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From the Ted Talk "Anjali Kumar: My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead"

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Open Cloze

In the weeks leading up to my trip to Brazil, I mentioned my upcoming plans to some friends and to a ______ of __________ at ______, where I was a ______ at the time. And I might have mentioned it to a couple more people because I'm chatty, _________ my neighbor, the guy who works at the local coffee shop I go to each morning, the checkout lady at Whole Foods and a stranger who sat next to me on the subway. I told each of them where I was going and why, and I offered to _____ three wishes of theirs down to Brazil, explaining that anyone going to see John of God could act as a _____ for others and save them the trip. And to my ________, my in-box overflowed. Friends told friends who told friends, and those _______ apparently ____ more friends, other strangers and the guys at their coffee shops, until it seemed that days before I left for Brazil that there was no one who did not have my email address. And at the time, all I could conclude was that I had offered too much to too many. But when I actually reread those messages a few years later, I noticed something completely different. Those emails actually shared three commonalities, the first of which was rather curious.

Solution

  1. colleagues
  2. google
  3. couple
  4. including
  5. proxy
  6. lawyer
  7. carry
  8. surprise
  9. friends
  10. told

Original Text

In the weeks leading up to my trip to Brazil, I mentioned my upcoming plans to some friends and to a couple of colleagues at Google, where I was a lawyer at the time. And I might have mentioned it to a couple more people because I'm chatty, including my neighbor, the guy who works at the local coffee shop I go to each morning, the checkout lady at Whole Foods and a stranger who sat next to me on the subway. I told each of them where I was going and why, and I offered to carry three wishes of theirs down to Brazil, explaining that anyone going to see John of God could act as a proxy for others and save them the trip. And to my surprise, my in-box overflowed. Friends told friends who told friends, and those friends apparently told more friends, other strangers and the guys at their coffee shops, until it seemed that days before I left for Brazil that there was no one who did not have my email address. And at the time, all I could conclude was that I had offered too much to too many. But when I actually reread those messages a few years later, I noticed something completely different. Those emails actually shared three commonalities, the first of which was rather curious.

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