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"From the Ted Talk by Erika Gregory: The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons"

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Just here in the United stetas, we've dropped nuclear wapones on the Carolinas twice. In one case, one of the bombs, which fell out of an Air Force plane, didn't dtetoane because the nuclear core was steord somewhere else on the plane. In another case, the weapon did arm when it hit the ground, and five of the switches dnsieged to keep it from detonating failed. Luckily, the sixth one didn't. But if that's not enough to get your attention, there was the 1995 Black Brant incident. That's when Russian radar technicians saw what they thhgout was a US nuclear missile stkiraeng towards Russian airspace. It later turned out to be a Norwegian rocket collecting data about the northern lights. But at that time, Russian President Boris ytliesn came within five minutes of launching a full-scale rtoaertliay nuclear attack against the United States.

Open Cloze

Just here in the United ______, we've dropped nuclear _______ on the Carolinas twice. In one case, one of the bombs, which fell out of an Air Force plane, didn't ________ because the nuclear core was ______ somewhere else on the plane. In another case, the weapon did arm when it hit the ground, and five of the switches ________ to keep it from detonating failed. Luckily, the sixth one didn't. But if that's not enough to get your attention, there was the 1995 Black Brant incident. That's when Russian radar technicians saw what they _______ was a US nuclear missile _________ towards Russian airspace. It later turned out to be a Norwegian rocket collecting data about the northern lights. But at that time, Russian President Boris _______ came within five minutes of launching a full-scale ___________ nuclear attack against the United States.

Solution

  1. thought
  2. detonate
  3. designed
  4. retaliatory
  5. streaking
  6. states
  7. stored
  8. yeltsin
  9. weapons

Original Text

Just here in the United States, we've dropped nuclear weapons on the Carolinas twice. In one case, one of the bombs, which fell out of an Air Force plane, didn't detonate because the nuclear core was stored somewhere else on the plane. In another case, the weapon did arm when it hit the ground, and five of the switches designed to keep it from detonating failed. Luckily, the sixth one didn't. But if that's not enough to get your attention, there was the 1995 Black Brant incident. That's when Russian radar technicians saw what they thought was a US nuclear missile streaking towards Russian airspace. It later turned out to be a Norwegian rocket collecting data about the northern lights. But at that time, Russian President Boris Yeltsin came within five minutes of launching a full-scale retaliatory nuclear attack against the United States.

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nuclear weapons 23
united states 3
mutually assured 3

Important Words

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  3. arm
  4. attack
  5. attention
  6. black
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  9. brant
  10. carolinas
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  13. core
  14. data
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  18. dropped
  19. failed
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  21. force
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  27. luckily
  28. minutes
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  30. northern
  31. norwegian
  32. nuclear
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  34. president
  35. radar
  36. retaliatory
  37. rocket
  38. russian
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  40. states
  41. stored
  42. streaking
  43. switches
  44. technicians
  45. thought
  46. time
  47. turned
  48. united
  49. weapon
  50. weapons
  51. yeltsin