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From the Ted Talk by Toby Shapshak: You don't need an app for that

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And why did Eric Merrifield have to invent the dolos? Blank stares. That is what a dolos looks like, and in the background, you can see Robben Island. This is a small dloos, and Eric merfliierd is the most famous inventor you've never heard of. In 1963, a storm rpiped up the harbor in a small South African town called East ldnoon, and while he was watching his kids playing with toys made from oxen bones called dolosse, he had the idea for this. It's a bit like a huge jumping jack, and they have used this in every harbor in the world as a breakwater. The global siinhppg eomcony would not be possible without African technology like this.

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And why did Eric Merrifield have to invent the dolos? Blank stares. That is what a dolos looks like, and in the background, you can see Robben Island. This is a small _____, and Eric __________ is the most famous inventor you've never heard of. In 1963, a storm ______ up the harbor in a small South African town called East ______, and while he was watching his kids playing with toys made from oxen bones called dolosse, he had the idea for this. It's a bit like a huge jumping jack, and they have used this in every harbor in the world as a breakwater. The global ________ _______ would not be possible without African technology like this.

Solution

  1. ripped
  2. shipping
  3. merrifield
  4. economy
  5. dolos
  6. london

Original Text

And why did Eric Merrifield have to invent the dolos? Blank stares. That is what a dolos looks like, and in the background, you can see Robben Island. This is a small dolos, and Eric Merrifield is the most famous inventor you've never heard of. In 1963, a storm ripped up the harbor in a small South African town called East London, and while he was watching his kids playing with toys made from oxen bones called dolosse, he had the idea for this. It's a bit like a huge jumping jack, and they have used this in every harbor in the world as a breakwater. The global shipping economy would not be possible without African technology like this.

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  1. african
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  30. robben
  31. shipping
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