The Christmas When Santa Met A Pirate

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The Christmas when Santa met a pirate, he sailed around the world on a pirate’s ship, instead of using his sleigh. Instead of “Ho ! Ho ! Ho !”, Santa cried out, “Ships ahoy !” whenever there was a shark about. The pirate invited Santa to join him in the galley for tea, then they sped off towards the North Pole, crying “yippee !”. That year, Santa didn’t need his reindeers at all … the pirate’s ship was the faster than all. As they sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, Santa dropped his telescope. Before long, they were in a storm, the ship rocked as Santa jumped up and down to keep warm. That year, what was really great, was that Santa didn’t take toys as presents – he handed out gold coins from the pirate’s treasure chest – which the pirate had discovered from a shipwreck in the West. Whereas Santa had a robin, to help him see at sea, the pirate had a parrot, which he fed bird seed to regularly and kept in a cage in the crow’s nest. Just like Santa and the pirate, the pair became good friends. The waves tossed the ship, so Santa to the plank tightly grip – it wasn’t long, of course, before he took a dip ! Along came a shark, who almost bit the ship in two. Santa wasn’t that good a swimmer, so he didn’t quite know what to do. Santa used his sleigh bell, to ring to the pirate when all was not well. It came in handy, when into the water he fell !

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Santa’s Special Christmas Telescope

Santa’s special Christmas telescope magnified everything proportionately.

1. If the telescope increased the size of the ship (which was usually 50 metres high) by 5 metres, how big did it appear when seen through the telescope ?

2. If the telescope magnified the pirate’s parrot (which was usually 25 cm long) by one fifth, how big did it appear when seen through the telescope ?

3. If the telescope increased the size of the ship’s mask (which was usually 50 metres high) by 25 %, how big did it appear when seen through the telescope ?

4. If the telescope increased the size of the crow’s nest (which was usually 3 metres wide) by 0.3, how big did it appear when seen through the telescope ?

5. If the telescope increased the size of the ship’s plank (which was usually 10 metres long) by 0.1, how long did it appear when seen through the telescope ?

6. If the telescope increased the size of the pirate’s catch (which was weighed 75 kilograms) 33 %, how heavy did it become ?

 © Jacqueline Richards 2008

Answers :

1. 55 m

2. 30 cm

3. 62.5 m

4. 4 m

5. 11m

6. 100 kg

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