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"From the Ted Talk by Randall Munroe: Comics that ask "what if?""

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So for example, one person asked, what would hapepn if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? So I did some colnauitlacs. Now, normally, when an object fleis through the air, the air will flow around the object, but in this case, the ball would be going so fast that the air molecules wouldn't have time to move out of the way. The ball would smash right into and through them, and the cioilolnss with these air molecules would knock away the nioegrtn, carbon and hydrogen from the ball, fragmenting it off into tiny particles, and also tegrrginig waves of thermonuclear fusion in the air around it. This would result in a flood of x-rays that would spread out in a bubble along with eioxtc particles, plasma inside, cteeernd on the pitcher's mound, and that would move away from the pitcher's mound sthligly fatesr than the ball. Now at this point, about 30 nanoseconds in, the home plate is far enough away that light hasn't had time to raech it, which means the batter still sees the pitcher about to trohw and has no idea that anything is wnorg. (Laughter) Now, after 70 nanoseconds, the ball will reach home plate, or at least the cloud of expanding plasma that used to be the ball, and it will engulf the bat and the batter and the plate and the cactehr and the upimre and start disintegrating them all as it also starts to carry them backward through the backstop, which also starts to disintegrate. So if you were watching this whole thing from a hill, ideally, far away, what you'd see is a bright flash of light that would fade over a few socneds, followed by a blast wave spreading out, shredding trees and houses as it moves away from the stadium, and then eventually a mushroom cloud rsinig up over the ruined city. (Laughter)

Open Cloze

So for example, one person asked, what would ______ if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? So I did some ____________. Now, normally, when an object _____ through the air, the air will flow around the object, but in this case, the ball would be going so fast that the air molecules wouldn't have time to move out of the way. The ball would smash right into and through them, and the __________ with these air molecules would knock away the ________, carbon and hydrogen from the ball, fragmenting it off into tiny particles, and also __________ waves of thermonuclear fusion in the air around it. This would result in a flood of x-rays that would spread out in a bubble along with ______ particles, plasma inside, ________ on the pitcher's mound, and that would move away from the pitcher's mound ________ ______ than the ball. Now at this point, about 30 nanoseconds in, the home plate is far enough away that light hasn't had time to _____ it, which means the batter still sees the pitcher about to _____ and has no idea that anything is _____. (Laughter) Now, after 70 nanoseconds, the ball will reach home plate, or at least the cloud of expanding plasma that used to be the ball, and it will engulf the bat and the batter and the plate and the _______ and the ______ and start disintegrating them all as it also starts to carry them backward through the backstop, which also starts to disintegrate. So if you were watching this whole thing from a hill, ideally, far away, what you'd see is a bright flash of light that would fade over a few _______, followed by a blast wave spreading out, shredding trees and houses as it moves away from the stadium, and then eventually a mushroom cloud ______ up over the ruined city. (Laughter)

Solution

  1. exotic
  2. flies
  3. catcher
  4. faster
  5. collisions
  6. centered
  7. umpire
  8. reach
  9. seconds
  10. wrong
  11. calculations
  12. rising
  13. nitrogen
  14. happen
  15. slightly
  16. throw
  17. triggering

Original Text

So for example, one person asked, what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? So I did some calculations. Now, normally, when an object flies through the air, the air will flow around the object, but in this case, the ball would be going so fast that the air molecules wouldn't have time to move out of the way. The ball would smash right into and through them, and the collisions with these air molecules would knock away the nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen from the ball, fragmenting it off into tiny particles, and also triggering waves of thermonuclear fusion in the air around it. This would result in a flood of x-rays that would spread out in a bubble along with exotic particles, plasma inside, centered on the pitcher's mound, and that would move away from the pitcher's mound slightly faster than the ball. Now at this point, about 30 nanoseconds in, the home plate is far enough away that light hasn't had time to reach it, which means the batter still sees the pitcher about to throw and has no idea that anything is wrong. (Laughter) Now, after 70 nanoseconds, the ball will reach home plate, or at least the cloud of expanding plasma that used to be the ball, and it will engulf the bat and the batter and the plate and the catcher and the umpire and start disintegrating them all as it also starts to carry them backward through the backstop, which also starts to disintegrate. So if you were watching this whole thing from a hill, ideally, far away, what you'd see is a bright flash of light that would fade over a few seconds, followed by a blast wave spreading out, shredding trees and houses as it moves away from the stadium, and then eventually a mushroom cloud rising up over the ruined city. (Laughter)

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data centers 6
punch cards 5
data center 3

Important Words

  1. air
  2. asked
  3. backstop
  4. ball
  5. baseball
  6. bat
  7. batter
  8. blast
  9. bright
  10. bubble
  11. calculations
  12. carbon
  13. carry
  14. case
  15. catcher
  16. centered
  17. city
  18. cloud
  19. collisions
  20. disintegrate
  21. disintegrating
  22. engulf
  23. eventually
  24. exotic
  25. expanding
  26. fade
  27. fast
  28. faster
  29. flash
  30. flies
  31. flood
  32. flow
  33. fragmenting
  34. fusion
  35. happen
  36. hill
  37. hit
  38. home
  39. houses
  40. hydrogen
  41. idea
  42. ideally
  43. knock
  44. laughter
  45. light
  46. means
  47. molecules
  48. mound
  49. move
  50. moves
  51. mushroom
  52. nanoseconds
  53. nitrogen
  54. object
  55. particles
  56. percent
  57. person
  58. pitched
  59. pitcher
  60. plasma
  61. plate
  62. point
  63. reach
  64. result
  65. rising
  66. ruined
  67. seconds
  68. sees
  69. shredding
  70. slightly
  71. smash
  72. speed
  73. spread
  74. spreading
  75. stadium
  76. start
  77. starts
  78. thermonuclear
  79. throw
  80. time
  81. tiny
  82. trees
  83. triggering
  84. umpire
  85. watching
  86. wave
  87. waves
  88. wrong