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    Intro to Sailing

    Discovery Center
    Have you ever looked out on Lake Michigan and seen hundreds of sailboats and said to yourself, "I wish I could do that?" Now you can! Enjoy striking views and breathtaking sunsets. Learn to sail and experience the thrill of a lifetime as the wind catches your sails. Use your time for a relaxing sail on Lake Michigan, or as a hands on class. You'll learn what it takes to sail a boat from professionals who are passionate about sailing in this hands-on course. Experience world-class sailing at its best while the breathtaking Chicago skyline sparkles on the horizon.
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    Night Kayak Tour

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    The city lights are gorgeous at night and the time is always perfect for an evening paddle... except for maybe in the dead of winter. So why haven't you properly experienced it? The tour begins at dusk, and at that point, you'll paddle down the Chicago River to enjoy the city lights reflecting in the river and off the buildings. Gaze into the eyes of the Sears Tower. See the sparkling lights of Navy Pier. Now's the time to embrace just how beautiful this Midwest masterpiece of a city is. With lights on your boat, it's time to explore the city at night!
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    Wire Wrapped Jewelry

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    Making jewelry from gold and silver wire is a method that has been used for thousands of years. In fact, the art is so old, it was used by the Egyptians to gold wire wrap stones in their rituals. At Discovery Center, you'll create your own beautiful and attractive jewelry using this solderless method. What all can you do? Wire wrapped jewels include pins, bracelets, rings, and necklaces made of crystals, beads, coral bones, or almost anything else. Grab a pair of pliers, wire, a stone, and your imagination to make either some profitable jewelry or accentuate your wardrobe. Why spend hundreds of dollars on new jewelry when you can make it yourself!
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    DIY Bath Salts

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    Are you a bath or shower person? Do you find solace in a bubbly, soothing bath? Or are you fearful to sit in a tepid pool of your own filth? Learn to relax in the bath by creating your own bath salt scrubs in your favorite fragrance. Discovery Center helps scrub away the day in this all-natural process using only natural ingredients to make fresh-smelling bath salt scrubs. During this DIY class, you'll create two fragrances and different packaging for each. Whether you're using them as gifts, trying to freshly bathe with your new found scents, or even want to start a small business selling all-natural lavender-chocolate-orange bath salts, Discovery Center takes you to where you need to be.
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    Intro to Belly Dance

    Discovery Center
    "Did you know your body could move like that?" - typical reaction after a belly dancing class. Explore the sensual art of belly dancing. Isolating your hips and shoulders, while simultaneously undulating your stomach and arms, you'll learn to be comfortable with your body. What's the best way to uncover a bit of your femininity? Obviously, it's through a body-slimming workout that'll tone and shape your arms, back, shoulders, abs, and glutes. Once belly dancing gets ahold of you, you'll feel healthier, sexier, and fitter!
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    Social Dance Lessons

    Discovery Center
    Outside of your kitchen's comfort, with a spatula in hand and singing "The Safety Dance," people often dance to be seen and be social. The clubs and dance halls may not welcome a spatula, so you better get comfortable without it. This class is perfect for the social dancer who doesn't really know what to do on the dance floor. Designed for beginners, you'll learn the fundamentals of leading and following, along with being exposed to a variety of dances for social events like weddings, parties, and night clubs. Needless to say, "The Chicken Dance" should no longer be "your jam."
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    Wine and Painting Class

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    Remember art class in elementary school? Where you painted beautiful pictures to take home for mom to hang up on the fridge. What would you say to an adult version of this class? The only difference is that instead of taking a drink at the water fountain, you'll down a glass of Merlot. Embark on an art adventure with Discovery Center's wine and painting evening. You don't need drawing or painting experience for this, but an adventurous spirit will do... and a refrigerator to hang up your masterpiece!
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    Intro to Calligraphy

    Discovery Center
    Are you a typography nerd when it comes to evaluating posters and signs, but not too skilled when trying to execute elaborate lettering on your own? Whether addressing invitations or sending a greeting card, calligraphy script will enhance the beauty and impact of your correspondences. This beautiful script is characterized by flowing thick and thin lines that result from control of a broad edged pen. This class meets in a creative and friendly environment where you will be immersed in the history and foundation of italic letters through in-class practice and study. By the end, you'll be able to create beautiful, hand written calligraphy lettering.
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    Voice-Over Lesson

