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From the Ted Talk by Conor Heffernan: The treadmill's dark and twisted past

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The constant thud underneath your feet, the cntesinraod space, and the monotony of going nowhere fast. It feels like hours have gone by, but it's only been eleven minutes, and you wonder, "Why am I torturing myself? This thing has got to be considered a cruel and unusual puhinesmnt.".
Actually, that's exactly what it is, or was. You see, in the 1800s, treadmills were created to punish esiglnh prisoners.
At the time, the English prison system was abysmally bad. Execution and deportation were often the punishments of choice, and those who were locked away faced hours of sidolute in filthy cells. So siacol movements led by religious groups, philanthropies, and celebrities, like cehlras Dickens, sought to cngahe these dire conditions and help rfreom the prisoners.

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The constant thud underneath your feet, the ___________ space, and the monotony of going nowhere fast. It feels like hours have gone by, but it's only been eleven minutes, and you wonder, "Why am I torturing myself? This thing has got to be considered a cruel and unusual __________.".
Actually, that's exactly what it is, or was. You see, in the 1800s, treadmills were created to punish _______ prisoners.
At the time, the English prison system was abysmally bad. Execution and deportation were often the punishments of choice, and those who were locked away faced hours of ________ in filthy cells. So ______ movements led by religious groups, philanthropies, and celebrities, like _______ Dickens, sought to ______ these dire conditions and help ______ the prisoners.

Solution

  1. punishment
  2. charles
  3. english
  4. social
  5. change
  6. constrained
  7. solitude
  8. reform

Original Text

The constant thud underneath your feet, the constrained space, and the monotony of going nowhere fast. It feels like hours have gone by, but it's only been eleven minutes, and you wonder, "Why am I torturing myself? This thing has got to be considered a cruel and unusual punishment.".
Actually, that's exactly what it is, or was. You see, in the 1800s, treadmills were created to punish English prisoners.
At the time, the English prison system was abysmally bad. Execution and deportation were often the punishments of choice, and those who were locked away faced hours of solitude in filthy cells. So social movements led by religious groups, philanthropies, and celebrities, like Charles Dickens, sought to change these dire conditions and help reform the prisoners.

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