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From the Ted Talk "Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso"

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So, let's take a step back and understand what is to be appreciated in America. McDonald's has garnered a lot of attention, a lot of respect, for basically _____________ the ____, _____ and dining experience in post-World War II _______. But you know what? They did so through a centralized headquarters out of Illinois. Chinese restaurants have done largely the same thing, I would argue, with the menu and the decor, even the restaurant name, but without a ___________ headquarters. So, this actually became very clear to me with the March 30, 2005 _________ drawing, where they expected, based on the number of ticket sales they had, to have three or four second-place winners, people who match five or six Powerball _______. Instead, they had 110, and they were completely shocked.

Solution

  1. powerball
  2. decor
  3. menu
  4. centralized
  5. numbers
  6. america
  7. standardizing

Original Text

So, let's take a step back and understand what is to be appreciated in America. McDonald's has garnered a lot of attention, a lot of respect, for basically standardizing the menu, decor and dining experience in post-World War II America. But you know what? They did so through a centralized headquarters out of Illinois. Chinese restaurants have done largely the same thing, I would argue, with the menu and the decor, even the restaurant name, but without a centralized headquarters. So, this actually became very clear to me with the March 30, 2005 Powerball drawing, where they expected, based on the number of ticket sales they had, to have three or four second-place winners, people who match five or six Powerball numbers. Instead, they had 110, and they were completely shocked.

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york city 4
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Important Words

  1. america
  2. appreciated
  3. argue
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  6. basically
  7. centralized
  8. chinese
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  10. completely
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  17. headquarters
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  19. illinois
  20. largely
  21. lot
  22. march
  23. match
  24. menu
  25. number
  26. numbers
  27. people
  28. powerball
  29. respect
  30. restaurant
  31. restaurants
  32. sales
  33. shocked
  34. standardizing
  35. step
  36. ticket
  37. understand
  38. war
  39. winners