Earlier this evening, a friend of mine who has no remote interest in hockey (I know, but they really do exist) sent me a clip of some conversation of her brother's (equally anemic in the world of hockey knowledge) in which a kid who decided to share a physics probably that came directly from his text book. Initially she sent it to me because she thought I would appreciate any mention of hockey (probably true), but as it turns out, it was much better than that. It reads as follows:
"A hockey puck, mass 0.115kg, moving at 35 m/s, strikes an octopus thrown onto the ice by a fan. The octopus has a mass of 0.265kg. The puck and octopus slide off together. Find the velocity."My friend was actually disappointed when I explained (this took a while) just why anyone would be discussing octopi being thrown onto ice, and why the existence of this problem was particularly hilarious to me especially (citing that "it made the problem a lot less surreal").
I, on the other hand, love the fact that out there somewhere is a Wings fan making up story problems for a physics book.