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From the Ted Talk by TED-Ed: The "myth" of the boiling frog

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Two frogs are minding their own bieussns in the swamp when WHAM— they’re kidnapped.
They come to in a kitchen, captives of a menacing chef. He boils up a pot of water and lobs one of the frogs in. But it’s having none of this. The second its toes hit the scalding water it jupms right out the wndoiw.
The chef refills the pot, but this time he doesn’t turn on the heat. He plops the second frog in, and this frog’s okay with that. The chef turns the heat on, very low, and the temperature of water sollwy rises. So slowly that the frog doesn’t notice. In fact, it basks in the balmy water. Only when the sufrace begins to bublbe does the frog realize: it’s toast.

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Two frogs are minding their own ________ in the swamp when WHAM— they’re kidnapped.
They come to in a kitchen, captives of a menacing chef. He boils up a pot of water and lobs one of the frogs in. But it’s having none of this. The second its toes hit the scalding water it _____ right out the ______.
The chef refills the pot, but this time he doesn’t turn on the heat. He plops the second frog in, and this frog’s okay with that. The chef turns the heat on, very low, and the temperature of water ______ rises. So slowly that the frog doesn’t notice. In fact, it basks in the balmy water. Only when the _______ begins to ______ does the frog realize: it’s toast.

Solution

  1. bubble
  2. jumps
  3. business
  4. surface
  5. slowly
  6. window

Original Text

Two frogs are minding their own business in the swamp when WHAM— they’re kidnapped.
They come to in a kitchen, captives of a menacing chef. He boils up a pot of water and lobs one of the frogs in. But it’s having none of this. The second its toes hit the scalding water it jumps right out the window.
The chef refills the pot, but this time he doesn’t turn on the heat. He plops the second frog in, and this frog’s okay with that. The chef turns the heat on, very low, and the temperature of water slowly rises. So slowly that the frog doesn’t notice. In fact, it basks in the balmy water. Only when the surface begins to bubble does the frog realize: it’s toast.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. balmy
  2. basks
  3. begins
  4. boils
  5. bubble
  6. business
  7. captives
  8. chef
  9. fact
  10. frog
  11. frogs
  12. heat
  13. hit
  14. jumps
  15. kidnapped
  16. kitchen
  17. lobs
  18. menacing
  19. minding
  20. notice
  21. plops
  22. pot
  23. refills
  24. rises
  25. scalding
  26. slowly
  27. surface
  28. swamp
  29. temperature
  30. time
  31. toast
  32. toes
  33. turn
  34. turns
  35. water
  36. window