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Cheap Chic Weddings announced the winner of their fourth annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest at a ceremony at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Times Square. Three finalists were flown in from Illinois, Texas and Hawaii to showcase their hand-made, intricately detailed dresses – which look like regular wedding gowns – in front of a panel of judges.

Laura Gawne and partners Susan Bain and Roxie Radford, who operate the website on saving money on weddings, based the contest on the popular bridal shower game. Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com asked their readers to create wedding gowns and headpieces strictly using Charmin bath tissue, glue and/or tape – no sequins, beads or other “normal” wedding dress adornments.

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress“The level of talent that presents itself each year always amazes us,” said Laura Gawne. Roxie Radford added, “The entries included details like faux embroidery, ruffles, pleats and lace effects!” This year’s first place winner, Katrina Chalifoux of Rockford, IL received a $1,000 American Express gift card. The dresses from all three finalists will be displayed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums! Around the world.

Charmin bath tissue and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! sponsored this year’s top prizes. Wipe it off 🙂

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Bravo, Apple, Showtime, HBO, Absolut, and Levi’s, are the gay-friendliest brands, while WalMart, Dunkin Donuts, Cracker Barrel, Exxon Mobil, and Samsung earn the lowest marks from gay and lesbian consumers, according to the 2008 Prime Access/PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Consumer Study released the other day.

HBO.Conducted by Clark, Martire & Bartolomeo on behalf of advertising agency Prime Access and PlanetOut Inc. (Nasdaq: LGBT), the survey is one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys of gay and lesbian consumer habits and brand perceptions. A total of 2,259 adults aged 18-64 participated in the study, which was broken down into two panels: general population (1,502 respondents) and gay and lesbian population (757 respondents).

Prime Access is the leading advertising agency specializing in reaching the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. PlanetOut Inc. is the leading global media and entertainment company exclusively serving the LGBT community.

Lesbian Girls.The report confirms why many of the world’s most successful brands recognize that being gay-friendly equals good business. According to the study, more than two-thirds (68%) of gay and lesbian consumers said they are more likely to buy from a company they considered to be gay-friendly, a perception they base largely on a company’s advertising, followed by input from friends and the media.

The study also reveals that 71% of gay and lesbian consumers said they have a more favorable impression of companies or products that feature gay imagery in their advertising. Howard Buford, president and CEO of Prime Access, noted that Levi’s, one of the top gay-friendly brands, recently featured a gay couple in television advertising.

“The study reveals that gays and lesbians are fiercely loyal customers to brands they perceive as reaching out to them,” said Buford. “A marketing communications program directed at the gay and lesbian audience can be a significant opportunity for brands to build business.”

Kevyn Aiken, Vice President of Marketing, Media Sales at PlanetOut, said the study also confirms why gays and lesbians represent one of the most coveted and active demographics.

Apple Macbook Air.“Gays and lesbians have many similarities to straight people, with one pronounced difference: they’re more powerful consumers,” said Aiken. “In virtually every category – from financial services to fragrance – the study shows that gays and lesbians tend to be ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing new products and trends. They are early adopters that their peers look to for advice, opinions, and ideas. As a result of their influence, they impact many more purchases than just their own.”

For example, Aiken said the study revealed that gays and lesbians are almost twice as likely (60% vs. 34%) as their straight counterparts to say people seek their advice.

Among other notable findings in the 2008 Prime Access/PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Consumer Report:

  • 8% of adults in the general population panel identified as gay or lesbian, reflecting conventional wisdom that 5-10% of adults are gay.
  • Sexual orientation is the primary community with which gays and lesbians identify. 47% of gays and lesbians said their sexual orientation is the community that most defines them, followed by gender (45%) and religion (28%). This compares to gender (36%), nationality (32%), and religion (30%) for the general population.
  • While almost three-fourths of both gays and lesbians and the general population are opposed to outing, 61% of gays and lesbians support outing if an individual is actively opposed to equal rights. Only 33% of the general population agrees.
  • 69% percent of gays and lesbians are Democrats, while 7% are Republicans.

The report also surveyed 3,156 PlanetOut subscriber and reader respondents, drawn from email promotable lists provided by PlanetOut. Notable findings among this group include:

  • 85% of PlanetOut respondents said they are more likely to purchase products from companies they know are gay-friendly.
  • PlanetOut respondents are 36% more likely than the general population to consider themselves “someone in the know”.

