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    35 Things You Probably Never Thought Of, But Will Make A Huge Difference This Summer

    Temperature-regulating blankets, corn peelers, draft blockers, and more.

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    1. A chafing relief powder gel because enjoying the breeze for a few hours in a pair of shorts or a skirt shouldn't result in a days-long angry red rash.

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    Promising review: "Girls with chub rub, look no further. Those cute shorts? Wear 'em. That cute dress? Put that ish on. I wore this with my bikini in Florida for three days, only reapplied one to two times a day and had minimal chaffing (mostly due to sand, which can’t be helped, sadly). But it wasn’t bad, nor did it cause me any real pain like chaffing normally does. I plan on getting this when I go to California in June to get the same use! Love love love! PS: I have suuuuuper sensitive skin and had no breakouts or suspect rashes using this." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available in packs of one or four).

    2. An adjustable cap with a magnetic closure meant to work *with* instead of *against* your ponytails and buns. This way, you don't have to spend 10 minutes adjusting buckles or straps and trying not to pull out any hair in the process.

    Ponyback

    Ponyback is a small brand from Stacey Keller. When she couldn't find a hat that worked well with all hairstyles, she set out to make her own. FYI: Her hats are currently on preorder but are expected to ship around mid June.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how perfect this hat is — I wear my long curly hair up 90% of the time and this works for ponytails, messy buns, braids, or any combo. It's SO comfy I don't even realize I am wearing it until my kids say to me 'no hats at the table' haha. This hat will be my summer lifesaver." —Nancy K.

    Get it from Ponyback for $49.99 (available in four colors; available in sizes XS/S–L/XL and in four colors).

    3. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals that'll help your plants (both indoor and outdoor!) survive heat waves, droughts, and downpours whether they're caused by nature or your inability to keep track of their watering schedule.

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    Mix the crystals in with your regular potting soil and they'll absorb water and release it when your plant is thirsty.

    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.72+ (available in packs of one or two).

    4. A Green Chef subscription so you don't have to leave the comfort of your A/C for groceries. The company works with farmers to source sustainable, certified organic ingredients that make it simple for you to eat balanced meals. Whether you prefer keto- and paleo-friendly dishes or vegan and vegetarian meals, you have plenty of options.

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    Each box comes with easy-to-follow recipes and all ingredients are color-coded so you know exactly what you're looking for. Every week, you have nine meals to choose from (based on your meal plan be it Balanced Living, Keto + Paleo, or Plant-Powered). Recent menu items have included Japanese vegetable fritters with ginger-sriracha aioli, broccoli, edamame, and rice as well as Italian caprese burgers with a side kale caesar salad.

    Get it from Green Chef for $11.99+/per serving.

    5. A sun visor clip where you can stow your shades so you don't get into an accident as you pull out of Wendy's with a Frosty in hand and the blinding sun overhead.

    Reviewer's photo of their glasses and sunglasses attached to their sun visor
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this sunglasses holder. It stays securely on the visor and I can put and take my sunglasses on and off from it with one hand. It's much better than the last one I purchased off of Amazon. That one got so loose that it wouldn't stay on the visor anymore. I don't think I'll have that problem with this one. The visor is still usable with the sunglass holder on it and the sunglasses are within perfect reaching distance to take off even while driving with one hand. And the clips hold my sunglasses tightly. Best purchase ever!" —Tara S.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A temperature-regulating 100% cotton blanket because you simply *cannot* sleep if you're exposed to the elements (read: monsters and shadowy figures), but will also sweat up a storm with your regular ol' comforter.

    a grey throw and white throw on a bed
    Mulin Comfort

    Muslin Comfort is a woman-owned business based in California.

    Promising review: "I love this blanket. Gauze blankets are hard to find and this one is the perfect weight for spring and summer. Good quality and I got the queen size for my king size bed because I don’t want it trailing on the floor. Fits the bed frame perfectly. Love ❤️" —Melanie R.

    Get it from Muslin Comfort for $169.99+ (available in oversized twin–oversized King and in three colors).

