full transcript
From the Ted Talk "Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

On the other hand, we don't seem to have been visited by aliens. I am discounting the reports of UFOs. Why would they appear only to cranks and weirdos? If there is a vtomeenngr conspiracy to suppress the sroretp and keep for itself the scientific knowledge the aliens bring, it seems to have been a inyrllsgau ineffective policy so far. Furthermore, despite an extensive search by the SETI project, we haven't heard any alien television quiz shows. This probably indicates that there are no alien civilizations at our stage of development within a radius of a few hundred lgthi years. Issuing an insurance olcpyi against abduction by aliens seems a ptrtey safe bet.

Open Cloze

On the other hand, we don't seem to have been visited by aliens. I am discounting the reports of UFOs. Why would they appear only to cranks and weirdos? If there is a __________ conspiracy to suppress the _______ and keep for itself the scientific knowledge the aliens bring, it seems to have been a __________ ineffective policy so far. Furthermore, despite an extensive search by the SETI project, we haven't heard any alien television quiz shows. This probably indicates that there are no alien civilizations at our stage of development within a radius of a few hundred _____ years. Issuing an insurance ______ against abduction by aliens seems a ______ safe bet.

Solution

  1. government
  2. light
  3. reports
  4. singularly
  5. pretty
  6. policy

Original Text

On the other hand, we don't seem to have been visited by aliens. I am discounting the reports of UFOs. Why would they appear only to cranks and weirdos? If there is a government conspiracy to suppress the reports and keep for itself the scientific knowledge the aliens bring, it seems to have been a singularly ineffective policy so far. Furthermore, despite an extensive search by the SETI project, we haven't heard any alien television quiz shows. This probably indicates that there are no alien civilizations at our stage of development within a radius of a few hundred light years. Issuing an insurance policy against abduction by aliens seems a pretty safe bet.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
billion years 6
big bang 3

Important Words

  1. abduction
  2. alien
  3. aliens
  4. bet
  5. bring
  6. civilizations
  7. conspiracy
  8. cranks
  9. development
  10. discounting
  11. extensive
  12. government
  13. hand
  14. heard
  15. ineffective
  16. insurance
  17. issuing
  18. knowledge
  19. light
  20. policy
  21. pretty
  22. project
  23. quiz
  24. radius
  25. reports
  26. safe
  27. scientific
  28. search
  29. seti
  30. shows
  31. singularly
  32. stage
  33. suppress
  34. television
  35. ufos
  36. visited
  37. weirdos
  38. years