To view a summary of key highlights from The 2008 Prime Access/PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Consumer Study, please visit: http://www.primeaccess.net/c2_gpr.php.

Methodology: The 2008 Prime Access/PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Consumer Report is one of the largest, most comprehensive studies ever of gay and lesbian consumer habits and brand perceptions. The study was conducted by Clark, Martire & Bartolomeo, a leader in custom media marketing research. The respondents were sourced from both the Harris Interactive general population panel, one of the largest online panels available today, and from Harris Interactive’s GLBT specialty panel. A total of 2,259 adults aged 18-64 participated in the study, broken down as follows:

  • General population: 1,502
  • Gay and lesbian population: 757

The Harris Interactive GLBT specialty panel is recruited from various sources, and is not specifically enlisted from gay and lesbian websites. In addition, 3,156 PlanetOut subscriber and reader respondents, drawn from email promotable lists provided by PlanetOut, were also surveyed. The PlanetOut “universe” includes readers/subscribers of Out, The Advocate, gay.com, out.com, planetout.com and outtraveler.com.

An online methodology was selected primarily for the critical anonymity it offers respondents. Because online research allows respondents to complete surveys with anonymity and privacy, respondents are often more comfortable sharing their experiences and concerns.

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Frank Sinatra was instrumental in turning Las Vegas into one of the most popular entertainment destinations in the world. Throughout his career, and as the leader of the Rat Pack, he performed and played at numerous resorts and hot-spots along the world-famous Strip.

On May 14, Las Vegas will pay tribute to one of its most beloved entertainers, officially declaring the day, the 10th anniversary of his passing, as “Frank Sinatra Day.” The proclamation is amongst a series of events planned to honor the entertainment legend, which begin with the dedication of the USPS Frank Sinatra Stamp:

TUESDAY, MAY 13

  • 12:00 p.m. (PDT) – Tina Sinatra (Frank’s daughter) joins Postal Service Governor James Bilbray and stamp artist Kazuhiko Sano at the Bellagio fountains main alcove to officially dedicate the Frank Sinatra stamp. Remote post offices at the Bellagio and Wynn will sell the first-day issue stamp and other merchandise.
  • 12:00 p.m. (PDT) – Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, will read an official proclamation from Mayor Oscar Goodman declaring May 14 as Frank Sinatra Day.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14

  • Frank Sinatra Day in Las Vegas
  • 12:00 a.m. (PDT) – Across the Las Vegas Strip, marquees at Bally’s, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Fremont Street Experience, Golden Nugget, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, New York – New York, Palms, Sahara, The Mirage, Treasure Island and Wynn Las Vegas will post a special tribute to the man who helped define Las Vegas.
  • 12:00 a.m. (PDT) – Steve Wynn to lead members of the Sinatra family and other guests in a special toast at a private VIP reception in Wynn Las Vegas.

Frank Sinatra’s children will join U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Alan Kessler May 13 to celebrate the return of the “Chairman of the Board” – Frank Sinatra – as he is immortalized on 120 million 42-cent First-Class stamps. Dedication ceremonies will also take place in New York City and Hoboken, NJ. The events take place on the eve of Sinatra’s death and are free and open to the public.

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DeepRockDrive, the world’s first interactive online concert venue, has launched a global free concert series in partnership with Pepsi. Featuring five of today’s hottest musical artists including multi-platinum Disturbed, the series reinforces DeepRockDrive’s prominence as the world’s most popular destination for online, interactive concerts.

Presented by Pepsi, five compelling live acts will be performing to global audiences beginning May 16th through May 29th 2008. Kicking off with country music’s hottest new act, Lady Antebellum on May 16, the series continues with YouTube sensation Marie Digby on May 18, singer/songwriter/ guitarist Matt Nathanson on May 27, R&B performer Lloyd on May 25 and culminating with hard rock’s Disturbed on May 29.

Each concert will feature interaction between fans and artists using the revolutionary service that DeepRockDrive has created.

