Surprising Culture Shock for a German in America

Surprising Culture Shock for a German in America


Stefan, do you want to meet my parents? Yes, Dana. Of course I want to meet your parents. You have to fly over to America for that. Oh. Hey everyone! Dana here. – And Stefan. And today – we’re talking about my first few
hours and days in America. – Yes. So, why did we go to America? Or why did you come with me to America? To meet your parents. And to lessen the cultural differences that
we had at home. Yeah. Exactly. Like, living here with Stefan in Germany,
he had never been to America. So there were just some things that he didn’t
know about. When I mentioned foods that I really missed,
you didn’t know why I was missing them so much. Then you got to come to America and you got
to try those foods and then you understood. – And now I miss them. – Then you understood. – I miss the foods in America. Yeah. So that was important. – It was important. – Yeah, for our relationship. Meeting my parents. Seeing where I was from. – Yes. – But what did we have to do to get there? We went on a flight from Munich to Atlanta. And then from Atlanta to West Palm Beach. And that was your first big plane trip. – That was my first big plane trip ever. That was my first plane ride crossing the
Atlantic Ocean or crossing any ocean in different time zones. – Oh yeah, that’s true. So it was a big trip for you. I didn’t even think about it at the time,
but I can imagine now it was probably a little overwhelming. – It was super overwhelming. – Yeah, like, not only going to a country where
everyone was speaking English, also you had to travel so far to get there. – It was quite amazing. – Yeah. Already just landing in the airport in Atlanta
Stefan already some surprises or some new things to see. – So, we switched in Atlanta from an international flight to a domestic flight. And we had to go through customs in Atlanta. – Yeah, pick up our baggage. – Pick up our luggage. – Uh-huh. Not baggage. – Baggage. – Baggage is what you carry around with you; you have baggage. No, it’s also the stuff… – It’s luggage. – It’s baggage. – It’s luggage. – It’s also baggage. There’s a vote up there. – It’s baggage and luggage. – Baggage or luggage? Which do you prefer? – Okay, but it’s both. It’s baggage. – Baggage or luggage? – It’s also the suitcases. – Yeah. So we arrived in Atlanta and just, yeah,
we picked up our bags. – Our bags. And it was already overwhelming. First of all Atlanta is a huge airport. Huge. Yeah, we arrive at the customs area and there
was a person in his retired age, I would say, cheering us on. – He worked there. – He worked there. He was singing that we would please empty
our bags from the items that were prohibited. And the point was that he was singing about
it. He was singing it. He was singing it. It’s like they hired him and they were like:
just make sure to get this information across. He’s like: can I sing it? They’re like: sure. He’s like: I’m going to sing it. – And he was so happy about it. – And he was so happy. And you were shocked. – I was shocked. –
You were like… – Everyone was so friendly. Like, honestly friendly. It was, I don’t know, it was a weird strange, like happy feeling. – You’re like why is he so happy? – Yeah. Just a few minutes later we were waiting to
have our next flight. And I really wanted some of my favorite french
fries that I had missed and so we went and we bought, um, you got a burger and I got
some french fries. – We got a menu, yeah. And then we were talking about it. We were sitting and I was eating the french
fries. Like: ah, they’re so good. They’re so good. I really missed them. – And that was your first time back home since you moved to Europe. – Yeah. Exactly. So I was so excited to have these things that I had missed. And what happened? Next to us was a businessman and he was on
his phone, eating his burger. And then he turned around after his phone
call, he turned around. – He must have overheard me. I overheard you guys. You really like the french fries. I was going to throw these french fries away
because the menu was just cheaper with the burger. But he didn’t want the fries. – And you seem to love them. Do you want the french fries. He didn’t do it in a weird way or anything
like that. – No. It was just genuinely, I’m going to throw
these out. Do you want them? Thank you nice person. If you ever watch this video, thank you. – And you ever remember us from like 9 years ago. That you gave someone french fries in the
Atlanta Airport. And you were again very shocked. – Very shocked. And the Atlanta Airport is so big and there
are so many people there that in the terminal where we were waiting for our next flight,
the cops, the airport police, rode around bikes. Yeah. – With helmets. – Yes. So basically, we can put all my experience
from this point and going forward in America to this emotion in my face. I had never seen his face so, like just…his
eyes…your eyes were big as walnuts. Like you were just… – Like, culture shock. So we went to bed. Really exhausted because long flight and everything. But as I said it was my flight crossing different
time zones, and going west you go back in time. In the morning at like 5:30 local time I woke
up. Because it was – Yeah, that was the middle
of the day. – six hours later here in Germany. And in your head. – And in my head. Yeah. – And I was like: okay, I’m awake. I couldn’t stay in bed anymore. And I didn’t want to wake Dana, who was sleeping
next to me. And I didn’t want to wake anyone else in the
house. So I silently walked to the balcony that was
overlooking the Intracoastal in West Palm and in the distance you could see the Atlantic
Ocean and the sun was coming up, so I was sitting there really quietly. A minute later I heard my now mother-in-law
saying, “Everything okay? Everything okay?” So she came out. She started talking with me. And, yeah it was nice. Because of course they didn’t want you alone
out there. You know, you were the guest. – Yes. And they wanted to make sure that you were doing okay. – Thank you very much. And then my now father-in-law woke up. And he also came out and he said, “Okay, I’m
making coffee now.” – Yeah, but the thing is, you didn’t know at
this point that my dad wakes up at 5:45. So it was only, like, 10 minutes early. – Yes. He went and made coffee. And then 15 minutes later you were like – I
came out like what’s everybody doing? – okay fine everyone is awake, I’m awake now too. But I want to say one thing that no matter
where you had gone in the U.S. I think you would have had culture shock. But now he was in South Florida. It was the end of November but we were wearing
shorts and T-shirts and there were palm trees and Christmas music playing. So I think that was also a pretty shocking
place to visit as your first stop in the U.S., you know? – And I must say that since then, we have traveled a lot, we have been to a few places in the world, but I never experienced that much culture
shock as I experienced – As your first trip. the first trip to America with you. Interesting. That’s really interesting. It was your first big trip. – Yes. – Yeah. And also we didn’t go there as tourists. – No, yeah. I lived, I had lived there. I had a home there. So I was really showing you around the home. And, I don’t know, maybe this makes a difference
that with the U.S., you had grown up seeing movies that took place in the U.S. You had grown up seeing TV shows. And now you were actually in that place. – Yeah, maybe. – That might have been kind of surreal of, like, to me this was always a fantasy place that was in movies and TV shows and now I’m… it’s a real place. You know? – Yeah. Maybe. –
Maybe that played into it. – I don’t know. So yeah, that was overwhelming. And it basically describes my whole trip. One experience after another that was just
overwhelming. But amazing. Like… – And amazing. – Good, right? – Yes. – But overwhelming. Overwhelming. So our question for you is: Have you ever
been on a trip somewhere where most of the time at least you felt, yeah like that, that
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100 thoughts on “Surprising Culture Shock for a German in America

