Doomsdays throughout time
May 22nd, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Life goes on: Doomsday believers on the morning after

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) – Theirs had been an unwavering belief, the sort that inspired some to quit jobs, leave their homes and walk away from family and friends to issue a doomsday warning.

Without question, they believed May 21 would be the day that Jesus Christ would return and rapture them - and a select 2 to 3 percent of the world’s population - up to heaven.  Everyone left behind would be on a crash course to final destruction, scheduled for October 21.

But now it’s May 22.

The sun rose, birds are singing and life as we know it continues. Those anticipated earthquakes that the May 21 doomsdayers said would ravage the earth on Saturday at 6 p.m. in each of the world's time zones never came.

And the faithful believers - who said the Bible guaranteed this day - are still here, trying to make sense of it all.

“Of course there’s disappointment. There’s no getting around that,” said Tom Evans, who’d left his northern California home to spend the weekend with family and friends. “When you as a person believe that God is coming back, and you believe the evidence is very clear that he’s coming back, that is something every child of God longs for. In a moment, we’d be changed and spend eternity with God. I’m not ashamed of that at all. I’m not ashamed of wanting and hoping for it.”

But Evans did reveal some regret.

“For us to say it was absolute, I think that’s where we went wrong. That’s where we strayed, and that I would gladly apologize for,” he said. “Whether I personally have done something dishonorable, I’m still mulling it over. I was trying to be faithful.”

Evans spoke to CNN as an individual, not as a spokesperson for Family Radio, the Oakland, California, Christian broadcasting network behind the May 21 movement. 

But Evans has been a paid spokesman for the network, a job he said he expects to resume - at least in the short term - after he and Family Radio's board of directors meet with Harold Camping, the network's 89-year-old founder.

“I have not spoken to Mr. Camping about the issue of what to do next,” Evans said. “But he and his wife are fine, and our response will come in the early part of next week.”

Camping, a degreed engineer (not a pastor) who claims to have made the Bible his “university” for more than 50 years, has experience with failed prophecies. He once claimed the world would end in September 1994, later chalking that snafu up to biblical miscalculations and the need for further study. This time around, he said earlier this year, he had no doubts.

Calls to Camping's Alameda, California, home, went unanswered.

CNN reached out Sunday morning to about a dozen doomsday believers, to see how they felt after waking up. Only Evans and one other responded.

"I'm fine Jessica, really!" Darryl Keitt, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, who spent about seven months touring the country in a caravan of RVs, sharing the doomsday warning, wrote in a text message. "Just need 2 process this."

Those who’ve studied end-of-the-world movements are analyzing what happened, or didn’t happen, and forecasting what will come next.

“In the end, it was a whimper, not a bang,” said Lorenzo DiTommaso, author of the forthcoming book “The Architecture of Apocalypticism” and an associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. “The 21st of May came and went, and with it Harold Camping’s prediction of the coming of the Rapture and the day of doom.”

Based on past doomed doomsdays, much can be learned, said DiTommaso, who has studied apocalyptic worldviews for 12 years.

He shared what he meant in a written statement to CNN:

Historically, failed prophecies tend to result in disillusionment, with members deserting the group, or, more typically, a faith-saving (and face-saving) statement to the effect that while divine revelation remains infallible, human calculation is not. In short: The math was off, and it’s back to the drawing board. If the logic seems a bit self-serving, recall that in the apocalyptic mindset, faith precedes theory, and theory informs the evidence.

Not that any of this will preclude the appearance of future doomsday predictions. “Apocalypse,” Frank Kermode once observed, “can be disconfirmed without being discredited.” The massive 2012 phenomenon [based on the Mayan “Long Count” calendar] lurks just over the horizon. Even if the media and the public are over-saturated right now, the 2012 event promises to be as big as Y2K. After that, when the predicted events of the 21st of December 2012 fail to occur, a new generation of end-time prophecies will spring up. And that’s about the only sure prediction that one can make.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture wars • End times

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  1. W

    right above links to 5 moments that changed the world, from history.com the last article says about the space station, the said that the space station is millions of miles from earth????? Such liars....It is 350 miles in the lower level of the atmosphere, what a plunder. they need to stop filling our heads with such miss information, it is not millions, the space shuttle doesn't have enough fuel to even go half of that ....come on History channel.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  2. Heaven

    It goes to show the bible stands true once again. No one knows, that is the bottom line. We are human beings and some try to be GOD. They will answer in the end for their deceptions. We all must die but whether you believe in heaven or not is up to each individual on this Earth, you have a right to choose and no one should criticize the other at all. For those who quit their jobs, their are alot of college students graduated that need to fill their positions. Camping is an example of another individual who has become rich and extorted money from the weak. When Camping leaves this world like the rest of us, you can't take nothing with you. I agree with Robin...If you are smart, FLEE FROM HIM...

