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From the Ted Talk by Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

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Virgin Mary in Clearwater, Florida. I actually went to see this one. There was a lot of people there. The faithful come in their wheelchairs and crutches, and so on. We went down and investigated. Just to give you a size, that's _______, me and The _______ Randi, next to this two, two and a half story-sized image. All these candles, thousands of _______ people had lit in tribute to this. So we walked around the ________, to see what was going on. It turns out wherever there's a _________ head and a palm tree, you get the effect. Here's the Virgin Mary on the backside, which they started to wipe off. I guess you can only have one miracle per ________.

Solution

  1. building
  2. sprinkler
  3. amazing
  4. dawkins
  5. candles
  6. backside

Original Text

Virgin Mary in Clearwater, Florida. I actually went to see this one. There was a lot of people there. The faithful come in their wheelchairs and crutches, and so on. We went down and investigated. Just to give you a size, that's Dawkins, me and The Amazing Randi, next to this two, two and a half story-sized image. All these candles, thousands of candles people had lit in tribute to this. So we walked around the backside, to see what was going on. It turns out wherever there's a sprinkler head and a palm tree, you get the effect. Here's the Virgin Mary on the backside, which they started to wipe off. I guess you can only have one miracle per building.

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