Mental Floss 3

 

 

 

 

The answer to last week’s Mental Floss problem: Q: A perfectly preserved vehicle lies at the bottom of the sea. It is worth tens of millions of dollars. However, no one will attempt to salvage it. Why not?

A: Because it is the Lunar Rover at the bottom of the “Sea of Rains” on the moon.

Of course as soon as we fixate on the “sea” being a body of water the actual answer becomes very difficult to find. Our patterned thinking takes us to a place where it is no longer possible to conceive of a more lateral solution.

We have have more on how you solve this type of problem in next week’s Mental Floss …

This week’s mental floss challenge is:

A mountaineer climbs Mt Everest for the very first time. He hires a couple of sherpa guides and heads on up the mountain. Half way up, one of the guides falls into a deep crevasse, but they continue to climb without doing anything or raising an alarm. Why?

 

 

 

Good Luck!

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Frank Connolly is the Principal of “Think Quick”, a business that adds value through thinking differently. His work history covers all sectors and includes initiatives that have yielded bottom line benefit in the 10’s of millions of dollars.

Current clients range from Exxon-Mobil to Government Depts within Australia to Global NGO’s.

Much of his working life has been split between Australia, the South Pacific and Asia where he has trained and facilitated Lateral Thinking techniques, and been acknowledged by Edward de Bono as one of the foremost practitioners of the de Bono thinking methods worldwide.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.

Comments (4)

  1. James De Vere :

    The first climb is done via virtual reality

  2. Richard :

    Guide = guide book, guide rope, many meanings for guide not just the Sherpas.

  3. Frank Connolly :

    A creative response I’ve never considered – nice one Centurian!

  4. Frank Connolly :

    Nailed it!

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