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1. "What do you mean, the hamsters are radioactive?" says Kat incredulously, her voice slightly crackly through the mobile phone.
"Look, Sarah told me there are radioactive hamsters on the loose. We have to stop them." I say. "Meet me at Chernobyl. Sarah is there already."
"Okay, I'll be there as soon as I can." Kat says. The line goes dead.
Which country is Chernobyl in?
2. A black car pulls up and Kat steps out. Sarah and I go over to greet her.
"Hey Kat, good of you to come!" says Sarah enthusiastically.
"No worries. Let's just get this situation under control quickly," says Kat.
"Okay. Sarah was given this photo from one of the locals who saw the hamsters before they ran off." I pull a photo from my pocket and show it to Kat.
"Hey, I know that type of hamster! I see it all the time at work. Very popular as pets."
Which type of hamster is the most common type of hamster kept as pets?
3. "While I was waiting for you two, I had a look around, and I think I found what made the hamsters radioactive," says Sarah as she leads us to a strange-looking ball on the ground.
"What is that?" I ask, covering my nose.
"Ugh, it stinks!" Kat cries, desperately waving a hand in front of her face.
"That, my friends, is a hamster's favourite vegetable." says Sarah, gleefully.
Which type of vegetable comes in the types Cos, Iceberg and Buttercrunch?
4. "So how did the hamsters get radioactive?" I ask Sarah.
"Where are we, Ethan?" she says, looking around.
"Chernobyl...Ah! Fallout from the disaster!" I exclaim, smiling.
"Exactly! Residual radiation must have come into contact with this vegetable..."
"...and caused the hamsters to become radioactive when they ate it!" I say, finishing her sentence. Sarah and I go in for a high-five.
Which of these isotopes is radioactive?
5. "While you two were getting excited about a vegetable, I was doing a bit of research." says Kat, pointing to her mobile phone. "I found something that might help us. It's a book."
"That's brilliant!" Sarah says.
"Yes, it is, but there's one problem. It's the only one in the world, and it's in the biggest library in England."
"Well then, better get a move on, eh?" I say, heading towards the car.
What is the name of the biggest library in England?
6. Hours later, the plane touches down at Heathrow Airport in London. We collect our things and head out of the terminal. All of a sudden, Kat's bag opens and out jumps a radioactive hamster. It gnashes its teeth and falls to the ground. Kat screams. We turn to run, but it latches its teeth into my ankle. I howl in pain. Sarah desperately tries to find something to get it off my leg. She reaches into her handbag and pulls out a small bottle of perfume. She holds it near the hamster. It sees it, lets out a shriek, detaches itself from my leg, and runs off.
"Hmph, scared of a bottle of perfume. I didn't even have to spray it." says Sarah triumphantly. I look down at my foot. It isn't bleeding much, but I get a handkerchief out my pocket and tie it around the wound.
"Silly little ankle-biter. It must have crept into your bag when you weren't looking, Kat." I say, standing up.
"Hey, look on the bright side. At least it wasn't a headcrab," grins Kat.
Which video game series features headcrabs?
7. We arrive at the library, a little worse for wear, but still keen to put a stop to the radioactive hamsters. We go inside and begin our search.
"What's this book called anyway?" asks Sarah.
"'When Radioactive Hamsters Attack: A Survival Guide' by Edward Hamsterworth. I hope someone hasn't hired it." replies Kat, scanning the shelves.
"Aha! Found it!" I cry. A few people give me a stern look and a 'Sh!' as I apologise and take the book from the shelf. It looks quite old, and like nobody has hired it for years.
"When was that published?" Sarah asks.
The publishing year for the book is the same as the name of a George Orwell novel. What is it?
8. I open the book and look for something that might help us. I find a page about the hamsters themselves.
"The hamsters must be stopped quickly. They breed very fast, so if you do not act promptly, the situation could get much worse. Radioactive hamsters double in numbers each day, so do not delay."
"Blimey! These hamsters breed like rabbits!" I say. "How long has it been since the hamsters were first sighted?"
"Three days. And there were four hamsters spotted at Chernobyl." says Sarah.
"Right, that's not too bad."
What would the population of hamsters be after seven days? (Take Day 0 to be the day when there were four hamsters).
9. "Hey, what does that say?" asks Kat, pointing to the previous page.
"Believe it or not, hamsters are from another planet. Should they become radioactive, they must be sent home immediately."
"Oh great. They're aliens. Fantastic." I say sarcastically.
Suddenly, we hear a loud, booming sound coming from outside. We run out and see a spaceship in the middle of a marketplace.
"Hey, a 12-sided spaceship. You don't see that every day, do you?" Sarah says.
What is the name for a polygon with 12 sides?
10. A high-pitched voice comes out of a speaker on the side of the ship.
"This is the Hamster Collection Squad. Please get all the radioactive hamsters onto the ship as fast as you can!"
"I have an idea!" I say, running off to the right. I run up to a vegetable stand and scoop up a big armful of vegetables. Stumbling back to the ship, I try to attract the attention of the hamsters. They see me. I hurriedly throw all the food I had into the entrance of the ship, in hope that they will go for that instead. They do.
The hamsters run straight for the ship, and go inside. The door closes and the ship takes off. Sarah waves them off.
"Hmm, I wonder what planet they're from." says Kat.
Which of these would be the home planet of the hamsters? (Hint: which type of hamster is being dealt with?)
Source: Author eburge
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