    7. A three-in-one stainless-steel bottle cooler that'll keep your Reisling niceeee and chilly because apparently, it's a "faux pas" (read those as air quotes, plz) to add ice to your wine.

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    You'll get the metal rod to put in your bottle (with an attached aerator), as well as a corkscrew and stopper.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It keeps wine cold for a long time and makes it easy to pour!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. A pressure-activated cooling pad so your pupper can safely join you outside on particularly balmy evenings. It requires no refrigeration whatsoever and it'll keep them 5 to10 degrees cooler!

    Reviewer's photo of their dog laying on top of a red mat
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don't think their nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it from Amazon for $37.97+ (available in five colors).

    9. A two-pack of draft blockers because *your* name is on the utility bill and you'll be damned if you pay even a penny for any cool air that Houdinis its way out of the house.

    a white draft-blocker on the bottom of a door
    Amazon

    Plus, it'll help muffle outside noises — something particularly helpful if you live in an apartment building or with noisy roommates.

    Promising review: "I’ll admit I was skeptical of these at first but after applying them to four of our doors we are thrilled! We live in an older home that is in no way energy efficient ;-) we got these to help keep the hot summer heat out of the house. We have only had them for a short time but they look so good! They actually upgrade the doors a bit ;-) the application went well and it is a firm hold. The flooring in our house meets the door almost so there’s not much room for movement and these stay put firmly when opening and closing the door. I have no doubt that they will stay on for a long time. Will probably buy another pack for the doors leading to our garage." —AHA

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.35+ (available in five colors).

    10. A pack of coconut water powder you can easily take with you on camping (or glamping 💅) trips. Just add some H20 and you'll get a nice lil' jolt of essential electrolytes.

    The bag of coconut water powder
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    Promising review: "I was surprised really tastes like pure coconut water once you mix the powder. I’ve also used it to make smoothies that adds a boost of deliciousness." —Lisa R.

    Get it from Laird Superfood or Amazon for $14.95 (available in five flavors).

    11. A melting gel face cleanser ready to massage away past-its-prime makeup and sweat after a day spent outside.

    No7

    Promising review: "Love it. It's easy and takes all my makeup off. My face feels so clean and not dry." —Nesserrose

    Get it from No7 for $7.99.

    12. A set of ~wine sticks~ so mama (you) never has to stray too far from baby (your glass of rosé).

    The wine sticks holding glasses and a wine bottle above the ground
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These stakes are well-constructed and heavier than I expected. I tried the holders on a variety of bottles and wine glasses with great results. They are plenty long enough to hold the wine bottle and the glasses securely. " —Patrick W.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.59.

    13. A pair of Sanuk flip flops with a cushy "yoga mat" sole that proves extremely comfortable and nearly indestructible. Just take it from the below reviewer who wore their last pair for seven whole years!!

    Reviewer's photo of two pairs of black flip flops side-by-side labeled "7 year old flip flops and their twin replacements"
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are my favorite. As a Southern Californian, I wear flip-flops year-round. The last pair of Sanuk yoga mat flip flops I bought lasted through almost three years of constant wear (they were basically the only shoes I wore for three years, so I'm serious when I say constant). They're comfortable enough to wear for a day at Disneyland, even with arthritic joints." —beth

    Get them from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and in 12 colors).

    14. A DHC makeup primer you can apply before foundation or wear alone to absorb two of summer's most wicked characters: excess oil and sweat.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I could go on and on about this magic face sauce, but instead I’m just gonna lead with the pictures from my random sweat test experiment and tell you what you’re seeing. I think it did a GREAT job of soaking up the oil on my nose and forehead, much better than any pressed or loose mattifying powders I use. The (picture on the right) is after I danced Lindy Hop, Shag, AND Balboa (all fairly rigorous dance lexicons in the swing dance family) for three hours in a hot crowded bar that had to be at least 90 degrees inside. According to my Fakebit, I did 20 thousand steps that night so I REALLY put this stuff to the hardest test I could manufacture! It’s lasted for forever, as well, so I definitely think it’s a good deal for the price. It’s small, but you don’t need a lot!" —Queenofthehouse

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    15. A set of oil-blotting charcoal sheets that will clean up your T-zone so well, you won't have to spend one more second feeling like a grease-slicked duckling on a Dawn dish soap commercial.

