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How Did We Get Different Races

Creation of God from humans two. But the world over is filled up with people of all kind of colors. One wonders how this can be possible. The color is not only skin deep, the offsprings carry the same color of parents. Even the feature too. Any response will be helpful in my study.

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I have been with the understanding that the different races came from Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.
---chipper on 10/23/07

In answer to your question:
Many people lived where the sun was the hotest.So they grew darker.The cold gave some
people pale skin.SOME develop different pigments in the body,which affected the skin.
they are called skin cells.
If this answered your question,give me a call
with other questions you may have.I am the
Last of the Majors.
---Jack on 10/21/07

Lori,Read Gen 4:15

How many black people evidently were killed in the name of slavery, how come their murders have not had a sevenfold vengeance come upon them from this mark of race according to YOU. The mark God gave Cain and alone was to protect him from others? Your findings are a Lie from the pit of hell and no weapons formed against African people serving A God who cannot (lie) will or can ever prosper.
---Carla5754 on 10/19/07

Tommy thank you for your response. I believe I now understand your reasoning, you have reasoned that the creation of Gen.1:27 were people without souls as contrasting "A new kind of man, with a soul" in Gen.2:7 and that this explains Gen.6:2. Perhaps Father has given you a deeper understanding of this than myself. I will continue my study keeping your understanding of this in mind. However I would like for you to consider that the word 'man' in both verses is defined in the same way. Cont.
---joseph on 10/14/07

Pt.2 i:e. From the hebrew word 'adam' A Ruddy complected human being. The father created 'man' male and female and called their name "Adam" the day that He created them. Gen.5:1,2. Concerning the trees and their fruit, Gen.2:9 references two different types of trees. One type good for food, as physical nourishment, fruit, nuts, etc. Also present in the midst of the garden was the tree of life as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The distinction implies that these trees..Cont.
---joseph on 10/14/07

Pt.3...were different from the others, with a different type of fruit. I submit for your consideration, that the term "tree" as applied to life and knowledge denotes the spine or backbone of the body, as that which supplies firmness and support. And the fruit of these trees represent the reward obtained from them, either deliverance or dispersion, through the strength of a deity. One offered a temptation, the other did not. Man choose to adhere to and fell subject to the tempter.
---joseph on 10/14/07

Because God wanted them and it has nothing to do with Vitamin D.
Native Americans live in some the coldest regions of the world, the color of their skin vs. the color of scandalanders has to do with God's plans and purposes.
---Bob on 10/13/07

According to my World Atlas, there are only THREE races on this earth: Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid. This is White, Black, and Asian. All of the smaller ethnic divisions fall under one of these 3, such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Philipino, Vietnamese, Eskimos, American Indians, etc are all Mongoloid, all one race. They may have different languages and slightly different looks, but they are still of the same race, Mongoloid. Caucasoids are Europeans, Arabs, Spanish, etc. Many subdivisions.
---Gina7 on 10/13/07

P.S. Tommy: Who did Noah's grandchildren marry? Do the math! :)
---Leon on 10/12/07

Tommy: Honestly, who told you that -- you or God the Holy Spirit? It seems, in your zeal, you're trying to square peg Scripture with your own private (rationalized, personal) interpretations. Please take into account, the Bible says God's ways are higher than our ways & surpasses our understanding. Just because something makes no sense to you, me or whoever doesn't mean it isn't so.

