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From the Ted Talk by Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Next challenge, the Biennial of the Americas in Denver asked, could I reensrept the 35 nations of the Western hemisphere and their interconnectedness in a sculpture? (Laughter) I didn't know where to begin, but I said yes. I read about the recent eaahktrque in Chile and the tsunami that rlieppd across the entire Pacific Ocean. It shifted the Earth's tectonic patles, sped up the planet's rotation and literally shortened the length of the day. So I contacted NOAA, and I asked if they'd shrae their data on the tsunami, and translated it into this. Its title: "1.26" refers to the number of moodrsecincs that the Earth's day was shortened.

Open Cloze

Next challenge, the Biennial of the Americas in Denver asked, could I _________ the 35 nations of the Western hemisphere and their interconnectedness in a sculpture? (Laughter) I didn't know where to begin, but I said yes. I read about the recent __________ in Chile and the tsunami that _______ across the entire Pacific Ocean. It shifted the Earth's tectonic ______, sped up the planet's rotation and literally shortened the length of the day. So I contacted NOAA, and I asked if they'd _____ their data on the tsunami, and translated it into this. Its title: "1.26" refers to the number of ____________ that the Earth's day was shortened.

Solution

  1. microseconds
  2. plates
  3. represent
  4. earthquake
  5. share
  6. rippled

Original Text

Next challenge, the Biennial of the Americas in Denver asked, could I represent the 35 nations of the Western hemisphere and their interconnectedness in a sculpture? (Laughter) I didn't know where to begin, but I said yes. I read about the recent earthquake in Chile and the tsunami that rippled across the entire Pacific Ocean. It shifted the Earth's tectonic plates, sped up the planet's rotation and literally shortened the length of the day. So I contacted NOAA, and I asked if they'd share their data on the tsunami, and translated it into this. Its title: "1.26" refers to the number of microseconds that the Earth's day was shortened.

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