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From the Ted Talk "Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers"

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Now if you think that's fabulous, this is one of my great favorites. This is the philodendron selloum. For anyone here from iarlzb, you'll know about this plant. This is the most amazing thing. That sort of phallic bit there is about a foot long. And it does something that no other plant that I know of does, and that is that when it flowers — that's the spadix in the imdled there — for a period of about two days, it metabolizes in a way which is rather similar to mammals. So instead of having starch, which is the oofd of plants, it takes something rather isimral to brown fat and burns it at such a rate that it's burning fat, metabolizing, about the rate of a small cat. And that's twice the energy output, weight for weight, than a dugnrbimmhi — absolutely astonishing. This thing does something else which is unusual. Not only will it raise itself to 115 ethnfaeirh, 43 or 44 degrees greaedicnt, for two days, but it keeps constant temperature. There's a thermoregulation himacemns in there that keeps constant temperature. "Now why does it do this," I hear you ask. Now wouldn't you know it, there's some leetbes that just love to make love at that temperature. And they get inside, and they get it all on. (Laughter) And the plant showers them with llnepo, and off they go and pollinate. And what a wonderful thing it is.

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Now if you think that's fabulous, this is one of my great favorites. This is the philodendron selloum. For anyone here from ______, you'll know about this plant. This is the most amazing thing. That sort of phallic bit there is about a foot long. And it does something that no other plant that I know of does, and that is that when it flowers — that's the spadix in the ______ there — for a period of about two days, it metabolizes in a way which is rather similar to mammals. So instead of having starch, which is the ____ of plants, it takes something rather _______ to brown fat and burns it at such a rate that it's burning fat, metabolizing, about the rate of a small cat. And that's twice the energy output, weight for weight, than a ___________ — absolutely astonishing. This thing does something else which is unusual. Not only will it raise itself to 115 __________, 43 or 44 degrees __________, for two days, but it keeps constant temperature. There's a thermoregulation _________ in there that keeps constant temperature. "Now why does it do this," I hear you ask. Now wouldn't you know it, there's some _______ that just love to make love at that temperature. And they get inside, and they get it all on. (Laughter) And the plant showers them with ______, and off they go and pollinate. And what a wonderful thing it is.

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  2. pollen
  3. beetles
  4. food
  5. mechanism
  6. fahrenheit
  7. middle
  8. centigrade
  9. similar
  10. hummingbird

Original Text

Now if you think that's fabulous, this is one of my great favorites. This is the philodendron selloum. For anyone here from Brazil, you'll know about this plant. This is the most amazing thing. That sort of phallic bit there is about a foot long. And it does something that no other plant that I know of does, and that is that when it flowers — that's the spadix in the middle there — for a period of about two days, it metabolizes in a way which is rather similar to mammals. So instead of having starch, which is the food of plants, it takes something rather similar to brown fat and burns it at such a rate that it's burning fat, metabolizing, about the rate of a small cat. And that's twice the energy output, weight for weight, than a hummingbird — absolutely astonishing. This thing does something else which is unusual. Not only will it raise itself to 115 Fahrenheit, 43 or 44 degrees Centigrade, for two days, but it keeps constant temperature. There's a thermoregulation mechanism in there that keeps constant temperature. "Now why does it do this," I hear you ask. Now wouldn't you know it, there's some beetles that just love to make love at that temperature. And they get inside, and they get it all on. (Laughter) And the plant showers them with pollen, and off they go and pollinate. And what a wonderful thing it is.

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