By logging on to http://www.DeepRockDrive.com, music fans around the world will experience a live, online, interactive exchange between performers and their audience where the fans collaborate with artists in real-time to build magical live experiences. Fans can send shout outs to the stage, vote on the next song in the set, personalize camera angle selections and send digital applause to the artists on stage in the form of emot-applause(TM), which are video game-like icons, such as hearts, fists, and lips that blow a kiss. These animated icons appear on giant screens in front of the artists while they perform.

Thanks to the support of Pepsi, the shows in this series are available free of charge, bringing a front row seat to music fans from Las Vegas to London, San Francisco to Singapore, and anywhere where a broadband connection is available.

Of the band’s participation in DeepRockDrive, Disturbed singer David Draiman said, “We are looking forward to taking part of something this unique and powerful.”

The innovation extends to the marketing of the concerts, as DeepRockDrive’s service enables a direct bridge between artists and their fans. Marie Digby, born from her channel on YouTube, created this direct invitation to her fans to attend the show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzcKij_1RK8

“We jumped at the chance to be a part of this innovative, online experience with DeepRockDrive and the Pepsi Concert series, exposing Matt Nathanson to a worldwide audience,” said Tricia Rice, the Director of Digital Media at Vanguard Records.

“Thanks to the early support and commitment to innovation from Pepsi, DeepRockDrive has built the next generation of live entertainment,” said DeepRockDrive co-founder Danny Socolof.

Free tickets for all shows are available now at http://www.DeepRockDrive.com. Fans can grab a ticket and invite all of their friends. Live music has a new home…yours, and it’s powered by Pepsi!

About the Artists

Disturbed, which is frontman David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist John Moyer, self-produced their forthcoming album “Indestructible” which will be released June 3rd on Reprise Records. The first single from the album, “Inside The Fire,” marks the band’s sixth Number One single at Active Rock, and their fastest-rising single to date. Known for their punishingly powerful music and Draiman’s passionate, socially conscious lyrics, Disturbed has sold a collective 10 million copies worldwide of their three albums – 2000’s RIAA-certified triple-platinum The Sickness, 2002’s Billboard album chart-topper Believe, and their second consecutive Number One Ten Thousand Fists – since forming in Chicago in 1996.

Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – blend classic and contemporary country with R&B soulfulness, giving them a unique sound that’s generating a deafening buzz as one of modern country’s brightest hopes. Their self-titled debut, LADY ANTEBELLUM, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Charts, their debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here,” is a Top Ten hit and still climbing, and the trio has been nominated for “Top New Group” at the 2008 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They’ve performed on the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and have opened shows for some of the top names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson. Lady Antebellum will be touring all across the country this summer, giving their enthusiastic fan base many opportunities to see them live.

Lloyd is mid-stream in a solid career growth mode: his 2007 album, Street Love, which debuted at No. 2 on both the national Billboard Top 200 album chart and the R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, was certified gold within eight weeks of its release, and spun off two major smashes: “You” featuring Lil Wayne, an R&B/Hip-Hop No. 1 and Top 10 pop hit; and “Get It Shawty,” a No. 4 R&B/Hip-Hop track and Top 20 Hot 100 entry. Lloyd’s upcoming LESSONS IN LOVE is in stores on July 15th with a top-tier list of collaborators including Nelly, Tricky and The-Dream, Polow Da Don, J-Lack, Jasper and Big Reese and Eric Hudson.

Marie Digby’s recently released debut album, Unfold (Hollywood Records) debuted at # 29 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The album, described by People Magazine as “radiant guitar pop,” also reached # 2 on the iTunes album chart and # 3 on Billboard’s Digital Top 100 album chart. The first single, “Say It Again,” is in heavy rotation on Hot AC stations across the country. Since Digby burst onto the national stage in 2007 via YouTube, she has become the 7th most subscribed artist, and her homemade videos have accumulated more than 26 million views. Marie also became one of the faces of GAP’s “The Sound of Color” campaign, landed on top 40 radio charting with her version of Rhianna’s “Umbrellla,” and has had her music featuredon MTV’s the Hills, CW’s One Tree Hill, and Smallville. Marie will embark on a nationwide tour kicking off on May 20.