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    Promising review: "I have lived with oily skin my whole life and, when spring and summer arrive, my face is even more oily. These blotting sheets are much better than the ones you get at the drugstore, and I only need to use one sheet for my entire face (as opposed to the two sheets I need to use with other brands)." —Boa C.

    Get a set of 200 from Amazon for $11.95.

    16. A pineapple corer so you can easily dice up your own fruit at home and stop spending $6 on the itty bitty pre-cut containers that have been sitting on the supermarket shelf for who knows how long.

    Reviewer's photo of the stainless-steel corer next to an empty pineapple with slices next to it
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have seen pineapple corers advertised before but never bought one. I figured that it would be difficult to use — WRONG! This corer worked exactly as advertised! It took very little effort to twist the blade down through the pineapple and was super easy to remove the fruit. If you love fresh pineapple but hate cutting them up, this is the gadget for you!" —Mockingbird50

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    17. A cooling weighted blanket because summer may assuage your SAD (seasonal affective disorder) symptoms, but your anxiety could care less about the sun.

    The weighted blanket spread out on a king-sized bed
    Amazon

    Pro tip: For the most therapeutic effect (increased melatonin, decreased cortisol, and less stress/anxiety), go for a blanket that is roughly 10% of your body weight. It doesn't hurt to go heavier, but it does take some time to get used to, so give it a few days!

    Promising review: "I’ve always had trouble sleeping ever since I can remember. I move around a lot, twist and turn, and take sometimes HOURS to fall asleep — even then my sleep tended to be very poor. I would find that putting multiple blankets or pillows would help, because of the weight, so I decided to give this product a try. Ever since I started to use this blanket, I’ve had a lot less trouble falling asleep and STAYING asleep until I need to wake up for work. This definitely helps with anxiety and insomnia issues; I guess it makes me feel secure/safer. It’s definitely worth it!" —Natali Galindo

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).

    18. A hands-free dog leash so you can keep your mitts free for the important stuff: carrying your cold brew and steadying your phone so you can record all the cute things your pup does on you walk.

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    Promising review: "I try and get out to run with my husky, but she PULLS so much it ends up hurting my upper back. I saw this online and figured it was worth testing out, and to my surprise it is amazing! Now my hands can be free and we run, and the bungee in the leash allows some pull without strangling my dog. The handles are strong and sturdy when I need to reel her in, too. Love this leash, plus it makes me look like I am running faster." —Kayla S

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    19. A bottle of Tend Skin solution if you're prone to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, or even redness after waxing. Just slather on a thin layer of this after your hair removal sesh and your sensitive skin will seriously thank you.

    Reviewer's before-and-after photo of their armpit with razor bumps and then with no razor bumps
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    20. A cooling towel you can use while hiking, fishing, tanning — you name it. Soak it in some cold water, wring it out, and toss it around your neck so you *don't* end up looking like a freshly boiled lobster.

    The blue cooling towel
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I use this towel for pretty much everything now! It has kept me cool during my gym workouts, and makes all my hikes and camping trips much more enjoyable since I’m not burning up in the sun. I wish I could rate this product even higher because of how amazing it is." —Mike Grady

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in four colors).

    21. A bug bite suction tool because it's this or scratching at it until it bleeds and that is not the way, my friends. Don't let the lil' suckers get in the way of your backyard BBQs — you've waited three seasons for this!

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    The Bug Bite Thing (of Shark Tank fame) works on bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, and more. Basically, the gadget sucks out insect venom and saliva — two things that lead to itchiness and irritation. With that out, your skin should stop swelling and be back to normal in no time!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.95.

    22. A corn peeler so you can meal prep five pounds of Chipotle corn salsa. The copycat recipes are out there and they're good, people!!

