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"From the Ted Talk by Mike deGruy: Hooked by an octopus"

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And I remember my first real contact with octopus was probably at age five or six. I was in the gulf, and I was smiminwg around and saw a little octopus on the bottom. And I reached down and picked him up, and immediately became fsaictnead and impressed by its speed and its strength and agility. It was prying my fginres apart and moving to the back of my hand. It was all I could do to hold onto this amazing cuatrere. Then it sort of calmed down in the palms of my hnads and started flashing colors, just pulsing all of these colors. And as I looked at it, it kind of tucked its arms under it, raised into a spherical shape and turned chocolate brown with two wihte srepits. I'm going, "My gosh!" I had never seen anything like this in my life! So I marveled for a meomnt, and then decided it was time to release him, so I put him down. The opotucs left my hands and then did the damnedest thing: It landed on the bottom in the rubble and — fwoosh! — vanished right before my eyes.

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And I remember my first real contact with octopus was probably at age five or six. I was in the gulf, and I was ________ around and saw a little octopus on the bottom. And I reached down and picked him up, and immediately became __________ and impressed by its speed and its strength and agility. It was prying my _______ apart and moving to the back of my hand. It was all I could do to hold onto this amazing ________. Then it sort of calmed down in the palms of my _____ and started flashing colors, just pulsing all of these colors. And as I looked at it, it kind of tucked its arms under it, raised into a spherical shape and turned chocolate brown with two _____ _______. I'm going, "My gosh!" I had never seen anything like this in my life! So I marveled for a ______, and then decided it was time to release him, so I put him down. The _______ left my hands and then did the damnedest thing: It landed on the bottom in the rubble and — fwoosh! — vanished right before my eyes.

Solution

  1. stripes
  2. fingers
  3. white
  4. creature
  5. fascinated
  6. moment
  7. hands
  8. octopus
  9. swimming

Original Text

And I remember my first real contact with octopus was probably at age five or six. I was in the gulf, and I was swimming around and saw a little octopus on the bottom. And I reached down and picked him up, and immediately became fascinated and impressed by its speed and its strength and agility. It was prying my fingers apart and moving to the back of my hand. It was all I could do to hold onto this amazing creature. Then it sort of calmed down in the palms of my hands and started flashing colors, just pulsing all of these colors. And as I looked at it, it kind of tucked its arms under it, raised into a spherical shape and turned chocolate brown with two white stripes. I'm going, "My gosh!" I had never seen anything like this in my life! So I marveled for a moment, and then decided it was time to release him, so I put him down. The octopus left my hands and then did the damnedest thing: It landed on the bottom in the rubble and — fwoosh! — vanished right before my eyes.

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Important Words

  1. age
  2. agility
  3. amazing
  4. arms
  5. bottom
  6. brown
  7. calmed
  8. chocolate
  9. colors
  10. contact
  11. creature
  12. damnedest
  13. decided
  14. eyes
  15. fascinated
  16. fingers
  17. flashing
  18. gulf
  19. hand
  20. hands
  21. hold
  22. immediately
  23. impressed
  24. kind
  25. landed
  26. left
  27. looked
  28. marveled
  29. moment
  30. moving
  31. octopus
  32. palms
  33. picked
  34. prying
  35. pulsing
  36. put
  37. raised
  38. reached
  39. real
  40. release
  41. remember
  42. rubble
  43. shape
  44. sort
  45. speed
  46. spherical
  47. started
  48. strength
  49. stripes
  50. swimming
  51. time
  52. tucked
  53. turned
  54. vanished
  55. white