Matt Nathanson’s current Vanguard CD, Some Mad Hope, has spawned two singles, “Car Crash” and “Come On Get Higher” which continue to grow in popularity with fans and radio alike. I “Come On Get Higher” was featured in the Amazon/Pepsi Stuff national radio campaign in the past few months and the track is currently rising up both Triple A and Hot AC radio charts. His music has been prominent in such acclaimed shows as Private Practice, NCIS, One Tree Hill, Women’s Murder Club and will be heard in upcoming episodes of Men In Trees.

About DeepRockDrive

DeepRockDrive was founded in 2007 by music industry marketing veteran and MEGA founder Danny Socolof, and former Microsoft Xbox executive producer Jeff Henshaw. By harnessing the excitement of live performance and the interactivity of the Internet, DeepRockDrive is creating the world’s most popular online destination for interactive live performances. The Company is headquartered in Las Vegas and Seattle with 25 employees and a community comprised of over 50,000 passionate artists and fans worldwide.

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Students spellbound by the game of SCRABBLE competed in the 2008 National School SCRABBLE Championship held this weekend in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center. After six rounds and countless strategic plays, returning champion Matt Silver, 14, of Westport, Conn. and his teammate Logan Rosen defeated Joey Krafchick, 13, of Roswell, Ga. and his teammate Dorian Hill, 13 of Tucker, Ga. in the Championship round today, claiming the title and a $5,000 grand prize. It’s a fitting tribute to a game that’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Logan Rosen and Matt Silver, Westport SCRABBLE Club.“The National School SCRABBLE Championship brings students from all across the country together for the love of the game,” said John D. Williams, Jr., executive director, National SCRABBLE Association. “These kids enjoy playing SCRABBLE because it is both challenging and fun.”

During the Championship, 100 teams of students in grades five-to-eight from 23 states competed in six rounds of play on Friday and Saturday leading to the final match-up. The grand prize winners received a $5,000 cash prize. The second-place team was awarded $2,000 and the third place team walked away with $1,000. Once again, ESPN will telecast the Championship as kids head back to school in August 2008.

Among those competing in the National School SCRABBLE Championship were two teams from the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Girl Scouts and two students from the Philadelphia ASAP Program, an organization providing after-school programs for kids of all ages.

More than one million students have played SCRABBLE in approximately 20,000 schools nationwide. This year, the National SCRABBLE Association and the Girl Scouts of the USA announced the availability of the first ever SCRABBLE game patch, “Words Rock.” There are currently 27 Girl Scout SCRABBLE clubs representing 19 states, and two teams participated in the National School SCRABBLE Championship.

A family favorite since 1948, the board game is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary and is found in one out of every three homes in America, according to Hasbro, makers of the game in the United States and Canada. SCRABBLE is unique because it is a game of continuous winning moments. Unlike other games where players wait until the end of the game to find a winner, SCRABBLE provides a great sense of accomplishment throughout the entire process. Any time participants look at their tiles to find a word, they are immediately rewarded, which is why kids love to play the game.

“All of the participants demonstrated a tremendous amount of passion, enthusiasm and sportsmanship which make the Championship a fun event for everyone involved,” said Jay Bruns, director of marketing for SCRABBLE, Hasbro Games. “This program is a testament to the unifying power that a fun game like SCRABBLE can have on people of all ages.”

The National School SCRABBLE Championship is underwritten by Hasbro. For more information about the SCRABBLE game or other tournaments and clubs around the country, visit http://www.scrabbleassociation.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world. SCRABBLE, the distinctive game board and letter tiles and all associated logos are trademarks of Hasbro in the United States and Canada and are used with permission.

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Coldplay has announced their “Viva La Vida” North American Tour in support of their new album of the same name, which will be released on June 17th. The tour, which will be produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 29th in Philadelphia, PA. Ticket information is available at http://www.coldplay.com or at http://www.livenation.com.

Before kicking off the “Viva La Vida” tour, Coldplay will play free concerts in London (June 16th at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23rd at Madison Square Garden). Information on how to win tickets to these shows will be available at http://www.coldplay.com beginning today. The contest will run May 9th through June 1st. Winners will receive notification on June 5th.

Coldplay Viva La Vida North American Tour.Viva La Vida, Coldplay’s upcoming album, will be released by Capitol Music Group on June 17th. Produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, the record is the follow-up to 2005’s X&Y, which debuted at #1 in 32 countries and has sold 10 million copies worldwide to date.

