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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.

Solution

  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.

ngrams of length 2

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
  11. dad
  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