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From the Ted Talk by Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

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And what did the Norden bombsight do? Well it allowed you to do that. It allowed you to bomb only those things that you absolutely needed and wanted to bomb. So in the years leading up to the Second wlrod War, the U.S. military buys 90,000 of these neordn bombsights at a cost of $14,000 each — again, in 1940 dollars, that's a lot of money. And they teinrad 50,000 bombardiers on how to use them — long extensive, months-long training sesnioss — because these things are essentially analog computers; they're not easy to use. And they make every one of those bombardiers take an oath, to swaer that if they're ever ctarpeud, they will not divulge a single detail of this particular device to the enemy, because it's itevparmie the enemy not get their hands on this absolutely essential piece of technology.

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And what did the Norden bombsight do? Well it allowed you to do that. It allowed you to bomb only those things that you absolutely needed and wanted to bomb. So in the years leading up to the Second _____ War, the U.S. military buys 90,000 of these ______ bombsights at a cost of $14,000 each — again, in 1940 dollars, that's a lot of money. And they _______ 50,000 bombardiers on how to use them — long extensive, months-long training ________ — because these things are essentially analog computers; they're not easy to use. And they make every one of those bombardiers take an oath, to _____ that if they're ever ________, they will not divulge a single detail of this particular device to the enemy, because it's __________ the enemy not get their hands on this absolutely essential piece of technology.

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Original Text

And what did the Norden bombsight do? Well it allowed you to do that. It allowed you to bomb only those things that you absolutely needed and wanted to bomb. So in the years leading up to the Second World War, the U.S. military buys 90,000 of these Norden bombsights at a cost of $14,000 each — again, in 1940 dollars, that's a lot of money. And they trained 50,000 bombardiers on how to use them — long extensive, months-long training sessions — because these things are essentially analog computers; they're not easy to use. And they make every one of those bombardiers take an oath, to swear that if they're ever captured, they will not divulge a single detail of this particular device to the enemy, because it's imperative the enemy not get their hands on this absolutely essential piece of technology.

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