    May 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  3. Kira


    I think it's far more weak-minded to believe that there ISN'T something bigger, wiser, or more important that humans. I believe in God. I believe that he has a plan for mankind and there is a purpose for our existance. To believe that you, as a human, are as smart/wise/etc. as it gets is pretty arrogant. If you choose not to believe in a higher power, that's your choice. But it's incredibly pathetic, narcisistic, and snarky of YOU to claim that all people who attribute their very existance to a plan of a wiser being are somehow weak.

    What I DON'T do is accept, without question, the fallible human interpretations of God. Harold Camping claims to have made the Bible his "university", and yet he persistanly and arrogantly ignores the section everyone keeps pointing out- that the Bible teaches that nobody besides God Himself knows the day of His return. It is not a mathmatical calculation.

    I think a good way to go is to ask yourself, "What if I'm wrong"? If I'm wrong and atheists are right, well then my beliefs certainly haven't hurt me. My beliefs have taught me to be honest, kind, respectful, and charitable. My beliefs have taught me to make strong moral choices and to stand up for what is right, even if it's unpopular. My beliefs have taught me to forgive and seek forgiveness from others. In summary, my beliefs have taught me to be a good person. You may very well have learned all these lessons somewhere else and be a great person (I have atheist friends who are wonderful). But for me, I attribute the kind of person I am to my faith.

    So, what if YOU are wrong?? Think about it.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • john

      Ah Kira,
      If only most believers were like yourself but alas, to many, their religion is the source of small mindedness and intolerance.

      May 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  4. slupdawg

    Really too bad that it wasn't the end of the world and billions of people didn't die. Also too bad that poor guy didn't get a chance to meet his hero and get his autograph. "Best Wishes! J"

    May 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  5. eli

    Thor promised to rid the world of Ice giants. Jesus promised to rid the world of evil. idont see any ice giants.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Jim

      Jesus never promised to rid the world of evil.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      I know that there are a lot of people genetically predisposed to believing in religious dogma. It's a shame, but that's the way it is. Now we have the news media eyeballing all these poor people and assigning credibility to their delusions. Fine, I get it, stupid news sells laundry detergent and Viagra to the market that makes the news.

      Mental constructs are mystical to most people. That you make your own good fortune and it's not determined by your love of a God is a concept unacceptable to most. To move along the timeline of your life without the confidence that there is some greater cosmological oversight is scary in the minimum and downright untenable at worst. To acknowledge the scientific evidence that we are just dead when we die is to be courageous beyond the norm.

      I won't claim that I have any answers beyond what I have interpreted from science, vetted by the scientific method and scrutinized by the process of peer review. But it certainly has more credibility simply by the honed and established tests of established scientific inquiry than the subjective interpretation of a book written without the benefits of such.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Science Prevails

    A fool and his money are soon parted! Guess these people just learned that the hard way. But I'm sure Camping was glad for their money and their labor of free advertisement for his radio stations.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  7. ticket to paradise

    Maybe the Rapture actually did come yesterday, and no one made it to heaven. Or we all did, and this is it?

    May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • aliashw

      There are reports the rapture thingy happened right on schedule .... just no one qualified for the fly to heaven part.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  8. BK

    If I had wished for the brutal death of 98% of the world's population, I wouldn't be able to say "I'm not ashamed".

    May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Sterling

      Funny how nobody is talking about this... Not only would these people have left 98% of others, some family,
      and friends to first die a horrific death on earth and afterwards burn in a lake of fire for the rest of eternity.
      I guess that now that they are clearly wrong they can wish for the return of Adolf Hitler... That would be
      merciful in comparison!

      May 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Jake

      This is porbably the most astonishing thing for me.

      They were SAD that billions of people, including their family, weren't actually going to die. At first stupidity, but then actual selfishness and cruelness. Probably the reason they weren't saved was because they hoped this terrible outcome would come true, making them unworthy!

      May 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  9. DLD

    I true follower and believer of God and the Bible would have read Zech.14:7, Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32, and Acts 1:7 and knew that the world was not ending. This man and his follower are crazy and stirred up a lot of foolishness!

