Friday, September 6, 2013

5 more free scrambled paragraphs (Flu, Cuba, LaGuardia, Lucy, Raven)

Answers are below the exercise:

In the fall of 1918, the Great War in Europe was winding down and peace was on the horizon.

_____ (Q) The Americans had joined in the fight, bringing the Allies closer to victory against the Germans.

_____ (R) Then, however, in pockets across the globe, something erupted that, at first, seemed as benign as the common cold, yet the influenza of that season was far worse than a cold. 

_____ (S) The numbers for the US were even worse, in that the flu infected 28% of all Americans with an estimated 675,000 Americans dying of influenza during the pandemic - ten times as many as in the world war. 

_____ (T) Deep within the trenches these men had lived through some of the most brutal conditions of life, and it seemed that conditions could not become any worse. 

_____ (U) In the two years that this scourge ravaged the earth, a fifth of the world's population was infected, with the flu being most deadly for people ages 20 to 40.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores.

_____ (Q) Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey.

_____ (R) He further explained his decision to enact a naval blockade around Cuba and made it clear the U.S. was prepared to use military force, if necessary, to neutralize this perceived threat to national security. 

_____ (S) In a TV address on October 22, 1962, President John Kennedy (1917-63) notified Americans about the presence of the missiles.

_____ (T) However, disaster was avoided when the U.S. agreed to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's (1894-1971) offer to remove the Cuban missiles in exchange for the U.S. promising not to invade Cuba.

_____ (U) Following this news, many people feared the world was on the brink of nuclear war.

New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, for whom a famous New York airport is named, was popular for riding in fire trucks with firefighters, joining police officers on their beats and taking orphaned children to baseball games. 

_____ (Q) A short time later, an old woman dressed in threadbare clothing stood before him, on a charge of stealing a loaf of bread, but she explained that her daughter’s husband had run out on the family, her daughter was sick and that her two grandchildren had nothing to eat.   

_____ (R) LaGuardia found her guilty but then took out a ten dollar bill from his wallet and gave it to the bailiff to pay the woman's fine.

_____ (S) He then looked around the crowded, bustling court room and fined everyone there 50 cents for living in a city in which a grandmother had to steal a loaf of bread to feed her grandchildren (he gave the fine to the woman). 

_____ (T) The shopkeeper felt sorry for the woman but told the Mayor that he was in a bad neighborhood and that this woman needed to be punished to set an example for everyone else. 

_____ (U) One chilling night in January, 1935, during the depths of the Great Depression, Mayor LaGuardia arrived at a night court in one of the poorest areas in the city and told the judge to take the night off so he could preside over the court.


After death, several things can happen to the body.

_____ (Q) Known informally as Lucy and formally as AL-288-1 (Afar Locality #288), she was found in a sedimentary layer that eventually was dated at 3.5 MaBP.

_____ (R) This "something" turned out to be the exposed portion of a hominid arm bone. 

_____ (S) Johanson, along with colleague Tom Gray, had been mapping another locality at the Afar site, but, feeling "lucky," Johanson took a short detour into another area later mapped as locality 288 and "noticed something lying on the ground partway up the slope."

_____ (T) From the perspective of the physical anthropologist, the best thing that can happen is that the body lies in an area where it will be covered quickly by sediment.  

_____ (U) Such must have been the case with the 40-percent-complete skeleton found by Dr. Johanson.

In the story, the old man hides light in a box because he's afraid to see whether or not his daughter is ugly.

_____ (Q) When the old man finally opens the box containing the light, Raven grabs it and flies out of the house---causing light to spread throughout the world and revealing that the old man's daughter is as beautiful as the fronds of a hemlock tree.

_____ (R) In a ploy to steal the light, Raven shrinks himself to become a hemlock seed in a basket of drinking water so that the daughter swallows him. 

_____ (S) Soon Raven is reborn from her as a raven/human child. 

_____ (T) As Raven flies away, Eagle sees him and tries to steal the light, causing Raven to drop some of it, which becomes the Moon and the stars.

_____ (U) The old man accepts him as a grandson, and soon Raven begins begging that he open his various boxes, one after another, each time pleading and crying until the old man yields.


Answers are below:


Spanish flu -------> 1,3,5,2,4    Q=1, R=3, S=5, T=2, U=4
Cuban Missile Crisis -------------> 5,2,1,4,3
LaGuardia --------->2,4,5,3,1
Lucy -------> 3,5,4,1,2
Raven ----------->4,1,2,5,3
Yes, I'm the guy who created the scandal in Asia awhile ago. I felt that the Korean performers I was teaching in New York City were not being treated up to acceptable standards, and I reported this to a Korean newspaper to help ensure that, in the future, performers would be treated better. 



I'm Daniel Gauss, and I created these scrambled paragraphs for your amusement and edification.