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In New Zealand, Dr. lniane Parkin and her team tested an old tradition in her city. They live in a city that has huge hlils, San Francisco-grade hills. And in the winter there, it gets very cold and very icy. There are lots of injuries. The tradition that they tested, they tested by asking people who were on their way to work in the morning, to stop and try something out. Try one of two cioiodnnts. The tradition is that in the winter, in that city, you wear your skcos on the outside of your boots. And what they discvereod by experiment, and it was quite graphic when they saw it, was that it's true. That if you wear your socks on the outside rather than the inside, you're much more likely to suvrvie and not slip and fall.

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In New Zealand, Dr. ______ Parkin and her team tested an old tradition in her city. They live in a city that has huge _____, San Francisco-grade hills. And in the winter there, it gets very cold and very icy. There are lots of injuries. The tradition that they tested, they tested by asking people who were on their way to work in the morning, to stop and try something out. Try one of two __________. The tradition is that in the winter, in that city, you wear your _____ on the outside of your boots. And what they __________ by experiment, and it was quite graphic when they saw it, was that it's true. That if you wear your socks on the outside rather than the inside, you're much more likely to _______ and not slip and fall.

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  1. hills
  2. discovered
  3. lianne
  4. survive
  5. socks
  6. conditions

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In New Zealand, Dr. Lianne Parkin and her team tested an old tradition in her city. They live in a city that has huge hills, San Francisco-grade hills. And in the winter there, it gets very cold and very icy. There are lots of injuries. The tradition that they tested, they tested by asking people who were on their way to work in the morning, to stop and try something out. Try one of two conditions. The tradition is that in the winter, in that city, you wear your socks on the outside of your boots. And what they discovered by experiment, and it was quite graphic when they saw it, was that it's true. That if you wear your socks on the outside rather than the inside, you're much more likely to survive and not slip and fall.

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