In honor of Samer the Pirate, we have begun a compilation of Samer the Pirate questions. To contribute, please email your question to Rebecca Paul.
Bonus from QOTC VIII, by Yale/Josh, edited by Josh Miller:
Samer the Pirate is walking the plank. The plank is horizontal and has length L and moment of inertia I. Gravity is G, and Samers [sic] mass is M. Answer the following questions for 15 points apiece. a) What is the torque exerted by Samer the Pirate on the plank when he is all the way at its end[?] ANSWER: _(MGL) / 2_ b) If the pirates on the ship release their end of the plank, what will be the magnitude of Samer the Pirates [sic] downward acceleration (not his angular acceleration)? ANSWER: _(MG(L squared)) / (4I)_ [possibly incorrect]
Bonus from SNEWT III, by Yale, edited by Peter Austin:
This bonus is, in the opinion of the editors, one of the lamest they're ever seen. Anyway, here goes nothing. Samer the Pirate likes to lead his crew in sing-a-longs. One of their favorites is Old King Ramses Built a Tomb (to the tune of Old McDonald). Given the deity they're singing about, give the sound made by the animal associated with that deity FTPE: a) Old King Ramses built a tomb, E-I-E-I-O, and on this tomb he painted Sekhmet, E-I-E-I-O, with a ANSWER: _ROAR-ROAR_ Here, etc. (acc: any leonine equivalent) b) Old King Ramses built a tomb, E-I-E-I-O, and on this tomb he painted Seth, E-I-E-I-O, with a ANSWER: _ARF-ARF_ here, etc. (acc: any canine equivalent) c) Old King Ramses built a tomb, E-I-E-I-O, and on this tomb he painted Hathor, E-I-E-I-O, with a ANSWER: _MOO-MOO_ here, etc.
Tossup from QOTC IX, by Yale A, edited by Rebecca Paul:
Samer the Pirate walks off the end of the plank and plunges into the icy waters of the Atlantic. When he hits the water, blood gets diverted from his extremities to his heart and brain, and his pulse slows. This is a vestigial reflex, more powerful in children, which helps aquatic mammals stay submerged for long periods. FTP, name this reflex that aids the infamous swashbuckler in surviving his ordeal. ANSWER: mammalian _DIVING REFLEX_
Bonus from QOTC IX, by Yale A, edited by Rebecca Paul:
After being left for dead in the icy waters of the Atlantic, our intrepid corsair, Samer the Pirate, finds himself beset on all sides by various beasites of the sea. Identify the creatures, FTPE. a) A member of this second-largest fish species approaches the dashing buccaneer. Fortunately, our hero is not plankton, which is the only food of this large, slow-swimming shark. ANSWER: _BASKING_ shark or _CETORHINUS MAXIMUS_ b) Given that he is in the icy waters of the Atlantic, the suave sea-dog is surprised when he is attacked by one of those normally docile 10-armed cephalapods that live in temperate shallow water. After vanquishing his foe, Samer saves the internal shells to be used as a calcium supplement for his parrot. ANSWER: _CUTTLEFISH_ or _SEPIODIA_ c) The appearance of this enormous fish, three times the size of the modern Great White shark, alarms our resources privateer, since it's believes to have been extinct for several million years, and is known from fossilized teeth and a few vertebrae. What fish granted our hero a reprieve when it realized it should be swinning in warmer waters and headed for Jamaica? ANSWER: Cacharodon _MAGALODON_ (prompt: "Extinct Great White Shark")