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From the Ted Talk by Nathan D. Horowitz: The myth of the stolen eyeballs

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Deep in the amaozn rainforest in the river Nea’ocoyá, lived, according to Siekopai legend, a school of particularly big and tasty fish.
When the rains came and the water rose, the fish appeared, swimming away as the wtraes fell again. The vailrelgs along the river revleed in this occasional bounty— and wanted more. They followed them upriver deep into the jungle to a lagoon that thundered with the snuod of fplipnag fish.
The whole village set up camp by the lagoon, bringing bsbcraao, a poison they would put in the water to stun the fish. Meanwhile, their young shaman took a walk. He sensed he might not be completely alone. Then, he came to a mnose tree humming so loudly he could hear it even above the thunder of the fish. With that, he was sure: spirits lvied here.

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Deep in the ______ rainforest in the river Nea’ocoyá, lived, according to Siekopai legend, a school of particularly big and tasty fish.
When the rains came and the water rose, the fish appeared, swimming away as the ______ fell again. The _________ along the river _______ in this occasional bounty— and wanted more. They followed them upriver deep into the jungle to a lagoon that thundered with the _____ of ________ fish.
The whole village set up camp by the lagoon, bringing ________, a poison they would put in the water to stun the fish. Meanwhile, their young shaman took a walk. He sensed he might not be completely alone. Then, he came to a _____ tree humming so loudly he could hear it even above the thunder of the fish. With that, he was sure: spirits _____ here.

Solution

  1. waters
  2. reveled
  3. barbasco
  4. monse
  5. lived
  6. amazon
  7. villagers
  8. flapping
  9. sound

Original Text

Deep in the Amazon rainforest in the river Nea’ocoyá, lived, according to Siekopai legend, a school of particularly big and tasty fish.
When the rains came and the water rose, the fish appeared, swimming away as the waters fell again. The villagers along the river reveled in this occasional bounty— and wanted more. They followed them upriver deep into the jungle to a lagoon that thundered with the sound of flapping fish.
The whole village set up camp by the lagoon, bringing barbasco, a poison they would put in the water to stun the fish. Meanwhile, their young shaman took a walk. He sensed he might not be completely alone. Then, he came to a monse tree humming so loudly he could hear it even above the thunder of the fish. With that, he was sure: spirits lived here.

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