    Discovery Center
    Think you have the voice of a cartoon character? Or maybe you make a better Simba than Jonathan Taylor Thomas? This course will teach you how to use your voice for profit. You'll learn the ins and outs of how to make it in the competitive field of voice-overs. Everything about audition tapes, types of scripts, studios, and agencies will be covered. You will be taught the essentials to getting a job in this field: how to present yourself for auditions, where to go and whom to contact in order to obtain work, how to prepare yourself to properly read copy, pronunciation, technique, and the attitudes necessary for success. Get ready to be a new voice on The Simpsons... or simply your next home video.
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    Couples Slow Dance Class

    Discovery Center
    Still get the jitters like a sixth grader in the school gym when you hear the words "slow dance?" If this rings a bell, change your attitude now because slow dancing has never been better than with this stepping style dance class. For those who don't know, stepping is one of the most popular slow-dance styles in Chicago, with dance clubs having nights devoted for "Steppers." In this dance class, combine the grace of ballroom and the two-step. You'll learn the basics of leading and following. Finally, glide across the dance floor without that twelve-year-old's discomfort weighted on your chest. Don't forget to bring your significant other!
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    Weight Loss Through Hypnosis

    Discovery Center
    "How did you lose all that weight?" is what friends may ask after you take this course! Your unconscious mind already knows how you will peel away those unwanted pounds. This class helps you access your unconscious intelligence and wisdom to accelerate your weight loss. If you've ever said, "I'm too weak to lose weight," or "I don't have enough time to eat right," or "I can't stop myself from eating", your unconscious will have accepted these negatives as truth. The cure for negative self-hypnosis is positive self-hypnosis. If you hypnotized yourself to gain weight, you can hypnotize yourself to lose it. Uncover the eerie truth about self-hypnosis, how to do it, and start shedding the pounds in a way you've never imagined!
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    Studio Photography

    Discovery Center
    Take control of your pictures and enter the studio! Like a photographer snapping shots of models, bring your photos up a notch and have people drooling after taking this course in studio photography. At Discovery Center, become introduced to studio equipment and learn how to get the most out of any camera, in any location, under any light situation. After the demonstration, you'll have a photo session with a model, learning posing and fashion techniques, along with tips to help you create a unique and robust portfolio. Dive into photography the right way -- the studio way!
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    Massage Class: Upper Body

    Discovery Center
    Every time you're touched, do you get this feeling... that starts in your toes and then you crinkle your nose? Well, this class intently focuses on the power of touch, addressing the back, neck, and shoulders. Who doesn't enjoy a good back massage, whether it be for pain relief or relaxation? In this class, you'll learn the muscle locations to give the perfect upper body massage. Using Swedish Massage techniques, you'll practice the principles of massage with various oils. Oh, it feels so good already!
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    Massage Class: Lower Body

    Discovery Center
    Learn the gift of touch. Not "ET" touch, but human touch and connection. Through demonstration, discussion, and plenty of supervised practice, gain the knowledge to become comfortable giving massages to your family, friends, and loved ones. Embracing the principles of massage, location of muscles, and important hands-on techniques, you'll focus your attention on the hips, legs, and feet. After a long day of sitting or standing, a nice leg massage can relieve, revitalize, and re-stimulate (ow, wow!) simultaneously. This class is an ideal introduction to massage and will have you rubbing the right way!
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    Cross Country Skiing

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    When you think "Chicago," cross country skiing likely doesn't come to mind. It's generally pizza, hot dogs, and "DA BEARS." Invigorate your body this winter and undertake the viking pastime of cross country skiing. Geared towards beginners, take advantage of the parks and forest preserves that have become a hot bed for cross country skiing in Chicago. An alternative to winter running, cross country skiing provides an excellent cardio boost during what would be your bear-like hibernation. Spend a day getting in shape and enjoying the nature within Chicago. Who knows? Maybe you just found your next big hobby.
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    Develop a Push Button Memory

