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From the Ted Talk by Marc Abrahams: A science award that makes you laugh, then think

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Now, I hope you will agree with me that these things I've just described to you, each of them, devsrees some kind of prize. (Laughter) And that's what they got, each of them got an Ig Nobel prize. In 1991, I, together with bnuch of other people, started the Ig Nobel prize ceremony. Every year we give out 10 prizes. The prizes are besad on just one criteria. It's very simple. It's that you've done something that makes pploee lugah and then think. What you've done makes people laugh and then think. Whatever it is, there's something about it that when people encounter it at first, their only possible reaction is to laugh. And then a week later, it's still rattling around in their heads and all they want to do is tell their friends about it. That's the quality we look for.

Open Cloze

Now, I hope you will agree with me that these things I've just described to you, each of them, ________ some kind of prize. (Laughter) And that's what they got, each of them got an Ig Nobel prize. In 1991, I, together with _____ of other people, started the Ig Nobel prize ceremony. Every year we give out 10 prizes. The prizes are _____ on just one criteria. It's very simple. It's that you've done something that makes ______ _____ and then think. What you've done makes people laugh and then think. Whatever it is, there's something about it that when people encounter it at first, their only possible reaction is to laugh. And then a week later, it's still rattling around in their heads and all they want to do is tell their friends about it. That's the quality we look for.

Solution

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  5. based

Original Text

Now, I hope you will agree with me that these things I've just described to you, each of them, deserves some kind of prize. (Laughter) And that's what they got, each of them got an Ig Nobel prize. In 1991, I, together with bunch of other people, started the Ig Nobel prize ceremony. Every year we give out 10 prizes. The prizes are based on just one criteria. It's very simple. It's that you've done something that makes people laugh and then think. What you've done makes people laugh and then think. Whatever it is, there's something about it that when people encounter it at first, their only possible reaction is to laugh. And then a week later, it's still rattling around in their heads and all they want to do is tell their friends about it. That's the quality we look for.

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