Sunday, June 30, 2013

THREE new and free practice scrambled paragraphs

I now have about 90 free scrambled paragraphs on this blog for you to practice on.  You can also broaden your general knowledge by reading the accompanying links and watching the videos.  Please feel free to give me feedback using the email address I listed above. I really hope this resource is useful to you.  ^^

"The gods condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly roll a rock to the top of a mountain," wrote Albert Camus, "then the stone would fall back of its own weight; they thought that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor."  

______ (Q) Over and over it happens that a theory or explanation believed to be well established has to be abandoned or rethought of by researchers in the light of new findings.

______ (R) Half a century ago Stanley L. Miller demonstrated that amino acids and other biochemically significant compounds could be easily synthesized under conditions simulating those of the primitive atmosphere.

______ (S) Like Sisyphus, these researchers trying to discover the origins of life and study the earliest stages of biological evolution have an uphill quest because theories must be abandoned and rethought.

______ (T) Nowadays geoscientists tend to doubt that the conditions of the prebiotic environment were as reducing as Miller and others had assumed.

______ (U) Of all the examples, maybe one is the most famous.

When he was two years old, Joseph Merrick’s mother noticed that some areas of his skin began to change.  

______ (Q) The right side of his head began to grow, as did his right arm and hand so that by the time he was 12 years old, Joseph's hand was so deformed as to be useless; furthermore, the growths on his skin were now large and repulsive to look at. 

______ (R) Over the next years, Joseph left home, tried working in a factory but was abused by the workers there, and finally ended up in a freak show. 

______ (S) Some darkened, discolored skin growths were appearing, and they began to look bumpy and rough.  

______ (T) Furthermore, the other boys in early grade school were starting to make fun of him and as Joseph grew older, he began to look even more strange.

______ (U) Lumps began to grow under the boy's skin, on his neck, his chest, and the back of his head and Mary Jane Merrick began to worry about her son, Joseph.

The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, has a snake-like venom in its bite which sends victims into shock and stops their blood from clotting, according to Australian research.

 _____ (Q) Fry also surgically removed a venom gland from a terminally ill Komodo at Singapore Zoo for the study, and said it contained a highly toxic poison which would induce potent stomach cramps, hypothermia and a drop in blood pressure. 

_____ (R) But magnetic resonance imagery has for the first time uncovered venom glands containing a shock-inducing poison which increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure, scientists say. 

_____ (S) Bryan Fry, a leading researcher, said this three-dimensional computer imaging comparing the Komodo's bite with that of Australia's saltwater crocodile showed it used a "grip and rip" pulling manoeuvre to tear deep wounds, similar to a shark or sabre cat.

_____ (T) "Such a fall in blood pressure would be debilitating in conjunction with blood loss and would render the envenomed prey unable to escape," he said. 

_____ (U) It had previously been widely believed that deadly bacteria in the carnivorous lizard's mouth helped kill its prey.


life: 14253

merrick: 45132

komodo 42351