You're Definitely Over 40 If You Recognize These Items

This quiz isn't for millennials. Chances are, if you remember these items and tasks, you're older than you'd like to admit. How many can you accurately identify?

What were these canisters for?

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A film canister is what photographers used to store their film in after shooting, so it would be protected from light. 

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A film canister is what photographers used to store their film in after shooting, so it would be protected from light. 

What was this abandoned booth once used for? 

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This was a Fotomat photo development booth. Fotomat was a chain of drive-thru kiosks located in shopping center parking lots. 

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This was a Fotomat photo development booth. Fotomat was a chain of drive-thru kiosks located in shopping center parking lots. 

Any idea what this kitchen gadget is?

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This retro aluminum ice cube tray contains a level that raises the ice cubes to free them from the tray, making it more convenient than popping them out of a flat plastic dish.

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This retro aluminum ice cube tray contains a level that raises the ice cubes to free them from the tray, making it more convenient than popping them out of a flat plastic dish.

What was this game called?

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Pong was a table tennis sports game manufactured by Atari in 1972. It was one of the first digital games to ever exist and is still fun to play today.

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Pong was a table tennis sports game manufactured by Atari in 1972. It was one of the first digital games to ever exist and is still fun to play today.

What is happening in this photo?

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If you wanted to rewind the tape, you had to manually spin that wheel to get to the beginning of the song or track.

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If you wanted to rewind the tape, you had to manually spin that wheel to get to the beginning of the song or track.

What are these?

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Although they may look like strange telephones, these devices actually contained photographic film. 

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Although they may look like strange telephones, these devices actually contained photographic film. 

Do you know what this is?

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Transactions used to take a long time because this is what a credit card reader used to look like.

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Transactions used to take a long time because this is what a credit card reader used to look like.

Do you remember when these were in every car?

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Vintage cars used to have a lighter located in the front console so people could light cigars and cigarettes. Now, that same apparatus is used as a mobile charger.

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Vintage cars used to have a lighter located in the front console so people could light cigars and cigarettes. Now, that same apparatus is used as a mobile charger.

Have you ever seen this grotesque dessert before?

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Jello salad was a salad made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes vegetables. They also might have included pretzels, marshmallows, cream cheese, nuts, or cottage cheese. Have you ever heard of a more disgusting dish in your life?

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Jello salad was a salad made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes vegetables. They also might have included pretzels, marshmallows, cream cheese, nuts, or cottage cheese. Have you ever heard of a more disgusting dish in your life?

How does one affect the other?

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If you had a temperamental record player, the easiest way to fix it was to affix a coin to the top of the arm where the needle is located in order to weigh it down. A skipping needle isn't heavy enough to fit into the record's grooves, so this is the easiest way to solve the problem.

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If you had a temperamental record player, the easiest way to fix it was to affix a coin to the top of the arm where the needle is located in order to weigh it down. A skipping needle isn't heavy enough to fit into the record's grooves, so this is the easiest way to solve the problem.

What would you have used this for?

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Even though canned food has been around since the 1700s, can openers weren't actually invented until the 1850s. What were people using to open them?

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Even though canned food has been around since the 1700s, can openers weren't actually invented until the 1850s. What were people using to open them?

What could be found in this case?

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These cases used to contain a portable sewing machine for all of your on-the-go hemming needs.

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These cases used to contain a portable sewing machine for all of your on-the-go hemming needs.

What were these dividers for?

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You could find these dividers in an array of public spaces so people could have privacy while making phone calls.

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You could find these dividers in an array of public spaces so people could have privacy while making phone calls.

Do you know what this is?

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If only these were still around today. This jar opener latched on to either side of the lid, and you would twist the knob to pop it off. Easy peasy.

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If only these were still around today. This jar opener latched on to either side of the lid, and you would twist the knob to pop it off. Easy peasy.

What did Neil Armstrong say when he and Buzz Aldrin placed the American flag on the moon in 1969?

