8Case SummaryShady Shrew insists he will win today’s rowboat race. He claims his custom telescope glasses will allow him to focus on the finish line for the entire race. Shady says this will give him a psychological advantage over the other contestants. What does Slylock Fox think?
9SolutionsEven if it were true that concentrating on the finish line improved performance, it wouldn’t matter. Rowing is performed by facing backward to the direction of travel. Shady would be staring at the starting line!
13Questions1. Lord Louis Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was blown to pieces in 1979 when an IRA bomb exploded on his yacht. How did police link the murderer, Thomas McMahon, to the crime scene?A. Trace evidence of nitroglycerine B. Matching paint samplesC. Matching sand samples D. All the choices are correct2. In 1835, Henry Goddard was asked to investigate a burglary in Southampton, England. The butler said a shot had been fired as he struggled with the burglars. Goddard retrieved the bullet and disproved the butler’s version of events by using which technique?A. Studying the bullet's trajectory B. Bullet comparisonC. Studying the broken glass D. Blood spatter analysis3. It is the function of a coroner to conduct inquiries into all deaths which are not natural or expected. However, originally the job of coroner was to perform which of the following functions?A. Tax collector B. Safeguarding the monarch's propertyC. Trying felony cases D. All the choices are correct
14Answers D. All the choices are correct The evidence against McMahon included a tiny speck of green paint on his boot which matched the paint on the yacht, the sand on his boots matched that found near the beach near where the boat was launched and traces of nitroglycerine were found on his clothes which were matched to the bomb.2. B. Bullet comparisonThe butler did it! Like most gun owners in those days, the butler made his own bullets by melting lead and pouring it into a mould. His mould had a fault, a small 'pimple'. The bullet had a corresponding flaw. Faced with the evidence, the burglar confessed to faking the burglary to curry favor with his employer. By the way, Henry Goddard was one of Scotland Yard’s original Bow Street Runners.3. D. All the choices are correct - One of the earliest recorded instances of the appointment of coroner was in 1194 by King Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) of England. The name was derived from the Latin 'corona' meaning crown. Coroners were responsible for raising revenue from taxes on the dead and their property. Suicides were of special interest because it was against the law to commit suicide, as it was considered self-murder. The law required that any property of the suicide victim had to be forfeited to the king. Families would attempt to hide suicides from the authorities so it was the job of the coroner to ferret them out and claim their property for the king