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"From the Ted Talk by Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game"

#### Unscramble the Blue Letters

This is the kind of fact I would have loved as a boy. I found it myself. It's got some math that I can do. I'm pretty sure my dad doesn't know it. What this means is that if you could shrink the Earth to the size of a birallid ball, if you could take planet eatrh, with all its mnotuain tops and cvaes and renfarsoits, astronauts and uncontacted tribes and chimpanzees, voodoo dolls, fireflies, ccotohlae, sea creatures making love in the deep blue sea, you just srnhik that to the size of a billiard ball, it would be as smooth as a billiard ball, presumably a billiard ball with a slight bulge around the middle.

#### Open Cloze

This is the kind of fact I would have loved as a boy. I found it myself. It's got some math that I can do. I'm pretty sure my dad doesn't know it. What this means is that if you could shrink the Earth to the size of a ________ ball, if you could take planet _____, with all its ________ tops and _____ and ___________, astronauts and uncontacted tribes and chimpanzees, voodoo dolls, fireflies, _________, sea creatures making love in the deep blue sea, you just ______ that to the size of a billiard ball, it would be as smooth as a billiard ball, presumably a billiard ball with a slight bulge around the middle.

1. mountain
2. chocolate
3. billiard
4. earth
5. rainforests
6. caves
7. shrink

#### Original Text

This is the kind of fact I would have loved as a boy. I found it myself. It's got some math that I can do. I'm pretty sure my dad doesn't know it. What this means is that if you could shrink the Earth to the size of a billiard ball, if you could take planet Earth, with all its mountain tops and caves and rainforests, astronauts and uncontacted tribes and chimpanzees, voodoo dolls, fireflies, chocolate, sea creatures making love in the deep blue sea, you just shrink that to the size of a billiard ball, it would be as smooth as a billiard ball, presumably a billiard ball with a slight bulge around the middle.

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collocation frequency
sympathetic magic 4
billiard ball 4
voodoo dolls 3

#### Important Words

1. astronauts
2. ball
3. billiard
4. blue
5. boy
6. bulge
7. caves
8. chimpanzees
9. chocolate
10. creatures
12. deep
13. dolls
14. earth
15. fact
16. fireflies
17. kind
18. love
19. loved
20. making
21. math
22. means
23. middle
24. mountain
25. planet
26. pretty
27. rainforests
28. sea
29. shrink
30. size
31. slight
32. smooth
33. tops
34. tribes
35. uncontacted
36. voodoo