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"From the Ted Talk by Graham Hawkes: A flight through the ocean"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

For the rocketeers in the audience: I love what you’re doing, I aidmre the guts, I admire the cruogae — but your rockets are ptneoid in the wrong goddamn direction. (Laughter) And it’s all a question of perspective. Let me try and tell you — I don’t mean to insult you, but look, if I — and I’m not doing this for real because it would be an insult, so I’m going to prenetd, and it softens the blow — I’m going to tell you what you’re thinking. If I held up a sruqae that was one foot square and the coolr of earth, and I held up another square that was the root two square — so it’s 1.5 times bigger — and was the color of the oceans; and I said, what is the relative value of these two things? Well, it’s the rieltave importance. You would say — yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know this; water covers twice the area of the planet than dry land. But it’s a question of perception, and if that’s what you’re thinking, if that’s what you think I mean when I say, "This is an ocean planet stupidly called 'Earth.'" If you think that that’s the relative importance, two to one, you’re wrong by a factor of ten. Now, you’re not as thick as two short planks, but you sonud like it when you say "Earth," because that demonstration, if I teunrd around this way — that earth plane would be as thin as paper. It’s a thin film, two-dimensional existence. The oeacn representation would have a depth to it. And if you hefted those two things you might find that the relative scale of those is 20 to 1.

Open Cloze

For the rocketeers in the audience: I love what you’re doing, I ______ the guts, I admire the _______ — but your rockets are _______ in the wrong goddamn direction. (Laughter) And it’s all a question of perspective. Let me try and tell you — I don’t mean to insult you, but look, if I — and I’m not doing this for real because it would be an insult, so I’m going to _______, and it softens the blow — I’m going to tell you what you’re thinking. If I held up a ______ that was one foot square and the _____ of earth, and I held up another square that was the root two square — so it’s 1.5 times bigger — and was the color of the oceans; and I said, what is the relative value of these two things? Well, it’s the ________ importance. You would say — yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know this; water covers twice the area of the planet than dry land. But it’s a question of perception, and if that’s what you’re thinking, if that’s what you think I mean when I say, "This is an ocean planet stupidly called 'Earth.'" If you think that that’s the relative importance, two to one, you’re wrong by a factor of ten. Now, you’re not as thick as two short planks, but you _____ like it when you say "Earth," because that demonstration, if I ______ around this way — that earth plane would be as thin as paper. It’s a thin film, two-dimensional existence. The _____ representation would have a depth to it. And if you hefted those two things you might find that the relative scale of those is 20 to 1.

Solution

  1. sound
  2. relative
  3. square
  4. color
  5. pointed
  6. pretend
  7. turned
  8. ocean
  9. admire
  10. courage

Original Text

For the rocketeers in the audience: I love what you’re doing, I admire the guts, I admire the courage — but your rockets are pointed in the wrong goddamn direction. (Laughter) And it’s all a question of perspective. Let me try and tell you — I don’t mean to insult you, but look, if I — and I’m not doing this for real because it would be an insult, so I’m going to pretend, and it softens the blow — I’m going to tell you what you’re thinking. If I held up a square that was one foot square and the color of earth, and I held up another square that was the root two square — so it’s 1.5 times bigger — and was the color of the oceans; and I said, what is the relative value of these two things? Well, it’s the relative importance. You would say — yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know this; water covers twice the area of the planet than dry land. But it’s a question of perception, and if that’s what you’re thinking, if that’s what you think I mean when I say, "This is an ocean planet stupidly called 'Earth.'" If you think that that’s the relative importance, two to one, you’re wrong by a factor of ten. Now, you’re not as thick as two short planks, but you sound like it when you say "Earth," because that demonstration, if I turned around this way — that earth plane would be as thin as paper. It’s a thin film, two-dimensional existence. The ocean representation would have a depth to it. And if you hefted those two things you might find that the relative scale of those is 20 to 1.

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ocean planet 3
dimensional world 3
dimensional space 3

Important Words

  1. admire
  2. area
  3. bigger
  4. blow
  5. called
  6. color
  7. courage
  8. covers
  9. demonstration
  10. depth
  11. direction
  12. dry
  13. earth
  14. existence
  15. factor
  16. film
  17. find
  18. foot
  19. goddamn
  20. guts
  21. hefted
  22. held
  23. importance
  24. insult
  25. land
  26. laughter
  27. love
  28. ocean
  29. paper
  30. perception
  31. perspective
  32. plane
  33. planet
  34. planks
  35. pointed
  36. pretend
  37. question
  38. real
  39. relative
  40. representation
  41. rocketeers
  42. rockets
  43. root
  44. scale
  45. short
  46. softens
  47. sound
  48. square
  49. stupidly
  50. ten
  51. thick
  52. thin
  53. thinking
  54. times
  55. turned
  56. water
  57. wrong
  58. yeah