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From the Ted Talk by Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

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So what's the sreacist thing you've ever done? (Laughter) Maybe it's spiders. A lot of people are aifrad of spiders. I think you should be afraid of srepdis — spiders are creepy and they've got long, hairy legs, and spiders like this one, the brown recluse — it's hlrriboe. If a bowrn recluse bites you, you end with one of these horrible, big nreoctic things on your leg and there might be one right now sitting on the chair behind you, in fact. And how do you know? And so a spider lands on you, and you go through this great, spasmy attack because spiders are scary. But then you could say, well is there a brown recluse sitting on the chair beside me or not? I don't know. Are there brown rceeluss here? So if you actually do the research, you find out that in the world there are about 50,000 different types of spiders, and there are about two dozen that are venomous out of 50,000. And if you're in Canada, because of the cold winters here in B.C., there's about 720, 730 different tpyes of spiders and there's one — one — that is venomous, and its venom isn't even faatl, it's just kind of like a nasty sntig. And that spider — not only that, but that spider has beautiful markings on it, it's like "I'm dangerous. I got a big radiation symbol on my back, it's the black widow." So, if you're even slightly careful you can avoid running into the one spider — and it lievs close the ground, you're wklinag along, you are never going to go through a spider web where a black widow bites you. sepidr webs like this, it doesn't build those, it builds them down in the corners. And its a black woidw because the female spider eats the male; it doesn't care about you. So in fact, the next time you walk into a spiderweb, you don't need to pniac and go with your caveman reaction. The danger is entirely different than the fear.

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So what's the ________ thing you've ever done? (Laughter) Maybe it's spiders. A lot of people are ______ of spiders. I think you should be afraid of _______ — spiders are creepy and they've got long, hairy legs, and spiders like this one, the brown recluse — it's ________. If a _____ recluse bites you, you end with one of these horrible, big ________ things on your leg and there might be one right now sitting on the chair behind you, in fact. And how do you know? And so a spider lands on you, and you go through this great, spasmy attack because spiders are scary. But then you could say, well is there a brown recluse sitting on the chair beside me or not? I don't know. Are there brown ________ here? So if you actually do the research, you find out that in the world there are about 50,000 different types of spiders, and there are about two dozen that are venomous out of 50,000. And if you're in Canada, because of the cold winters here in B.C., there's about 720, 730 different _____ of spiders and there's one — one — that is venomous, and its venom isn't even _____, it's just kind of like a nasty _____. And that spider — not only that, but that spider has beautiful markings on it, it's like "I'm dangerous. I got a big radiation symbol on my back, it's the black widow." So, if you're even slightly careful you can avoid running into the one spider — and it _____ close the ground, you're _______ along, you are never going to go through a spider web where a black widow bites you. ______ webs like this, it doesn't build those, it builds them down in the corners. And its a black _____ because the female spider eats the male; it doesn't care about you. So in fact, the next time you walk into a spiderweb, you don't need to _____ and go with your caveman reaction. The danger is entirely different than the fear.

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Original Text

So what's the scariest thing you've ever done? (Laughter) Maybe it's spiders. A lot of people are afraid of spiders. I think you should be afraid of spiders — spiders are creepy and they've got long, hairy legs, and spiders like this one, the brown recluse — it's horrible. If a brown recluse bites you, you end with one of these horrible, big necrotic things on your leg and there might be one right now sitting on the chair behind you, in fact. And how do you know? And so a spider lands on you, and you go through this great, spasmy attack because spiders are scary. But then you could say, well is there a brown recluse sitting on the chair beside me or not? I don't know. Are there brown recluses here? So if you actually do the research, you find out that in the world there are about 50,000 different types of spiders, and there are about two dozen that are venomous out of 50,000. And if you're in Canada, because of the cold winters here in B.C., there's about 720, 730 different types of spiders and there's one — one — that is venomous, and its venom isn't even fatal, it's just kind of like a nasty sting. And that spider — not only that, but that spider has beautiful markings on it, it's like "I'm dangerous. I got a big radiation symbol on my back, it's the black widow." So, if you're even slightly careful you can avoid running into the one spider — and it lives close the ground, you're walking along, you are never going to go through a spider web where a black widow bites you. Spider webs like this, it doesn't build those, it builds them down in the corners. And its a black widow because the female spider eats the male; it doesn't care about you. So in fact, the next time you walk into a spiderweb, you don't need to panic and go with your caveman reaction. The danger is entirely different than the fear.

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