    Hand peeling corn with the peeler
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have previously only used a knife to remove corn from a cob and I always feel like I leave too much on. With the corn prep peeler it was extremely easy to get all the corn. The head is curved so it aligns with the cob and the downward motion had very little resistance, making removal effortless." —Kelly Morriss

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. A wildly popular hair serum with aloe and argan oil which work together like a dynamic superhero duo to hydrate dry, brittle hair and leave it nice and shiny like you're one of the Jennifers on a hair commercial. (You pick if you wanna be Aniston, Lopez, or Garner.)

    Reviewer's photo of their hair frizzy, and then smooth and shinier after using the serum
    amazon.com

    If summer humidity takes a toll on your coif, this is the solution! Just work two to three drops of the serum through your hair when styling. Reviewers say it works well on all hair types from fine, straight hair to curly 4c hair.

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads-up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    24. A set of extra-large ice cube trays so even plain old glasses of tap water will feel like a fancy $15 cocktail.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    You'll get two trays: one to make large cubes and one to make large spheres.

    Promising review: "I made a BBQ station and had a fridge installed for my drinks outside. I wanted something fun and unique for my ice cubes. These silicone molds are amazing. The cube ones are really large and easy to remove. The spheres are perfect for stronger drinks. Removing the ice cubes is simple. You can just push them out or add a bit of water to the underside and they slip out." —Adrian Ortiz

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. A portable fan that'll come in handy during hammock hangs or that last five minutes before you need to get out the door and your makeup is already melting off.

    Reviewer's photo of the fan hung in their tent
    amazon.com

    It comes with a hook and an LED light so you can hang it in your tent! It has three wind speeds and two levels of light brightness.

    Promising review: "Bought this not expecting too much, but was so pleasantly surprised. Needed this for a desert camping trip. I wouldn't have slept near as comfortable without it. Fan ran the entire night and held its charge each night of the entire trip. I did plug it in to recharge a few times but it never failed when I needed it. One day I ran it almost all afternoon and night and the battery charge never ran out. It's now become my favorite camping and backpacking fan. Yes, I have packed it on one overnight backpacking trip, its lightweight and was worth it!!" —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    26. A set of (frozen) vegan "hot dogs" so whether you're vegetarian or soy-free or gluten-free, you can attend summer parties and eat a real meal instead of being relegated to the veggie platter.

    Hand holding a package of the vegan hot dogs
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    Yeah Dawg is a small business in New York that specializes in vegan hot dogs, as well as bratwurst and bacon. Marina Benedetto (owner and chef) was inspired to reinvent the American classic after working at a homeless youth shelter as a chef and counselor, where they helped kids learn to eat healthier meals by giving their fast food favorites a healthy twist. They're super fresh, gluten- and soy-free, and taste just like hot dogs!

    Get a pack of eight from Yeah Dawg for $24.

    27. A moisturizing, sweat-resistant SPF 30 sunscreen sure to shield your skin from sun damage and prevent hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Plus, it won't leave you looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost right as you're gearing up to spend more time outdoors.

    Hands using the sunscreen
    Target

    Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman-owned business whose sunscreen is designed not to leave a white cast on melanated skin. It's ultra sheer, water-resistant, and super nourishing thanks to its all-natural ingredients. Plus, it's cruelty-free! They also make sunscreen for kids with SPF 50.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried many, many sunscreens that claim to blend and not leave a white cast when applied. This was so much better than I expected. A nickel-size amount goes a long way and blends into a smooth, dewy finish. I also didn’t notice a scent so there was no worries of walking around smelling like sunscreen." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $14.99 or from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

    28. An easy-to-use paw cleaner because your ideal summer doesn't involve mopping and re-mopping your floors every day and no matter how nicely you ask him, Sparky *will not* stop playing in that mud puddle he discovered out back.

    Reviewer's photos of their dog's dirty paw going into the bucket and emerging clean
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Honestly so happy I bought this. My husband would get frustrated trying to clean the dogs' paws off when the yard gets muddy and I would end up cleaning mud off of our furniture. This is so much easier and even our finicky dogs allow us to use it with virtually no struggle. Easy to empty and refill, feels sturdy." —Jessica A Suggs

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three sizes and four colors).

