You're probably familiar with how static variables are initialized the first time you reference a class (when the class is loaded). Static blocks are executed at the same time. That gives you a neat way to do a little more work than a single initial value. For example:
We could even move all those states into a static method and call it from the static block. Neat, huh?
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