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At 4:18 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong said: "The Eagle has landed." "The Eagle" was the name of the Apollo 11 lunar module, and these words are often confused with his famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." 

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At 4:18 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong said: "The Eagle has landed." "The Eagle" was the name of the Apollo 11 lunar module, and these words are often confused with his famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." 

Do you remember these objects?

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In the 1960s, photographers were using "flash cubes" to enhance the lighting in their photos. A reaction would occur inside the cubes, leading to detonation, and then a big burst of light to be captured on film.

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In the 1960s, photographers were using "flash cubes" to enhance the lighting in their photos. A reaction would occur inside the cubes, leading to detonation, and then a big burst of light to be captured on film.

Do you know what this is?

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Cap guns used to be a popular (though probably dangerous) children's toy. They'd let out a loud bang and a cloud of smoke, simulating an actual gunshot noise.

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Cap guns used to be a popular (though probably dangerous) children's toy. They'd let out a loud bang and a cloud of smoke, simulating an actual gunshot noise.

What is this?

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These mounted Hollingshead speakers were used to project sound at drive-in movie theaters before movies were able to broadcast through car radios.

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These mounted Hollingshead speakers were used to project sound at drive-in movie theaters before movies were able to broadcast through car radios.

What was this game called?

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Merlin was designed by a former NASA employee and supported six different games, such as tic tac toe and blackjack. It was distributed by Parker Brothers and was actually pretty successful among kids.

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Merlin was designed by a former NASA employee and supported six different games, such as tic tac toe and blackjack. It was distributed by Parker Brothers and was actually pretty successful among kids.

What stores carried this device?

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This metal foot measurer was called a Brannock Device and was used to determine your shoe size at the store. These aren't in style so much anymore.

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This metal foot measurer was called a Brannock Device and was used to determine your shoe size at the store. These aren't in style so much anymore.

What is this metal device?

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These manual pencil sharpeners were typically mounted on desks or classroom walls back in the day. Well before electric sharpeners were invented, this was a pretty time-consuming way to make sure your pencils were nice and pointy.

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These manual pencil sharpeners were typically mounted on desks or classroom walls back in the day. Well before electric sharpeners were invented, this was a pretty time-consuming way to make sure your pencils were nice and pointy.

What was this machine?

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This toaster is from the early 20th century. Though it looks cool, it was also definitely very dangerous and highly flammable.

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This toaster is from the early 20th century. Though it looks cool, it was also definitely very dangerous and highly flammable.

What was this dial for?

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The headlight leveling dial was used to adjust the brightness of the headlights so as to avoid blinding other drivers, but it doesn't make much sense to be located so far away from the steering wheel.

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The headlight leveling dial was used to adjust the brightness of the headlights so as to avoid blinding other drivers, but it doesn't make much sense to be located so far away from the steering wheel.

What was this old gaming console called?

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The Atari 2600 or Atari VCS was a home video console that was manufactured from 1977 to 1992. Across the system's lifetime, it is estimated that about 30 million units were sold, and some vintage-loving gamers still play on them today.

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The Atari 2600 or Atari VCS was a home video console that was manufactured from 1977 to 1992. Across the system's lifetime, it is estimated that about 30 million units were sold, and some vintage-loving gamers still play on them today.

What was this kitchen appliance used for?

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You might recognize the Auto Chop from the 1970s and '80s, a device that chopped up meats, fruits, and vegetables. Today, we have appliances like food processers that can chop up foods into all different consistencies. 

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You might recognize the Auto Chop from the 1970s and '80s, a device that chopped up meats, fruits, and vegetables. Today, we have appliances like food processers that can chop up foods into all different consistencies. 

What was Woolworth's?

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Woolworth's expanded from a five-and-dime store to a variety chain that offered all sorts of goods and services, similar to a Walmart today. Though they aren't open anymore, they were once the most affordable one-stop-shop.

