Where else would you be able
to see a giant swan and a besequined harlequin
battle it out for top honours on a 30 metre by 60 metre
sheet of ice? No, not the world’s weirdest
themed fancy dress party, but the Winter Olympic Games. (BURNING QUESTIONS) (DO FANCY COSTUMES HELP SKATERS
WIN OLYMPIC GLORY?) (WINTER GAMES EDITION) In a previous episode
of Burning Questions we looked at how figure skaters stop
themselves from getting dizzy. It turns out, ear hairs. But if their incredible twists
and turns don’t make your head spin, their costumes certainly will. Figure skating combines
elements of performance and prowess, with marks awarded
for skills, choreography and
interpretation. She has earned 150.06 points
in the free program, which is a new season’s best. So, can choosing a costume
out of the top drawer really help the skaters
get the top marks? Let’s look at the evidence. Brian Boitano’s
Sgt Pepper-esque getup certainly did the trick
with the American taking gold in Calgary in 1888. Oksana Baiul with pretty
in pink for a gold medal winning performance in 1994. A bedazzled bubble gum
pink number, to be precise. While this fashion-forward
sleeveless pantsuit helped power Sarah Hughes to
glory in Salt Lake City, 2002. I mean, I’m not sure
I could pull that off. Perhaps the most flamboyant
of all is American skater Johnny Weir. He once compared one of
his costumes to a Care Bear on acid. But he is best known for
his interpretation of a swan for his routine to
Camille Saint-Saëns’ score of the same name. Weir took to the ice in
a costume that featured feathers across the chest, crisscrossed strapping
over one arm and a single red glove meant
to signify the bird’s beak. So, can how you dress really
help you blade to glory? It certainly does seem
like feeling confident and being able to express
yourself on the ice can make help a good impression
on the judges. So, to whom do figures
skaters turn when they want to
stand out from the crowd? This? Just 20 quid from
a market in Grimsby. Guys, I’m not skating. I’m just acting. Fashion designers such
as Vera Wang, herself a former figure skater, and Christian Lacroix
have both brought their unique creative visions
to the ice. But, despite what you might
think judging by some of the weird
and wonderful costumes on display, what skaters
wear is actually governed by a strict set of rules. Because if there’s one
thing we all love more than fancy dress,
it’s fancy dress with rules. Yes, please. Costumes must be modest,
dignified and appropriate for athletic competition and not
garish or theatrical in design. What’s that mean? But the rules don’t say
anything about crystals. Sometimes there are up
to 100,000 of them, all of which have to
be sewn on by hand. This can take anything up
to 40 hours to apply. 40 hours? That’s like four working
weeks for me. So, how much do these sparkly
pieces of spandex actually cost? Elite level costumes can cost
anything between $500-$5,000, although the average
is around 3,000. Elite level skaters usually
have two costumes per season. One for their long program and one for their short
program. They might also have
a third costume just in case someone turns up
in the same outfit. I hate it when that happens. That means they can spend
up to $10,000 a year just on costuming. That’s more than Lady Gaga’s
costume budget. Speaking of Lady Gaga, how
big a role does choosing the right music play
in bringing you to the edge of glory?
Oh, it’s good stuff. Figure skaters will often
choose music with different moods or tempos so they
can skate to the melody and phrasing of the music. Certain pieces have become
figure skating staples. Swan Lake has been popular since bronze medallist Janet
Lynn used the piece in 1972. Ravel’s Bolero is
forever associated with ice dancing pair Jayne
Torvill and Christopher Dean who skated to gold
in Sarajevo in 1984. And, of course, who could
forget the battle of the Carmens in 1988? East German Katarina Witt and American Debi Thomas
both chose to skate to the music for
their long programs, with Witt doing the biz-ness
to take the gold. Carmen is written by Bizet. That’s why I did that joke.
No need to Google it. And the good news for Gaga
fans is that since 2014, skaters have been allowed
to choose music with words for their performances, so expect some pop-inspired
performances in PyeongChang. I bet you my house Gangnam
Style is used at least once. But I don’t have a house. So, there you have it. Figure skating is a huge
investment of time, energy and money,
but it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling. We’re not done, yet. We’ve got more Olympic stories for you! Subscribe to our YouTube channel – it is right there. Don’t be shy! Click on the button!

