first show, he felt an energy just leave and realized it’s not his problem anymore. For some reason, that’s good for me to hear.
  • I spoke with a person who served as a university president and provost who now works as a principal consultant for a higher education firm. He spoke openly and candidly about the Baylor situation, and I underestimated the power and influence, and political party influence, major donors have on an institution. I don’t feel right revealing a lot of what was discussed, but I was surprised to learn that Ken Starr will not be taking a salary deduction from president to law professor.
  • I’ve got that feeling that someone I know is upset at me but acting as if everything is okay, but I’m not sure what I may have done wrong.
  • Man, Michael Strahan is everywhere. He had a gig on ‘Good Morning America’, will be hosting the revamped ‘Pyramid’ game show during primetime, and also has a new clothing line at JC Penny’s.
  • Every Texan knows the first President of Texas was Sam Houston. But if one were to get technical, he was the first elected President of Texas. The first President of Texas was actually David G. Burnet.
  • It wasn’t until I saw this tweet from the LBJ Library that I knew LBJ’s sons-in-laws, Chuck Robb and Patrick Nugent, served in Vietnam.
    • I was trying to find information to see if they served in a combat role. All I could find on Nugent was that he was an airman first class serving with the  412th munitions maintenance squadron. Robb was a Marine who serve a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he commanded a rifle company in combat and was awarded the Bronze Star. Later, he became a U.S. Senator and Governor of Virginia.
    • I’ve seen this picture a thousand times but never really knew the context. LBJ was listening to a tape from Robb, then a captain in the Marine Corps, who asked Robb to send him reports of what was really happening on the ground in Vietnam.
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  • 13 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Professional Window Washers‏
    • I didn’t find the article all that informative, but learned high-rise widow cleaners make about $35 an hour. Heck, I don’t think there’s a salary I’d accept to do such a job, I don’t do heights. I wonder if their life insurance rates are higher than the average person because of their profession.
  • LG’s new TV repels mosquitoes, allowing you to sit in front of the TV forever
    • This “mosquito away” technology doesn’t canvas a room with bug spray, but rather uses sound waves that mosquitoes don’t like to get them to buzz off.
  • The Atlantic  – Against Sports Analogies at Work
    • Athletic metaphors may seem motivational and accessible, but they can promote some counterproductive messages about success.
  • Spoiler-free ‘Game of Thrones’ – thoughts, though you may seem some harsh language
    • While watching a major scene, something very climatic, the screen went blank. I watched the NBA Finals live but recorded GOT on my DirecTV DVR. As I fast-forwarded there was nothing but a black screen, all the way to the end; however, the moment I hit the rewind button the show displayed. It was weird. All I had to do was rewind to the part in which it went blank and then it show fully displayed as if there was no error. Perhaps it’s related to this issue, though I wasn’t using HBO Now – Anger as HBO Now goes down during ‘Game of Thrones’
    • While watching the NBA Finals and having GOT recorded, I thought with ten seconds left to go in the game I could check Twitter to see what everyone was saying, but one little fucker from The TICKET decided to tweet out a major spoiler that pissed me of royally.  My plan was to watch the game live and then watch my
    • Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, who played Chekov in recent “Star Trek” movies, was killed in a freak accident early Sunday morning, police told CNN.
      Yelchin died outside his home in Los Angeles, according to law enforcement.
      Yelchin stepped out of his car in the driveway of his Studio City home at around 1:10 a.m. PT when the car slid backwards and pinned him against a brick pillar and a security fence, causing trauma that led to his death, said Jennifer Houser with the Los Angeles Police Department.
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