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Woolworth's expanded from a five-and-dime store to a variety chain that offered all sorts of goods and services, similar to a Walmart today. Though they aren't open anymore, they were once the most affordable one-stop-shop.

Which toy is this from?

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The Spirograph was a geometric drawing device that used to be a popular Hasbro toy. It was a popular blueprint for artistic toys and several iterations have been made based on the design.

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The Spirograph was a geometric drawing device that used to be a popular Hasbro toy. It was a popular blueprint for artistic toys and several iterations have been made based on the design.

Do you remember this gadget?

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After the Walk-Man but before the iPod, there were Hit Clips.

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After the Walk-Man but before the iPod, there were Hit Clips.

What was this toy called?

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Beanie Babies have gone down in history as one of the most popular collectible toys ever. They're worth a ton of money today, and TY still manufactures them. 

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Beanie Babies have gone down in history as one of the most popular collectible toys ever. They're worth a ton of money today, and TY still manufactures them. 

What was this machine?

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Formally known as Stereo 8, the 8-track tape was popular in the U.S. between the 1960s and 1980s. This was a device used to play 8-track tapes. Many musicians could also record their songs onto 8-tracks, making it a popular method for vintage music production.

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Formally known as Stereo 8, the 8-track tape was popular in the U.S. between the 1960s and 1980s. This was a device used to play 8-track tapes. Many musicians could also record their songs onto 8-tracks, making it a popular method for vintage music production.

Ovaltine's biggest supermarket competitor was which brand?

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Cocomalt was Ovaltine's biggest competitor. Both were brands of malt powder chocolate beverage. There have been various iterations of the classic drink, but none compare to Ovaltine.

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Cocomalt was Ovaltine's biggest competitor. Both were brands of malt powder chocolate beverage. There have been various iterations of the classic drink, but none compare to Ovaltine.

What was this crank used for?

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Before the invention of automatic car windows, a manual crank was required to roll the window up and down. You'll still find these in some old cars, but for the most part, windows open and close with the touch of a button.

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Before the invention of automatic car windows, a manual crank was required to roll the window up and down. You'll still find these in some old cars, but for the most part, windows open and close with the touch of a button.

What was the name of this hairstyle?

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The Beehive is one of the most iconic female hairstyles to come out of the 1960s.

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The Beehive is one of the most iconic female hairstyles to come out of the 1960s.

What material was used to make shag carpeting?

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Shag carpet was popular in the 1960s and '70s. It was associated with the free-love aesthetic of hippies and beatniks. It was made from yarn material and was found in countless homes.

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Shag carpet was popular in the 1960s and '70s. It was associated with the free-love aesthetic of hippies and beatniks. It was made from yarn material and was found in countless homes.

What was this toy called?

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My Little Pony toys were cute collectible horse figurines, often with manes that felt like real acrylic hair. The franchise has withstood decades.

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My Little Pony toys were cute collectible horse figurines, often with manes that felt like real acrylic hair. The franchise has withstood decades.

What was this tool used for?

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Did you know that twist-off bottle caps weren't invented until the 1960s? Even then, people still relied on this tool, called a churchkey. The pointy end punctured the can and the round end pried the top off.

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Did you know that twist-off bottle caps weren't invented until the 1960s? Even then, people still relied on this tool, called a churchkey. The pointy end punctured the can and the round end pried the top off.

What was the name of this toy?

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Pet Rocks were wildly popular for whatever reason. They were advertised as if they were living, breathing pets, and flew off shelves thanks to the marketing gimmick.

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Pet Rocks were wildly popular for whatever reason. They were advertised as if they were living, breathing pets, and flew off shelves thanks to the marketing gimmick.

What was this used for?

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This is a typewriter eraser. Much like a pencil eraser, the abrasive end was used to erase, and the typist then brushed away any debris with the bristle end.

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This is a typewriter eraser. Much like a pencil eraser, the abrasive end was used to erase, and the typist then brushed away any debris with the bristle end.

What was this small box used for?