    29. A cherry pitter so you can make your very own Shirley Temples (virgin or otherwise) alllll summer long!

    The red handheld cherry pitter
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I pitted about 5 pounds of cherries so quickly and effortlessly with this pitter that I am still a bit in awe of how well it works. I was worried that it would make the cherries misshapen, but it doesn't squish them at all. It just pushes the pit through the center and out the bottom or top (however you place them) without touching the rest of the fruit." —Tolly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    30. A pair of cool and silky pillowcases that will prevent you from flipping and re-flipping your pillow in a desperate bid to chase the cool side.

    Amazon

    One side is outfitted with Japanese cooling fabric and the other side is 100% breathable cotton.

    Promising review: "Best...pillowcases...ever!! I run hot all the time, especially at night. This really helps to keep me cool at night. I fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. The cool side of the pillow is always your side of the pillow! I actually sometimes get cold during the night. If you wake up in the middle of the night sweating, you need to get this!" —Kim

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    31. A 15-piece scrunchie set with polka dot, floral, and animal-print detailing that is cute as a button. If you're anything like me, the neck sweats creep in the second temps hit 60 and above and these babies will help get your hair up and out of the danger zone.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love the variety of colors; one for each outfit! First I tried wearing it over my boring rubber band because I wasn't sure if these were sturdy enough to hold but they seem to do quite well on their own. Have worn the green one two days straight and doesn't seem to stretch out. Appreciate the zip pouch as well." —MSM

    Get the 15-piece set from Amazon for $9.99.

    32. A set of silicone glasses grips so if you get the dreaded ear sweats, your glasses won't tumble off of your face and onto what I'm assuming is the most inopportune surface imaginable — like a steamy NYC sidewalk or a sketchy public toilet.

    Reviewer's clear silicone grips attached to their glasses' ear hooks
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I find these extremely helpful for day to day activity (my glasses will still slide down during strenuous activity like working out). I twist them so that the silicone touches my temple not my ear and that helps because my glasses are a little too wide. Super easy to slide on and off — they even fit on my bulky sunglasses with a little effort. Really happy with this purchase."—Madeline Audrey

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $6.79+ (available in three colors).

    33. A watermelon cuber that makes it way easier to slice up a melon but — perhaps more importantly — would be a fun tool to show off at parties.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    PS: It also comes with a melon baller and slicer.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I was skeptical that this would actually work, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It makes cutting up a watermelon so easy and actually kinda fun. Totally recommend." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    34. A mirrored skincare fridge to store all of your serums, jade rollers, and emergency sleeves of Reese's peanut butter cups. Home is where your secret sugar stash is, after all.

    Amazon

    Cooluli is a small Brooklyn-based brand with mini fridges in all sorts of styles!

    Get it from Amazon or Cooluli for $149.99 (available in four colors).

    35. And pack of six ice pop molds so you can make a fruit-forward version of that SpongeBob pop (you know — the one with gumball eyes) that you used to get from the ice cream truck.

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    What's included: six reusable ice pop molds, six handles, a tray, a cleaning brush, and a funnel.

    Promising review: "This is one of the best purchases I have made on Amazon. We have made popsicles almost daily since receiving them! They are easy to fill because they stand up well in the tray and they came with a little collapsible funnel to help with pouring. They are super quick and easy to clean up as well. The ice pops are nice and big. If you have a picky eater who loves treats, then this is perfect for you. We put fruits, veggies, Greek yogurt, you name it in there. My toddler loves to help me make the pops and I have the peace of mind that he is getting tons of super good nutrients! Also, some mornings when I’m running a bit behind, I will just grab one of the pops we made and make it my breakfast LOL. For those looking at reviews about having trouble with them breaking or are having a hard time getting the pops out, we have dropped pieces several times and haven’t had any break yet. The pops' stick parts do seem like they could break fairly easy, but we haven’t had any issues. And as far as not being able to get them out of the molds once frozen, running a little hot water over the outside of the pop for a few seconds allows it to slide right out!" —Colleen DiNitto

    Get the set from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in five colors).

    The new you, ready to take on everything summer sends your way.

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    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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