  1. I lived in the United States of America for two years. I believe the men there must find huge women attractive or at least it is fashionable for women to be obese there. The women there are fatter than the men. Many of them can barely walk. But I guess there, the culture must be fat women are beautiful. Their beaches look like an elephant seal colony because of the majority bulbous females that still insist in wearing a bikini. To each their own. I prefer athletic women. The fertility goddess look is something I rather find repugnant.

  2. I'm an American…. I went to Romania and hit culture shock just as I enter my sponsor family's home. Didn't know when greeting that you kiss on both cheek's but I was still graciously welcomed. Found out that I need to be quiet on public transportation. They don't serve Pizza with any type of tomato sauce and if you ask for ice for your drink was frowned upon. I had a wonderful time and know that If I mean to travel in the future I need to do some culture research before I go.

  3. I love how she is so bubbly and social and all over the place and him more quiet like so American versus European loveeee iiiiitttt 😍😍😍😍😍

    I'm from E Europe and I'm in love with everything American ❤️

  4. IMO, "luggage" refers to the suitcases and other pieces you put your stuff in, whereas baggage is all of the stuff you're traveling with, both the luggage and the contents of that luggage.

  5. I visited Finland a couple summers ago, but in all honesty, nothing really stuck out to me as “culture shock” (other than the language barrier, of course) though there was that one time during the road trip that I got carded in a Swedish grocery store while trying to buy mango flavored water… that was strange

  6. You can tell she’s used to being around non-native English speakers cuz she does that thing where you talk too loud and over enunciate all your words like you’re talking to a little kid 😂😂😂

  7. The one and only time I experienced a culture shock is when I went to India and was confronted with the utter poverty there.