By the way, Abraham married his half-sister & it didn't violate God's will or purposes. Be blessed.:)
---Leon on 10/12/07

Joseph, Chapter 1 of Genesis 26-29 paints a different picture than Chapter 2. Chap. 2 is a continuation not more detail. Read what man can eat vs.29. No mention of the forbidden fruit. Also, God looked on everything that he had made and behold it was very good, vs. 31. Would he have said that or rested then if sin had entered into the world? Can anyone believe that the Lord would have Adams sons marry their sisters? Not a chance. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
---tommy on 10/11/07

Gen. 1 was beasts first then man. Gen. 2 17-20 the order of creation is man first, beasts next. That indicates a separate incident. Adam was made from the earth by Gods hands, not just spoken into existence. God breathed into his nostrils and man became a living soul. A new kind of man, with a soul. Also, Who were the sons of god looking on the daughters of man in Chap. 6 if there were not two distinct groups of humanity. Adam like Jesus came into a populated world.
---tommy on 10/11/07

any good book on biology would tell you should you want a real answer. Its about melanin and Vitamin D.
---alexia on 10/11/07

Denna)Thank you. I had never really question this as I believed that the people of Jesus' time were colored as the Middle Easterners. Why I do not know but just a preconcieved notion. But your scriptures are accurate and as usual it all goes back to Iraq! Interesting. The question remains,where did white,yellow,lt brown skin come from?:)
---splaa6685 on 10/11/07

When God confounded the language of the people building the tower of Babel, the people were scattered because the could no longer understand each other. People who speak different languages often have different skin colors. I believe that when God scattered the people He also changed their skin color. Why else would people who speak the same language have the same skin color?
---paul on 10/10/07


Thank you for agreeing with me.
---denna7667 on 10/10/07

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Exactly Joseph & Denna7667! The Bible consistently tells us up front (introduces) "what was done". Then it builds upon (details) the intro by telling us "how it all transpired/[was done]".

Effective teaching links what students already know to what they don't & need to know. I believe God is the author of this teaching mode.

Fellow Bloggers: See Gena's comments to me (10/05/07). She stresses "how to" read the Bible in context versus out of context.
---Leon on 10/7/07

denna, everything I have ever read is in agreement what what you say.
---alexia on 10/7/07

Why are birds of a different feather in every latitude and longitude? Why are the birds in Augusta, GA. different from the birds in Missoula, MT.? Why are there gators in Florida and Kodiak bears in Alaska?
God desires variety. He holds the worlds in the palm of His hand. I celebrate diversity in people, lands, cultures. Every people group has its' own giftings that brings pleasure to God and humans. Awesome.

---Michelle on 10/7/07

I thank God for our differences. Differences of opinion, freedom of religion, freedom of speech. Whom the Son sets free is free, indeed.
Liberty, it's there that my soul is set free.
I pray that God will hold back the One World Church. Jesus died to set us free from the spirit of bondage. Why would anyone want to go back? The creation of God is a wonder, celebrate God and His infinite intelligence.
He wants people of unique heritage and color.
So do I.

---Michelle on 10/7/07

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"The first chapter tells us what was done, the second tells us how it all transpired in greater detail." I have also heard it explained that was the writing style of that time to state something then follow with further and more detail.
---denna7667 on 10/7/07

Pt.2 The way I understand it. The first chapter tells us what was done, the second tells us how it all transpired in greater detail. Where do you see an additional creation? Are you saying, like the aforementioned pastor, That "the Father forgot that He had not created a farmer"? Please understand that I am not being facetious, neither am I saying that you are incorrect in your belief, I am just not seeing any eighth day creation. Please enlighten me. Thanks
---joseph on 10/6/07

"Adam was created on the first day after God rested." Tommy I have heard this spoken before on a T.V. ministry. Exactly were is it found. I have already heard the response, Gen. chapter 2, however the first verse clearly states that the heavens and earth were finished (complete, done) and 'all' the host of them. Verse 4 tells us that the following verses are the generations (Histories) of the heavens and the earth. Cont.
---joseph on 10/6/07


Every thing I have ever read states that the Bible refers to the Garden of Eden being in the area where the Tigris and Euphrates meet. To my knowledge and memory of world geography the only place that happens is in Iraq.
---denna7667 on 10/6/07

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But did you know that these four rivers are no longer in existence and that the topography of the entire earth was transformed by the flood. Should that be the case, Noah may have named the present Tigris and Euphrates rivers after two of the rivers he remembered before the flood. It is futile to try and identify the exact location of the garden out of which these rivers flowed.
---catherine on 10/6/07

Gena sorry to disagree, but you are wrong according to the KJV of the bible. Genesis 2:10-14. Four rivers flowed out of Eden, the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. verse 13 which states: "And the name of the second river is Gihon, the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. where do you get Iraq from that when it is Africa in every bible I have read regardless of translation. Are you going by the bible or stupid men that think they know everything and know nothing.
---lori on 10/6/07

God loves diversity in the animal and plant kingdom and diversity in humans.

