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"From the Ted Talk by Munir Virani: Why I love vultures"

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First of all, why do they have such a bad press? When Charles Darwin went across the Atlantic in 1832 on the Beagle, he saw the trukey vulture, and he said, "These are disgusting brdis with bald scarlet heads that are formed to rveel in putridity." (lhetguar) You could not get a worse insult, and that from Charles draiwn. (Laughter) You know, he changed his mind when he came back, and I'll tell you why. They've also be associated with Disney — (Laughter) — personified as goofy, dumb, stupid characters.

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First of all, why do they have such a bad press? When Charles Darwin went across the Atlantic in 1832 on the Beagle, he saw the ______ vulture, and he said, "These are disgusting _____ with bald scarlet heads that are formed to _____ in putridity." (________) You could not get a worse insult, and that from Charles ______. (Laughter) You know, he changed his mind when he came back, and I'll tell you why. They've also be associated with Disney — (Laughter) — personified as goofy, dumb, stupid characters.

Solution

  1. revel
  2. birds
  3. turkey
  4. laughter
  5. darwin

Original Text

First of all, why do they have such a bad press? When Charles Darwin went across the Atlantic in 1832 on the Beagle, he saw the turkey vulture, and he said, "These are disgusting birds with bald scarlet heads that are formed to revel in putridity." (Laughter) You could not get a worse insult, and that from Charles Darwin. (Laughter) You know, he changed his mind when he came back, and I'll tell you why. They've also be associated with Disney — (Laughter) — personified as goofy, dumb, stupid characters.

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world vultures 3
laughter applause 3
charles darwin 3

Important Words

  1. atlantic
  2. bad
  3. bald
  4. beagle
  5. birds
  6. changed
  7. characters
  8. charles
  9. darwin
  10. disgusting
  11. disney
  12. dumb
  13. formed
  14. goofy
  15. heads
  16. insult
  17. laughter
  18. mind
  19. personified
  20. press
  21. putridity
  22. revel
  23. scarlet
  24. stupid
  25. turkey
  26. vulture
  27. worse