    May 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  10. Ho

    Oh, we do need religion. It keeps the ones that want to be lead around by the nose hairs in check. Can you imagine what the world would be like if they were free thinkers?

    Apocalypse: Immanent end, take your best guess, yes; your life's end (death). We all will experiance apocalypse each and everyone of us. We'll not know the time or hour or minute. Death is like before you were born; you'll not know a thing about it. Your world will come to an end.

    Rapture: Lofty emotion, kind of like an orgasm. but no ways similar. If you have an imagination worthy of "exceptional", and most of you do. This will be the feeling of absolute-total relaxation of no worries or concerns of anything. This is what you will experience just as you die. It's the revelation (realization of) that living or life took a lot of sweat, turmoil, and hard work.

    Revelation: is when you realize for the first time, we are all a world of our own (our life is our world) and when each of us die, we WILL go through an apocalypse our own. Our little (personal) world will cease (be distroyed or end if you will). Some of us will enjoy a very speedee apocalypse and some will have to endure very long and painful apocalypse.

    This is why you cannot tie this event to our mother-earth and all will suffer together, it is tied to our personal selves.

    MAYAN CALENDAR: My opinion, the guy with the hammer and chisel died before he could get any further with the project and nobody else knew how to continue his carvings, that is the date he ended with.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Bjurg

      To the mush calendar comment: the Myanmar calendar is not ending. It just means long count 12 I think it is, is done and we are moving onto the next long count. Think of it like the mileage on your car. As one digit reaches 0, the digit to the left of it increases by one.

      May 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  11. Christer

    Absolute morons

    May 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  12. Caliconor

    The Bible is written by man, not God. Man interprets and perceives things in all kinds of different ways.

    You can't disprove an immaterial force like God or spirit with material ways like evidence, tools, human theory (brain), etc etc. So, why would anyone expect it to go in reverse? Do you really expect an immaterial force to create some sort of physical effect on humanity? No. Anyone who even believed this rapture was going to happen is a lunatic and needs to come back down to earth.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • wired

      snore.... one born every minute. Grow up for christ sake.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Kathy

      All I know is I heard people were giving away money, cars, etc. Since a fool and his money soon part, guess I should have gotten to know a few. This is what happens when men write a book and give the Creator human characteristics. They think they know what He/She will do. If all is from God, why would God destroy most of itself? Stupid people.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  13. Steve

    Mr. Camping is 89? And as he has grown older he has become more and more obsessed with everything "ending?" – has anyone looked at the very real possibility this old man suffers from old age dementia? schizophrenia and delusional disorder which many very old people develop?....obviously he is in a fantasy world, and has lost the ability to distinguish between reality and his own personal paranoid fantasies (based on his "faith"). Somebody please get Mr. Camping off of the radio and out of the pulpit and have him go into retirement. He needs rest, probably medication. Family Radio: You are NO prophets, you have NO supernatural "magic" powers from God, and you have NO ability to predict anything in the future no matter how much you study the Bible and you are NOT God's chosen...sorry, it's just plain old life and you're going to have to suck it up and live it like the rest of us. How dumb you all are, get real...why don't you feed the poor, provide books for schools with no budget, get the homeless shelter, instead you have some senile old fart making predictions and you're all running away to hide in caves because it's the end?....you're Christians? You're totally selfish and self-centered. You remind me of the Beatles song "Nowhere Man"....sitting in your nowhere land, making all your nowhere plans for nobody. You are not God and I don't think when he does come back, he is going to be very happy with you....you are spreading FALSE prophecies to the entire world and you have made your "faith" in Jesus a laughing stock.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  14. Robin

    The Bible clearly states no one knows the date nor the hour in which Jesus Christ will return... no one means no one.....and anyone who claims to know the time frame is a false prophet. Flee from him !!!

    May 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Shane

      I agree, I always found it odd that someone said that they knew when it was going to happen even though the Bible states otherwise.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • TrueBlue42

      "The Bible clearly states..." is a toothless statement, given the inarguable fact that the "bible" is a human construct, not the word of some "god". I hope, Robin, that you'll free yourself from christian mental bondage and the resultant humiliation from it.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • aliashw

      That is one of the little catches of the collection of tribal history and stories, it never really says anything while can be interpreted to say whatever a person wants it to.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Ivan