    Discovery Center
    Tired of forgetting names and numbers? Sick of having to write everything down out of fear you won't remember? Here's your chance to learn the tricks and exercises to triple your present memory power. What's the catch you ask? There is none. People are constantly enamored by those with great memories, thinking their capacity to remember is unattainable. Not true! Memory, according to professionals, is something you can actually improve and enhance -- all you need to know is how. With Discovery Center, you will learn the techniques that will help you memorize names, pick up languages, and improve your social skills, grades and work performance. You'll be walking out with a refreshed memory and tips to keep on improving. This class is literally unforgettable.
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    Bikes at Night Tour

    Discovery Center
    When the lights go down in the city, you need to take to the Chicago streets. Guided by moonlight and the cityscape, you will explore the beauty of this Midwest marvel. During this bike tour, enjoy the spectacular lights of Chicago's skyline and lakefront by night. The must-see highlights include the Magnificent Mile, Crown Fountain, Buckingham Fountain, and Navy Pier. Take in the nighttime breeze and the softness that overcomes the city once the lights go out. Who knows? You may love it so much that you'll stay out to see the sunrise.
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    Blackjack

    Discovery Center
    Walking into the casino, even though the slots shine of gaudy glamour, Blackjack actually holds some of the best odds of winning at nearly fifty-fifty. Now, the game's not as simple as scoring twenty-one or slapping a jack. There are nuances, rules, and a book that needs to be followed. Do you know whether to hit on a sixteen or even double down? In this beginner class, let an experienced Blackjack player guide you through the game, learning strategy, some card counting, and table etiquette. Play a few hands, and once your bearings are straight, take to the table! To hit, or not to hit... that is the question.
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    White Water Rafting

    Discovery Center
    Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting as you and your friends raft Indiana's only whitewater river, the St. Joseph. After a short ride from Chicago, you join your rafting guides at the St. Joseph River. You'll receive an introduction to rafting before taking on some of the most challenging rapids in the Midwest. Seriously, this area draws Olympic winners and National Champions. Laugh, shout and have the time of your life as you repeat your thrill ride over and over again. Whether you come alone or in a group, experience an excellent introduction to whitewater rafting. After the trip you'll stop for food and drinks, with the first drink on the house!
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    Lakefront Bike Tour

    Discovery Center
    What's the best way to enjoy Chicago? You need to be on the streets and by the water, listening to the sounds of cars, boats, and the serene Lake Michigan. Go and experience Chicago's sites, while enjoying the outdoors on a great bike tour. As you enter this urban safari, bear witness to the great architecture of the Windy City, beaches, lagoons, gardens, and animals. You'll even ride through the famous Millenium Park, Navy Pier, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago should be seen from the streets not from afar -- looking at you Sears Tower.
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    Lakefront Segway Tour

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    Be honest, you've always wanted to ride a segway. Everyone has. Truly, there's no better way to uncover Chicago's beauty than along the lakefront while riding on a segway. On this tour, glide through Chicago's lakefront with an entertaining tour guide and witness the spectacular views of the downtown skyline. You'll see all of the top lakefront sites like Millennium Park, Soldier Field, and Shedd Aquarium. With the soft breeze from the lake and the calmness of the skyline, you might have just discovered what beauty means. Remember to breathe on this breathtaking journey.
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    Canoeing

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    Sometimes, you just need to escape the city life, requiring the calmness of nature. Why not spend a lazy afternoon exploring canyons, caves, sandstone bluffs, and observing herons and other wildlife in Fox River, Illinois? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day. Here, you'll paddle through Fox River, listening to the soft streams of the river paired with chirping birds and lovely exploration. For those of you in need of a day-cation or simply an escape, Fox River is the ultimate place to relax.
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    Sunset Kayaking Tour

    Discovery Center
    Is there anything more breathtaking than witnessing a sunset over the prettiest city on Earth? This kayak tour lets you take in the sunset from the best vantage point possible -- just remember to breathe. Here, you'll enjoy Chicago at this special time of day, watching the cityscape transform from sunlit urbania to moonlit marvel. Watch as the sunset reflects off the water and downtown skyscrapers. This tour's the absolute definition of indescribable beauty. You just have to see it for yourself.
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    Architectural Chicago Kayak Tour

