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From the Ted Talk "Steven Johnson: How the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease"

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It was an amazingly smelly ytci. Not just because of the cesspools, but also the sheer number of livestock in the city would shock people. Not just the ehsros, but people had cows in their attics that they would use for milk, that they would toihs up there and keep them in the acitt until literally their milk ran out and they died, and then they would drag them off to the bone srloebi down the street. So, you would just walk around London at this point and just be overwhelmed with this stench. And what ednde up happening is that an entire emerging public health system became convinced that it was the smell that was killing everybody, that was creating these diseases that would wipe through the city every three or four years. And cholera was really the aetgr killer of this period.

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It was an amazingly smelly ____. Not just because of the cesspools, but also the sheer number of livestock in the city would shock people. Not just the ______, but people had cows in their attics that they would use for milk, that they would _____ up there and keep them in the _____ until literally their milk ran out and they died, and then they would drag them off to the bone _______ down the street. So, you would just walk around London at this point and just be overwhelmed with this stench. And what _____ up happening is that an entire emerging public health system became convinced that it was the smell that was killing everybody, that was creating these diseases that would wipe through the city every three or four years. And cholera was really the _____ killer of this period.

Solution

  1. horses
  2. city
  3. great
  4. attic
  5. boilers
  6. ended
  7. hoist

Original Text

It was an amazingly smelly city. Not just because of the cesspools, but also the sheer number of livestock in the city would shock people. Not just the horses, but people had cows in their attics that they would use for milk, that they would hoist up there and keep them in the attic until literally their milk ran out and they died, and then they would drag them off to the bone boilers down the street. So, you would just walk around London at this point and just be overwhelmed with this stench. And what ended up happening is that an entire emerging public health system became convinced that it was the smell that was killing everybody, that was creating these diseases that would wipe through the city every three or four years. And cholera was really the great killer of this period.

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Important Words

  1. amazingly
  2. attic
  3. attics
  4. boilers
  5. bone
  6. cesspools
  7. cholera
  8. city
  9. convinced
  10. cows
  11. creating
  12. died
  13. diseases
  14. drag
  15. emerging
  16. ended
  17. entire
  18. great
  19. happening
  20. health
  21. hoist
  22. horses
  23. killer
  24. killing
  25. literally
  26. livestock
  27. london
  28. milk
  29. number
  30. overwhelmed
  31. people
  32. period
  33. point
  34. public
  35. ran
  36. sheer
  37. shock
  38. smell
  39. smelly
  40. stench
  41. street
  42. system
  43. walk
  44. wipe
  45. years