The album’s lead single “Violet Hill” was downloaded by two million people during the recent one-week period in which the band made the song available to fans for free. It is now for sale at all digital retailers and is quickly rising to the top of the charts at Modern Rock and AAA radio. Coldplay will perform “Violet Hill” on the “TODAY” show on NBC on Friday, June 27th. Fans are encouraged to check out the performance in person. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the show’s Window on the World Studio, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The band will also perform on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on June 26th.

“(Lead singer Chris) Martin broods over a lost lover with a snarling acidity that makes him sound more human than ever – miles away from the dreamy romantic he was on soaring ballads like ‘Speed of Sound,'” said Rolling Stone, naming “Violet Hill” a must-have in a recent “Downloads” column. “Jonny Buckland rips jagged, bluesy riffs that match Martin’s mood while drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman maintain a stalking beat … primal rock & roll.” The Los Angeles Times pronounced the single a “promising return,” also marveling at its harder edge.

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

COLDPLAY – “VIVA LA VIDA” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
(all dates are subject to change)

Date / City / Venue / Public On Sale Date

  • 6/29 Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center 5/16
  • 7/2 Washington, DC – Verizon Center 5/17
  • 7/3 Hartford, CT – XL Center 5/17
  • 7/5 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills 5/17
  • 7/6 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena 5/17
  • 7/8 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center 5/17
  • 7/9 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center 5/17
  • 7/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Ford Center 5/16
  • 7/12 Phoenix, AZ – Jobing.com Arena 5/17
  • 7/19 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena 5/17
  • 7/21 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
  • 7/24 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
  • 7/27 Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Festival
  • 7/29 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
  • 7/30 Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
  • 8/1 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
  • 8/3 Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
  • 8/4 Chicago, IL – United Center
  • 10/20 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  • 10/21 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
  • 10/26 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
  • 10/29 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 10/30 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 11/3 Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
  • 11/11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • 11/18 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • 11/19 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • 11/21 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
  • 11/22 Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena

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Yahoo! India, a leading global Internet company, today announced the launch of a new concept for Yahoo! India Search called Glue Pages Beta, available exclusively at www.yahoo.in. This new search experience collates and integrates the most relevant information from across the Web onto a single ‘visual’ search results page. Glue Pages Beta, which aggregates text, images, and video content, is available for select search terms across categories such as health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology, and finance.

Designed to save time by offering a new way to find answers quickly, Glue Pages Beta is ideal for topics with broad coverage across a variety of information sources. For example, a search for ‘diabetes’ combines results from HowStuffWorks, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Health, Yahoo! Answers, and blogs. A search for ‘Aishwarya Rai’ would include biographical quick-facts, videos, music tracks, photos, and content from Yahoo! Answers.

Results will be displayed alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results. Consumers will also find links for other Glue Pages on topics related to their query.

Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Searching on Glue Pages Beta will result in an experience that promises more than just web links. Users will receive more relevant, visually appealing search results from across the Web in one topical page. The new Glue Pages Beta feature for Yahoo! India Search supports our strategy to make Yahoo! the leading starting point on the Internet and demonstrates our commitment to provide a compelling online search experience,” said Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Glue Pages Beta limits guesswork for the user by providing the best of web, all onto one ‘at-a-glance’ page. Over time, Glue Pages Beta will be made available to more categories that are relevant to users in India. We are excited to open this up further and work with a wider ecosystem of consumers, publishers, developers and advertisers in the future,” said Sandeep Shrivastava, Director Search, Yahoo! India.

Yahoo! Glue Pages Beta.

With a focus on providing a compelling and intuitive online search experience, the new Glue Pages Beta helps enable users in India to derive maximum value from their search efforts. As this beta evolves, Yahoo! India Search will explore various ways to supplement algorithmically generated Glue Pages with topical pages built and maintained by local subject-matter experts from the Internet community.

Key benefits of Glue Pages Beta

  • Collates and integrates the best information from across the Web onto a single topical page.
  • Uses intuitive search technology to identify the most relevant combination of text, images and video content for select popular search queries, alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results.
  • Saves time and helps eliminate guess work involved in clicking on multiple web links.
  • Initially available across categories like health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology and finance.

What are Glue Pages?
Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

How are they different?
In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

What are Related Pages?
These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search. Example:

These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search.

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