    One can hardly speak about a culture shock when coming to Germany. Some things are different – so what? Why do the Americans have to exaggerate things all the time?

  8. America is sooo… plain. I'm not sure why you had culture shock unless it was mostly focused on size. Everything is bigger here 🙂

    On our many trips to Italy, I have never felt culture shock. In fact, I've felt more at home there than anywhere – as if I was born to it. Now I sort of feel like I missed something grand! Thanks for sharing. Very fun video!!!

  9. As a history buff, my first trip to Germany. How wonderful the German people are, how beautiful the land is and how good the food is in Germany. I expected the beer, but not the rest.

  10. Yes very over whelmed when I went to Rome. I need to get back loved Italy. I love traveling so much have a very happy life together.

  11. I went to my husbands home town in Mexico and everyone kept staring at me. I said something and he told me no American had ever been there. I was in awe of the food because it was so simple but delicious. Everyone took a siesta from 1 to 3, nothing was open. The center of town was exactly like you see in the old westerns with the gazebo in the center. Once a week they butcher a pig and it is only available that 1 day. The motel was all of 6 rooms but very well cared for. All the colors were bright and the whole town was very open. It was very quiet and relaxed. No one spoke English and were very patient when I spoke spanish, we all laughed about it but they genuinely appreciated me speaking their language. It was culture shock because it was so peaceful and the food was so good. Very simple fare. I remember it fondly to this day.

  12. Great video and cute couple. Him- very German. Her- very American. Good contrast! For me going to South India from Texas was about as big of culture shock anyone could ask for lol.

  13. Japan was like another planet for me. We lived on an air force base which was essentially America, but when we left the base, EVERYTHING was so different. Nobody spoke ANY English, public toilets were literally holes in the floor, OMG. It was great for the most part but so so weird. Another planet. Can't wait to go back though.

  14. i was in a place south of russia the clouds hed hard time climbing over the mountains january 19 degrees below 0 fahrenheit. i looked at the mountains in the distance and they would not stop going up unbelievably tall mountains

  15. That was my face for about the first 3-4 months of living in Tokyo. I moved there not knowing the language and very little of the culture (I taught English). It was an eye-opening experience, just like for Stefan. LOL

  16. Why culture shock? Friendly people, good french fries and hospitality are also in Germany. The only thing is to wear shorts on christmas, but that wont shock me

  17. I like hearing stories from that are from the perspective of looking from the outside in at the United States 🙂

  18. In the 80' I went to India 2 times, and I was especially in awe that all the temples there are still in use. (compared to Egypt for instance). And how big the gap was between rich and poor. At the most expensive hotel of Bombay there are slums built against the side walls in which people sleep hardly covered by some cardboard or corrugated (roof) sheets as walls. Having no water or electricity for many hours per day, no phone for more than 4 hours a day. People staring at me for being white (children even stroking my arm with a finger and then looking at that finger to see it didn't come off 😀 ) And also shocked that two people in love were not allowed to touch eachother in public. Yeah I had my culture shock back then. Oh and one more thing… the air… when I came of the plane, I thought there had been a sandstorm or something, the air was totally orangy-yellow and it smelled so bad. Polution galore in those times!

  19. i am Living in munich now, but i am from francfurt. in frankfurt they do have bikes since 40 years.
    i never was here in munich at the airport.

  20. Many years ago I've visited Titusville. It's at the Indian River near the Space Camp. As we've visited the Universial Studios in Orlando I was woundering how perfecly Americans can copy thing from real live into a "show". After some time a butterfly flought across our way and I've ask my brother: "Is it a real butterfly or is it a remote controlled butterfly"? Now I think it was real 🙂

  21. Believe I felt that way when I was in Germany for the first time, was overwhelmed with all the difference the first few weeks, and all the exciting new foods. Germany has plenty of French Fries, and so does neighboring France, they just don’t call them French Fries. Somethings you just have to make your self, Aldi is having German week again, so time to stock up on Pretzels again, and just made some Obatzda the weekend when we baked our last box of frozen Pretzels. Still no great source for Handkaesse, Landjäger, or Blutwurst. Guess our September 2018 trip to Munich could be called food and Museums. The in-laws did drive down from Hessen for a great day together.