How dreadful and boring to live in a world of clones, drones, and dead mens' bones.
The Church is filled with a diversity of languages, colors, giftings, callings, offices that give all the Glory to God.

---Michelle on 10/6/07

Man and woman were first created on the 6th day, Gen 1. Diverse. Adam was created on the first day after God rested. God tells man to eat every fruit. Never mentions the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Also, God would not have said everything was good after day 6 if sin had happened there.
---Tommy on 10/6/07

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Before someone jumps the gun here now, this is what I have found so far.>>>The arrogance of man. A rebel named Nimrod [Grandson of Ham] instigates a religious building program [consisting of both an astrological tower and a city] on the plains of Shinar near Babylon. [Gen. 10-11] God punishes this evil attempt and separates man-kind into small ethnic groups by confusing their once universal language into many dialects.
---catherine on 10/6/07

lori - #1
How is Africa east of Eden? Eden was on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, at their junction with the Pishon and Gihon. Genesis 2:10-14. The Pishon and Gihon have not been identified. The Euphrates and Tigris rivers currently flow into the Persian Gulf. In Ancient inscriptions the Persian Gulf was called "a river." Eden was in Babylonia, what is now know as Iraq.
---Gena on 10/6/07

east of eden is still africa, regardless how people try to twist it to suit themselves. I never said in eden. it was removed when Adam was cast out. All I did was tell everyone who their lineage was through, nothing more, nothing less. If people choose to condemn their own lineage, the sin is on their heads, not mine. people are so quick to condemn truth from the bible when it shows them in a bad light, yet millions today have no problem indulging in every evil act they want and then denying it is evil.
---lori on 10/5/07

Carla . . . You are so very welcome! :-)

---Gena on 10/5/07

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Thanks Leon! You are right. We need to read the bible for ourselves and especially be careful that a verse or phrase has not been taken out of context. I always read what comes before and after (not just the verse before - but perhaps a whole chapter before) so that I am getting the true picture and true meaning of what is being said.

Too many on here quote what they have heard the bible said and not what is actually written.

God bless!
---Gena on 10/5/07

StrongAxe: It, this "racist" notion the mark of Cain was dark skin :), is indeed absolutely ridiculous!

#1 - Noah was a descendant of Seth. He married one of the "daughters of men" (a woman descended directly from Adam or Cain, i.e., G5:4 & 6:2). If Mrs. Noah came from Cain, then she would've had dark skin! Also her sons would've been dark skinned too & carried it in their DNA/genes to the other side of the flood. --cont'd--
---Leon on 10/5/07

#1, -- cont'd -- : But, then there wouldn't have been any "pure" pale skinned people, so that can't be right. :)

#2 - Noah's sons (at least one or more) may've married women from Cain's family. If so, then at least some of the post-flood children would've had cursed dark skin. Hmmmmmmm. :/ Stinkin' thinkin'!