      Robin, you are the only one who has got it right so far! Sadly this fiasco has only fuelled the fires of unbelief, and may be responsible for the loss of many souls, as people mock and perhaps even lose faith in things Biblical. The Bible was written by men, inspired of God, is infallible, since it reveals the mind of God, and provides us with the road map back to God from our lost estate. Salvation is of the Lord. Religion is man's invention, enslaving the millions with man's ideas – and only leads to suffering and war. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." JOHN 3:16

      May 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Scott

      The bible also clearly states:
      When the LORD your God delivers it[city] into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies.
      –Deuteronomy 20:13

      However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them
      –Deuteronomy 20:16

      "For I have done your bidding, I have slain myne enemies in your name. I have put women and children to death in your honor; I have caused great pain among them, for your glory"
      –Psalms 5:4-10

      "The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked."
      –(Psalms 58:10)

      May 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  15. W

    Will they ever realize that all the bible stories were inspired while the writers were eating MUSHROOMS>>>? the mushroom cult prior to the new testament.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  16. Efi

    Only an idiot or someone totally desperate would follow this "pastor." No one should even consider buying a used car from him. Also, the notion of God "coming back" is totally idiotic. If there is a God, he is always here and everywhere. He doesn't need to land at JFK airport to be here.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  17. Rob

    That Camping guy is a criminal con artist, a parasite... He should be sent to jail if only for the psychological abuse some kids suffered because of him.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • taraterm2

      My husband and I have been watching him for years now, watching him get older and older and looking more and more like a mean little raison. He talks and talks but never really gets close to ever discussing real issues or extending any real comfort. He is a charlaton of the first degree and I would LOVE to see this old guy ONCE ladling soup in a homeless kitchen or driving a van full of mentally disabled people to a mall or couseling pregnant teens But he NEVER does anything useful with his beliefs...just jabbers on.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • twiddly

      I would love to see someone sue him for fraud.
      A class action suit perhaps?

      Camping, like Glenn Beck, feels enormous self-importance and thinks that god talks to him and he is so special.
      They are both delusional and dangerous morons.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • JOregon

      He has never said God talks to him. His claim is God talks through the bible. God gives us the eyes and ears to understand what the bible says. He rejects all those signs and wonders teachings of God talking to people.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Scott

      @ JOregon: “He rejects all those signs and wonders teachings of God talking to people” Yes and we see how much closer to the truth that has gotten him

      May 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  18. AmyLynn

    Harold Camping is NOT A CHRISTIAN!

    No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations.

    His followers are the worst, they trust “HAROLD CAMPING INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE...NOT THE BIBLE!

    Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher




    May 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Savana

      I hate what the guy did too, but coming from a pretty much third-party Atheist spectator, you're talking like an idiot. Harold Camping has 50 plus years of Bible study under his belt. He simply suffers from the fatal flaw that all believers suffer from, the idea that they will see the end in their lifetime. I can't prove that the end will never come, and I'm not trying to, but to think that you should await it for your own lifetime is useless. Ages have passed by without such happening; you should just live your lives as normal to prevent the heartbreak that is being further separated from the idea of God returning.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Caliconor

      He didn't take anything from anyone. If someone is stupid enough to give him money, they deserve to lose it to him.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • JOregon

      He didn't take anything. He sincerely believed in what he teaches – just as your link says.
      This was not Oral Roberts telling his flock Jesus was going to take him if he didn't get $8Mil. Camping used every penny for the ministry, none went to his pocket.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Savana

      Most of his IRS tax returns are the result of charitable donation. The rest is his radio program, following, etc. He scammed people out of their money without a doubt. Are they stupid? Yes. But is he also a fraud. Yes as well.

      May 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Scott

      @ JOregon: He owns the ministry, he doesn’t have to take anything. It’s all his

      May 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  19. Riley

    I get a perverse sense of happiness when I imagine asking them this question: Now that you have experienced something not being true that you were 100% was true based on what you believed to be evidence and all the emotional proof that came from communion with God about the rapture, isn't it possible that your belief in God, which your rely on the same type of evidence for its proof, is also not justified?

    Every religion is filled with people who have deep emotional experiences when they pray, commune with God, perform religious acts, etc, that are entirely convincing to them that they are right. Yet, they can't all be right, can they? Yet, each points to the same proof (their experiences and emotional communion with God) as their proof.

    It is depressing that humans are so prone to relying on the emotions they feel when they participate in their religion as internal proof that their religion is right. If only more humans were objective about how unreliable our own emotions are as a guide to what is true, we would be better off.

