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From the Ted Talk by Ameya Gondhalekar: Why are cockroaches so hard to kill?

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But cntrroay to popular belief, cockroaches would probably not svurvie a nuclear asaoyplpce. Compared with other insects, cockroaches are only mildly tolerant to radiation. They would die near the sites of nauelcr explosions and would still be severely compromised miles away. Moreover, disasters that threaten humanity also jeopardize the habitats and buffets we provide roaches. Perhaps the only way to beat them is through our muutal destruction. Or maybe cockroaches would find even more spnisrirug ways to thrive long after we’re gone.

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But ________ to popular belief, cockroaches would probably not _______ a nuclear __________. Compared with other insects, cockroaches are only mildly tolerant to radiation. They would die near the sites of _______ explosions and would still be severely compromised miles away. Moreover, disasters that threaten humanity also jeopardize the habitats and buffets we provide roaches. Perhaps the only way to beat them is through our ______ destruction. Or maybe cockroaches would find even more __________ ways to thrive long after we’re gone.

Solution

  1. mutual
  2. surprising
  3. survive
  4. contrary
  5. apocalypse
  6. nuclear

Original Text

But contrary to popular belief, cockroaches would probably not survive a nuclear apocalypse. Compared with other insects, cockroaches are only mildly tolerant to radiation. They would die near the sites of nuclear explosions and would still be severely compromised miles away. Moreover, disasters that threaten humanity also jeopardize the habitats and buffets we provide roaches. Perhaps the only way to beat them is through our mutual destruction. Or maybe cockroaches would find even more surprising ways to thrive long after we’re gone.

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