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"From the Ted Talk by Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready"

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I happen to know what the consequence for me would be, because we've had flase alarms. This is 1997, and this is a ptoho I made at about 3 o'clock in the morning in Mountain View here, when we were watching the cetpmuor monitors because we had picked up a signal that we thought, "This is the real deal." All right? And I kept waiting for the Men in Black to show up. Right? I kept waiting for — I kept waiting for my mom to call, somebody to call, the government to call. Nobody called. Nobody called. I was so nourves that I couldn't sit down. I just wandered around taking photos like this one, just for something to do. Well, at 9:30 in the mirnnog, with my head down on my desk because I obviously hadn't slept all nghit, the phone rings and it's The New York Times. And I think there's a lesson in that, and that lesson is that if we pick up a signal, the media, the mdiea will be on it faster than a weasel on ball beginras. It's going to be fast. You can be sure of that. No secrecy. That's what happens to me. It kind of rnius my whole week, because whatever I've got planned that week is kind of out the window.

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I happen to know what the consequence for me would be, because we've had _____ alarms. This is 1997, and this is a _____ I made at about 3 o'clock in the morning in Mountain View here, when we were watching the ________ monitors because we had picked up a signal that we thought, "This is the real deal." All right? And I kept waiting for the Men in Black to show up. Right? I kept waiting for — I kept waiting for my mom to call, somebody to call, the government to call. Nobody called. Nobody called. I was so _______ that I couldn't sit down. I just wandered around taking photos like this one, just for something to do. Well, at 9:30 in the _______, with my head down on my desk because I obviously hadn't slept all _____, the phone rings and it's The New York Times. And I think there's a lesson in that, and that lesson is that if we pick up a signal, the media, the _____ will be on it faster than a weasel on ball ________. It's going to be fast. You can be sure of that. No secrecy. That's what happens to me. It kind of _____ my whole week, because whatever I've got planned that week is kind of out the window.

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  3. photo
  4. media
  5. false
  6. night
  7. morning
  8. computer
  9. bearings

Original Text

I happen to know what the consequence for me would be, because we've had false alarms. This is 1997, and this is a photo I made at about 3 o'clock in the morning in Mountain View here, when we were watching the computer monitors because we had picked up a signal that we thought, "This is the real deal." All right? And I kept waiting for the Men in Black to show up. Right? I kept waiting for — I kept waiting for my mom to call, somebody to call, the government to call. Nobody called. Nobody called. I was so nervous that I couldn't sit down. I just wandered around taking photos like this one, just for something to do. Well, at 9:30 in the morning, with my head down on my desk because I obviously hadn't slept all night, the phone rings and it's The New York Times. And I think there's a lesson in that, and that lesson is that if we pick up a signal, the media, the media will be on it faster than a weasel on ball bearings. It's going to be fast. You can be sure of that. No secrecy. That's what happens to me. It kind of ruins my whole week, because whatever I've got planned that week is kind of out the window.

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