    Religion is attractive to the majority of humans, sadly. It is for those who are too weak to accept the reality that: (1) there isn't a being who will make sure, in the end, justice is served to those who cause harm and suffering to other humans, (2) there is a powerful being who will take care of us, (3) our lives have a purpose beyond us, (4) we are alone. These harsh realities are too much for most people to accept. Believing in God is much more pleasant, and we humans are predisposed to experience emotions that feel like proof when we think of things like a higher cause, morality, justice, etc.

    The odd thing is, once you accept those harsh realities, you realize they aren't that bad. It just is. It is like accepting the fact that if you get in a car accident you could be permanently disabled. That is depressing and it would much more pleasant to believe there is a powerful being that would fix us. But, observing that this is not the case forces us to accept the harsh reality. Once we do, it is OK. It doesn't ruin our lives.

    It is time to wake up to reality.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Fred

      Amen to that, Riley. In the end, it seems most people choose to believe because it provides them a measure of peace and a sense of security. Too many are ill equiped to deal with the harshness of our own mortalities.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Augustus

      @Riley You have just described your "reality" without opening yourself to possibility that God exists. You’re not different than the people who were preaching the 21 May judgment day, you only believe in different thing. That does not make you better or smarter...

      May 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • RileyJr.

      It's also equally depressing, if not more how one who does not believe in any God spends countless hours preaching to believers. You spend so much time and energy on something you yourself don't believe in, so why bother? To help and enlighten others? to show them true happiness? Atheism is a religion. Go outside, open your eyes, ears and heart, and it will be crystal clear that we are not the product of apes.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Jim

      It funny how non believers refer to believers as "weak of mind" or "can't handle reality". Why should they care? Faith is believing in what is not seen. Some people have it, most don't. I don't see the pope as weak minded, or George W for that matter. Joan of Arc – a weakling? hardly. Thomas Beckett? I doubt it. Martin Luther – a loser? No way. What is faith? It's like believing in magic – just like it was when I was a child. Now, I'm only a man (PF).

      May 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Scott

      @ RileyJr.Use your eyes, ears and heart to learn what evolution actually says and it will be crystal clear to you that they don’t believe your descended from apes either.

      May 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  20. bp

    I often thought people were not stupid enough to actually beleieve this sort of nonsense. Then I met someone who believed that godzilla was actually real and I realized there are a lot of morons on the planet who are gullible enough to believe anything and everything. Please please please pay attention in school people.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Dave

      It's pretty easy to become cynical about the intelligence of humans. Supposedly 30% of Americans believe in ghosts according to a recent survey.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Cristian

      Just because science hasn't explained something yet doesn't make it a false claim. Remember, there was a time when science stated that flies don't breed to multiply, they instead appear spontaneously in the presence of dung heaps.

      Is something false because it currently appears ridiculous to our limited minds? The mere idea of flight was ridiculed and even punished by society and its scientists before it became true...

      Never forget how limited we actually are, and how far we still are from a lot of knowledge.

      I believe that for your example, the scientific answer is "we don't know if ghosts are real or not".

      May 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Dave

      Cristian, I didn't actually say ghosts don't exist, although I'm pretty darn certain they don't. I said that 30% of Americans DO believe that ghosts exist with out the slightest bit of evidence to support it. Just like a lot of them believe in the healing powers of copper bracelets and magnetic mattresses. Believing in something because there is not currently evidence to refute it is just utter ignorance.

      May 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Cristian

      The term "ignorance" as used here needs more qualification.
      Since we don't know if something is true or not, we may choose to believe it's true or false. Either choice is ignorant, really, and, lacking proof in either direction, equally valid.
      I'm not advocating the existence of ghosts, but rather the fact that it's much easier for us to close our minds to anything outside of our "known world" and simply deny its existence. That is a dangerous position to be in.

      May 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Jake

      @Dave, I would have to agree with Christian here. It's an ignorant statement to say, "I'm pretty sure they don't exist though." You don't know. It hasn't been proven. Now I don't particularly believe, and I hate the ghost shows, but from a logical standpoint Chris has a point.

      Instead of calling myself an Atheist, I prefer agnostic. Do I think there was a good? No. Could our universe and/or planet have been created by more intelligent beings. Possibly. I don't know. We are limited in our knowledge of humans. Being sure of the unknown and providing our own explanations that disregard possibility of potential has limited humans, as the example of people rejecting flight shows. We need to look open minded at what's possible, without pretending we're sure about that which we do not have evidence. Religion could make sense, but for people to mindlessly follow it without evidence of good and only the record of fallible humans is, well, illogical.

      May 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
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