Do fancy costumes help Skaters win Olympic Glory? | Burning Questions

64 thoughts on “Do fancy costumes help Skaters win Olympic Glory? | Burning Questions

  • February 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    Cool

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  • February 20, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    Jhonny weir 🙆🙆🙆🙆💜💜

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  • February 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm
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    I saw Johnny and clickes

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  • February 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm
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    Too many rules and regulations.

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  • February 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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    haha awesome writing and good execution by the host.

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  • February 20, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Beautiful gril love you

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  • February 20, 2018 at 11:22 pm
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    I SAW HANYU 👑👑
    AND PATRICK CHAN 👑👑
    AND SUPER JAVI 👑👑

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  • February 21, 2018 at 12:17 am
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    It said 1888 when he said 1988😂

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  • February 21, 2018 at 12:25 am
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    Isn't it just confirmation bias?! You're just picking winner You have no sample size or basis for comparison since athletes don't get points for attire. You're just speculating

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  • February 21, 2018 at 12:27 am
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    where is my bond girl😩😭😭😭

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  • February 21, 2018 at 1:05 am
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    Queen Yuna! 😊❤❤❤

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  • February 21, 2018 at 1:35 am
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    Does anyone know where i can find yuzuru hanyu performance when he won last week? i keep searching in this channel but cant find it

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  • February 21, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    Gaga has a MUCH higher budget on costumes than $10k. A simple designer's dress would cost more than that already.

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:34 am
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    This guy is hilarious love it

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  • February 21, 2018 at 9:22 am
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    김연아선수는 영원한 월드 챔피어뉴ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

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  • February 21, 2018 at 10:42 am
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    Well, I saw Johnny on the thumbnail, i clicked

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  • February 21, 2018 at 11:23 am
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    omg so many two time olympic champs in this video, katerina witt, yuzuru hanyu, and yuna kim

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  • February 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm
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    Oh I could remember the wardrobe malfunctions on this year's Winter Olympics 😂😂😂😂

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:12 pm
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    Its funny how they do not make reference to Russia, japan and Korea

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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    … The question wasn't even answered. There was no actual evidence the costumes do anything. I've been asking myself the same question since most other sports have a less artistic attire than figure skating. But I am still wondering. The facts you stated are a nice-to-know, but not really debating the question

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  • February 21, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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    🔸️🔶️🔸️charming🔸️🔶️🔸️

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  • February 22, 2018 at 2:54 am
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    Gymnasts' leotards have a lot more crystals nowadays, especially in the NCAA.

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  • February 22, 2018 at 3:07 am
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    A word of advice: Change your host.

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  • February 22, 2018 at 4:25 am
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    I should be doing homework…..

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  • February 22, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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    Does the club pays for costumes or athletes pays for it ? D: Wherever I look, u need to be rich XD Equal and Fair world made by rich. : ))

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  • February 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    Christ, if I were a figure skating judge, I would automatically disqualify anyone who chooses Gangnam Style.

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  • February 23, 2018 at 9:05 am
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    Chaz Michael Michaels IS figure skating.

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  • February 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    There are so many factual errors in this I don’t even know where to begin 😒 1- rhinestones are not all sewn on. I’d say at least 80% of them are glued on. If you were sewing on 10,000 rhinestones it would take MUCH longer than 40 hours 2- Sarah Hughes didn’t wear the cat suit for the Olympics at ALL. It was her exhibition costume for a completely different program. Unitards for competition were banned until 2004 due to the “Katarina rule” so for her to skate at the Olympics 2 years before that rule was lifted would have eliminated her chances at gold. 3-it’s pretty much standard now to have beautiful costumes, so saying the person that won’s costume was what helped them win gold is completely detracting from the hard work they put in for their whole life.

