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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Streb: My quest to defy gravity and fly

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Ah, machines. It itcenid the hdwaarre junkie inside of me. And if we did want to go or travel to unhabitual places in space — to that banana peel spot that conseufs us; to that place outside our vertical comfort zone, where we encounter unexpected tueluncrbe and get arteaclceed oddly, where the ground changes and moves out from under us — like the cpsmoeor who is trying to hit a note higher than the human voice can sing, he invents a piccolo or a flute, I set about the invention of my prototypic machines. And if we wntead to go higher, faster, sooner, harder, it was necessary that we caetre our very own spaceships. And we did. And we did travel to unknown, invisible, dangerous territories, and it changed us.

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Ah, machines. It _______ the ________ junkie inside of me. And if we did want to go or travel to unhabitual places in space — to that banana peel spot that ________ us; to that place outside our vertical comfort zone, where we encounter unexpected __________ and get ___________ oddly, where the ground changes and moves out from under us — like the ________ who is trying to hit a note higher than the human voice can sing, he invents a piccolo or a flute, I set about the invention of my prototypic machines. And if we ______ to go higher, faster, sooner, harder, it was necessary that we ______ our very own spaceships. And we did. And we did travel to unknown, invisible, dangerous territories, and it changed us.

Solution

  1. turbulence
  2. create
  3. incited
  4. wanted
  5. composer
  6. confuses
  7. accelerated
  8. hardware

Original Text

Ah, machines. It incited the hardware junkie inside of me. And if we did want to go or travel to unhabitual places in space — to that banana peel spot that confuses us; to that place outside our vertical comfort zone, where we encounter unexpected turbulence and get accelerated oddly, where the ground changes and moves out from under us — like the composer who is trying to hit a note higher than the human voice can sing, he invents a piccolo or a flute, I set about the invention of my prototypic machines. And if we wanted to go higher, faster, sooner, harder, it was necessary that we create our very own spaceships. And we did. And we did travel to unknown, invisible, dangerous territories, and it changed us.

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Important Words

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