    Discovery Center
    See Chicago from a completely new perspective... from the seat of a kayak. On this kayak tour, uncover the unique architecture and history that makes Chicago so, um, Chicago! You'll begin with an introduction to paddle strokes, group dynamics, and river safety. From there, enjoy a guided tour on the river, paddling through the great urban canyon betwixt skyscrapers. Learn the stories of how the city came to be and grew up along the river. This isn't something to be missed.
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    Self-Hypnosis Healing

    Discovery Center
    Can you imagine having surgery or a tooth pulled without any drugs to numb the pain? Surgeons have performed countless operations while the patients only dulled their pain with hypnosis. You too can learn hypnoanesthesia to help reduce or eliminate pain from backaches, headaches or cramps. With Discovery Center, you'll learn how to manage your physical and emotional pain through proven methods of hypnosis. Hypnosis can also help the immune system fight diseases such as cancer, as well as help the nervous system offset the harmful effects of stress. Stress-free living? Hell yeah! You can also use hypnosis to allay the fears of an impending surgery, medical test or childbirth. Discover why hypnosis is one very effective way to maintain your mental and physical health.
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    Meditation Through Transcendental Hypnosis

    Discovery Center
    Transcendental hypnosis is a potent form of meditation. Turn your anxious, fearful thoughts into a serene meditation and take a welcomed break from your problems. In this class, you'll learn how to quiet the chatter in your mind so your body and mind peacefully unite as one. From there, gain the skills to experience the calm, relaxing benefits of meditation again and again. Scientists have already proven meditation helps to alleviate backaches, headaches, hypertension, mental blocks, anxiety symptoms and more! If you have been postponing learning to meditate, stop now because its never too late to exercise more control over your mind, body, and life. Take back control!
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    Downhill Ski Trip

    Discovery Center
    So, where are the mountains in downtown Chicago? You may not find 'em on Michigan Ave, but Discovery Center will take you to the best skiing in the area, with everything being arranged and organized for you. Amid beautiful surroundings, learn the safety, skills, and incredible fun behind skiing. Take to the hills, bunny or monstrous, and blaze down, having the time of your life. After the rush of skiing, enjoy complete relaxation in the lodge, in front of a crackling fire, and meet new friends. Join the fun and excitement behind skiing Chicago-style.
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    Precision Acupressure

    Discovery Center
    Tired of being in pain and spending exorbitant amounts of money on vitamins, supplements, diets, doctors, and prescriptions? Learn painless, non-invasive, non-toxic techniques to restore and take control of your health. With the help of precision acupressure, you'll regulate, balance, and normalize your body so it can function at peak performance. It's almost like a natural version of a steroid without the dangerous side effects. The process slows down aging and enhances your skin, muscle tone and life by stimulating lymph drainage, blood, and energy circulation. Acupressure is acupuncture without needles. You're already feeling better aren't you?!
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    Murder Mystery Dinner

    Discovery Center
    Ready for a little excitement at your next dinner? Join Discovery Center for a dinner party with a twist... murder! Discovery Center presents an audience-participation murder mystery dinner-theater event. You and your friends will eat, observe and help unravel the mystery. Mingle with other guests and meet new people, but observe everything very closely for a murder will be committed. As the drama unfolds, you'll realize that certain characters have something to hide. Past indiscretions are hinted at, past relationships are alluded to, past lives are referred to. Tempers begin to flare, and it becomes apparent that you should believe no one. Many are suspects, but only one will be guilty! That is for YOU to figure out. During the dinner, you'll review details, examine evidence, be interrogated by detectives, and question the witnesses and suspects. Think you have what it takes to solve this mystery?
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    Intensive One Day Photography Workshop

    Discovery Center
    When will you figure out that tapping "Sepia" on Instagram doesn't make you a photographer? Adjusting ISO, aperture, and shutter speed takes you to real photography. In this one-day intensive workshop, learn how your camera works and what you need to consider in order to take amazing photos. You'll cover topics including composition, lighting, black and white photography, digital color photography, base aperture, and shutter speed settings for various shooting situations. During this information-packed day combined with hands-on practice, you will also learn how to work with natural and artificial light. Stop the iPhoneography and master a real camera.
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    Couples Massage Class