#3 - I liked Matthew's thought provoking comments (10/3). I too have thought the same. But, the Bible doesn't supports either way, i.e., white to black, black to white.
---Leon on 10/5/07

Nice one StrongAxe
---alexia on 10/5/07

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The place where Cain DWELT was Nn the EAST OF Eden. NOT IN EDEN. could you also as I have been ignorant to reading things as I have been told rather than writing as I have read?
---Carla5754 on 10/5/07

God formed man from the "dust of the ground" (Gen 2:7 & 3:19.) Even though I don't think canonized scripture states that God used soil from all parts of the earth, I believe He very well could have, & since there are various shades & types of soil on earth, there are various shades & types of people.
The Bible doesn't specify exactly what Cain's mark was, and I believe it's irrelevant.
---tracy3346 on 10/5/07

NOWHERE in the Bible is there any justification for the vile form of hatred known as racism.
Rev 5:9 states "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of EVERY KINDRED, and TONGUE, and PEOPLE, and NATION". Also read Rev 14:6.
---tracy3346 on 10/5/07

Excellent Gena! If we will only read & then hear the Bible, the scales will fall from our eyes & we'll be able to clearly understand & envision what God would have us to see. God bless!!!
---Leon on 10/5/07

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Bible..let us no longer criticize one another, but decide not to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brothers way. For if your brother is hurt by ... do not let your good be slandered, for the kingdom of God is righteousness... builds up one another.
It is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by 'race, color' Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. Romans 14:13-22

Solomon's skin color is not important and does not affect Scripture.

---Michelle on 10/5/07

Gena, Your right I have been led to believe Solomon was black and have read this passage over and over with that in mind and never once though it not so. Well, well that changes a lot of things the Rasta Farians have to say about the heritage of Halie Salasi. I'm shamed but educated I'm always the one to say go re-read that scripture again and Eureka :) nice one thank you for that one Girl!
---Carla5754 on 10/5/07


If the Mark of Cain is dark skin, how did it survive the flood, since EVERYONE was killed, except Noah and his sons (who were NOT descended from Cain), and their wives.
---StrongAxe on 10/5/07

Son of Songs where it says, "I am dark but lovely" is not Solomon but it is the Shulamite woman who loved the king. She was a Palestinian young woman, not African. Chapter 1 verses 5-7 are said by the woman. She also complains that the reason she is so dark is because her brothers made her work in the vineyards.
---Gena on 10/5/07

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The bible tells us the location of the garden.Gen.2:13.the bible tells us God placed a mark on cain and all his descendants. everyone would know them from their mark. NO nation in the world has the same genetic makeup as africa. .... if I am seen as racist, you have to label the bible and gospel of Jesus Christ racist too bc that is what it teaches. people either believe the bible is true or they don't. simple.
---lori on 10/3/07

lori where is the Garden of Eden?
What is the mark of Cain?
---Andrea on 10/4/07

If David's son, Solomon, was black, so be it.
Jesus is for everyone.
The earth's layers are in every color. We are all dust.

---Michelle on 10/4/07

If you read the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon as some call it) you find that Solomaon was black. The book is a love song.

Song of Songs 1:5 "I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. (NASB)
---denna7667 on 10/4/07

According to some scholars Zippora was black so did God allow moses to married to a Marked woman without mentioning it?

So to Solomon, who himself said he was Black, Queen of Sheba and Ham too?
---Carla5754 on 10/4/07

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I have no idea. However, with ALL humans on the planet being descended from Noah, racial distinctions would have to have come after the flood, not before.

I personally find the idea that "the mark of Cain is dark skin" to be a ridiculous theory, without any supporting evidence, whose sole purpose is to promote racist stereotypes.
---StrongAxe on 10/4/07

Strongaxe: So was Noah white or black?

Anyone: Seems everyone is assuming that the mark of Cain is being black. But, again, how do we know that Adam and Eve weren't black, and the mark of Cain is being white?

Any Bible reference available to clarify?
---matthew on 10/3/07

lisa, Black folks are not genetically different from others. Given one should know intuitively that racism is wrong,if you think the bible must thus be racist, I guess i'd be thinking my interpretation was WRONG.
---alexia on 10/3/07


There was a mark on Cain, but that is fairly irrelevant to anyone living after the flood, because EVERYONE died, other than Noah (and his sons, who were descended from him).

