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"From the Ted Talk by Stephen Palumbi: Hidden toxins in the fish we eat"

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Now, to bring that home, I thought I'd invent a little game. We don't really have to play it; we can just think about it here. It's the Styrofoam and chocolate game. iimngae that when we got on this boat, we were all given two sorotfyam patenus. Can't do much with them: Put them in your pokect. Suppose the rules are: every time you offer somebody a dirnk, you give them the drink, and you give them your Styrofoam peanuts too. What'll happen is that the Styrofoam peanuts will sartt moving through our sticoey here, and they will accumulate in the drunkest, stingiest people. (Laughter) There's no mechanism in this game for them to go anywhere but into a bigger and bigger pile of indigestible Styrofoam peanuts. And that's exactly what happens with PDBs in this food pyramid: They accumulate into the top of it.

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Now, to bring that home, I thought I'd invent a little game. We don't really have to play it; we can just think about it here. It's the Styrofoam and chocolate game. _______ that when we got on this boat, we were all given two _________ _______. Can't do much with them: Put them in your ______. Suppose the rules are: every time you offer somebody a _____, you give them the drink, and you give them your Styrofoam peanuts too. What'll happen is that the Styrofoam peanuts will _____ moving through our _______ here, and they will accumulate in the drunkest, stingiest people. (Laughter) There's no mechanism in this game for them to go anywhere but into a bigger and bigger pile of indigestible Styrofoam peanuts. And that's exactly what happens with PDBs in this food pyramid: They accumulate into the top of it.

Solution

  1. start
  2. drink
  3. pocket
  4. society
  5. imagine
  6. peanuts
  7. styrofoam

Original Text

Now, to bring that home, I thought I'd invent a little game. We don't really have to play it; we can just think about it here. It's the Styrofoam and chocolate game. Imagine that when we got on this boat, we were all given two Styrofoam peanuts. Can't do much with them: Put them in your pocket. Suppose the rules are: every time you offer somebody a drink, you give them the drink, and you give them your Styrofoam peanuts too. What'll happen is that the Styrofoam peanuts will start moving through our society here, and they will accumulate in the drunkest, stingiest people. (Laughter) There's no mechanism in this game for them to go anywhere but into a bigger and bigger pile of indigestible Styrofoam peanuts. And that's exactly what happens with PDBs in this food pyramid: They accumulate into the top of it.

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collocation frequency
whale meat 10
styrofoam peanuts 5
food chain 5
shellfish poisoning 4
ocean pyramid 4
human health 4
huge load 4
monterey bay 3
dolphin meat 3

Important Words

  1. accumulate
  2. bigger
  3. boat
  4. bring
  5. chocolate
  6. drink
  7. drunkest
  8. food
  9. game
  10. give
  11. happen
  12. home
  13. imagine
  14. indigestible
  15. invent
  16. laughter
  17. mechanism
  18. moving
  19. offer
  20. pdbs
  21. peanuts
  22. people
  23. pile
  24. play
  25. pocket
  26. put
  27. rules
  28. society
  29. start
  30. stingiest
  31. styrofoam
  32. suppose
  33. thought
  34. time
  35. top