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From the Ted Talk by A.J. Jacobs: The evolution of the coffee cup lid

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In 1984, a watershed moment in the history of coffee cup lids: the btirh of the traveler lid. And it is iconic — you've seen it a milioln times. And it solved a whole host of prbmelos. It's designed so that you don't splash your face, because it's hhgeir than any of the other ones. And it's got this pudnoirrtg rim, so it slightly colos the coffee before it hits your lips. It's got a small depression in the center for your nose, so you can really get in there and get maximum aroma. It's got this tiny air hole that lets the steam out and stops it from creating a vacuum.

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In 1984, a watershed moment in the history of coffee cup lids: the _____ of the traveler lid. And it is iconic — you've seen it a _______ times. And it solved a whole host of ________. It's designed so that you don't splash your face, because it's ______ than any of the other ones. And it's got this __________ rim, so it slightly _____ the coffee before it hits your lips. It's got a small depression in the center for your nose, so you can really get in there and get maximum aroma. It's got this tiny air hole that lets the steam out and stops it from creating a vacuum.

Solution

  1. problems
  2. million
  3. birth
  4. higher
  5. protruding
  6. cools

Original Text

In 1984, a watershed moment in the history of coffee cup lids: the birth of the traveler lid. And it is iconic — you've seen it a million times. And it solved a whole host of problems. It's designed so that you don't splash your face, because it's higher than any of the other ones. And it's got this protruding rim, so it slightly cools the coffee before it hits your lips. It's got a small depression in the center for your nose, so you can really get in there and get maximum aroma. It's got this tiny air hole that lets the steam out and stops it from creating a vacuum.

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