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From the Ted Talk by Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

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Harry S. Langerman uttered these words, and he's somebody you might have known but didn't, because in 1949 he read a little article in the ppaer about a hamburger stand onwed by two boherrts named McDonalds. And he thhugot, "That's a really neat idea!" So he went to find them. They said, "We can give you a franchise on this for 3,000 bucks." Harry went back to New York, akesd his brother, an investment banker, to loan him the $3,000, and his brother's immortal wdros were, "You idiot, nobody eats hamburgers." He wouldn't lend him the money, and of course, six mhnots later Ray Kroc had exactly the same idea. It turns out people do eat hamburgers, and Ray Kroc, for a while, became the richest man in America.

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Harry S. Langerman uttered these words, and he's somebody you might have known but didn't, because in 1949 he read a little article in the _____ about a hamburger stand _____ by two ________ named McDonalds. And he _______, "That's a really neat idea!" So he went to find them. They said, "We can give you a franchise on this for 3,000 bucks." Harry went back to New York, _____ his brother, an investment banker, to loan him the $3,000, and his brother's immortal _____ were, "You idiot, nobody eats hamburgers." He wouldn't lend him the money, and of course, six ______ later Ray Kroc had exactly the same idea. It turns out people do eat hamburgers, and Ray Kroc, for a while, became the richest man in America.

Solution

  1. owned
  2. asked
  3. months
  4. paper
  5. brothers
  6. thought
  7. words

Original Text

Harry S. Langerman uttered these words, and he's somebody you might have known but didn't, because in 1949 he read a little article in the paper about a hamburger stand owned by two brothers named McDonalds. And he thought, "That's a really neat idea!" So he went to find them. They said, "We can give you a franchise on this for 3,000 bucks." Harry went back to New York, asked his brother, an investment banker, to loan him the $3,000, and his brother's immortal words were, "You idiot, nobody eats hamburgers." He wouldn't lend him the money, and of course, six months later Ray Kroc had exactly the same idea. It turns out people do eat hamburgers, and Ray Kroc, for a while, became the richest man in America.

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