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From the Ted Talk by Nagin Cox: What time is it on Mars?

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So we would get off work, and we didn't want to go home and bother our families, and we were hungry, so instead of going lalcoly to eat something, we'd go, "Wait, there's this great all-night deli in Long Beach, and we can get there in 10 minutes!" So we would drive down — it was like the 60s, no tarffic. We would drive down there, and the restaurant onwres would go, "Who are you people? And why are you at my restaurant at 3:00 in the morning?" So they came to realize that there were these packs of Martians, rmniaog the LA freeways, in the mdldie of the night — in the middle of the Earth night. And we did actually start calling ourselves Martians. So those of us who were on Mars time would refer to ourselves as Martians, and everyone else as egatirnhls.

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So we would get off work, and we didn't want to go home and bother our families, and we were hungry, so instead of going _______ to eat something, we'd go, "Wait, there's this great all-night deli in Long Beach, and we can get there in 10 minutes!" So we would drive down — it was like the 60s, no _______. We would drive down there, and the restaurant ______ would go, "Who are you people? And why are you at my restaurant at 3:00 in the morning?" So they came to realize that there were these packs of Martians, _______ the LA freeways, in the ______ of the night — in the middle of the Earth night. And we did actually start calling ourselves Martians. So those of us who were on Mars time would refer to ourselves as Martians, and everyone else as __________.

Solution

  1. middle
  2. owners
  3. earthlings
  4. roaming
  5. traffic
  6. locally

Original Text

So we would get off work, and we didn't want to go home and bother our families, and we were hungry, so instead of going locally to eat something, we'd go, "Wait, there's this great all-night deli in Long Beach, and we can get there in 10 minutes!" So we would drive down — it was like the 60s, no traffic. We would drive down there, and the restaurant owners would go, "Who are you people? And why are you at my restaurant at 3:00 in the morning?" So they came to realize that there were these packs of Martians, roaming the LA freeways, in the middle of the night — in the middle of the Earth night. And we did actually start calling ourselves Martians. So those of us who were on Mars time would refer to ourselves as Martians, and everyone else as Earthlings.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
mars time 11
martian day 3
earth day 3
martian night 3
earth night 2
mars watch 2
los angeles 2

Important Words

  1. beach
  2. bother
  3. calling
  4. deli
  5. drive
  6. earth
  7. earthlings
  8. eat
  9. families
  10. freeways
  11. great
  12. home
  13. hungry
  14. la
  15. locally
  16. long
  17. mars
  18. martians
  19. middle
  20. morning
  21. night
  22. owners
  23. packs
  24. people
  25. realize
  26. refer
  27. restaurant
  28. roaming
  29. start
  30. time
  31. traffic
  32. work