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"From the Ted Talk by Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief"

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On a business trip to Florida in the early 1980s, Bonica got a former setdnut to drive him to the Hyde Park area in Tampa. They drove past palm trees and peluld up to an old mansion, with giant silver howitzer cannons hidden in the garage. The house belonged to the Zacchini family, who were something like American circus royalty. deedcas earlier, Bonica had watched them, clad in silver jsumutips and goggles, doing the act they pioneered — the Human Cannonball. But now they were like him: retired. That generation is all dead now, including Bonica, so there's no way to know exactly what they said that day. But still, I love imagining it. The strongman and the haumn calnlabonns reunited, showing off old scars, and new ones. Maybe Bonica gave them medical avdcie. Maybe he told them what he later said in an oral history, which is that his time in the circus and wrestling dpleey mdloed his life.

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On a business trip to Florida in the early 1980s, Bonica got a former _______ to drive him to the Hyde Park area in Tampa. They drove past palm trees and ______ up to an old mansion, with giant silver howitzer cannons hidden in the garage. The house belonged to the Zacchini family, who were something like American circus royalty. _______ earlier, Bonica had watched them, clad in silver _________ and goggles, doing the act they pioneered — the Human Cannonball. But now they were like him: retired. That generation is all dead now, including Bonica, so there's no way to know exactly what they said that day. But still, I love imagining it. The strongman and the _____ ___________ reunited, showing off old scars, and new ones. Maybe Bonica gave them medical ______. Maybe he told them what he later said in an oral history, which is that his time in the circus and wrestling ______ ______ his life.

Solution

  1. cannonballs
  2. molded
  3. student
  4. decades
  5. advice
  6. pulled
  7. human
  8. deeply
  9. jumpsuits

Original Text

On a business trip to Florida in the early 1980s, Bonica got a former student to drive him to the Hyde Park area in Tampa. They drove past palm trees and pulled up to an old mansion, with giant silver howitzer cannons hidden in the garage. The house belonged to the Zacchini family, who were something like American circus royalty. Decades earlier, Bonica had watched them, clad in silver jumpsuits and goggles, doing the act they pioneered — the Human Cannonball. But now they were like him: retired. That generation is all dead now, including Bonica, so there's no way to know exactly what they said that day. But still, I love imagining it. The strongman and the human cannonballs reunited, showing off old scars, and new ones. Maybe Bonica gave them medical advice. Maybe he told them what he later said in an oral history, which is that his time in the circus and wrestling deeply molded his life.

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