    Was really hoping this “official” channel would actually help promote this sport instead of seemingly “affirming” that’s it’s all about pretty dresses 😡

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  • February 24, 2018 at 9:01 am
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    Patrick Chan🇨🇦❤️

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  • February 24, 2018 at 9:45 pm
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    So sorry but I can´t help myself I JUST CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THIS GUY!!! He is just mumbling in his teeth and beard all the time omg open your mouth please 😀 and how fast can someone talk? Oh my…

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  • February 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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    Weir's costumes didn't help him to win Olympic glory.. The title is fake..

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  • February 25, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    Maos sochi fs costume was stunning

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  • February 26, 2018 at 9:11 am
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    I saw Yuna in the moving thumbnail, I clicked

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  • February 26, 2018 at 10:35 am
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    They put Javier's costume when talking about weird costumes lol. I personally think it's cute

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  • February 27, 2018 at 1:13 am
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    DID YALL ACTUALLY WATCH TO THE END OF THE VIDEO

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  • February 27, 2018 at 11:20 am
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    Wow! I 've never ever seen such a cool video in a long while! I mean, look at those bloody jokes! 😅The dude is soo smart! 👍

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  • February 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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    Jonny and Denis 😵😻

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  • March 1, 2018 at 4:52 am
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    "That's why I made that joke. You don't need to Google it" I love this mate. Thank you , Olympic channel

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  • March 2, 2018 at 12:23 am
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    Fancy costumes shouldn't help skaters win, and skaters shouldn't wear fancy costumes in an attempt to influence judges. Outfits ought to fit the music, and not distract from the performance. If the music calls for fancy, go ahead and wear fancy. If it calls for simplicity, go for that. For best effect, the outfits also should stay ON.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 8:25 am
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    I guess they get the fanciest dresses, they act like they have it all figured out on how to win the gold medal.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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    Didn't see any gangnam style, but they was for sure too much despacito.

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  • March 8, 2018 at 1:38 pm
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    It's a theatrical sport, or is that not obvious enough? It's not always about the technical difficulty, artistry has always been part of the final score. Your costume is an extension of that. I don't think anyone really believes that a costume is going to make or break a gold medal score, but think of the psychological impact it must have putting on the costume and make up, like putting on a mask or armor, it mentally prepares you for the competition.

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  • March 12, 2018 at 11:50 am
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    Some people act Some people cringe.

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  • March 14, 2018 at 7:48 am
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    Ummm Johnny Weir was criticized for the swan outfit specifically by judges, as it was considered inappropriate/too flashy for a man.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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    Interesante pregunta, aunque la respuesta no me ha quedado muy clara…supongo que es para cada quien lo suyo… veo el contraste de Nathan Chen quien ultimamente sus trajes son tan limples y sobrios y me encanta esa sencillez de él al mismo tiempo que me hace enfocarme más en su actuación que en un traje de luces y plumas. (sin menospreciar a quienes lo hacen)

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  • April 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    Un alma caritativa que lo traduzca al español por favor

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  • April 5, 2018 at 2:25 am
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    No it's based on talent.

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  • April 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm
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    So, no answer, eh?

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  • April 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm
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    Host looks like Jack Black…

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  • April 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    a lot of questions and no answers. Is the earth flat?

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  • April 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm
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    OMG THAT IS HILARIOUS

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  • June 11, 2018 at 7:43 pm
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    It's not about the costume it's about the technique, confidence and practice one has

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  • July 8, 2018 at 8:19 am
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    It's called click bait..

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  • September 18, 2018 at 8:37 pm
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    Of course man, you can’t skate with a clown costume while dancing to a sad song! (i am a skater btw)

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  • September 29, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    1988… subtitles say 1888 😂

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  • February 15, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    Yuna❤💓💕💖

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  • March 3, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    Johnny weir

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  • April 1, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    The fact that I know Johnny is gonna be on here. I clicked. I've watched him for yearsssss

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  • April 2, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    all of these videos about skatings are completely inaccurate… costumes have nothing to do with scores

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  • April 15, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    Let me just clarify that the crystals are never sewn on. They are almost always if not 100% if the time glued on.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    Also in figure skating, costumes to have an impact. Maybe not on judging but they definitely do in the community.

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  • May 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    The winner's skill makes the dress looks beatiful, not the other way around.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Freaking hilarious.

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