  22. My culture shock was like yours but in reverse. I spent my whole life in California but when I joined the Army, my first duty station was in Germany. Boy oh boy was that a big culture shock to me. I even got stationed in a small town which everybody pretty much knew each other too.

  23. When I first got stationed in Japan me and my buddies went out in town to check things out and we only spoke a couple phrases in Japanese at that time. When we ordered food from a local restaurant and no one would look us in the eyes, they practically whispered to us, and the waiters would do a slight bow after leaving your table every time. At first I thought, oh man they hate us because were a different military stationed in their country so they don't even want to look at us or talk to us. Come to find out they find it rude to do so. I was being the rude one by not knowing this and looking at them in the eyes and talking loudly. They are one of the most respectful people of any country I have traveled to. You just have to quickly learn what is culturally normal wherever you go to avoid looking like a jackass.

  24. The more closer the culture is to your own, the bigger is the culture shock. I always have the biggest culture shocks when I visit Germany (as an Austrian). Probably because you expect things to be same, you never would do that visiting a more exotic country.

  25. I can SO relate to Stephan, it has been the same for me and my American ex-wife. Still love the country and the people so much.
    Always great to watch your videos, Dana. You are somehow a picture book example of an American, and I mean this in a very positive way. Open mind, open heart. Stephan is a lucky guy. 😊
    You are also always referring to things which seem to be little, but mean a big deal to ppl.

  26. I met an American girl (she's from Virginia) and in September I'm going to visit her. Also this is going to be my first big trip to another continent. So, I'm really excited (I'm Austrian, btw)

  27. In 1986 I met my German bride when I was stationed in Germany, after 4 years of service I lived there as a civilian for another 4 years and then we moved back to the Southwest part of the US where I am from, my wife does not want to return to Germany for some reason, I miss Germany but she does not.

  28. I'm from West Palm Beach, I visited several European countries including Germany. Beautiful scenery, the persons I met were very pleasant the only thing I had difficulty adjusting to was the temperature, I travelled in early May and it was a bit cold for me. Truth is I did not have warm enough clothes on.

  29. I went alone to the US in 1980, when I was 19 years old. I didn't run around with my eyes wide open and surprised, but was from then on taken aback by the freindliness I was always greeted with. I had bought a car in Buffalo, N.Y. and drove east to Boston, down to Washington and zig zagged my way across to L.A.
    On that trip I made friends with people, who are still my friends. We are in touch. If not on a weekly basis, then at least every month. I have learned a lot from them.
    Since then I have been to the US so many times now, that I have stopped counting, but the friendliness keeps amazing me.
    One of the funniest experiences I had – which much to my regret was before we all ran around with a smart phone that could record video clips – was on a trip to New York, Washington, Buffalo and Montreal, where I had brought my mother along.
    On Manhattan a traffic light was out of work, so a police officer was directing the traffic.
    It pas priceless. With pantomime mimics and gestures like Charlie Chaplin he was running the show, like explaning a woman driver:
    "Where do you think you are going?" No no no, you are all wrong. You will have to WAIT – and NOW you can go THAT way and that way ONLY."
    I am pretty sure everybody got through this traffic jam with a smile on their faces.

  30. I use both, baggage and luggage. But not as synonyms. Baggage = checked baggage and luggage = hand luggage. As I always travel without checked bags I use luggage way more often. I guess I differentiate in that way because I incorporated the terms used by airports and airlines. At least I think that's why. Be sure I will have a special eye on the terms used on my next travel.

  31. I noticed several people commenting about how Danna talks over Stefan, and some people even making some pretty nasty comments. But for as talkative as she is, Stefan doesn't seem to mind, and seemed to me to be just as involved in the video in his own way. The two of them actually seem to be on the same page, interact well, and it's as if they almost communicate the video together. I think the two of them together can tell a really great story. They seem to love each other and have a lot of fun together. And they've been together for several years. So it looks to me like they're a really great couple, and I thoroughly enjoyed the video.

  32. Sorry I have few expectations of other places because living near a poor & rich area has shown the good and bad of people & places plus my grandparents live on a farm w/ horses, cows, pigs & chickens. Most places I would like to go back to for more of the local flavor.