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Prior to 1960, many suburban homes included a small box called a "milk chute." The neighborhood milkman would then leave the milk in the protected area and collect the money waiting inside for him. This way, milk could be delivered while you were at work without worrying that it would spoil.

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Prior to 1960, many suburban homes included a small box called a "milk chute." The neighborhood milkman would then leave the milk in the protected area and collect the money waiting inside for him. This way, milk could be delivered while you were at work without worrying that it would spoil.

What did this kitchen utensil do?

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This utensil is used to crush soft food but was mostly meant for mashing potatoes before the invention of an electric mixer.

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This utensil is used to crush soft food but was mostly meant for mashing potatoes before the invention of an electric mixer.

What is this toy?

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People either loved or hated Furby when it was around. They were cute in a creepy way and thankfully haven't made any sort of modern revival.

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People either loved or hated Furby when it was around. They were cute in a creepy way and thankfully haven't made any sort of modern revival.

What was the name of this food?

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This pistachio "salad" includes instant pudding, canned pineapple, whipped cream, pecans, and marshmallows. It was originally named Pistachio Pineapple Delight, but after the Watergate scandal, it was renamed. How the two are related is unclear. 

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This pistachio "salad" includes instant pudding, canned pineapple, whipped cream, pecans, and marshmallows. It was originally named Pistachio Pineapple Delight, but after the Watergate scandal, it was renamed. How the two are related is unclear. 

What was this called?

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The View-Mater was a line of stereoscopes and reels that allowed users to flip through the slides and see pictures. Some slides were novelty images from films or cartoons, and some were real photos.

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The View-Mater was a line of stereoscopes and reels that allowed users to flip through the slides and see pictures. Some slides were novelty images from films or cartoons, and some were real photos.

What was this toy called?

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Clackers were a popular toy in the 1960s and '70s, but they were eventually banned due to becoming a safety hazard—if they were made of acrylic, they had been reportedly shattering on impact.

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Clackers were a popular toy in the 1960s and '70s, but they were eventually banned due to becoming a safety hazard—if they were made of acrylic, they had been reportedly shattering on impact.

What were these cards called?

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Garbage Pail Kids Cards are worth upwards of $1000 today. The popular 1980s trading card game went out of style as the years went on, but cards with their original packaging are pretty rare finds.

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Garbage Pail Kids Cards are worth upwards of $1000 today. The popular 1980s trading card game went out of style as the years went on, but cards with their original packaging are pretty rare finds.

What's this toy called?

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Tamagotchis were popular handheld virtual pet games in the 1990s and are making a comeback today. The simple pixel design and minimalistic plot made these toys wildly popular among kids and teens.

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Tamagotchis were popular handheld virtual pet games in the 1990s and are making a comeback today. The simple pixel design and minimalistic plot made these toys wildly popular among kids and teens.

What was this appliance for?

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You could find hot drink vending machines could be found in all sorts of places, like hospitals and office spaces. Now, it's not so desirable to get your coffee from a dispensary like this.

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You could find hot drink vending machines could be found in all sorts of places, like hospitals and office spaces. Now, it's not so desirable to get your coffee from a dispensary like this.

What was this toy called?

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Polly Pocket has been a favorite among young girls for decades. Her pint-sized clothes and cars and accessories gave Barbie a run for her money.

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Polly Pocket has been a favorite among young girls for decades. Her pint-sized clothes and cars and accessories gave Barbie a run for her money.

What kind of doll is this?

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American Girl Dolls were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. With their line of historical figures like Samantha, children of all ages loved to learn about their pasts and play with their elaborate accessories and clothing.

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American Girl Dolls were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. With their line of historical figures like Samantha, children of all ages loved to learn about their pasts and play with their elaborate accessories and clothing.

What was this game called?

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Simon was a flashing light game that required the player to remember a pattern and repeat it back to the console.

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Simon was a flashing light game that required the player to remember a pattern and repeat it back to the console.

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