    Discovery Center
    Tense shoulders? Body need oiling? How about a soothing rub down? Designed specifically for couples, this class teaches you and your partner the essential techniques of how to give and receive a tension-easing massage. As a pair, you will focus on increasing positive touch and healthy communication in your relationship. Through emphasizing feet, head, and neck, you will use soothing Swedish Massage techniques to completely relax your partner. By learning the skills in class, you'll be able to take this knowledge home, grab some oil or lotion, and rub down your loved one in the most sensual way possible.
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    Limousine Scavenger Hunt

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    Whirl around Chicago in luxury, while searching for clues to solve an intriguing riddle! You and your teammates will pit your wits against other teams while at the same time visiting famous Chicago landmarks via limousines. Find titillating clues in possible places such as the Sears Tower, Magnificent Mile, and the University of Chicago. Imagine the surprise of pedestrian bystanders when you jump out of a limo in pursuit of solving elusive riddles. Bring your own teammates or meet new friends. Either way, you may discover a lot about yourself as a leader, follower, and problem-solver. All teams will meet at a popular restaurant while scores are being tabulated. There you can rehash strategies with other teams and get to know them as well. Uncover this mystery... in style!
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    Become a Detective

    Discovery Center
    Uncover the facts about anyone: your ex's hidden assets, a new client's history, your lover's secret past. Obtain all of this quickly and legally. With Discovery Center, you'll explore where professionals find information and obtain sources that work. Gain insight on what can and can't be done in the field of private investigation -- there are more rules than you think. As you master these tactful skills, learn to track, locate, pretext, and target any individual. Uncover the ways of James Bond and Sherlock Holmes to solve all of your own mysteries. Caution: be careful what you might find...
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    How to Talk to Anyone Anytime

    Discovery Center
    Self-conscious about your social anxiety? Always trying to make a good impression but fear of rejection stands in your way? Or do you just want to learn how to strike up conversation with anyone sitting at the bar? Whatever your goals may be, get ready to learn how to talk to anyone, anytime. During this class, work to overcome your fears, whether they be rejection or awkward silence. During these exercises, you'll learn how to project confidence, feel comfortable with yourself and your thoughts, and explore the basics of starting and continuing conversations. Are you nervous? Good, because that'll go away pretty quickly.
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    Secret Chicago Tour

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    Embark on a unique tour of the wild and lesser known side of Chicago. Uncover the parts of this city that those in the "know" would hate for you to see: cheap, unique dives, and colorful emporiums of entertainment. Strolling down the dark side streets, you may dabble with pagans and magicians, dally with fetishists, and get friendly with non-conformists who never make it into regular tours. On this Secret Chicago Tour, you'll unlock the doors and step foot in an obscure vision of the Windy City you'd never believe. Are you ready?
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    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

    Discovery Center
    Impress everyone at your next dinner party with your knowledge of fine wines and rich mahogany cupboards... well, maybe not so much the latter. Join Discovery Center for an exciting evening of wine and good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting. There's more than red vs. white or box vs. bottle. For budding wine enthusiasts, you'll cultivate your palate and expand your wine vocabulary, becoming the vino expert among your friends. Taste your way through exquisite wines and develop a taste of your own. You will also learn the nuances of terroir and the many viniculture techniques used to impact the aroma and taste of wine. No wine list shall intimidate you ever again!
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    Intro to Drawing

    Discovery Center
    Start turning your stick figures and doodles into masterpieces. In this class you'll get plenty of attention and encouragement as you develop your skills. You will be introduced to basic drawing by studying a variety of objects, styles, and techniques. You will increase your ability to draw quickly, accurately, to your satisfaction. Learn tips and tricks for creating the texture and effect you are looking for in your drawings from your friendly instructor. You too can develop realistic, imaginative, and expressive drawing skills.
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    Stained Glass Workshop

    Discovery Center
    Like the creators of Notre Dame Cathedral or Holy Name Cathedral, you too, can create awe-inspiring stained glass art like the professionals. During this beginner class at Discovery Center, you'll learn how to cut and break glass as you create your own project using the copper foil method. Dealing with a certain type and quality of glass, appropriate tools, cutting techniques, and assembling, you will work to complete a stained glass project of your own. Spice up your skills, and possibly your home, with your newly created chunk of stained glass. Didn't think your home could look as fancy as the cathedrals, did you?
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