  33. I got stressed out watching this, trying to listen to him with you constantly interrupting, dominating him, talking over him, finishing his sentences. You actually make yourself look bad, you look like a disturbed character. You seem very overbearing and obnoxious and dominant so much so that I was getting short or breath watching this. Please try to work on this yourself or work with a therapist. I don’t know how he can handle it. I am sure it bothers the heck out of him but he is probably afraid of your reaction, since you seem to be very overbearing and dominant in personality. Its not right to make the other person feel in a one down position in a relationship and ride over and assume the dominant role, and have him go along to get along. It’s just not fair to him. I am sure you love him very much so show him the respect and dignity that he deserves.

  34. When I went up to Washington state, I was overwhelmed in a good way. It was so green and beautiful there!

  35. I actually experienced this culture shock when I went to Germany the first time lol. I had what you spoke about, I’ve read about it my whole life and it was surreal to me.

  36. My husband, from U.K. and Australia, had a bit of culture shock travelling to the U.S. only because he thought it would be the same as the U.K. and Australia, but there are lots of subtle differences. And he'd been to the U.S. twice before, which made me laugh. Having said that, I think that Americans who travel to Australia always have a little bit of culture shock. They have an impression of what they think Australia is going to be, but the actuality is way different, in a good way.

  37. Stefan is right about baggage and luggage. We 'Muricans are dumb, though, so we just plop the whole thing together in our heads. It's all bag stuff.

  38. Too bad she couldn't let him talk through anything but kept jumping in to correct/clarify/edit/etc. practically everything he said. After a while it got a little annoying. Sorry, but…

  39. Rome blew me away. What really shocked me was the size of the city walls more than anything else. I had never seen anything close to comparable to them. Having a serious interest in Roman history, knowing the battles fought on the walls and in the area…. I could just about feel the history of it all running through my veins. Not having walled cities in the US, to see such a large city wall as my very first one definitely highlighted a cultural difference. It was something we didn't carry over from Europe except during the earliest years of exploration/colonization, and I think mainly the Spanish did it.

  40. Atlanta is the Busiest airport in the US, and perhaps the world. The Frankfurt airport, at least from what little I have seen, looks like it is big, but I don't think it is as busy. But yeah, it can be a shock if you haven't seen that before. Airports tend to vary a LOT based on the market in the US. Some are so tiny it is incredible, and you don't even have one shop. Others are HUGE, and put big malls to shame.

    For those that don't know, Delta is supposed to be the biggest airline in the World, And Atlanta, Georgia, USA is one of the main hubs. It used to be their MAIN hub, until they bought NWA. Also, Atlanta is in a good spot to service the South East of the US. Their OTHER hub, Detroit, services the North MidWest of the US. Of course by HUB, I mean of like a giant wheel, and there is a spoke going between the two hubs, and to a lot of other places in the US from either hub. So Dana and Stephan probably flew to atlanta and from there flew to florida, to a FAR smaller airport, and drove to her old home.

    In the US, in much of europe, at least in the fast food places from the US, they DO have "Pommes Frites" I guess they want europeans to really know what they are, or perhaps they have a sense of humor……. You See, Pommes Frites is a FRENCH term and it means……………drum roll…….. FRIED POTATOES! But as I recall, they taste just like, and LOOK like, the american version! I BELIEVE I only tried wendy's, and burger king's, but Mcdonald's are probably the same also. You probably couldn't tell you were in a different country. They may even understand and use the term french fries! BTW I think they are basically plain like they are in the US, but make sure. On such things the europeans often like things that many americans DON'T! FOR EXAMPLE, I DON'T think they like ketchup on them. In the US, americans tend to LOVE ketchup on hotdogs, and frenchfries, for the most part, for example, but the Danes like Remulade, which is a mayonaise based condiment.

    Well, I am older, etc…. I guess I got over my shock at big things when I was a little kid and went on a trip with my father to where HIS parents were. He took me to a huge automat, and asked me to look around. And it was pretty large. He said the plane we would be flying in was bigger than that place, and it was HUGE! GRANTED, I haven't been on the latest BIG planes, but for the most part there are only THREE planes that can compete with it, on size, prior to 2001. It has two stories, and the one I was on had a spiral staircase, a regular piano, a lounge, etc…. Anyway, it was the 747. Wikipedia claims that, aside from some russian planes, the 747 was the largest passenger plane in service until April 2001. which is when it was supposedly beaten by the Airbus A340-600. So that would mean that the 747 currently DOES hold the record for the one filling that spot for the longest period of time,

    And Atlanta IS a big airport, but the first airport I was in was LAX, which is far from small, and I have been to Ohaire which is also big. And they are so massive, that you can't really appreciate their size past a certain point, until you go to two spots far away.

