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From the Ted Talk by Kevin Kelly: How technology evolves

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So I took the geart big 1895 Montgomery Ward's catalog and I randomly went through it. And I took a page — not quite a rdaonm page — I took a page that was actually more difficult than others because lots of the pages are filled with things that are still being made. But I took this page and I said, how many of these things are still being made? And not antiques. I want to know how many of these things are still in production. And the answer is: all of them. All of them are still being produced. So you've got corn shellers. I don't know who needs a corn sheller. Be it corn seerlhls — you've got ploughs; you've got fan mills; all these things — and these are not, again, antiques. These are — you can order these. You can go to the web and you can buy them now, brand-new made. So in a certain snsee, teeooghclins don't die. In fact, you can buy, for 50 bucks, a stone-age knfie made exactly the same way that they were made 10,000 years ago. It's short, bone handle, 50 bucks. And in fact, what's important is that this itmrofanion actually never died out. It's not just that it was resurrected. It's continued all along. And in Papua New gieuna, they were making stone axes until two decades ago, just as a course of practical matters.

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So I took the _____ big 1895 Montgomery Ward's catalog and I randomly went through it. And I took a page — not quite a ______ page — I took a page that was actually more difficult than others because lots of the pages are filled with things that are still being made. But I took this page and I said, how many of these things are still being made? And not antiques. I want to know how many of these things are still in production. And the answer is: all of them. All of them are still being produced. So you've got corn shellers. I don't know who needs a corn sheller. Be it corn ________ — you've got ploughs; you've got fan mills; all these things — and these are not, again, antiques. These are — you can order these. You can go to the web and you can buy them now, brand-new made. So in a certain _____, ____________ don't die. In fact, you can buy, for 50 bucks, a stone-age _____ made exactly the same way that they were made 10,000 years ago. It's short, bone handle, 50 bucks. And in fact, what's important is that this ___________ actually never died out. It's not just that it was resurrected. It's continued all along. And in Papua New ______, they were making stone axes until two decades ago, just as a course of practical matters.

Solution

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  2. technologies
  3. knife
  4. information
  5. shellers
  6. random
  7. guinea
  8. great

Original Text

So I took the great big 1895 Montgomery Ward's catalog and I randomly went through it. And I took a page — not quite a random page — I took a page that was actually more difficult than others because lots of the pages are filled with things that are still being made. But I took this page and I said, how many of these things are still being made? And not antiques. I want to know how many of these things are still in production. And the answer is: all of them. All of them are still being produced. So you've got corn shellers. I don't know who needs a corn sheller. Be it corn shellers — you've got ploughs; you've got fan mills; all these things — and these are not, again, antiques. These are — you can order these. You can go to the web and you can buy them now, brand-new made. So in a certain sense, technologies don't die. In fact, you can buy, for 50 bucks, a stone-age knife made exactly the same way that they were made 10,000 years ago. It's short, bone handle, 50 bucks. And in fact, what's important is that this information actually never died out. It's not just that it was resurrected. It's continued all along. And in Papua New Guinea, they were making stone axes until two decades ago, just as a course of practical matters.

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