(Plus their wives, but Biblical heritages and curses always seemed to be passed through the main lineage).
---StrongAxe on 10/3/07

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While skin color is determined by how skin pigments react to sunlight, the amount of those pigments is determined by genetics. This is why Africans living in Norway have darker skin than Norwegians living in Africa.
---StrongAxe on 10/3/07

The bible tells us the location of the garden. Gen. 2:13. the bible tells us God placed a mark on cain and all his descendants. everyone would know them from their mark. NO nation in the world has the same genetic makeup as africa. we have to research whom we descended from. citizens of africa know by their appearance. if I am seen as racist, you have to label the bible and gospel of Jesus Christ racist too because that is what it teaches. people either believe the bible is true or they don't. simple.
---lori on 10/3/07

Carla, if I misunderstood the point of your contribution I apologise.
---RitaH on 10/2/07


My children sing baa baa black sheep and have a black board to write on, I never said I had a problem with those words I suggested that the prejudices/steryotypes that have been displayed by lori. I certainly agree that darkness is black but When racism raises it's ugly head in there some where under the name of ''christianity'' then it's evident some people will still use misinterpreted scripture to hurt/disrespect another race for the ignorance of wanting to sound knowledgeable.
---Carla5754 on 10/1/07

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The color of your skin is not what makes you good or bad it's the person you have made yourself to be. I'm part American Indian and look mostly white. But have still experinced racist behavior from some. All shades of skin are beatiful in the eye's of our Lord God. Just remember his commandment to Love others as we love ourselves.
---Charles on 10/1/07

There are few things as disgusting as spiritually arrogant folk who're always wrecklessly racing around in their souped-up (exaggerated) opinions & running down (even drive-by-shooting off their mouths about) other people they think aren't as good as themselves. How dark (black, evil) is that? Repent before God before it's too late!
---Leon on 10/1/07

lori - is once again sharing her doctrine of demons from Joseph smith. Smith taught that black skin was a mark of evil (literally) the mark of Cain. Which does nothing to explain how that mark continued after Noah.

Skin color is strictly determined by pigments formed bc of sun exposure - not bc of sin.
---Andrea on 10/1/07

lori it must be nice when you can pervert the bible to agree with your racism. Read a little biology before you continue your racist diatribe.
---alexia on 10/1/07

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'black magic, black mail, blackboard, black witch, black death'. Carla, I understand here that you are saying the word 'black' is often used to mean 'bad' (and it is wrong that we have done so). What is even more sad though, is the fact that almost anything beginning with 'black' is now deemed an insult - which is why blackboard is on your list and most of these have been replaced by politically correct white boards and coloured pens, which are very inferior to the simple (and innocent) blackboard.
---RitaH on 10/1/07

Thank you Lori. I don't know what I was thinking with the God marking people idea and going along with it, and then extending to other races. Lori you have shown me how such beliefs extend racist thought. So black people have the mark of Cain,are warlike and follow the devil? Here's a thought. Maybe Adam and Eve were black, and the mark of Cain is being white. Try that one on. The historical sum of white evil is way beyond the sum of black evil. Makes more sense than the other way around.
---matthew on 9/30/07

Genesis 2:13 states the garden of eden was in ethiopia surrounded by the Pison, Euphrates, Gihon and Hiddekel rivers. when cain slew abel, a mark was put upon him making him different from everyone else. that mark is passed down to every generation born to today. it was a mark recognizable from a great distance. cain lived his life in africa, his descendants were african. history tells us they were a hostile evil warlike people and that is still true today, following the ways of satan over God.
---lori on 9/30/07

2- the equator factors in. false. people living in South America are not black. they bear no similarities to those born in africa. the mark is distinct and can't be argued over. mixed marriages, children bear the mark and it is passed down from generation to generation. when a child is born black years in the future, research shows mothers or fathers were from africa in their family tree. when God places a mark forever, it stays until repentence is shown and they follow Jesus Christ in all ways.
---lori on 9/30/07

