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

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In any case, Carl Norden emigrates to the United States just before the First World War and sets up shop on Lafayette Street in dwnwtoon mhanattan. And he becomes oseesbsd with the question of how to drop bboms from an airplane. Now if you think about it, in the age before GPS and radar, that was obviously a really difficult problem. It's a complicated physics problem. You've got a plane that's thousands of feet up in the air, going at hundreds of miles an hour, and you're trying to drop an object, a bomb, towards some stationary target in the face of all kinds of widns and cloud cover and all kidns of other impediments. And all sorts of people, moving up to the First World War and between the wars, tried to solve this poelbrm, and nearly everybody came up sorht. The bombsights that were available were incredibly cdure.

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In any case, Carl Norden emigrates to the United States just before the First World War and sets up shop on Lafayette Street in ________ _________. And he becomes ________ with the question of how to drop _____ from an airplane. Now if you think about it, in the age before GPS and radar, that was obviously a really difficult problem. It's a complicated physics problem. You've got a plane that's thousands of feet up in the air, going at hundreds of miles an hour, and you're trying to drop an object, a bomb, towards some stationary target in the face of all kinds of _____ and cloud cover and all _____ of other impediments. And all sorts of people, moving up to the First World War and between the wars, tried to solve this _______, and nearly everybody came up _____. The bombsights that were available were incredibly _____.

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  6. problem
  7. bombs
  8. crude
  9. kinds

Original Text

In any case, Carl Norden emigrates to the United States just before the First World War and sets up shop on Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan. And he becomes obsessed with the question of how to drop bombs from an airplane. Now if you think about it, in the age before GPS and radar, that was obviously a really difficult problem. It's a complicated physics problem. You've got a plane that's thousands of feet up in the air, going at hundreds of miles an hour, and you're trying to drop an object, a bomb, towards some stationary target in the face of all kinds of winds and cloud cover and all kinds of other impediments. And all sorts of people, moving up to the First World War and between the wars, tried to solve this problem, and nearly everybody came up short. The bombsights that were available were incredibly crude.

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