  41. I like this couple, but the woman needs to stop talking for her fiancee and let him talk for himself. She doesn't need to interpret everything he says. It's irritating.

  42. I was overwhelmed by the American friendliness when I visited the country the first time in 1986 but I wouldn't call it a culture shock. My wife is from Poland and I met a lot of friendly people in other countries before. As I 'm living in Vienna and the people here are not so nice all the time I appreciated the American behavior. Seeing your videos always reminds me this and Dana is a very sympathetic person and embassador of this country.

  43. I'm old… I lived in Berlin as an American kid, before the wall went up….west Berlin was all reconstructed of War damage … at I believe the Hilton you could see east Berlin around the Brandenburg gate and see the rubble still choking the streets…… I learned early  (7 yrs old)of the difference between capitalism and socialism

  44. If you are ever in america and it's black Friday steer clear of any large store you will get trampled and you will die if you go to department stores.

  45. A large airport? Time zones? Warm climate in a subtropical area? Certainly, you know Frankfurt has a large airport. And time zones are not part of cultural shock. And, Germans head south just like we do, visiting southern Italy, Sicily or Ibiza for example. Was hast du denn erfahren? I get jet lag, same word in German. It is normal. I am still waking up around 4 am after my return from Europe. For me, I am pleasantly surprised how Germans (and Europeans) pass left and co-operate without millions of stop signs and traffic lights. It keeps the traffic moving. In the meantime, we are human stop signs as pedestrians. Cars slow down or stop if necessary and let you cross at your normal speed in crosswalks. The ease of travelling on comfortable mass transit is something I love. OK. The amount of beer Germans consume, wow. The cleanliness and recycling on steroids in Germany and Italy. I could go on. I see culture shock as differences in how we act or what we expect. I too hate jet lag..but that is how we travel.

  46. Speaking a foreign language can trigger SOME Americans to call the police and for the police to slam someone on the ground because…well..suspicion of something I guess. (Happened in Avon, Ohio, a patient at the Cleveland Clinic who could not get a room downtown). In the meantime, Europeans could care less which language anyone speaks, switching to English often for an international community.

  47. My first big trip over seas was from SF to Toronto to London in 1990. After I arrived at my youth hostel and slept for 6 hrs cause of the time change and I awoke to a guy in the top bunk from Wales talking to me with an accent soo thick i could barely understand a thing he was saying. I spent 5 weeks in Europe and loved it. My favorite place was Interlaken, Switzerland.

  48. I haven't been to too many places outside the US, but when I have, I just can't wait to get back to the good ol' US because of the freedoms and rights we have that most other places don't. Don't ever take those for granted. Just ask Amanda Knox.

  49. Hate to bring in politics here, but the regional differences experienced by foreigners coming in as culture shock is exactly why we don't pick our presidents by a national popular vote.

  50. I went to the UK YEARS ago. A cousin took me to France, leaving on the ferry from Dover. I was walking around the deck. and started taking photos. My cousin came looking for me and asked what I was doing. I waved my hand and excitedly said "Its the white cliffs of Dover"!

  51. 1. Transatlantic flight.
    2. Time zones. (Going West, flying into morning.)
    3. Baggage vs. Luggage.
    4. Singing Customs man. (!)
    5. Friendly people.
    6. More French fries?
    7. Bicycle-borne Airport police officers.
    8. Early rising in-laws.
    9. "Tropical Winter."
    10. The "Wow!" of foreign travel.

  52. When I went to Korea that was real cultural shock for me. Don’t know the language, no one looks like me, I’m the minority now!

    Two things that stuck out they most. My bathroom in my hotel didn’t have a shower. It was a half bath with a shower nozzle and drain in the floor 😳.

    Second, they had a map at the airport. The map wasn’t split by the Pacific Ocean with the America’s and Europe in the center but instead split by the Atlantic Ocean.

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