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She charged the earth while I price my work within their budget. Many times I'd go into work and see elderly men looking like rod Stewart and later found out the reason why she finished so early was because she never
changed the ladies perm rods, put them under the hair dryer without the chemicals fully washed out and thats why the hair was so fizzy and smelly when I came to wash their hair out two weeks later.
---Carla5754 on 9/30/07

No one listened to me because they were ignorant of hairdressing procedures and probably thought it was me doing it. Of all the places I worked in not even the most prestige and cleanest homes did I find that no ill treatment of some kind was going on. Yet if I asked some of the black workers of which there was only one or two they would say as long as they never ill treated their patients, they others would be found out. they did but it was always kept quiet.
---Carla5754 on 9/30/07

one lady many many years ago explained to me how she was left with a bowl, with cold water and a flannel like cardboard to wash in left outside the door, the disabled lady next to her with just a curtain to separate them couldn't help herself and had no assistance. When she helped her she was told off and victimised so she had to hide and help her. She was a guest paid for by her neighbor to keep her company for a few weeks at a thousand odd pounds a week None of the staff there were BLACK!
---Carla5754 on 9/30/07

When I met my friends brother went into hospital after a car crash again many years ago he told me how he was treated very badly by the nurses and the only nurses that were kind to him were the black nurses who would change his dressings and be friend him, he was probably racist at one time and explained that because he was treated so well he had a lot of respect for black people and wanted to marry my sister lol he then married an asian girl and is still married.
---Carla5754 on 9/30/07

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So where you get the idea that being black means bad is possibly down to your poor education of different races and the terms used such as black magic, black mail, blackboard, black witch, black death. I don't see my self as black by color because if you mix black with white you get GRAY my children are olive skinned brown and blonde hair! work that one out! none of us has ever been locked up arrested for any crime and all my brothers were in the military services and have good reputations.
---Carla5754 on 9/30/07

Alan, you're right. I always seem to mess up when I try justify some position by taking the Bible literally and then arguing reasonably. The results come out twisted and confused. Fact is you either have take the Bible literally by faith, or go with science and reason. Mixing the two is a messy mix, and the results not often pretty.
---matthew on 9/30/07

Matthew, I worked in elderly persons home mobile for several years. the abuse that went on was horrendous. I some how got around to communicate with one of the hairdressers to stop using cheep perms causing all the clients hair she permed to go frizzy, by using a professional hair stockist that she passed every day to go to work. She would cut their hair so short that they needed a perm every couple of weeks instead of months and finished work at least 5 hrs quicker than I did.
---Carla5754 on 9/30/07

matthew ... that is a somewhat ludicrous suggestion, that the unsaved could be recognised by the colour of their skin.
When people started being "saved" 2000 yearsa go, they would have been Jews and Mediterranean races.
So when the faith was taken to Britain for example, the "unsaved" would have been the white-skinned inhabitants of our islands.
So much for black being the mark of unsaved.
---alan_of_UK on 9/29/07

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Do not be too hard on Kerry or his pastor. Two possiblities: Evolution can explain racial differences by millions of years of localized change. Or, being a Christain, you can agree that perhaps all of God's work and plans are not revealed in the Bible. Marking a race because of sin may be God's way. Perhaps God marked peoples of the world in the recent past so Christain missionaries could recognize the unsaved. God works in mysterious ways. Do not question mysteries not revealed in the Bible.
---matthew on 9/29/07

No matter what color your skin, and no matter which race you are from, we were all made in the image of our Heavenly Father. God loves us all, and would love to see all recieve His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Color or race is not the issue, sin is.
---Cynthia on 9/29/07

lol...different skin color is evolution before your eyes. Skin color is merely a reflection of one's location near or far from the equator. Near the equater, we get darker skins to protect us from the sun, north we are light to absorb more sunlight. Did none of you go to even high school?
---alexia on 9/29/07

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