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## Unscramble the Blue Letters

What do you get if you win an Ig Nobel prize? Well, you get several things. You get an Ig Nobel prize. The dgiesn is different every year. These are always handmade from extremely cheap materials. You're looking at a ptircue of the pirze we gave last year, 2013. Most prizes in the world also give their winners some cash, some money. We don't have any money, so we can't give them. In fact, the winners have to pay their own way to come to the Ig Nobel ceremony, which most of them do. Last year, though, we did maange to scrape up some money. Last year, each of the 10 Ig Nobel prize wrneins received from us 10 trillion dollars. A \$10 trillion bill from Zimbabwe. (lthauegr) You may remember that Zimbabwe had a little adventure for a few years there of inflation. They ended up printing bills that were in dntomeoninias as lgrae as 100 trillion dollars. The man responsible, who runs the national bank there, by the way, won an Ig Nobel prize in mathematics.

## Open Cloze

What do you get if you win an Ig Nobel prize? Well, you get several things. You get an Ig Nobel prize. The ______ is different every year. These are always handmade from extremely cheap materials. You're looking at a _______ of the _____ we gave last year, 2013. Most prizes in the world also give their winners some cash, some money. We don't have any money, so we can't give them. In fact, the winners have to pay their own way to come to the Ig Nobel ceremony, which most of them do. Last year, though, we did ______ to scrape up some money. Last year, each of the 10 Ig Nobel prize _______ received from us 10 trillion dollars. A \$10 trillion bill from Zimbabwe. (________) You may remember that Zimbabwe had a little adventure for a few years there of inflation. They ended up printing bills that were in _____________ as _____ as 100 trillion dollars. The man responsible, who runs the national bank there, by the way, won an Ig Nobel prize in mathematics.

## Solution

1. denominations
2. manage
3. winners
4. prize
5. laughter
6. large
7. picture
8. design

## Original Text

What do you get if you win an Ig Nobel prize? Well, you get several things. You get an Ig Nobel prize. The design is different every year. These are always handmade from extremely cheap materials. You're looking at a picture of the prize we gave last year, 2013. Most prizes in the world also give their winners some cash, some money. We don't have any money, so we can't give them. In fact, the winners have to pay their own way to come to the Ig Nobel ceremony, which most of them do. Last year, though, we did manage to scrape up some money. Last year, each of the 10 Ig Nobel prize winners received from us 10 trillion dollars. A \$10 trillion bill from Zimbabwe. (Laughter) You may remember that Zimbabwe had a little adventure for a few years there of inflation. They ended up printing bills that were in denominations as large as 100 trillion dollars. The man responsible, who runs the national bank there, by the way, won an Ig Nobel prize in mathematics.

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