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From the Ted Talk by Marlene Zuk: What we learn from insects' sex lives

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So, people are more afraid of insects than they are of dying. (Laughter) At least, according to a 1973 "Book of Lists" survey which preceded all those online best, worst, funniest lists that you see today. Only heights and pbluic speaking exceeded the six-legged as sources of fear. And I suspect if you had put spiders in there, the combinations of isctens and spiders would have just topped the chart. Now, I am not one of those people. I really love insects. I think they're interesting and beautiful, and sometimes even cute. (Laughter) And I'm not alone. For centuries, some of the greatest minds in science, from Charles Darwin to E.O. Wilson, have drawn inspiration from studying some of the smallest minds on etrah. Well, why is that? What is that keeps us coming back to insects? Some of it, of course, is just the sheer mugnaidte of almost everything about them. They're more nuourems than any other kind of amnail. We don't even know how many scieeps of insects there are, because new ones are being discovered all the time. There are at least a mioliln, maybe as many as 10 million. This means that you could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to rusee a species for over 80,000 years. (lgtauehr) Take that, pandas and kittens! (Laughter)

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So, people are more afraid of insects than they are of dying. (Laughter) At least, according to a 1973 "Book of Lists" survey which preceded all those online best, worst, funniest lists that you see today. Only heights and ______ speaking exceeded the six-legged as sources of fear. And I suspect if you had put spiders in there, the combinations of _______ and spiders would have just topped the chart. Now, I am not one of those people. I really love insects. I think they're interesting and beautiful, and sometimes even cute. (Laughter) And I'm not alone. For centuries, some of the greatest minds in science, from Charles Darwin to E.O. Wilson, have drawn inspiration from studying some of the smallest minds on _____. Well, why is that? What is that keeps us coming back to insects? Some of it, of course, is just the sheer _________ of almost everything about them. They're more ________ than any other kind of ______. We don't even know how many _______ of insects there are, because new ones are being discovered all the time. There are at least a _______, maybe as many as 10 million. This means that you could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to _____ a species for over 80,000 years. (________) Take that, pandas and kittens! (Laughter)

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  3. magnitude
  4. million
  5. laughter
  6. insects
  7. species
  8. reuse
  9. animal
  10. public

Original Text

So, people are more afraid of insects than they are of dying. (Laughter) At least, according to a 1973 "Book of Lists" survey which preceded all those online best, worst, funniest lists that you see today. Only heights and public speaking exceeded the six-legged as sources of fear. And I suspect if you had put spiders in there, the combinations of insects and spiders would have just topped the chart. Now, I am not one of those people. I really love insects. I think they're interesting and beautiful, and sometimes even cute. (Laughter) And I'm not alone. For centuries, some of the greatest minds in science, from Charles Darwin to E.O. Wilson, have drawn inspiration from studying some of the smallest minds on Earth. Well, why is that? What is that keeps us coming back to insects? Some of it, of course, is just the sheer magnitude of almost everything about them. They're more numerous than any other kind of animal. We don't even know how many species of insects there are, because new ones are being discovered all the time. There are at least a million, maybe as many as 10 million. This means that you could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to reuse a species for over 80,000 years. (Laughter) Take that, pandas and kittens! (Laughter)

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